Things to do
Simple stone construction in Sao Thomé with a pyramid shaped roof where you have a panoramic view of the entire valley and the best place to observe the sunrise, sunset and stars. Located in the Antônio Rosa Municipal Park in the Alto Cruzeiro neighborhood.
The Cruzeiro stands out as the main point for those who want to observe the cycle of life. It's a great place to see the sunrise and sunset, as well as, the moonrise, feel the cold nights and sighting thousands of stars. Located in the Antônio Rosa Municipal Park in the Alto Cruzeiro neighborhood.
The Pedra da Bruxa is located inside the Antônio Rosa Municipal Park. It is a rock formation that resembles a witch's silhouette. By having this name, it attracts hundreds of people of diverse levels and cultures.
The Mirante was built in one of the highest places of the Antônio Rosa Park, from where you can see all the magnificent landscape of São Thomé das Letras and region. From there, you have a privileged view of the Pyramid and the Cruseiro. From the Mirante it is possible to have a 360º view of the beauties that São Thomé das Letras provides to any lover of nature, life and creation. Located in the Antônio Rosa Municipal Park in the Alto Cruzeiro neighborhood.
Built around 1785, in the same place where a small chapel had been built on the occasion of the episode that gave rise to the city. On the outside, it carries the baroque style of Minas Gerais.
Its interior is ornamented in rococo style, with Christian themes enriched with angelic motifs.
The highlight goes to its central nave, whose fresco portrays Jesus Christ surrounded by the apostles, with St. Thomas kneeling at his feet, the work of the artist Joaquim José da Natividade.
The Church is listed as state historical patrimony. Among the collections of the Church is the painting of Baron de Alfenas, dated 1876 by the painter Nicolao Facchinetti.
Rock paintings found at the entrance of the cave, made through a lichen, the "Blood cladonia". While some attribute these drawings to ancient indigenous peoples, others claim to have been marks left by the Saint. There is something of a mystery, since archaeological studies attribute it to 2,000 years, which coincides with the pilgrimage of the Apostle Thomé and also of the passage of the "Indios Cataguases" by the region, who were nomads.
(IGREJA DE PEDRA)
The Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário is known as the Igreja de Pedra, which was built entirely of stones extracted from the region itself. It is a typical construction of the city of São Thomé das Letras, with stones superimposed and without mortar, having been initiated by the slaves in the XVIII century.
The waterfalls are 8 kilometers from the city center, with more than 20m of fall, forming three wells with approximately 2m deep.
Cachoeira Vale das Borboletas is located just 3 km from the center of São Thomé das Letras by paved road and only 1KM from the Pousada Recanto do Sossego. At the road to Três Corações, a small river divides into two beautiful waterfalls that precipitate from a plateau that forms an exuberant stone hole, full of ferns around. The waterfall falls in a natural pool that has formed there, in a valley surrounded by a green and radiant forest, full of colorful flowers where you can see dozens of types of butterflies native to the region.
The Garganta do Diabo has access through the valley of the Butterflies Valley and is above the Cachoeira do Paredão. It is a place that requires physical effort, because some obstacles created by nature, including slippery stretches, will be found. Our suggestion is that you look for a specialized guide who knows the place well. Trail difficult and inaccessible to people with difficulty of locomotion. Lots of climbing and rock climbing, but the end is wonderful. Waterfall calm, encrusted in stone and with little movement.
The "Cachoeira da Ricarda" came to be called Cachoeira São Tomé das Letras. The São Thomé das Letras Waterfall is located on the road that goes to the waterfall valley of the butterflies.
It is a quiet place, little explored and offers a lot of nature around it.
Located to 7 KM of the city by the land road until Sobradinho. The Cachoeira da Lua is one of the main natural attractions of the beautiful region of São Thomé das Letras. For a certain level of access and a well that offers several deviations, for example, the use of a rope in the middle of the well or the cascade between the jumps that are common in the Waterfall of the Moon.
It is 21 KM from the center, direction Três Corações, with asphalted part and great part dirt road.
With incomparable beauty, the place has a stream of crystal clear waters, coming from the top of the Pico do Gavião range, gliding on pink quartzite stones, forming several natural swimming pools ideal for bathing. On the spot, travelers find rock paintings that tell a bit of the history of the place!
Cachoeira da Chuva is located 2km from the Sobradinho village and offers a waterfall of approximately 50m, falling in the form of rain, flowing into the rapids, which follow to the Rio Lavarejo in the Sobradinho district. It is a beautiful waterfall and to get there, you have to walk 15 to 20 minutes after leaving the vehicle. Its location is in Pico do Gavião and travels 1,5km. It is recommended to go with a guide.
The highest geographical point of São Thomé das Letras- MG, located near Sobradinho (São Thomé das Letras district), with a height of 1440m, offers a 360º panoramic view of the entire region.
The origin of its name is due to a rock peculiarly stoned in hawk-like form, that remains constant and vigilant, like sovereign and eternal guardian of the highest elevation of the region. Recommended to go with local guide.
Cave located next to the Igreja Matriz, which gave rise to the history of the city of São Thomé das Letras. It was at this place that the slave João Antão hid from his owner João Francisco Junqueira, the owner of Fazenda Campo Alegre de Minas, where the image of São Thomé and the rock inscriptions were found.
ATTENTION, CURRENTLY ACCESS TO THIS GROVE IS CLOSED, RESTRICTED FOR VISITORS.
One of the legends says that the Gruta do Carimbado in São Thomé das Letras, leads the city of Machu Picchu in Peru. It is suspected that this would explain the mysterious disappearance of the Incas who inhabited the Andes and would have come to São Thomé until the Cave of the Carimbado. Another theory is that there is a portal in the cave and energy transports to another dimension. No one yet came to the end of the cave to answer that question.
Next to Gruta do Carimbado, the Ladeira do Amendoim is a curious place where the vehicles, with the engine off, continue climbing the slope. This fact helps to foster beliefs about the existence of a large, triangle-shaped magnetic field below ground.
Walking backwards can also feel the same pressure effect.