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Ouro Preto


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From Montevideo by plane to Belo Horizonte and bus to Ouro Preto. Gold was found there in the late 15. century, until 1823 called Vila Rica de Albuquerque and from 1720 till 1897 the capital of Minas Gerais. There are a lot of Baroque churches, the oldest theatre of America and allmost nothing was built after Brasil was independent.
The closest Airport is in Belo Horizonte about 140 kilometer, take a bus from the airport to the Rodovaria de Belo Horizonte (bus terminal), get the ticket Just outside of the entrance. Pássaro Verde has frequent buses from Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto.
There are als a few direct buses from Ouro Preto to Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
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The Museu da Inconfidência at the main place, Placa de Tiradentes, showing religiose objects and the live of the miners and the upper class it Ouro Preto in the 17. and 18. century.
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The Igreja (church) de São Francisco de Assis is a excellent ecxample of the Barroco Mineiro built by Aleijadinho.
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The Igreja (church) de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is another example of Barroco Mineiro.
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Also the Basílica (church) Nossa Senhora do Pilar.
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Unfortunately the Paróquia e Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Conceição was closed.
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The Municipal Theater - Opera House, the oldest theatre in Amerika ist still having performances.
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Had a daytrip to Mariana an other mining town, going there by bus and returning by train.
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The Trem da Vale has 1, sometimes 2 trains per day from Ouro Preto to Mariana. More expensive then the bus but much nicer landskape. The steam engine was not running.
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Posted by UliS 12:23 Archived in Brazil Comments (0)

Brasilia


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By bus from Ouro Preto to Brasilia. From the Rodovaria (bus terminal) a Metro goes to the center of Brasilia. From the center to the airport the bus number 0.030 (they use a odd bus number system) is running along W3 Norte then W3 Sul with many stops (there are also buses from other parts of Brasilia).
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Went also to the Memorial dos Povos Indigenas, a bit sad, mostly fotos, and a little shop selling quite nice clax Figures and some trinkets.
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Posted by UliS 08:07 Archived in Brazil Comments (4)

Salvador


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By plane from Brasilia to Salvador. From the airport to the Metro Station Airport is a free shuttle bus, the Metro has also a station near the Rodovaria (bus terminal).
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One of the most important churches id the Igreja e Convento de São Francisco.
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Also the next door Igreja da Ordem Terceira Secular de São Francisco is very interesting.
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Fortaleza


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By bus from Salvador to Fortaleza. I had only a short stop there, it is famous for the beaches but the weather was not inviting.
City bus 404 is going via the bus terminal (Rodovaria) to the town center and bus 917 to the beaches east of the center until Beira Mar, but you need first to get a Octopus type payment card available at the arrival level, or in town st some kiosks.
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Posted by UliS 09:52 Archived in Brazil Comments (0)

Manaus

From Fortaleza by plane to Manaus. City bus 306 goes from the airport to Praca de Saudade in the center, you can pay in the bus.
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Had a Amazonas Tour, around the Mamori Lake.
The first day was bird watching and Piranhas fishing, and after dinner catching a Kaiman (back in the water after some fotos).
Next morning some more bird watching and seeing a few pink and gray Dolfins, in the afternoon some trecking in the jungle and staying there overnight, some at the fire grilled chicken and sleeping in a hammock.
In the morning coffee and some food and more trecking in the jungle with explanation of some trees and some local medical plants.
In the afternoon visiting some local familie.
The last morning again some Piranhas fishing and cought also a quite big Ray (back to the water as well).
The food was quite good, wifi was available but expensive.
Allmost every day was some rain in the afternoon but not the rest of the day.
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