Brazil // Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo //

Arrival and information

Unless approaching by car, by far the easiest way to get to Diamantina is by one of the six buses each day from Belo Horizonte, although there is also a daily bus from São Paulo. Although the rodoviária is not far from the centre of town, it’s on a steep hill, and the only way back to it once in the centre is by taxi (around R$10), unless you have the legs and lungs of a mountain goat. You can get free maps from the tourist office, tucked away at Praça Antônio Eulálio 53 (Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 8am–noon; t 38/3531-9532). You’re unlikely to find anyone who speaks English, but the staff will point you towards hotels and offer advice on excursions.