One road, several stories. The Estrada Real was built yet in the era of empire, connecting the cities of Ouro Preto, former Vila Rica (MG) and Paraty (RJ). The objective was to facilitate the flow of precious materials found in Minas Gerais to the nearest port. With the identification of gemstones in the region of Serro, the road was extended to the Village of Tejuco, current Diamantina. Today, the road brings together stories of many coming and goings. From Minas to the coast.To walk along the Estrada Real means reliving steps of several generations before us. The story is not only by the paths. The cities and towns that are in the surroundings of the road also have a lot of history on Minas Gerais and Brazil, since the days of royalty in the region. Altogether, there are 1,600 km of heritage surrounded by mountains, picturesque nature, culture and art. A road that inspires the history and beauty of the traditions and histories from Minas Gerais and Brazil.
Culture, art, music, cuisine and popular festivals consecrate Ouro Preto as Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Located 90 km from Belo Horizonte, the city owns one of the largest and most important collections of architecture and colonial art in Brazil. From the Sacred art of Aleijadinho to local crafts, passing by the typical local food and traditional festivals, the city is always ready to offer fun and surprises.The churches are the main tourist attractions in Ouro Preto. More than religious temples, they are true temples of the colonial art. His altars, often gold plated, are classic examples of rococó. His sculptures, the work of important artists of the time, as Aleijadinho, are considered masterpieces of Brazilian baroque.Traditional university center, Ouro Preto breathes culture, is lively, festive and cheerful, charming visitors with its atmosphere and unique beauties. Its Carnival, traditionally celebrated on the street, is one of the busiest in the country. Annually attracts thousands of young people to the slopes and local streets. Another event that usually catch the attention of visitors is the Festival de Inverno, which takes place in July and offers an agitated cultural program.
Located 93 km from Belo Horizonte, the city Barão de Cocais keeps historical treasures. The city was founded in the early eighteenth century by Bandeirantes and Portuguese people from São Paulo who traveled to Minas Gerais in search of gold. In 1764 the city won the first of many churches - the current Igreja Matriz SãoJoão Batista is, today, one of the main attractions of the city. The construction, which required 21 years of work to be completed, is just at the entrance of the city.Altogether, Barão de Cocais gives shelter to nine churches, destination of most tourists. In addition to the religious temples and the beautiful landscape (with waterfalls and mountains), the city has several attractions. This is the case of the Museum of Fernando Tôco which tells the story of the tropeirismo through exclusive pieces. The ruins of the Gongo Soco, who keep the history of the period of gold, is an attraction apart. Several other attractions such as the Sítio Arqueológico Pedra Pintada and the Cruzeiro das Almas, are waiting for the visitors.
The Hotel Fazenda Confins offers accommodation differentiated in chalets or apartments scattered around the area. All 20 units are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV and satellite dish, telephone, mini bar, American style beds and a balcony.Among the activities available to guests are the horseback riding, carriage ride, fishing, ecological trails, and beautiful spectacles of sunrise and sunset.The area of the hotel has three pools, tennis courts, sports field, sand and soccer field, gym, games room, sauna and playground.You can hold business events, as the hotel offers convention hall equipped with air conditioning, flipchart, projector, audio, TV 29", DVD and video, and with capacity for up to 60 people.The Hotel Fazenda Confins offers packages for weekends and holidays.
Address: Rua Rui de Souza, 1500 - Confins - MG
Phone: (31) 3686-2000
Opening hours: Daily- 24 horas
Located in Brumadinho, just 60 kilometers from the capital of Minas Gerais, the Instituto Cultural Inhotim is the one of the most important collections of contemporary art in Latin America. In permanent exhibition, paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and installations of Brazilian and international artists, plus extensive botanical collection.The areas of Tropical Park were built under the influence of the concepts of the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. A huge variety of plants makes Inhotim a place where you can find one of the largest botanical collections in the world.
There are rare tropical species and a forest reserve that is part of the Atlantic Forest biome.The possibility of the close contact with nature and the arts transforms Inhotim in a place of great attraction for children also. The Institute develops, through partnerships, programs for students and teachers of the school. The goal of the program is to provide learning outside of the classroom.In Inhotim, visitors have several feeding options, ranging from snacks to full meals.The restaurant Inhotim has a pleasant atmosphere and integrated to the gardens and the collection of contemporary art of the institution.The menu consists of an excellent and varied salad bar, a la carte dishes, extensive wine list, and a dessert table with various sweets.
Address: Rua B, 20, Inhotim- MG
Phone: (31) 3571-9700
Opening hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 9:30 am to 16:30
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays - 9:30 am to 17:30