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GOLD AND COFFEE ROUTE

Tour the state capital of Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s first planned city and important industrial center. Visit the best preserved colonial towns in Brazil, admire spectacular 18th century baroque churches and meticulously restored houses in Ouro Preto and Mariana. See the enormous soapstone sculptures masterfully carved by Brazil’s famous baroque artist, Aleijadinho, in Congonhas, savor outstanding Mineiro cuisine in charming Tiradentes and spend a night on a historic coffee plantation in the hills of Rio de Janeiro state.

Serra da Canastra National Park

Spend 5 days exploring the beautiful landscapes of Serra da Canastra National Park. Located in the interior of Minas Gerais, the national park features lush green hills, scenic valleys with meandering rivers and fast-flowing creeks, impressive stone formations and magnificent waterfalls. Stand at the source of the mighty São Francisco River and visit 19th century mountain towns that seem to have been forgotten by time.

Barroco Minero and Estrada Real

Soak up the friendly atmosphere of Minas Gerais, tour the state capital of Belo Horizonte and contemporary art haven Inhotim. Visit the best preserved colonial towns in Brazil, admire spectacular 18th century baroque churches and meticulously preserved houses in Ouro Preto and Mariana, see the enormous soapstone sculptures masterfully carved by Brazil’s famous baroque artist, Aleijadinho, in Congonhas, savor outstanding Mineiro cuisine in charming Tiradentes and visit the grand former summer palace of Brazil’s last emperor in the mountain town of Petropolis.