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Minas Gerais & Ouro Preto Travel Guide


Minas Gerais is one of Brazil’s most historic states and most famous for the gold rush of the 18th century. Due to the discovery of gold several colonial towns sprung up in the region that today are fine examples of Baroque architecture. Ouro Preto with it’s narrow winding streets, 23 Baroque churches and dramatic setting on the hillside is one of the prettiest. Tiradentes is another endearing town with its horse drawn carriages, cobblestone streets and fine examples of mineiro art. It is possible to visit the oldest gold mine in Brazil in Mariana, a picturesque colonial town, whilst further south the Ibitipoca Reserve offers a taste of rural life.

With old colonial mining towns, striking baroque architecture and a colourful history, Minas Gerais is the best place to delve into Brazil's intriguing past

Best months to visit Minas Gerais & Ouro Preto

The best time to visit Minas Gerais & Ouro Preto is during the dry period of April until October when it is also cooler and less humid. The summer months of November until March are very humid and quite wet.

Our hand-picked hotels in Minas Gerais & Ouro Preto

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a couple of our favourite properties in Minas Gerais & Ouro Preto.

Best reasons to visit Minas Gerais & Ouro Preto

Minas Gerais offers many attractions for culture and architecture enthusiasts. Below are our top experiences and best reasons to visit this historic area.

Take the steam train from Ouro Preto to Mariana

Historic houses, antique shops and colonial charm in Tiradentes

Go to Congonhas for the dramatic statues of the Prophets by Aleijadinho

Disconnect and discover rural Brazilian life at the Ibitipoca Reserve

Sample traditional Brazilian cuisine such as Pão de Queijo (cheese bread)

Weather Averages for Minas Gerais & Ouro Preto

Other destinations in Brazil

Go looking for the elusive Jaguar in the Pantanal, travel north to the Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador, or visit exclusive Fernando de Noronha. Continue to explore Brazil with our essential guides by clicking the links below.

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