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Pousada do Capão

Pousada do Capão has been selected by Darn Good Digs as one of the best locally-owned hotels for budget-minded travelers!

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Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice (currently being upgraded from Traveler Favorite based on new information!)

Pousada do Capão, Sao Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Nominated By: Lydia, Glocester, Rhode Island, USA, December '09

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Price Range: R$107-R$190 (dinner & breakfast included) # of Rooms: 12 Kid-Friendly: yes

What makes the Pousada do Capão so Darn Good? The Pousada has beautiful cottages and delicious food. Owners Peter and Marcinha make everyone feel like the most welcome guest in their home. In addition, they will arrange any sort of sightseeing, transportation, or guides that you need.

Location: Pousada do Capão is located on the outskirts of the small village of São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras in the state of Minas Gerais, ninety minutes from the closest city, Diamantina. The town sits along the Estrada Real, or Royal Way, a road built in the 17th century by the Portuguese to transport gold and diamonds back to Lisbon. Today the road is still mostly unpaved, and the towns and villages along the way appear frozen in time with Baroque churches, cobblestone streets, and period buildings. The Pousada is located in the Cerrado, a tropical savannah home to waterfalls, caves, twisted trees, and petroglyphs.

Rooms: The Pousada has eight individual cottages, as well as four rooms with shared bath in the main house. All are decorated with local crafts and are surrounded by beautiful grounds, an abundance of lovely native plants, and mountain views.

Food: Excellent! Peter is a trained chef, and he uses many local ingredients to create inspiring meals combining Brazilian and American traditions. A gourmet dinner is included with the room rate, as is breakfast, which consists of home-made cakes, cookies, puddings, and granola, as well as local Serro cheese, fresh fruits, and juices.

Vibe: The pousada is a peaceful and friendly retreat.

Keep in Mind: Nights are quiet here, so be prepared for some serious relaxation.

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Our Pousada do Capão Online Bibliography

We spend hours and hours researching each new nomination before we decide to post a review on For those hotels that we call Darn Good Digs (our editors' choices), we post a bibliography of our online resources.

"Pousada do Capão, São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras, Serro, Minas Gerais" - review by Alison McGowan at Hidden Pousadas

"Pousada do Capão" - information about the Pousada on our booking partner, WHL

"Guava Paste" - Peter's (the owner) guest post about cooking in Minas on Lydia's blog, the Perfect Pantry

"Brazil Food: Bars, Bolinhos, and Biscoitos" - Lydia's post about cooking at the Pousada do Capao

"Brazil Food: Bars, Bolinhos, and Biscoitos" - blog post about the Pousada do Capao, in Portuguese

"Estrada Real" - traveler post about Pousada do Capao in Portuguese

"Between Crazy Feast and Famine Rhythm" - Peter writes abuot the business side of Pousada do Capao





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