Inland from Rio is the state of Minas Gerais, a sharp contrast to its bordering coastal states with many quaint, historical towns such as Ouro Preto and Tiradentes. Minas was a major source of wealth during the colonial era due to its mineral riches.
There are many examples of Baroque art and architecture in this region, all set in beautiful surroundings with churches dotted on hill-tops, colourful houses on cobbled streets and impressive sculptural creations from the local hero, Aleijadinho.
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Country hotel - Near Lima DuarteIbitipoca, a 5,000 hectare reserve about 4 hours inland by road from Rio de Janeiro (270km), began in 1981 with the purchase of the Fazenda do Engenho. The old farmhouse, built in 1715, was rebuilt in 2006, retaining many of its original features; it overlooks a lake and offers some wonderful views, particularly from the terrace. The dining room is traditionally furnished with a wood burning stove and guests can either eat ‘family style’ at the main table or be seated at individual tables. The main sitting room has an open fire and there is also a small TV/DVD room. Other facilities include a spa, sauna and outdoor hot tub.
City hotel - Ouro PretoA beautifully restored colonial mansion in the heart of this historic city overlooking Sao Francisco de Assis church. Beautifully furnished with wonderful wooden floors, traditional furniture, and attention to detail. The better rooms have views of the city.
Inn/Posada - TiradentesPretty colonial house just over the bridge (from which it takes its name) from the leafy cobbled square of Tiradentes, about 3 hours from Belo Horizonte or 5 hours drive from Rio.