Ouro Prêto Travel Guide

  • Night Panoramas
    Night Panoramas
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    Sunset from the pousada
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  • Old Streets from Casa dos Contos
    Old Streets from Casa dos Contos
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Ouro Prêto Things to Do

  • Gold Mines

    There are some mines opened to public, allowing to recreate the hard conditions supported by the old miners. We visited two of them: the mine of Chico Rei, right in Ouro Preto, and a bigger one in Passagem, close to Mariana, where we descent to the mine using an old trolley (so old that Fernanda decided to stay out of it - claustrophobia, she...

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  • Colonial architecture

    The place is very well preserved, and Portuguese heritage shines everywhere. Time seems to have been stopped in Ouro Preto, only the cars proving that we are not back in time. Wonderful!

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  • Casa dos contos

    The Tax collection House is worth a visit. It was the home of the regional tax collector and is well furnished with some displays. The courtyard and staircases are quite impressive.

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  • Praca Tiradentes

    Praca Tiradentes (Tooth puller square) is named after the Brazilian freedom rebel Joaquim José da Silva Xavier. It's situated in the centre of the city and home to two museums (the school of Mines and Museum of Inconfidencia). Wear some good shoes round here as the streets are cobbled and quite steep.

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  • A mosaic of christianity

    Ouro Preto has an array of churches in many architectural styles and bright colours. The most notable are Igreja de São Francisco de Assis (on the hill), Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao and Nossa Senhora do Carmo. The colonial architecture in this part of Minas Gerais is famous and there are few signs of modern life here.

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  • Beautiful old Town

    The town of Ouro Preto is a lovely sight, and with its imposing steep streets, it means you can get a good work out admiring the panorama. It is small enough to see it all on foot. Work your way round the cobbled streets and take your time doing souvenir shopping.

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  • The Town

    The whole town is a sculpture, composed by hundreds of churches and colonial buildings. It's a delight for our eyes, getting the top of one hill, and... to see the other. Absolutely marvelous.Though very steep, the town is small, and easy to see in one or two days, if you skip the details. Otherwise.. only the baroque churches are more then 300!

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  • Mina do Chico Rei

    Right in Ouro Preto, the visitable area of this mine, several kilometers long and dug by the slave Chico Rei, in search of fortune and freedom, is not much than a hole. Anyway, specially for the kids, it is funny (Horacio, almost two meters high was the star).

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  • WALK and CLICK

    I was very pleased to spend a half day at Ouro Preto, just to be able to stroll around and click the camera so many times as the town was a wonderful example of the old colonial architecture. It is a world heritage site with many old buildings and cobblestone streets. The name Ouro Preto means black gold as this was a scene of the gold rush two...

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Ouro Prêto Hotels

  • Pousada Do Arcanjo

    Rua Sao Miguel Arcanjo, 270, Ouro Preto, State of Para, 35.400-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Solar Nossa Senhora Do Rosario

    A renovated 19th century mansion, the 'Solar' is a luxury hotel. Staff members are friendly and...

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  • Pousada do Mondego Ouro Preto

    Largo Do Coimbra, 38, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, 35400-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ouro Prêto Restaurants

  • Excellent little place with a friendly...

    Restaurant Maximus is one of those brazilian buffet restaurants where you pay according to how much you eat and you weigh your food on a scale and then pay according to the weight of the food.I geneally like these places and this little place was really nice.There was a good selection of both warm and cold dishes and the friendly owner made it a...

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  • One of Ouro Prêto's best

    Just down the hill from Praça Tiradentes, Casa do Ouvidor offers a large menu with regional, national, and international dishes. It also has an extensive wine list.I had lunch here, with a guide, in 1998 and dinner, with my wife, in 2008. Both meals were superb. In 2008:1) Tournedos á Rossini, R$24 (US$16): succulent Brazilian beef with vegetable...

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  • Superb kilo

    A 'kilo' (or 'quilo') is a buffet restaurant that charges you by the weight of your food: that is, an ounce of chicken costs the same as an ounce of lettuce.Maximus is one of the best kilos I've eaten in. The dozen or so dishes are well prepared and there is no skimping on the favorites (like beef, chicken, beans, and rice).There are a half–dozen...

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Ouro Prêto Nightlife

  • Night-time Meeting Place

    It was my first night in Ouro Preto and I was strolling the streets of historic centre. I did not know much about the city and the places to go, so I had to follow my intuition. I passed by Satelite and found it was the most busy place on that street, and besides, I liked the ambience and people (mostly locals). Enough reasons to enter and have a...

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  • WALKING AROUND OURO PRETO AT NIGHT

    No specific tips for nightlife,only to walk around the hills and apreciate this scenery of magic,as all changed and the architeture looks so diferent and special under the million lights of the city,a great show of history and mistery,as we could feel the ghosts of this so rich in tales and myths place

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Ouro Prêto Transportation

  • Take the bus to Ouro Preto.

    You are very likely to arrive to Ouro Preto by bus as there is no airport and it´s far from the coast and few people would want to drive in their own car up there.This is no problem as the long distance busses in Brazil are generally of a very good quality and to main nearby cities like Rio De Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, you have several daily...

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  • airplane and bus...

    Ouro Prêto is about 100kms from Belo Horizonte. Buses of Passaro Verde company – (31)3201-2687 - leave daily and take about 2.5 hours. Tickets cost 20R$. Have in mind that the Belo Horizonte airport is 33kms away from the bus station and it will take you about an hour to reach it. From Rio it is 417km/475km. Util has one bus daily –...

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  • From Belo Horizonte Airport to Ouro...

    You can do it very unexpensive and comfortably from and to Belo Horizonte airport (Confins) by bus. From the airport to the city center you take the airport bus (R$15,00) that will take you to the proximities of the city bus station. From there you will find buses (leaving at about every hour) to Ouro Preto. This will take about two hours and costs...

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Ouro Prêto Shopping

  • Cristos and Plates

    Off Tiradentes main square is a small plaza with thousands of local artisans work. The locals are cheerful, open and very friendly. They sell just about anything you could ever imagine and it is an absolute pleasure to meet the local artists and buy a great souvenir. Any of the colorful plates are beautiful 10$ US for a large plate or 2$ for a...

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  • Brazilian gems

    Fascinating little rocks!! Stunning colours! Perfect sparkle!! If you want to have a look at a good collection of minerals visit the Museu de Mineralogia. My favourite stone is Aqua Marina with that elegant blue colour. I visited a shop to learn a little more. They told me there are a lot of different qualities that have very different prices,...

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  • Handicrafts Made from Soapstone

    A soapstone quarry in Santa Rita de Ouro Preto, 28 km away, provides endless supplies for attractive carvings and imitations of Aleijadinho work. Handicrafts include jars, vases, ashtrays, plates, cups, boxes and many more. The colours of the objects may vary from white, grey, green to brown and orange. There is a daily handicraft market that has a...

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Ouro Prêto Local Customs

  • Learn some Portuguese

    Outside of the big tourist cities in Brazil, English is not always spoken by a large number of people. Spanish can be useful but often you can be completely stuck without Portuguese. The Brazilian version is slightly different, but not too difficult to learn.

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  • Carnaval

    Ouro Preto is a college town, which gives Carnaval here a special flavor. Hundreds of twenty-somethings descend on the town to celebrate with student friends. Hotels fill up early ; be sure to purchase bus tickets well in advance for arriving and leaving.For the locals, the festival is low-key, low cost and fun. Not sexy and sophisticated like Rio,...

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  • Colourful Semana Santa (Holy Week)...

    Easter Week celebrations in Ouro Preto feature some of the country's most spectacular Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions and it's certainly worth visiting this magnificent city at that time. The entire week is filled with celebrations ending on Easter Sunday. The night before they decorate streets with carpets made of colourful sawdust and...

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Ouro Prêto Warnings and Dangers

  • Ouro Preto hs very steep streets.

    Very few streets in Ouro Preto are flat and you should take it easy and not rush there, cuase you will just get tired or fall and injure yourself.But it´s also the hills that gives Ouro Preto most of the good views so there is little to complain about.Just bring some good footwear and walk slow and you will absolutely love the place and you will...

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  • OH,THIS PEACE AND SILENCE

    The only danger in this place is the fact that,involved by its quite atmosphere,you'll never leave it !

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Ouro Prêto What to Pack

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    by peace_prevails Written Dec 15, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The topography of Ouro Preto is extremely hilly. Anything less than the most comfortable trainers/sneakers/tenis and your feet will be seriously complaining. Having said that, walking is a very rewarding experience.

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Ouro Prêto Off The Beaten Path

  • Mariana

    About 16 KM from Ouro Preto, a small but also beautiful town, Mariana, replicates the style and harmony of Ouro Preto, at a smaller scale and in a less beautiful landscape. Now it seems that they put back to work the old train "Maria Fumaça" that offers a pleasant trip of about one hour between the two cities. It was closed when we visited it, and...

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  • Visit a former gold mine.

    In between Ouro Preto and Mariana you have a gold mine that was used until quite recently.It is partly flooded today, but there is a quite a bit to see and you have guides showing you around there and answering what questions you might have.Entering the mine is one of the really cool things as you are going down there on the old rail tracks and...

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  • Enjoy the view from Morro Sao Sebastiao.

    It´s a bit of a steep trek up tp the top of Morro Sao Sebastiao, but it´s worth it as it gives you one of the best views of Ouro Preto and a bit of exercise never hurts.There is a nice little viewpoint area there where you can chill out while enjoying the view.

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Ouro Prêto Favorites

  • Estrada Real.

    The Estrada Real was also called the gold route.That was the route the portugese took when they had to transport the gold and other precious stones to the coast so they could be transported to Europe.They ended up in what is today Rio De Janeiro or Paraty.The route is still thee and marked with little signs that you are likely to come across if you...

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  • Republicas.

    You will often see a sign saying "republica" on houses in Ouro Preto.These places are student houses where students live together and often party hard.These places are often quite anarchistic and many wild ideas and wild plans for Brazils future has started in these places.They are there cause Ouro Preto is a big student town and therefor also a...

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  • Inconfidencia Mineira

    At the end of the 18th century some exceptional personalities of the local community, full of passion for freedom and love for their country and inspired by the flame of the French Revolution in 1789, decided to start their own rebellion and created the "Inconfidencia Mineira" against the Portuguese. One of them was "Tiradentes", a national...

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Oscar Niemeyer was here.
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Maria Fumaça
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Mina da Passagem
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other important points of interest
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Igreja São Francisco de Assis.
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local open artcraft market
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