Where to stay
Tourists who visit Chapada dos Veadeiros have three options to choose from: Alto Paraíso de Goiás, São Jorge and Cavalcante.
Alto Paraíso de Goiás is more recommended for tourists seeking more comfort, with several options of Bed&Breakfast, some hotels and hostels. At the main street it also offers many restaurants, bars and small shops.
Alto Paraíso is a cosmopolitan city, with locals and tourists from all over the world attracted by the mystical atmosphere of the city. There is a belief that the city would be “safe from any natural disaster like the end of the world” (Wikipedia) and also that Alto would be one of the cities with good conditions for the observation of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
For those interested in Alto’s connection to UFOs, Pousada Espaço Naves Lunazen could be an interesting option.
São Jorge, a district of Alto Paraíso, is the most down to earth option and offers several alternatives of camping, hostels and some pousadas. São Jorge is an old village of gold miners and still maintains a village atmosphere as it is much smaller than Alto. However, it also offers dining options and bars, just simpler. It is very common in São Jorge to have parties at the campsites.
São Jorge is the closest option to the entrance of Chapada National Park.
Cavalcante is the county that includes 60 % of the Chapada National Park area and is also part of the Historic Site and Kalunga Cultural Heritage, a community formed from an ancient Quilombo.
The municipality is about the same size as Alto Paraíso, but offers fewer lodging options. It is more recommended for those looking for a slightly less touristy option as it is more peaceful and also those who want to know more about the Kalunga Site. In Cavalcante is the famous Santa Bárbara Waterfall, considered by many the most beautiful one of Chapada dos Veadeiros.
Our choice: We chose to stay in Alto Paraíso de Goiás, as it is the most central city and is more convenient. We stayed at Pousada Casa Rosa,which is about 1 km from the city’s main street.
The hostel has options of chalets and apartments, all with hammocks on the balcony, a private bathroom and a minibar. We stayed in a nice sized apartment and the balcony had a wonderful view. In the morning we could see macaws, toucans, parrots, parakeets and several other birds.
The hostel has a swimming pool, a sauna and a very varied breakfast is included in the daily rate. A negative point was that the wi-fi had a very weak signal. But this was a problem throughout Alto Paraíso.
Because of the distance to the main street, the hostel is more recommended for those who are traveling by car.
Written in Portuguese by Karla Larissa
Translation by Juliane Boll