Still out of the way for many Brazilians, this sea of Minas Gerais has waterfalls, natural pools and rock walls, creating the perfect landscape for the next sunny holiday.

Capitol, which is located in the south of the state of Minas Gerais, is still a novelty in Brazilian ecotourism because it was only in 2012 that a nearby quarry was deactivated and the waters of Lake Furnas rose enough to make diving and boat trips possible, which are the current attractions of the region. This, which is one of the largest dams in the world, was created in 1963 to supply the Furnas Hydroelectric Power Plant, which has been under construction since 1950.

There are 34 municipalities bathed by the dam, but the immensity is only palpable when the traveler starts the boat tour that extends for about 30 km and passes through some of the main tourist attractions, such as waterfalls, natural pools and rocky walls. . Those with an adventurous spirit can even practice abseiling through the waterfalls.

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Capitol It also offers hidden trails, rivers and waterfalls that are a little far from the lake, such as the Lost paradise, a Grotão waterfall and the Sun Trail, so it is recommended to have a car for displacement.

The city, located between Serra da Canasta it's the Furnas Lake, does not have many attractions for visitors, but it manages to offer a good structure with hotels, inns and restaurants for the more than 40 thousand people who visit it in high season.

For those who want to know a little more about the local cuisine, an interesting experience is to visit the fair that takes place in the Central Square on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the late afternoon. There, the day-to-day life of a common market mixes with crafts and delicious foods, such as cheese bread stuffed with ham or chicken, pasta with bolognese sauce and Serra da Canastra cheese, homemade cheeses and a variety of dishes with tilapia. For dessert, some of the options are curau, corn cake, peanut bread and sweets with brown sugar.

Things to do in Capitol

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Boat trip on Lake Furnas

This is how travelers get to the main points of the lake! The tour covers an average of 30 km and passes through canyons, waterfalls and natural pools. Here you can pay from R$40.00 for a seat in a boat for up to 100 people or up to R$120.00 for a seat in a private boat for up to 12 people. It is important to book your boat in advance, especially in high season or on holidays.

Canyons Lookout

Leaving the lake, a short trail leads to the place that has one of the most beautiful views in the region, overlooking the cliffs and waterfalls.

Eco Park Waterfall

In addition to the multiple waterfalls, the site has trails that go over the rocks, with a view from above, and from below, allowing for diving.

Sun Trail

Get ready for the heat because the 2 km of trail doesn't have a shade. The path leads to two waterfalls, they are Grito and Poço Dourado.

Lost paradise

The magnificent valley cut by rivers of crystal clear water, is about 40 km from Capitólio is one of the most surprising attractions of the destination. The place has several natural pools, trails, waterfalls, as well as a camping and a restaurant.

Grotão waterfall

Hidden between rocks and trees, this waterfall is less visited by tourists because it is about 10 km away from Lake Furnas.

Other places to visit in Capitol

  • Church
  • Central plaza
  • Blue Lagoon Quarry
  • Diquadinha Waterfall
  • Cascade Waterfall

How to get to Capitol

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By airplane

The closest airport to Capitólio is in Belo Horizonte, from there it is possible to rent a car or take a bus to cover the remaining 282 km.

By car

From São Paulo: the driver can take BR-146 towards Campinas, BR-050 towards Jundiaí or BR-381 towards Pouso Alegre. All options take an average of 6 hours to reach Capitólio and cover the 440 km.

From Rio de Janeiro: the shortest route takes around 8 hours and is via the BR-354 via Resende, totaling 640 km.

By bus

From São Paulo: the exit is through the Tietê bus station and goes directly through companies such as Viação União.

From Rio de Janeiro: there are no direct transport options, the traveler must go to Belo Horizonte and then go to Capitólio.

Best time to visit Capitol

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Contrary to what it may seem, the best time to visit Capitólio is not in the summer because the rains are intense. The best options that combine sun and drier weather are May, September and October.

Where to stay in Capitol

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Booking offers more than 400 options for accommodation in capitolSee all available hotels on Booking.com here.

Capitólio has great accommodation options on Airbnb. The platform that offers house, apartment and room rentals can be much cheaper than hotels. And if you haven't registered yet, you can use this discount code.

Read too:

» 6 reasons to visit Capitólio in Minas Gerais
» 2 days discovering the beauties of Capitol
» Inhotim, the largest open-air museum in the world
» Places to visit in Belo Horizonte

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