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Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest city in Brazil, the thirteenth largest city in South America and the sixteenth largest city in the Americas.

The city is built on several hills and is completely surrounded by mountains.[4] There are several large parks in the immediate surroundings of Belo Horizonte. The Mangabeiras Park (Parque das Mangabeiras), located 6 km (4 mi) south-east from the city centre in the hills of Curral Ridge (Serra do Curral), has a very broad view of the city.

Area: 331 km²
Weather: 20°C, Wind SE at 13 km/h, 73% Humidity
Population: 1.433 million (2010)
Number of airports: 2

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Diamantina

Diamantina is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Minas Gerais. Its estimated population in 2006 was 44,746 in a total area of 3,870 km². Arraial do Tijuco was built during the colonial era in the early 18th century.

The town of Diamantina is like an oasis lying in the heart of the arid and rocky mountains of East-Central Brazil. It is in the State of Minas Gerais, 350km from Belo Horizonte and 710km from Brasilia, on the slope of a hill, spread over a difference of height of 150m. It developed in the 18th century in the southern Espinhaço Chain, at an altitude of 1200m, surrounded by the Serro dos Cristais in the valley of the Jequitinhonoha river.

Area: 3,870 km²
Weather: 17°C, Wind NE at 8 km/h, 75% Humidity
Number of airports: 1

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Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is a city in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, a former colonial mining town located in the Serra do Espinhaço mountains and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its outstanding Baroque architecture.

Founded in the early 18th century 513km north of Rio de Janeiro, the Historic Town of Ouro Preto (Black Gold) covers the steep slopes of the Vila Rica (Rich Valley), centre of a rich gold mining area and the capital of Minas Gerais Province from 1720-1897.  Along the original winding road and within the irregular layout following the contours of the landscape lie squares, public buildings, residences, fountains, bridges and churches which together form an outstanding homogenous group exhibiting the fine curvilinear form of Baroque architecture.

Area: 1,245 km²
Weather: 18°C, Wind N at 10 km/h, 80% Humidity
Population: 70,227 (2010)

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Sabará

Founded in 1675, is a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Minas Gerais. The city belongs to the mesoregion metropolitan de Belo Horizonte and to the microregion of Belo Horizonte.

Population: Total 134,282 (2006)

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Serra do Cipó

National park in Brazil, Is the southern border of Espinhaço Range, reaching 1800m at the highest altiplanes in Travessão Mountains. Serra do Cipó National Park was created to protect this mountains of humans, keeping the progress far away. There are 4 main group of mountains inside National Park: Serra da Cabeça do Boi ( Bull’s Head Range ), Serra Alto do Palácio ( Travessão Mountains – Palace Range ), Serra da Lagoa Dourada ( Golden Lake Range ) and, Serra da Moreninha ( Little Brunette Range ). A lot of peaks are unnamed and unknown, because the area is very far of any town or village. Actually, the trekking is finding and opening trails to discovery this untouched mountains. There are big valleys, great waterfalls and canyons inside the National Park perimeter. All of them, are necessary hours walking to approach.

Serra do Cipó is in the heart of the state of Minas Gerais. Fly into Belo Horizonte. The trip from Belo Horizonte is approximately 63 miles by MG-010 road to north. It’s localized at Santana do Riacho town.

Distances:

Belo Horizonte : 100 km

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Serro

Is  located in the state of Minas Gerais. The city belongs to the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte and to the microregion of Conceição do Mato Dentro.

Serro was one of the first regions of the Province of Mina Gerais and still has the characteristics of eighteenth-century mining towns. Serro is surrounded by mountains and  good options to walk, rest and contemplate nature.

The cheese that is produced there became immaterial heritage of Minas Gerais and is the big star of a party that takes place in August in the Exhibition Centre.

In July, takes place the Feast of the Rosary, which is a mixture of religion and folklore. Beside the novenas, masses and processions, the city is taken by a set of dances with colorful costumes, choreography and music.

Area: 1,218 km²
Distance from Belo Horizonte: 326 KM
Weather: 19°C, Wind NE at 8 km/h, 74% Humidity

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