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Capitólio is a town in Southern Minas Gerais. The slogan for the city is "Queen of the Lakes" in reference to its proximity to the Furnas reservoir.

Capitólio has become an important tourist destination in Minas Gerais, much sought after due to its beautiful waterfalls and clear water rivers.


The Furnas Canyon is the main attraction, with its stone walls invaded by the green waters of Lake Furnas. With the flooding of the lake, part of the old town of Capitólio was submerged. When the water goes down more than 10 meters the old church of the ruins of the town of Guapé can be seen.

The region is famous for a type of stone called "pedra mineira", and there are quarries for its mining. The town is at an elevation of 760 meters and its population as of 2020 is 8,600 people.

Get in[edit]

From Belo Horizonte Expresso Gardenia goes directly for R$109 (Dec 2021). You can also check Blablacar for rides around R$60 (Dec 2021).

From Passos Expresso Gardenia has rides for R$31 (Dec 2021), Blablacar for around R$20 (Dec 2021).

Get around[edit]


  • Furnas Lake: Created by the Furnas dam, the reservoir has an area of 1,440 km². It is known as the "Sea of Minas".


  • Praia Artificial de Capitólio: The artificial beach lies in the city limits and has an area of 24,895.12 square meters. It is on the Rio Piumhi and was inaugurated in 1988. It has public bathrooms, a covered area for festivals, two sports courts, a covered court and an area for walking. It is here where the carnival celebrations take place.
  • Cachoeira Lagoa Azul: It is located 31 km from the urban area. There is clear water with natural pools.
  • Morro do Chapéu: This is a mountain with an elevation of 1,293 meters. On the top one can find a plateau with tropical vegetation and springs of water that form waterfalls as they descend the slopes. There are still animals such as wolves, armadillos and tamanduás. From the heights one can see the immense lake below and the cities of Capitólio, Guapé, Alpinópolis and Nova Barra.
  • Canyons: in Furnas Lake there are rock formations with a height of more than 20 meters.





Go next[edit]

You can find hostels and private rooms ...:

in the west:[edit]

  • Passos – 70 km. It's near Capitólio and also at the Furnas Canyon. Passos is famous for its good parties, which include shows, bars and night clubs. Expressia Gardena goes there for R$31 (Dec 2021), Blablacar rides are for around R$20 (Dec 2021).

in the east:[edit]

  • Divinópolis – 160 km. The highlights are the Lake of Roses and the beach at Carmo do Cajuru. You can check rides on Blablacar.
  • Belo Horizonte – 280 km.
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