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Mar 6, 2014 - Rio de Janeiro to Ouro Preto, Brazil

Wednesday 5th March 2014 Rio de Janeiro to Ouro Preto, Brazil We had an early breakfast today in the hotel and were all packed up into the truck and left the city by about 7:45am. There were a few tearful farewells as a few partners were separated because one was continuing on the trip and the other was leaving to go home. We headed out to the north and once we left the city we climbed into very green hills and winding roads. After the chaos of Rio, it was very different today. We had lunch by the side of the road – the oldies on the trip...

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Mar 7, 2013 - Ouro Preto: The King and the Cripple

The (Little) King Mauro, my guide, points me to the first bench of the old cable operated trolley and goes on to sit behind me, on the last bench, releases the brake and with a slight bump we begin the steep descent towards the gaping mouth that is the Mina da Passagem mine entrance. I look through the open floor to the rusted narrow gauge track on which we bump and lurch, not maintained according to the UIC technical leaflets¹, that’s for sure. Then we are swallowed and at the end of the 800 metre esophagus we come to a stop 315 metres...

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Jul 22, 2008 - Ouro Preto and Colonial Brazil

Days 10 & 11 - Ouro Preto This city will give you legs of steel, (un)fortunately we wont be here long enough for that - Ouro Preto is all about walking up, down, up, down and up again on cobblestone streets that gave my feet their very own deep tissue massage, through my flip flops. O.P is one of the oldest colonial towns in Brazil and the 3rd biggest holiday area for Brazilians - despite this, or maybe because of it, the infrastructure was pretty poor and the whole place was a bit tired. The city had some nice churches (don´t they all) and...

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Feb 27, 2007 - Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is one of Brazil's best preserved colonial towns, and was recently listed as one of 26 national towns to benefit from large grants to restore and develop the sites for tourism and awewareness of their national importance. The wealth at the time of the goldrush in the 1700s facilitated the building of many impressive churches, not just in terms of their architecture, but also for their sculptures and carving, many completed by the revered Aleijadinho who, although he had lost use of his feet and hands, created the most amazing...

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The Wanderer

Feb 14, 2007 - Ouro Preto

D was a brave man bringing me to Ouro Preto on Valentine's Day. The town, named ¨Black Gold¨ in Portugese, was the centre of gold mining in the 17th and 18th centuries. There was so much wealth here that the catholic landowners and their African slaves were able to build 22 churches in the small hillside town. Now, of course, the town thrives off another type of mining - tourism, delving deep into the pockets of those poor hard working men dragged by their ears into one of the millions of jewellery shops that line the impossibly steep...

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Takeaway Tales

Jul 19, 2006 - Ouro Preto

Sali del paraiso tropical para venir al frio de las montañas. No son muy altas (Ouro Preto esta a 1000 metros de altura) pero hace muchisimo mas frio que en las playas! Es un pueblo minero, desde donde se llegó a producir la mitad del oro mundial en los siglos 17-18. Esta muy bien preservado, estilo muy colonial, parece un pueblo chico en las montanãs del sur de Europa. Fui a la mina de Chico Rei, un rey africano esclavo que compró su libertad, compró esta mina, y se volvió millonario y libertó a toda su tribu de la esclavitud. Produjo 25...

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