Capitólio, MG Draws Thousands to The 'Minas Sea'

Capitólio has improved infrastructure and welcomes tourists from all over the country to its lake

Capitólio, in Minas Gerais, attracts tourists all year round, becoming the main tourist town in Furnas. This is due to its location. Even in times of drought, water "remains" in the city.

When the water level drops in drought times, it sits within two miles of attractions such as hotels and restaurants.

Capitólio, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Fotos Ricardo Benichio/folhapress

Thus, the municipality of 8,648 inhabitants can receive 5,000 tourists on weekends and up to 30,000 on holidays, according to the city, mainly coming from Belo Horizonte (282 Km), Sao Paulo (439 km) and Rio de Janeiro (555 Km).

They overcrowd the available beds in the town, 4,000, and surrounding counties, looking for emerald green water, canyons, waterfalls, ponds, and floating bars. And selfies, many selfies.

"[The photo] doesn't even need a filter," said student Thais de Carvalho Tavares Silva, 24.

In addition to nautical routes (boat trips run R$ 90), the city has waterfalls, many in private areas, and some charging R$20 for visitation.

Educator Crislaine Rodrigues, 30, rented a house with 11 other people for R$ 1,300 for two nights and said she found a very "receptive and beautiful" environment.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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