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Things to Do in Ouro Preto

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  • RichardK938
    West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
    Ouro Preto is just a gorgeous mountain town loaded with Baroque churches and other buildings as well as closed gold mines which once built this town.
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • Rainer Kaltenbrunner
    5 contributions
    The Museu da Inconfidencia covers a much broader topic than the title "da Inconfidencia" would suggest. The "inconfidencia" is a failed late 18th century rebellion against Portuguese colonial rule and as such regarded a predecessor of Brazilian independence more than 2 decades later. The center of it was Ouro Preto and the museum duly deals with that event. But the museum goes well beyond that and explains the whole history of Ouro Preto in its political, social and cultural dimensions. The exhibits are well explained (you should have at least some background of Brazlilian history). (That the audio guides did not work should definitely be a concern for the administration.) The museum is located in the former townhall, an interesting building in itself with strong colonial roots.
    Having visited the museum you would understand that Brasil is much more than Rio, Sao Paulo, the Amazonas and the Nordeste, that Minas has been an important constitutive part for more than three centuries.
    Written April 24, 2022
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  • João Frederico M
    Campinas, SP132 contributions
    Casa dos Contos is where the crown's representative gathered taxes, melted gold, made coins housing the nobleman's family. It is well preseved and with very good information.
    Written August 20, 2018
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  • RichardK938
    West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
    This baroque church is just stunning in its decor just filled with gold covered wooden carvings. From the main altar to the side chapels the intricate gold figures are just stunning.
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • RichardK938
    West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
    This church is also has some nice Baroque altars and chapels along with a very impressive ceiling fresco. Make sure to go inside this one.
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • Pedro de Pedra
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,098 contributions
    Great dirt road 4x4 trip, or quad, motocross or hiking. Although we could see regular cars all the way till the final 500m, this is at great risk and expense. Once there, nice lake made by a dam, good for swim and nature.
    Written October 16, 2017
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  • Miqueias
    Sao Paulo, SP6 contributions
    The tour is very interesting. It started out with a great 15m explanation by our great guide Herbert. He went deep into how mining was done in this region of Brazil and also brought great insight to how slaves were utilized, not just as cheap labor but as actual experts on the mining speciality.
    In the mine, the tour went o for about 30min. It really depends on how many questions you have. We were by ourselves with Herbert so we were really able to get a great explanation.
    15% of the tour will require you to walk while squatting low, so take that into consideration. It’s actually really easy to breath, due to the amazing filtration system, and while there are some tight spots, most of the mine is well over 2 meter high (6.8 feet high).
    Written November 19, 2021
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  • PicMorDaisies
    Edmonton, Canada906 contributions
    We took the steam train from Ouro Preto to Mariana and I loved it. As others have commented, it is a bit expensive but they do have half price tickets for seniors and the return ticket wasn't too much more than the one way ticket. We got to the station early in Ouro Preto and that gave us a chance to visit the interesting little museum they have at the station which provides some history. There was also a small market in the station with some hand made items. The seats are not assigned so just choose to sit wherever you wish. When we took it there were quite a few families taking the train since it was during the school holiday period. One has great views of the countryside from the train. I also liked that people wave to the train as we passed. Such fun!
    Written February 14, 2019
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  • Maria_Duke_13
    Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong7 contributions
    This is a very nice park, with wonderful views and nice facilities. We were disappointed though that none of the park guides could take us to the Itacolomi rock, because it was close to their lunch time. There were no shifts or flexibility, and yet there were quite a few guides. We ended up doing a shorter walk that was well worth the effort.
    Written June 27, 2018
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  • RHAHJ
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,977 contributions
    I wanted to visit some mines around Ouro Preto, and after the minas da Passagem I had in mind to visit the Veloso mine, because that was indicated clearly in Google maps. But then I found that this mine was within easy walking distance from the place where I was staying, so I want here and to the Chico Rei mine instead. These mines are much smaller than the Passagem mines, since they were excavated by hand, by slaves. It is interesting to hear about children digging out the smaller spaces, and measures that were taken to keep the slaves small to do the job. Guides speak a little english, but it could be better.
    Written May 28, 2019
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  • Nicole B
    Porto Alegre, RS1,005 contributions
    Cool historic square in the middle of Ouro Preto. Facades of churches and governmental buildings surround the open area. Good place to get oriented from.
    Written December 21, 2021
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  • Inaie
    Aguas de Lindoia, SP183 contributions
    it s fun to see the artisans working and the variety of pieces available.
    i recommend a visit to the street market even if you dont intend to buy anything
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • Nicole B
    Porto Alegre, RS1,005 contributions
    Beautiful Baroque church with stunning frescoes inside. 5R$ to enter for adults. Many of the exterior gates to the grounds were inexplicably locked so had to walk around to get in and out.
    Written December 21, 2021
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  • RHAHJ
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,977 contributions
    This cachoeira is special because it is completely surrounded by rocks, so kind of underground. It is hard to get a good view of the waterfall. There are stairs descending into the water, but I didn't feel like getting wet, with some more walking ahead of me. The hike to get there is quite easy. From the entrance on the Ouro Preto side, getting out of the bus, I think it is just over an hour to get to the visitor center, and from there it is maybe 200 meters to the waterfall, with only the last 20 meters involving some climbing of rocks. Interesting birds around too.
    Written June 3, 2019
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