Today’s edition of Brazil by Bike is brought to you by an impromptu moment.
It’s a holiday here today (Corpus Cristi), so my husband and I decided to take a ride to Sacramento. This little town of approximately 30,000 is about 44 miles from Uberaba, on the way to Araxa.
Sacramento is best known for its grotto, called Gruta dos Palhares in Portuguese, after the family that owned that land, and is said to be the largest sandstone cave in Latin America. I’m told by Minerios that Sacramento also produces good milk and throws a decent party for Carnival, although nothing on the scale of those in Rio or Salvador.
In my experience, Brazil is not the best at maintaining its parks and public spaces. But my R5,00 entrance was well spent at this grotto. It’s a lovely little space, quiet and clean, with man made pools and lots of green. There are also swimming pools – separate from the grotto – which are open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the weekends. We found it too chilly for a dip, but it’s a good option for the summer months.
We ate lunch at this adorable bar. It had a chic, Parisian vibe and was playing a nice mix of bossa nova. They were serving a holiday buffet with Mineria food, but unfortunately, it wasn’t that tasty. Still, it seemed a fun bar to come back to for a few drinks and possible snacks off the menu.
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