Looking for gold in the hills of Brazil
Ouro Preto (Black Gold) in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais sprang up after gold was discovered in the 1690s in the black rocks of the nearby river.
The most important town in Brazilian history
Ouro Preto is not a place for the unfit.
A locomotive ride through Brazil's Golden Age
The major draw of Tiradentes – a city in Minas Gerais, Brazil’s large southeastern inland province oozing with colonial history – is without doubt the old steam train of the Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas which trundles its way between the station and the nearby town of Sao Joao del Rei.
"The Little Cripple" and his masterpiece
While the gold rush that rocked the town in the 18th century has long finished, precious stones are still abundant in the hills of Minas Gerais.
Sipping a kiwi caipirinha while the magic happens
It is in Tiradentes, a vibrant tourist honey pot filled with Brazilian weekend visitors, that I learn about Minas Gerais cuisine.