Minas Gerais has quite a few astonishing spots, one of which I wrote about in the last post. This time, I’m writing about two more of them: the old colonial town of Tiradentes and Capitólio, a place of immense beauty and blue skies scattered with photo-perfect cotton ball clouds that are so typical for Minas Gerais.
Together with Ana Cristina and Fabio which you might already know from our Rio de Janeiro blog-entry, we packed the car with a bag, filled the rest of the trunk with beer bottles and left Rio behind us. We started late and it was clear that we will have to break the nine hour trip into two and sleep somewhere on the road. Once you get out of the urban area, proper accomodation becomes scarce and all that was left at 2 AM in the morning was a more or less cosy love motel close to Barbacena. The bed was surprisingly comfortable and we definitely enjoyed the massage function, but try to style your hair in that mirror!
In the morning we enjoyed a breakfast anonymously delivered to our room through a hatch. Again we were surprised by the quality and variety of it, although we skipped the cream and drank our coffe black.
Not losing much time, which the hotel would have charged extra on an hourly basis anyway, we continued our journey. We agreed to stop again in Tiradentes, a charming little city Barbara and I already knew from an earlier trip but loved to visit again. It’s part of the Estrada Real, a set of colonial roads which were built in the late 17th century to transport gold, diamonds and precious metals found in Minas Gerais. Today, you can find dozens of cute cafés, restaurants and local shops around the central square and along the cobblestone streets of the town.
Arriving at our hotel outside Capitólio, Pousada Rio Turvo, we stocked the fridge with beer and let the rest of the day slide. We had a few days here and were in no rush as the only things to do were relaxing in the Pousada, relaxing next to a waterfall and relaxing on a motorboat.
On the evening of the second day we got visitors: Ana Maria and her husband Luciano from Bom Jardim also booked a night at the same Pousada and spent some time with us. The next day we went on to discover the area a bit more together. Wonderful waterfalls, canyons and lakes can be found all just a short distance apart.
This is for sure a great place to unwind, take in the beautiful surroundings and relax for a few days with good friends.
The last stop in Brazil that we will post about was Foz do Iguaço, the Iguazu Falls at the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.