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Ouro Preto, or Black Gold, is aptly named for the Brazilian gold rush which swept through Minas Gerais during the 1700s. The wealth discovered here flooded Portuguese coffers for over a century and led to Ouro Preto becoming the capital of Minas Gerais Province for more than 150 years. As a one time centre of political, philosophical and religious thought, the legacy of this town’s physical and intellectual wealth can be observed by today’s traveller at every turn.
Beautiful Baroque churches, intriguing museums and a picturesque central square are the highlights of Ouro Preto, making it a fascinating retreat from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro 400km to the South. With its cobbled streets, winding lanes and quaint restaurants, it's not difficult to see why this pretty little town has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980.
The weather here is much cooler than the coast, although the resulting compromise is higher rainfall. And while the rolling green hills which surround Ouro Preto may be beautiful, they do mean that the town centre is also incredibly hilly. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Peak District, just with better weather!
Pousada Minas Gerais
This charming inn of colonial style is conveniently located in the historic centre of Ouro Preto. The pousada has 18 spacious and simply decorated rooms all with comfortable beds, heating and air-conditioning, safe and TV. The buffet breakfast is tasty and varied in its offerings.
Solar Do Rosario
This colonial style ex-mansion has been renovated to form today's 41 room boutique hotel, Solar do Rosario. The decor throughout is of a modern rustic style, with elegant french doors opening on to small balconies from many of the guest rooms. There are also gorgeous gardens, heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool with wonderful views and a popular restaurant open to the public. Solar do Rosario enjoys privileged views of churches St. Francis de Paul, Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Joseph and Pico Itacolomi.
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