With an incredible density of historical monuments, Minas's cidades históricas (historic towns) are showcases for the uniquely Brazilian baroque style, replete with graceful curves and carved wood and soapstone ornamentation.
A Bountiful Feast
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 (sugarcane alcohol), 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).