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Introduction

Ouro Prêto

Ouro Prêto

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Ouro Preto is the colonial gem of the state of Minas Gerais in the southeast of Brazil. The city is located about 100 kilometres from Belo Horizonte and almost 500 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro. It's one of the main sights in Minas Gerais because its splendid Baroqua architecture which gave it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Getting There

By Train

Belo Horizonte/Pampulha – Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport (PLU) is located about 8 kilometres from downtown Belo Horizonte and is about 100 kilometres from Ouro Preto, about a 1.5 hour drive. TRIP and two other smaller airlines serve the city. Some of the main destinations include Campo Grande, Curitiba, Campinas, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro.

By Bus

Regular buses connect Ouro Preto with Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Brumas HostelRua Padre J. Marcos Pena, 68 - CentroHostel-
O Sorriso do Lagarto Ouro Preto HostelConselheiro Quintiliano 271 Centrohostel63
HI Ouro PretoTravessa das Lajes, 32 Antônio DiasHostel84
Pousada Casa dos ContosRua Camilo de Brito, 21 CentroGUESTHOUSE-
Pousada Sinh OlmpiaRua Dom Helvecio 180 CabeasGUESTHOUSE-
Pousada Solar Nossa Senhora das MercesRua Felipe dos Santos, 134Guesthouse-
La em Casa HostelPraca Tiradentes, 122HOSTEL-
Pousada SRRua Xavier da Veiga, 506 CentroGUESTHOUSE-
Pousada Jardim SecretoRua Madureira s/n Cachoeira do CampoHOSTEL-
Goiabada com Queijo HostelRua do Pilar, 44 PilarHOSTEL-
Brumas Hostel HIRua Antonio Pereira - 43HOSTEL-
La Aldea Zen GuesthouseRua Ipiranga, 234 Morro Sao SebastiaoGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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