|Location:||Santa Bárbara. 8km from the Santuário do Caraça, which are 6 hours of difficult hike. 120km from Belo Horizonte and 26km from Catas Altas.|
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|1922||discovered by the priests of the Colégio do Caraça.|
Gruta do Centenário is the deepest cave of Brazil and of the whole southern hemisphere. It is located close to the summit of the 2.070 m high Pico Alto do Inficcionado.
But the most special thing with this cave is its geology: it is the longest and deepest quartzite cave of the world! Quartzite is not really soluble by water, so quartzite caves are very rare. Such a big example is really extraordinary.
This cave is not accessible to tourists. Beneath its remote location, which includes a 6 hours hike from the Santuário do Caraça up the Pico Alto do Inficcionado this cave is a vertical cave and only suitable for experienced cavers.
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