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Lavras Novas

On our last day in the beautiful region of Brazil, we decided to stay in the little village of Lavras Novas and take it easy. After a relaxing morning by the pool, we head towards the village, which has been overtaken by weekend tourist from nearby Belo Horizonte. Still, the town is adorable, the surrounding hills are peaceful and we wish we did not have to leave the next day.

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Mariana

Mariana is another colonial town close to Ouro Preto. Although not as known as its famous neighbor, it is none the less a very nice place to visit and enjoy for a lovely "winter" day.
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Gold Mine

We went to visit a gold mine in the nearby town of Mariana. It's apparently the largest (former) gold mine that is open to visit. The entry into the mine is quite a thrill, you are pulled in and out via a manually operated cable car. We really feel like we are in the 1700's.. Is it safe? Most likely yes. Would it be shut down for immediately in the US? Most certainly yes :-)

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Ouro Preto

After 12 hours in the car, we take it easy the next day. After a relaxing morning, we head to Ouro Preto, an amazing hilly colonial town. Matthias and Oscar feel that we are visiting too many churches, but we have a secret weapon: ice cream break! We're not going to be able to see everything in one day, but we'll end up coming back the day after... for more churches!
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The Road to Lavras Novas

After a nice and relaxing week in Rio, we are ready to start our road trip! The first stop is Ouro Preto, the colonial town made famous during the Brazilian Gold Rush. The house we rented is actually in a small village a few kilometers away, called Lavras Novas. Early in the morning, I take a cab to the Santos Dumont Airport to pick up our Thrifty rental car. Santos Dumont is the equivalent of LaGuardia, the second Rio airport, focused on internal flights. I arrive at SD around 9AM, but soon discover that our rental company, Thrifty, does not have a kiosk at this airport, I was supposed to call them ahead of time. It's ok, I have a backup reservation with Herz, but the line is quite long and I end up with a smaller car. In the end, I am back in Ipanema around noon, somewhat later we expected. We load the car, embark the kids, set up the GPS and off we go to the state of Minas Gerais. By 7pm, thanks to our GPS guidance, we finally reach Lavras, but cannot find the house we rented. Also the town is much bigger than the small village our hosts had described?!?! We call them and learn that we are in a different town, 3.5 hours away!!! Thank you Tomtom :-( We have no choice but to head back on the road. We reach Our Preto around midnight, then it takes us another hour to figure out how to reach Lavras Novas (we'll always remember this nice man who took the time to draw us a map at 1am). But our surprises are far from over. To reach Lavras Novas, your have to cross a mountain on a dirt road, which is not a big deal, but in the middle of the night, when not expected, it is quite an unusual experience. Our hosts were very gracious and waited for us until we arrived at 2am! The house was amazing, and the trip was exhausting, but something definitively we'll never forget.
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