Ouro Preto, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

Ouro Preto is the capital city of the state of Minas Gerais in the southeast region of Brazil. It is a well-preserved Portuguese era colonial town and is hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique Baroque-style buildings.

Getting There

The nearest airport is Tancredo Neves International Airport, formerly known as Confins International Airport, located 60 miles away in Belo Horizonte. There are international flights from, other South American cities, Buenos Aires, Miami, Panama City and Lisbon, as well as domestic flights from other Brazilian cities. From there, travellers can take a bus to Ouro Preto. The rodoviára (bus station) in the historic center also has long-distance trips from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Vitória and Brasília. Daily schedules to from these destinations are available.

Climate and Geography

The city has a humid subtropical climate It is located in the Serra do Espinhaço mountains, which results in warm summers and mild winters. 


Its colonial background can be seen in its churches that have baroque architecture and religious art. Popular churches include São Francisco de Assis, Nossa Senhora do Carmo and Capela do Padre Faria. Culture can also be seen in museums such as Museu da Inconfidência, Museu do Oratório and Museu de Ciência e Técnica. 

Several festivals are celebrated in Ouro Preto. During the Carnaval, there would be parades, concerts and street parties. The Holy Week celebrations feature processions on the streets. And for the Winter Festival, there are events by the Federal University of Ouro Preto.