Photos by A Cruising Couple
If you’re planning a trip to Brazil, chances are classic highlights like Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon are already high on your wish-list. Of course, there’s so much more to see and do in beautiful Brazil. While it might not be as iconic as some of the country’s other well-known attractions, a stop at the 17th-century colonial city of Ouro Preto is an absolute must.
Ouro Preto (which translates to Black Gold) was the center of Brazil’s gold rush. Today, the small winding roads and traditional churches are just as charming as ever; in fact, the town has barely been developed, save for a few renovations of historic architecture.
There’s plenty to see and do in Ouro Preto, but our favorite activity was wandering around with no set itinerary or map. Just be sure to bring your camera, as there are countless opportunities for postcard-perfect photographs. These snapshots should inspire you to get started:
Here are a few extra tips for your time in Ouro Preto:
Where To Sleep
For accommodation that is just as lovely as its surroundings, try Hotel Solar do Rosario. Some of the rooms in this 19th-century building can be tight; we suggest asking for a suite that looks out to the cobbled streets and old architecture. The hotel is equipped with a pool, gym and acclaimed restaurant.
Where To Eat
Ouro Preto is located in the state of Minas Gerais, known throughout Brazil for its especially mouthwatering cuisine. Be sure to try the feijão tropeiro mineiro, or beans typically sautéed with maniac flour, sausage and kale. Bene da Flauta is pricy, but offers an excellent menu with sweeping views of the city. Head to Escada Abaixo for yummy caipirinhas and live music.
Where To Explore
Don’t miss this guide we wrote on some of Ouro Preto’s top churches, museums and plazas.