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Minas Gerais is a fascinating melting pot of cosmopolitan cities, rocky mountain ranges, colonial mining towns, emerald forests and lush vegetation. With an arid north and verdant south, Minas Gerais is a popular area for coffee growing and has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than anywhere else in the country.

During the late 17th and 18th century, avid adventurers travelled to the interior of Brazil, discovering mineral mines and precious metals throughout their journey. This lead to the state being named Minas Gerais which translates as ‘General Mines’. These discoveries brought great economic security to the so-called Gold Towns of Mariana, Congonhas, Tiradentes and Ouro Preto, and remnants of their early history can still be seen in architecture, museums and surrounding countryside today.

Belo Horizonte is the state capital, known as the Garden City for its pretty parks, diagonal avenues, Art Deco buildings and vibrant produce markets. It’s a place to immerse yourself fully into Brazilian life, and the ideal starting point to your Minas Gerais adventure. Foodies will also adore the city as it is said to house over 10,000 bars and restaurants!

Why should you go to Minas Gerais?

Visiting Minas Gerais is like stepping back in time, to an unspoilt region of Latin America peppered with vibrant cities and quaint hill towns flanked by lush scenery. Winding streets are flanked by ornate churches and noble colonial residences, but set foot outside the mining towns and cities and you’ll discover coffee plantations, authentic cattle ranches, healing hot springs and more. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite for adventure, there are also mouth-watering rustic dishes to sample and music festivals held throughout the year! What more could you ask for?

What is the Best Time to Visit Minas Gerais?

The driest months in Minas Gerais are between April and September. Temperatures during these months peak between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t mind the odd rain shower or two, October to March can be warm and temperatures can reach up to 83 degrees Fahrenheit.

How do I reach Minas Gerais?

You can reach Belo Horizonte from Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours by car, or from the country’s capital, Brasilia in around 7 hours. Flying time from Rio or Sao Paolo is approximately one hour and there are daily flights. If you are beginning your Minas Gerais exploration in Oura Preto or Tiradentes, you can fly into Belo Horizonte then take a bus or hire a rental car from there.

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