Brazil // Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo //

Diamantina and the Jequitinhonha Valley

DIAMANTINA, home town of Juscelino Kubitschek, the president responsible for the creation of Brasília, is the only important historic city to the north of Belo Horizonte and, at six hours by bus, is by some way the furthest from it. Yet the journey itself is one of the reasons for going there, as the road heads into the different landscapes of northern Minas on its way to the sertão mineiro. The second half of the 288-kilometre journey is the most spectacular, so to see it in daylight you need to catch a morning bus from Belo Horizonte.


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