Sanctuary of Caraca Complex, Santa Barbara

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Pack your bags and prepare for sanctuary at Sanctuary of Caraca Complex, where you can rent a room at the boarding-school-turned-hostel and stay up after dark to watch the maned wolves wander into the courtyard. Every morning you'll awake to the mist sneaking away from peaks that push themselves free from the jungle mountains. At the center of the reserve you'll find a cathedral tower looming above the protected grounds. The tower is anything by sinister; in fact,  the local Padre (father, or priest) greets you with a smile and leads you into the cathedral's rustic interior. No pomp and circumstance here, only simple arches that don't compete with the natural beauty surrounding the location. Hiking trails around the cathedral and the old boarding school give you access to a diverse flora and fauna, you may even see an armadillo or get engulfed by a barrage of butterflies. See Sanctuary of Caraca Complex and all Santa Barbara has to offer by arranging your trip with our Santa Barbara vacation trip planner.
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  • Well worth visiting the Caraça sanctuary! Yields beautiful photos from the gazebo, on the road, where you can view the shrine to far up inside and outside the Shrine itself, especially the view from your stairs, at the main entrance. The visit was in February 2016.
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  • Open to visitation from Monday to Monday, from 8:00 to 17:00 h. Enjoy and watch the video that talks about the history and attractions of Caraça. Check with the monitors on the tracks and the time spent on the sidewalks, not to take the risk to come back during the night. Ideal for meeting the exuberant nature to lose sight.
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  • You can take the bus from BH to Santa Barbara or train to station two Brothers in Barão de Cocais. Then, the only means of road driving of these cities to the Caraça Sanctuary is taxi. Due to problem with the fixed and mobile telephone network, who will stay in the pousada do Caraça don't count only with the credit/debit card as payment, take check or money order as payment alternative. Masses: Monday-Friday at 6:00 pm (for guests). Saturday at 8:00 pm (for guests) and Sunday at 11:00 in the morning (for the general public). Activities: visit to the Museum, cheap, homemade restaurant and hiking trails (Little and big tank 2 km from the Sanctuary, cascatona 6 km from the sanctuary, Bocaina and cruise at 5 km from the Sanctuary, the Emperor's Bath, among other rides).
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