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  • A  view of historic Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Colonial architecture, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • The town of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Minas Gerais

500km inland from Rio, the colonial glory of Minas Gerais state was founded upon gold, precious gems and minerals and boasts more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in Brazil. Across the state, beautiful towns dot the hillsides awash with cobbled streets, soaring spires and some of the finest Baroque architecture in the Americas. Explore the mansions, museums and elaborate churches of Ouro Preto, the centre of the 18th century gold rush and best preserved of the towns. Close by, Tiradentes is steeped in old-world charm and famous for its art museums, boutique hotels and local gastronomy. Head into the countryside and you can visit the old mines or explore the wildlife, caves and waterfalls of the Serra do Cipo National Park. For hikers, you can even set off along tracts of the famous “Caminho do Oro” the famous trade route which linked Minas Gerais with the colonial port of Paraty just south of Rio.

Minas Gerais Hotels

$$$$ Reserva do Ibitipoca Minas Gerais


Surrounded by rolling hills deep in rural Minas Gerais, the Reserva do Ibitipoca is a traditional ranch and 4000 hectare private preserve dedicated to reforestation and the protection of wildlife...

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$$$ Solar da Ponte - Tiradentes Minas Gerais

Character Boutique

The Solar da Ponte reflects the historic charm of Tiradentes and is a splendidly refurbished, colonial mansion and now pousada guesthouse right at the heart of town. Rescued from the shell of an...

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