If you’re into mysticism or superstition, or just looking for a cheap, fun and idyllic place to relax, consider a detour to this quaint village. High on a plateau north of Caxambu, with a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding farmland, São Thomé feels like a world apart. Perhaps this accounts for its reputation among Brazilian mystics as one of the seven sacred cities of the world, and the many sightings of flying saucers and extraterrestrials reported here.
The word 'Letras' in São Thomé’s name refers to the mysterious inscriptions found in local caverns such as Carimbado and Chico Taquara (both 3km outside town) and the Gruta de São Thomé, a small cave in the heart of town. Other attractions include the nearby waterfalls Euboise (3km), Prefeitura (7km) and Véu de Noiva (12km) and the town’s strikingly rough-hewn buildings, made from slabs of locally quarried quartzite.