Baroque Cities of Gold

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Duration4 days/3 nights

LocationBelo Horizonte - Ouro Preto - Rio de Janeiro (or vice versa)

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This Brazil baroque cities tour will take you from Belo Horizonte and city of gold Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais to Rio de Janeiro. During the 17th century gold rush Ouro Preto became a very wealthy town with rich architecture and today it is a Unesco protected city. The best way to get a feel for the town is to roam the winding city streets lined with museums and churches on foot.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Belo Horizonte - Ouro Preto

The town of Ouro Preto doesn’t have its own airport, instead you’ll arrive at an airport about 100km from town in Belo Horizonte. Upon your arrival, a driver will collect you and take you to your accommodation in the centre of Ouro Preto. During this Brazil baroque cities tour you’ll spend three nights in a pousada steeped in the same 17th century atmosphere as the town itself. Despite its historic charm, the pousada is equipped with all the necessary modern facilities you would expect to find.

Belo Horizonte - Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto - Free time

On Day 2 of your baroque cities trip, you can explore the narrow winding streets of Ouro Preto. As a result of the local gold rush the town became an open air museum of richly decorated baroque churches, buildings, fountains and squares. Ouro Preto, which means ‘black gold’ has been a UNESCO protected site since 1980. Its special status helps it to retain its 17th century atmosphere. The streets are paved with uneven cobble stones, so don’t forget to pack a pair of sturdy walking shoes.

Ouro Preto - Free time

On Day 3 you could visit the picturesque countryside in the state of Minas Gerais. A public bus goes from Ouro Preto to other small towns in the area. Travelling by bus you’ll be able to chat with the locals but if you would like more freedom you can hire a car and driver for a day locally. This way you can travel around at your own pace.

Ouro Preto - Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast you’ll check out of your pousada and head for the Ouro Preto bus station. The bus will take you to Belo Horizonte and on to Rio de Janeiro in around 7 hours. A transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Rio on arrival.

Ouro Preto - Rio de Janeiro

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