Minas Gerais Travel Guide

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Plan Your Minas Gerais Vacation

Though it's far from the circuit of Brazil's most visited places, the state of Minas Gerais holds unforgettable historical, architectural, and ecological riches. Minas has more UNESCO World Heritage sites that any other state in Brazil. This mountainous state's name, which means "general mines," was inspired by the area's great mineral wealth.

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Minas Gerais Hotels

In the interior of Minas Gerais, especially in the historic cities and state parks, there are two types of traditional accommodations for tourists: pousadas...read more

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Minas Gerais Restaurants

Probably the most popular cuisine in the country, Mineiran food is a mixture of Portuguese, Indian, and African flavors. Famous foods include lombo de porco...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Minas Gerais

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Minas Gerais Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Minas Gerais

    Colonial Towns: Walk on the paralelepípedos (cobblestones) in Ouro Preto, Diamantina, and Tiradentes, all magnificently preserved baroque towns... Read more

  • A Bit of History

    Exploration of Minas began in the 17th century, when bandeirantes (bands of adventurers) from the coastal areas came in search of slaves and... Read more

  • Eating Like a Mineiro

    Some gastronomic critics say there are only three native Brazilian cuisines: the cuisine from the North (particularly from Pará); the Capixaba... Read more

  • The Serenade Town

    Diamantina has the distinction of being Brazil's center of serenading. At night, particularly on weekends, romantics gather in a downtown alley... Read more

  • Brazilian Baroque

    When gold was discovered in Minas Gerais in the 17th century, the Portuguese, to ensure their control of the mining industry, exiled the traditional... Read more

  • The Price of Betrayal

    The Inconfidência Mineira, a 1789 attempt to gain independence from Portugal, was to have been led by Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, better known... Read more

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