Travel guide to Minas Gerais

Facts

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Local name
Minas Gerais
Inhabitants
17,500,000

Travel preparation

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Minas Gerais is from March to August. From October till February it rains quite a lot, and it is often foggy. July, August and September are the coolest months.

Local conditions

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Time zone

When it is 12 noon in the UK, it is 7 am in Minas Gerais.

Culture and entertainment

Minas Gerais is a large state and the cultural events vary from one city to the next. You'll find the best choice of high-quality cultural events in the cities Ouro Preto, Sao Joao del Rei and in the capital Belo Horizonte.

Accommodation / Hotel

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The hotels at the tourist destinations are not cheap, and it is difficult to negociate the rate. However, the hotels are generally of high standards. In the large national parks Parque Nacional de Caparaó and Parque Nacional da Serra do Cipo, which offer some great trekking, it is possible to camp in a tent. Book your hotel in Minas Gerais here

Local transport

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Taxi

The network of taxies is elaborate in all major towns and cities in Minas Gerais.

Other transport

Bus travel in Minas Gerais is comfortable. Inquire about offers at the bus station before buying a ticket. There are usually several companies, which follow the same route. Some times at very different fares.

Special conditions

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Minas Gerais is a big mining and mineral winning area. There are also precious stones in the underground and it is possible to come home with a good buy. However, it is also possible to get ripped off. Buy at authorized dealers, even though it is tempting to buy a great big stone at almost no cost from a man in the street.
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