The impressive Nossa Senhora do Carmo church, towering over the town of Ouro Preto.

Ouro Preto Tours

Tailor-made Itineraries by Local Experts
The impressive Nossa Senhora do Carmo church, towering over the town of Ouro Preto.

Ouro Preto Tours

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Explore one of Brazil’s most charming and well-preserved historic towns with our private and small group Ouro Preto tours. The city of Ouro Preto (“black gold” in Portuguese) was built when a black-hued gold was found in this area in 1698, provoking a gold rush. By the end of the 18th century, many of the mines had dried up and residents began to leave the city. Due to its declining economic importance, much of the town remains an undeveloped snapshot into the past. Ouro Preto was made a national monument in 1933 and put under the protection of UNESCO in 1981. Contact us to start planning your custom Brazil itinerary with a visit to this fascinating destination.

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What to Do in Ouro Preto

Take in some history as you visit one of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial towns. Your Latin America For Less travel advisor can help you create the perfect itinerary tailored to your interests and preferences.

The historic streets of Ouro Preto, overlooked by the Nossa Senhora do Carmo church.

Explore the City


The town of Ouro Preto is quite small and thus very manageable to get around on foot. A stroll along the hilly, cobblestoned streets is sure to conjure up visions of the past as you admire Ouro Preto’s fascinating historic architecture.

The Museum of the Inconfidência, one of the many beautiful museums offered by Ouro Preto.

Visit Museums


The Museu da Inconfidência holds many pieces of art and historical works, while other museums in Ouro Preto recall its mining past. The Museu de Mineralogia e das Pedras displays precious stones from around the world.

Railroad tracks leading through an underground tunnel at the Passagem Mines in Ouro Preto.

Mines


Visit the Chico Rei Mine, one of the largest and most popular in the region, or for a more thrilling adventure, visit the Passagem Mines of 1719 which require you to wade through an underground lake at one point in the tour.

A man posing on a rocky outcrop in front of breathtaking landscapes at Itacolomi State Park.

Itacolomi State Park


Take a tour of the Itacolomi State Park and admire the large variety of plants and animals that call it home. There is even an 8 mile (12 kilometer) trekking path that includes sights of picturesque villages and waterfalls along the way.

The rooftops of Mariana, a beautiful colonial town and the oldest town in Minas Gerais.

Mariana


Mariana is the oldest city in the state of Minas Gerais and offers a slightly different colonial feel than its neighbor. A restored steam-powered train also runs nearby, offering stunning landscape views of this precious corner of Brazil.

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Two mountain bikers riding on a trail through Andorinhas State Park near Ouro Preto.

Adventure Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add some extra adventure to your personalized itinerary. Get your adrenaline pumping with hikes and multi-day treks, jungle expeditions, white water rafting trips, mountain biking tours and more. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors today to start planning your adventure.

Crowds of visitors standing in the plaza in front of the Museum of the Inconfidência in Ouro Preto.

Cultural Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about adding cultural tours and experiences to your personalized itinerary. Discover the rich cultures of Latin America and learn about the unique customs and traditions maintained by its people. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors today to start planning your cultural tour.

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Spa & Wellness Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add spa & wellness tours to your personalized itinerary. Take advantage of a free day to enjoy some rest and relaxation at a resort, or visit a spa to unwind after a long day of exploring. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors to start planning your spa & wellness tour.

A plate of Brazilian carpaccio topped with various vegetables at a restaurant in Ouro Preto.

Food Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add food tours and culinary experiences to your personalized itinerary. Discover the unique cuisines of Latin America and enjoy exclusive visits to some of the world’s top restaurants. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our travel advisors today to start planning your food tour.

Various artisan handicrafts and souvenirs on sale at a small market stand in Ouro Preto.

Family & Friend Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add family-friendly tours to your itinerary. Our team can help you build the perfect trip for your family, whether your group has small children, teenagers, senior citizens, or all of the above. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our travel advisors today to start planning your family tour.

Explore Brazil

With stunning beaches, lush tropical forests, fascinating history and unique culture, Brazil offers many attractive destinations for travelers. Discover some of the best places to visit in Brazil below.

Rio de Janeiro


Also known as “The Marvelous City,” Rio de Janeiro brims with color, sound, rhythm, and joy. This sparkling city boasts one of the most naturally spectacular settings.

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São Paulo


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Bonito


Bonito is an eco-tourism Mecca blessed with caves, waterfalls, and crystal-clear rivers. It’s a haven for nature and adventure lovers with great snorkeling opportunities.

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Buzios


Sitting at the end of a long sandy peninsula, Rio’s most exclusive beach resort of Buzios offers surfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, or just simple relaxation.

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Florianopolis


Florianopolis, capital of Santa Catarina State, is a beautiful and bustling island city, and one of the few places in the world where antiquity and modernity unite in perfect harmony.

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Iguazu Falls


The name Iguazu comes from the Guarani phrase for “big waters,” although this can only begin to describe the majesty and magnificence of these gigantic waterfalls.

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Manaus


Lying on the Negro River a short distance upstream from the mighty Amazon, Manaus is a former rubber-boom port that is today the main jumping-off point for excursions into the Amazon.

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Pantanal


Among the best places in South America to see wildlife, Pantanal is a vast natural ecological paradise where you’re almost certain to see jaguars, caimans, anacondas, exotic birds, and more.

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Paraty


Home to some of the world’s most spectacular Portuguese colonial architecture, Paraty is set on a shoreline of jutting peninsulas and secluded beaches.

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Praia do Forte


Praia do Forte is a charming coastal town blessed with beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and tropical reefs. It’s a great place for turtle-watching from December to March.

Recife


Recife boasts dazzling stretches of white sandy beaches, while the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Olinda is simply the largest and most beautiful site of colonial architecture in Brazil.

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Salvador de Bahia


Salvador de Bahia sits behind beautiful beaches and an island-studded bay. But the real draw is the vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture which is best seen through the region’s unique music.

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