A curious mix of art deco and Portuguese colonial architecture is the first thing to strike visitors to ‘Piri,’ but that’s hardly the only odd thing about this town. Set on striking red earth astride the Rio das Almas, it’s a visual gem with a history steeped in gold.
An alternative movement took hold here in the ’70s and remains today. The streets are lined with artist workshops, each trying to out-kook their neighbor. Around Pirenópolis are 73 waterfalls waiting to be explored. It's immensely popular with domestic tourists on weekends but is pretty quiet midweek.