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Walking Tour in Ouro Preto and surroundings

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Often the question of foreign travelers in Brazil is: “How can I know Ouro Preto and surroundings in a few days?” Here are interesting walking tour proposals for individual travelers in Brazil especially for the travel to Ouro Preto and surroundings. I guarantee that you will experience here a great mix of cultural and nature tourism! Really good, right?

A number of historic attractions – colonial buildings and artworks, as well as modern architecture, make a trip to Ouro Preto in Brazil extremely appealing. In addition, there are the possibilities of natural tourism. Ouro Preto is located in the middle of the hills of the Serra do Espinhaço, full of adventure like trails to  waterfalls, hiking and trekking.

Be welcome to experience Ouro Preto and surroundings!

In the Minas Gerais state, Ouro Preto was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, and it can boast about having the largest building complex in Brazil. On this walking tour Basic Ouro Preto you will go up and down the hills of the city to learn about the meeting of the Portuguese, locals and Africans at the time of the gold rush in the 18th century.

GETTING THERE

Ouro Preto is 90 Km from the capital of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte and Confins airport is the main gate to the state. About 40 km from downtown BH (Belo Horizonte), it is the landing site for all international and most domestic flights to Minas Gerais. From Confins airport to Ouro Preto you can go by Taxi or UBER. It takes about 2 and half hours.

Another option is by bus or by car from Rio de Janeiro to Ouro Preto to enjoy the beautiful landscape driving!

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Now from Confins BH airport there is a direct connection to Ouro Preto with the Unir bus company! Uber is also available.

The Itacolomi Park is located in the southern part of the biosphere reserve Serra do Espinhaço and in the southeast of the iron square. It offers a splendid view of Ouro Preto, Mariana and the surrounding mountains. Its main attraction is the hike to Itacolomi peak at 1,772 meters high, which is a reference point in search of gold and was referred to as “lighthouse for the Bandeirantes (explorers)”.

Getting there

The park is 4 km from downtown. You can go by taxi or public bus.

Mariana offers an idyllic and romantic atmosphere. On this tour of the historic center of Mariana, you will visit the Cathedral da Sé, the only place outside Europe that houses one of the greatest instruments of the 18th century: the German Arp Schnittger organ. In the Music Museum you will hear sacred compositions by Brazilians from the gold rush.

GETTING THERE

The distance between Ouro Preto Mariana is 14 km. It takes about 20 minutes by car.

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On weekend it is nice to take the train from Ouro Preto to Mariana!

Walking in the capital of the state of Minas Gerais takes you back to the relevant history of the Republic of Brazil and the city boasts important cultural heritage and many attractions. The state capital is one of the most densely vegetated in the country. The city offers 79 parks, 790 squares and green areas. It is a lively city with the traditional places for entertainment in the best Minas Gerais style and also great and quiet contemplation.

Getting there

Confins Airport is the main gate to the state. About 40 km from downtown BH (Belo Horizonte), it is the landing site for all international and most domestic flights to Minas Gerais. Also nationwide for the long-distance buses there are indeed many to this Central City of Brazil. Here are a few trip tips: On the way to Brazil on the way to Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto right here! Now from Confins Airport BH there is a direct connection to Ouro Preto with the Unir bus line!

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I offer a bike tour around Pampulha’s Lake – 18 Km where Oscar Niemeyer in the forties started his carreer and showed the Modern  Archtecture to the world before Brasília! Book here the PERSONALIZED TOUR.

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