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Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto, in the heart of Minas Gerais, is one of the country's most historical cities and is a very popular destinations among travelers and tourists. The small town, hidden away in a picturesque valley, is full of marvelous old buildings and churches linked by narrow cobble stoned streets, giving the impression of travelling back in time. The Municipal Theater, built in 1770, is considered to be the oldest theaters still in operation in Latin America. Most of the town's many churches charge a small entrance fee, which helps with maintenance costs, and contain beautiful artwork and mosaic ceilings mostly the work of Antonio Francisco Lisboa, better known as Aleijadinho. The most interesting chapels are Sao Francisco de Assis, Igreja de Santa Efigenia dos Pretos and Capela do Padre Faria. A good time to visit Ouro Preto is during Holy Week when full-costumed processions are held sporadically up until Easter Sunday. Praca Tiradentes, the town center, is where you will find a lot of the best bars and restaurants. The town also has a university and large student population, which leads to a lively nightlife. The best places to hang out are around Praca Tiradentes and along Rua Direita. Close to Ouro Preto is the Minas de Passagem gold mine, which has a large system of tunnels, some of which are open to the public and can be reached by cable car. The mine is about half way between Ouro Preto and Mariana (12 km away). Mariana is also worth a visit for those who wants to take things a little easier. The region has its share of ecotourism, mountains and waterfalls and the Parque Municipal da Cachoeira das Andorinhas is a good place to do some sight seeing.


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HOTELS

Pousada Boungaville
Tel: (031) 553-1545
Price range: R$20-R$40

Pousada Arcádia Mineira
Tel: (031) 551-2227
Price range: R$25-R$40

Pousada Gabriela
Tel: (031) 551-4734
Price range: R$35-R$60

Pousada Quinta dos Barões
Tel: (031) 551-5271
Price range: R$40-R$55

Pousada da Ferraria
Tel: (031) 551-3388
Price range: R$44-R$55

Priskar da Barra
Tel: (031) 551-2666
Price range: R$43-R$60

Pousada Casa dos Contos
Tel: (031) 551-1148
Price range: R$40-R$65

Hospedaria Antiga
Tel: (031) 551-2203
Price range: R$45-R$60

Pousada Tiradentes
Tel: (031) 551-2619
Price range: R$40-R$70

Pousada Recanto das Minas
Tel: (031) 551-3003
Price range: R$43-R$77

Pouso Chico Rey
Tel: (031) 551-1274
Price range: R$30-R$ 90

Pousada Itacolomi
Tel: (031) 551-2891
Price range: R$50-R$70

Solar das Lajes
Tel: (031) 551-3388
Price range: R$44-R$77

Mirante
Tel: (031) 551-2773
Price range: R$65-R$90

Pousada do Mondego
(031) 551-2040
Price range: R$115-R$163

Luxor Pousada
(031) 551-2244
Price range: R$124-R$175



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