Sao Jorge is a quirky little town, friendly people and a...
Sao Jorge is a quirky little town, friendly people and a range of bars/restaurants, also a decent pharmacy and small supermarket. Almost impossible to work out when places open and close, and it can feel very quiet but we always found somewhere to eat. We enjoyed meals at Nenzinha kilo restaurant, eat as much or as little as you want, but it closes at 6pm so best for a good late lunch after a trail. Also Buritis and the little tapioca bar next door. Great location for the Chapada Veadeiros natural park, close to the entrance and visitor centre, but be aware that the town and approach to the park are all dirt roads so after heavy rain there are lots of ruts and holes to negotiate. Also after Sao Jorge the very good highway from Alto Paraiso turns into a wide dirt road.
The real problem we had was access to cash. No banks in Sao Jorge and lots of places don't take cards. Banco do Brasil in Alto Paraiso was closed having been attacked and robbed (not sure how long ago, but we were there March 2017) and our prepaid currency card was not accepted in Itaú even though we had used it in other branches of the bank in Rio and in Paraná state. No chance in the Caixa cash machines either. So take plenty of cash! Thankfully we found a few places which accepted our card in Sao Jorge.
The national park is beautiful and with good trails to the waterfalls and other viewpoints. It's also free (donation box in visitor centre) whereas lots of other waterfalls in the area are not, fees from 10R$ per person e.g. for Sao Bento.