Diamantina Travel Guide

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Diamantina Things to Do

  • The Main Church

    This is the Main Church of Diamantina. The present construction was finished in 1932, replacing the original one. You can see this church from almost everywhere in the city...

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    and from an other perspective..the Passageway.the beauty is always in the detail, just click on the pic and you see what I mean

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  • Passageway

    reminding of the portugues influence, clever building and innovation, the Passageway now the Preifeitura ..Mayor's Office of Diamantina

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Diamantina Transportation

  • Walking in Diamantina

    While in Diamantina, you won´t even need to use the public transportation. The city is quite small, so you can go to all the places walking (except for the waterfalls). The only problem is that the city was built on a mountain, so be ready for the slopes...

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  • Buses to Diamantina

    Diamantina is located in Minas Gerais State, 280 Km from Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais´ capital and biggest city). This is the closest you can get by plane. From BH, you´ll have to catch a bus and the trip will last around 5 hours.São Paulo is 878 Km away. The bus trip will last 15 hours with 5 stops. I did it (the round trip) twice. It´s not as bad...

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Diamantina Local Customs

  • CARNIVAL - Party!!!

    This is what carnival is about!!! Having fun!!!Every street of the city historical center will be crowded with young people dancing, drinking, talking and having fun. From friday night until wednesday morning. Can you believe that???On the market square (a few quarters from the Main Church Square), there is a stage where bands play loud brazilian...

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  • CARNIVAL - Parades

    In Carnival, during the day, there are always some parades passing through the city. People will stop to watch them for a few minutes. It is really fast, unless you want to join them and walk around the city.It is not like Rio?s Carnival so the parades are much simpler. It is a good moment to take pictures, which you will be able to show your...

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  • mining

    of precious stones and minerals, thousends of mines where opend, millions of treasures ripped from below the earth, enourmes wealth generated.....but only for few people, till Brasils Independence in 1804but somehow this wealth disappeared into dark channels, Brasil could have been one of the richest country in the world, but the plunder was fast...

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Diamantina Warnings and Dangers

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    by ThiagoRamos Written Jan 6, 2006

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    I don´t see Diamantina as a dangerous city, so you don´t have to worry about being robbed or something like this. Just be careful.

    On the other hand, the city gets really crowded on Carnival. You´ll probably spend most of the time jumping, hugging people and drinking (maybe?) so it´s very easy to loose wallets, cameras and other small itens. So be careful and make sure you put the valuable things in a place where they won´t fall from...

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    • School Holidays
    • Backpacking

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Diamantina Off The Beaten Path

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    by ThiagoRamos Written Jan 6, 2006

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    There are some beautiful waterfalls ("cachoeiras") around the city, such as Cachoeira dos Cristais (13 Km), Cachoeira Sentinela (8 Km), Cachoeira da Toca (5 Km) Cachoeira Capivara (in neighbor city of Gouveia) and Cachoeira do Barão (also in Gouveia).

    I´ve never been to any of them, so I don´t have pictures. But you can check www.diamantina.com.br for some pics (on the link "cachoeiras").

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    • National/State Park
    • School Holidays

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Diamantina Favorites

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    by pepples46 Updated Aug 20, 2005

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    Fondest memory: I am not peticular fond of Churches, but ... one can't escape..:-) Brazil is a very religious Country, packed with Churches everywhere, even a small Town might have more then one. the whole congregation saves and donates enourmes amounts for the Church, which in return, played their part in Brazils Politics.90% catolics,around 5% protestants and the rest worship smaller religions officially not accepted but very much practiced..like Candomble ..the black magic.

    when you like to know more about the Region..please go to my Ouro Preto or Minas Gerais page

    Ouro Preto

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    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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