1/18.- Ouro Preto Tourist Information. Welcome to Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
The region of Minas Gerais became famous as the Brazilian El Dorado. The first Portuguese settlers who found out the region was full of gold did not miss the opportunity to become rich. In the region of Minas Gerais is the town of Ouro Preto, one of the nicest and most beautiful in the area.
The first Portuguese underwent several difficulties to get to the area. Ouro Preto was several days away on foot from Rio de Janeiro. Most of the gold dug out of the mines in Ouro Preto and its region ended up in Portugal, but a small amount of it was invested here. That is why Ouro Preto has some of the nicest buildings from this period in Brazil. This town's colonial center is a UNESCO world heritage site.