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Getting There & Away

To reach Caparaó by bus from Belo Horizonte or Vitória (Espírito Santo), head first to the tiny town of Manhumirim, 25km outside the park. Pássaro Verde (www.passaroverde.com.br) operates three daily buses from Belo to Manhumirim (R$101 to R$112, 6½ to 7¼ hours). From Vitória, Águia Branca (www.aguiabranca.com.br) runs a daily 5:50pm bus direct to Manhumirim (R$52, 4½ hours).

Rio Doce runs buses from Manhumirim to Alto Caparaó (R$6.05, 55 minutes, nine daily from 6:30am to 8pm, returning 6:25am to 9:10pm). Alternatively, it’s a half-hour taxi ride (about R$75). Manhumirim’s Palace Hotel, diagonally across from the bus station, is perfectly adequate if you’re stuck here overnight.

An alternative option from Vitória is Águia Branca’s 7am bus to Manhuaçu (R$50 to R$53, 4¾ hours), where Rio Doce buses connect to Alto Caparaó (R$14, 1½ hours, eight daily).