Get ready to climb... all streets are on slopes, as in most cities in Minas Gerais
a place to understand
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...
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").
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