Gruta da Lapinha

Belo Horizonte

About 50km north of Belo Horizonte, this cave's highlight is the Véu de Noiva, a crystal formation in the shape of a bride’s veil. With your own vehicle, the cave is an hour's drive north of Belo Horizonte. Alternatively, catch an Atual ( bus to Lagoa Santa (50 minutes), then continue to the cave on local bus 306 (35 minutes).

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