Minas Gerais, a state full of culture and history
Minas Gerais treasures history, arts, impressive landscapes, comforting food and welcoming people.
It is better to save at least a week if you want an immersion, as they are spread in the 4th largest state (in size) in Brazil, although it is possible to visit one single spot and still experience it all.
Marked by the gold cycle, slavery and revolutionary ideals such as the Inconfidência Mineira, the Historical Cities of Minas Gerais holds relics like the Baroque Art (the largest collection in Brazil) which are known worldwide for the works of Aleijadinho and Ataíde, displayed in the churches and colonial houses around the towns, like in Tiradentes. Some cities such as Diamantina and Ouro Preto, have received the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity due to its relevant importance throughout history.
When it comes to modern art, it is impossible not to mention Inhotim. The Inhotim Institute is home to one of the largest foundations of contemporary art in Brazil and one of the largest outdoor art centers in Latin America. A spectacular scenery museum that integrates a collection of open-air works with a stunning botanical garden.
Ibitipoca State Park
And if you are into nature, a must visit is the Ibitipoca State Park. You can choose to stay in the town of Lima Duarte and visit the Park from the main entrance, or experience Comuna do Ibitipoca, a five thousand hectares area that acts as a protection belt to the Park.
A stay at Comuna do Ibitipoca implies accommodation at charming natives’ houses in remote and small villages, daily guided tours within the estate, fresh local gastronomy (sometimes outdoors, accompanied by a bonfire and a musician) and interaction with the local community.
This is one of the most loved states in Brazil especially for the receptivity of its people and the delicious food.