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Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto, which translates to “black gold”, is known for its mining. There is a broad range of different topography on offer with some roads being too rough for vehicles. Walking along the steep, cobbled pathways can be demanding, but the church views are definitely worth the effort. There are 23 churches spread out around the city, most of which sit upon stunning hills.

Ouro Preto is home to the world’s largest public-friendly mine called Mina da Passagem. Descend 315 meters in a small cart, which is held by a steel cable and you’ll reach the mining galleries. There will be a tour guide with you to show you around. As well as the novelty of being below the ground in a mine, you can cast your eyes on a gorgeous underground lake.

To get a taste of Ouro Preto’s history, Capela do Padre Faria is a good place to start. This church is one of the oldest structures in the whole region. It was originally built way back in 1710.

Itacolomi State Park is also worth a visit. Here you will find all sorts of fauna and flora. There are loads of trails available for those who like to walk and explore. At this park, you’ll land eyes on the Itacolomi Peak, which is made up of one very large rock and one smaller one. It can be seen from various hilltops and you may hear it referred to as “the Rock and the Boy” due to the contrasting sizes.

You can also find some lovely options when it comes to looking for accomodation. Whether you want to be close to Tiradentes Square or you fancy having access to a swimming pool, there is a hotel in Ouro Preto that’s perfect for you.

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