Minas Gerais

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Explore colonial heritage towns filled with beautifully preserved buildings in baroque style and charming small towns dotted amongst fertile valleys and mountains in a pleasant subtropical climate.

The elegant colonial architecture of Minas Gerais can be explored in numerous villages and towns from Ouro Preto to Diamantina, Tiradentes and Mariana, to name but a few. The wealth to build these extravagant baroque palaces and churches came from the discovery of gold, and later, precious gemstones, especially diamonds.

Ouro Preto, once named Vila Rica and the largest city in Brazil in the 18th century is a perfect base for discovering the region staying in one of several colonial mansions turned into simple, but charming, hotels. Its numerous churches and museums all display magnificent examples of art from the Barroco Mineiro movement, and you can even visit one of the old gold mines.

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