With an incredible density of historical monuments, Minas's cidades históricas (historic colonial towns) are showcases for the uniquely Brazilian baroque style, replete with graceful curves and carved wood and soapstone ornamentation.
From Espírito Santo's delectable seafood stews to Minas's hearty wood-fired ranch fare, this is foodie paradise. Don't forget the obligatory shot of smooth Minas cachaça (Brazil's best).
Wildlife & Waterfalls
Punctuated by natural pools and waterfalls, Minas's wide-open cerrado ecosystem is a hiker's dream. East toward the Espírito Santo border, awe-inspiring mountains rear their heads and patches of Atlantic rainforest shelter the endangered muriqui (woolly spider monkey).