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Santuario do Caraca, Santa Barbara

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Pack your bags and prepare for sanctuary at Santuario do Caraca, 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 Santuario do Caraca and all Santa Barbara has to offer by arranging your trip with our Santa Barbara vacation trip planner.
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  • I only stayed for two nights but I would love to stay for a month. At the foot of a great mountain and in the middle of protected national park, nature is everywhere. During summer bathing on the stre...  more »
  • This complex is one of the most peaceful places I've stayed - the main sound track to my visit was definitely the bird song. The accommodation is basic, but clean and comfortable and the surrounding t...  more »
  • The accommodation is pretty basic but clean and hospitable. Definitely former monastery vibes because there are some priests around and religious paraphernalia everywhere. Each evening there is a 6pm ...  more »
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  • Wonderful place, wonderful food, the Wolf is a spectacle. I love the trails, which are self-guided and the water is clear. Has less trash on trails open, but still there are people who are uncivilized. And I don't know when they do some cleaning. But that's just a detail. Who's going to love.
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  • This was definitely one of the best experiences I've ever had. A shrine overflowing peace in the midst of beautiful nature. I had the great pleasure of spending a day in a simple cottage on the edge of a Creek, making trails in lush landscapes, attend a mass for less than 10 people, eat alongside priests and witness a Maned Wolf feeding. Recommend to anyone.
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