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Brazil’s Colonial Heritage


5 days


Brazil isn’t all beaches and wild street parties! Did you know it is also a country with a fascinating colonial history? And no region tells the story of Brazil’s turbulent past like the Gold Rush centre of Minas Gerais. On this sample itinerary we take you from one colonial gem to the next.

First, fly to Belo Horizonte and then drive to Tiradentes. Don’t forget to take a quick peek inside the San Antonio Church! With hundreds of kilos of gold decoration, the interior is a sharp reminder of the incredible wealth that was concentrated in this region. Next, you’ll visit the jewel in the crown of Brazil’s colonial circuit. Beautiful Ouro Preto is famous for its baroque architecture. Discover the picturesque bridges, fountains and squares, as you walk the winding cobbled streets. Along the way you’ll have a chance to explore the tiny towns of Mariana, Congonhas and Sao Joao del Rei. Marvel at the wealth of these former mining boom towns and imagine the thriving days of yesteryear on this fascinating glimpse of Brazil’s past.

Why not discover even more stunning colonial architecture on our tailor-made Colonial Splendour itinerary? Including Colombia, Panama and Brazils’ north-eastern coast this is the ultimate deep-dive into Latin America’s colonial past.


  • Learn about Brazil’s colonial history as you travel through the Gold Rush region.
  • Marvel at the typical colonial architecture of this region.
  • Walk through the cobbles streets of colonial Tiradentes and admire its lovely baroque architecture.
  • Visit one of the most beautiful cities in South America! Ouro Preto is a delight to explore.


Day 1 Belo Horizonte/Tiradentes

Arrive Belo Horizonte and transfer to Congonhas, once an important mining centre. Visit the stunning baroque Basilica, constructed in the late 1700’s and see the impressive rococo interior. Continue to Tiradentes with lunch en route

Day 2 Tiradentes

Enjoy a walking tour of beautiful Tiradentes, with its cobbled streets, historic houses and the lovely baroque architecture of its numerous churches. Framed by the São Jose Mountain Range, the city is one of Brazil’s finest colonial beauties. Afternoon at leisure to explore hiking trails in the surrounding hills

Day 3 Tiradentes/Ouro Preto

Transfer to Ouro Preto after breakfast, with a visit to São Joao del Rei en route. Founded in 1698, Ouro Preto is a masterpiece of colonial architecture and a UNESCO Heritage Listed site.

Day 4 Ouro Preto

Enjoy a tour to nearby Mariana, with exemplary colonial architecture. Return to spend the afternoon exploring Ouro Preto, with views of surrounding mountains over red-tiled roofs and baroque church towers

Day 5 Ouro Preto/Belo Horizonte

Transfer back to Belo Horizonte Airport for your onward flight.


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