Every time you mention Brazil, most people’s minds shift to World Cup, Copacabana Beach in Rio and spirit distilled from sugar cane called cachaça.
All these are lovely, in fact they are amazing. But the beauty in Brazil stretches far past the sun, samba and sand, CNN Travel reports.
Digging deeper into the interior of Brazil, you will come across Minas Gerais where beckons reside. With valuable historical information, the rolling pastoral hills are a perfect destination to visit.
- Colonial history
If there is something Brazil is known, then it is preservation. And true to the country’s values, Minas Gerais fiercely takes care of its rich history of colonial towns.
The UNESCO World Heritage-designated old towns of Ouro Preto and Diamantina and the sleepy foodie haven of Tiradentes harbor are some sites you cannot afford to miss out on your next vacation.
Meandering through the stunning villages leaves you feeling as though you are stuck-in-time.
- Brazil’s bar capital
With a population of 1.4 million, Belo Horizonte, the state capital, is Brazil’s third-largest metropolis but also holds other hidden treasures. It is nationally nicknamed “City of Bars,” and indeed it is a good place to relax.
- Deep culinary credibility
Ever been caught in a Brazilian talk of food? Try get YouTube videos of that and you will realize they major their topic on the gauchos.
The people in Minas Gerais are awesome basically on almost everything done in the kitchen. The possibility of you having a bad meal here is close to impossible. If you are a serious foodie and want to get straight to the heart of this heavy, pork-dependent country cuisine, head straight to the cinematic colonial village of Tiradentes.
There are six starred restaurants to be shared by just 7,000 people, making it the highest per capita in Brazil as explained by Guia4Rodas.
Visit Leitão do Luiz Ney for suckling pig then head to Virada’s do Largo for chicken with saffron and ora-pro-nóbis. But that’s not it. You have kale, eggs, rice, beans, bananas, house-smoked bacon and succulent semi-smoked pork loin.
The dessert is also one thing you cannot afford to miss. Dried guava fruit perfectly rolled in cashew nuts will leave you asking for more.
- The Michelangelo of Brazil
Apart from mouth-watering meals, Minas Gerais is also known for its immense art. The place is littered with the works of Brazil’s most lauded sculptor, Aleijadinho, often touted as Brazil’s Michelangelo.
You can never be ready for the surprise works he has done including “Twelve Prophets.”
Crippled, sick and old, Aleijadinho carved 12 Old Testament figures in 5 years between 1800 and 1805. His works live up to this day and will leave you with the “wow!” feeling.
- A priest and his maned wolves
While obeying a Saint Francis style, there is this mysterious priest he became friends with wolves and every night never failed to feed them.
Visit the place today and you will be sat on the back porch and wait for the wolves to come out. Remember to speak in hushed tones as you sip cachaça.
Once the wolves come out, the sight is just miraculous. They slowly saunter up the steps as they eat up the night’s leftovers. This can only be seen in Minas Gerais.