Between Salvador to the north and Rio to the south and inland from the coast lies the state of Minas Gerais, the heart of the gold mining activity in colonial Brazil during the 18th century.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Ouro Preto's narrow cobbled streets and baroque churches are a UNESCO world monument site

Original Highlight

The region is known primarily for its fascinating colonial history, but for art lovers the contemporary art museum, Inhotim, is unmissable. It boasts more than 500 contemporary works from over 100 artists from all over the world, and the works are housed in beautiful botanic gardens.

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A note on price

Brazil is the most expensive country in South America to visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t represent great value for money – but it’s still one of our absolute favourites. A two week itinerary starts from £3,500 per person including flights – but if you’re hoping to cover a lot of ground, expect to pay a lot more. Learn more about our pricing

Where to stay in Minas Gerais

Solar da Ponte

Solar da Ponte

Situated in the picturesque town of Tiradentes, Solar da Ponte, meaning “house on the bridge” is a beautiful colonial-style manor house located only a few minutes walk from the main square.

Solar da Ponte
Reserva do Ibitipoca

Reserva do Ibitipoca

The Reserva do Ibitipoca consists of 3,000 hectares of hills, forests, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, just 3.5 hours from Rio.

Reserva do Ibitipoca

Details for Minas Gerais

A little more info


After the gold rush most of the region's cities were abandoned, leaving behind beautiful original architecture as well as some of the richest churches ever built in Latin America.

In addition to the history and the cities, the region has beautiful scenery; mountainous landscapes, rural villages and farms, rivers, lakes and waterfalls make for superb activities for visitors; from rock-climbing and abseiling to horse riding and paragliding.

Ouro Preto's richness and status is testament to the importance of the gold and precious stones in Brazil's history and development. Tiradentes, home to the best hotel in the region, is similarly attractive and packed with cultural and historical interest; guided tours include the St. Anthony Church with its famous Sun Clock, and the Matriz Church, and it is an extremely pleasant town to wander around; a photographic opportunity at every corner.

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 15cm / 5.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
Flight from London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

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