The park covers 210 square kilometers and is protected by the State Institute of Artistic and Historical Patrimony.
Its ferruginous (containing iron) waters give the lake a brownish colour which of course is not dirt. It is a good quality water which comes out from 12 fountains in the park. Each one has a different chemical composition. The cable chair that takes you to the top of Morro do Caxambú (Caxambú hill)is great fun! Being at an altitude of 1100 meters and 200 meters above the lake it offers stunning views of the city and the verdant surroundings as far as the eye can see. There is a large snack bar and some souvenir shops on the top, the 15-meter tall statue of the Redeemer and the Cross.. It's possible to walk or drive up here, too.
There are tennis and beach volley courts, gym equipment and two mineral pools. There is a lady in a house near the side entrance who gives massages for 40R$ (18$US per hour).
Open 7:00 to 6:00 Entrance 1$. The teleferico costs 20R$
This elegant church has a domineering position in the city's landscape. Mother church was built between 1892 and 1906. It has a Gothic style and is the scenery for many religious celebrations. The photo was taken from the other church of Santa Isabel.
In 1868 Princess Isabella with her husband Conde d'Eu came to this place looking for a cure for anaemia. She was fond of the place and promised to build the church of Santa Isabel da Hungria. It was built, in a Neogothic style, on a hill and is protected by the State Institute of Artistic and Historical Patrimony. There is an image of Santa Isabel on the wooden altar.
Don't go when it's hot because you will have to fight gravity going up 126 steps. The views are nice!
There are several buses a day from Sao Lourenco, four from Sao Paulo (9 hours) and two from Rio ( (6 hours).
Next to the entrance of the park is the Commercial Center where one can find the usual local artcraft of Minas.
More shops are on the main streets in the center and on top of the ferry cable.