São Tome das Letras

With its tales of flying saucers, its eerie stone houses that resemble architecture from outer space, and its 7,500 inhabitants who swear to years of friendship with extraterrestrials, São Thomé das Letras may be one of the oddest towns on Earth. In a stunning mountain setting, it attracts mystics, psychics, and flower children who believe they've been spiritually drawn here to await the founding of a new world. Most visitors make São Thomé a day trip from Caxambu, smartly escaping nightfall's visiting UFOs.


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