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Welcome to Brazil's Gold Rush Town

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!

Ouro Preto Holiday Inspiration

Wildlife, Gold & Beach

Take a journey through Brazil's varied landscapes and rich history with the Wildlife, Gold & Beach holiday. 

Start in the Amazon before heading to the gold rush town Ouro Preto, as well as the outdoor lovers' paradise, Serra do Cipo. Relax on Buzios beach, known as the Brazilian Riviera and explore Rio's highlights with an included tour.

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  • From charming guesthouses to 5* luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit you
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