With sandy streets (for now) and a laid-back vibe, the former crystal-mining hamlet of São Jorge (1km from the national-park entrance) has the feel of a beach town, despite its inland location. Though Alto Paraíso has more going on and better options for organizing excursions beyond the national park itself, many travelers prefer to stay in São Jorge because it is prettier, closer to the park and has more of a village atmosphere.
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