9 amazing cities to visit in Minas Gerais, motorcycle trip

9 amazing cities to visit in Minas Gerais, motorcycle trip 

I did a motorcycle trip by Minas of more than 2 thousand kilometers  from São Paulo and listed 9 amazing cities to visit in Minas Gerais.

Leia em Português – pt-br

motorcyle travel around minas gerais route
motorcyle travel around minas gerais route

This State looks like a country, because is immense, it looks so different in it extremes: 

The landscape is different, changing the gastronomy and until the profile of the population.

This motorcycle trip by Minas, I did with no planning, the idea was to discover the next destiny from tips  of the people that met in the last place I stayed.

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the beautiful roads of mu trip for 9 amazing cities to visit in Minas Gerais, motorcycle trip
the beautiful roads of mu trip for 9 amazing cities to visit in Minas Gerais, motorcycle trip

To understand better, the first stop would be Extrema, the only stop I have planned before leaving São Paulo, but I lost the second entrance for the city and followed my course without looking back.

Only in improvisation

And what Experience, I passed by cities with a exuberante nature on the camp and mountain, structured cities only as regional hubs, small cities and the famous historical cities, taking by motorcycle a part of Estrada Real ( royal road).

I ate a lot, the rich gastronomy delighted, I met until the Mrs Francisquinha, a old lady that receives people on her own ranch, I will tell better below

motorcycle trip through minas gerais
motorcycle trip through minas gerais

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After I couldn’t get in Extrema, I have passed across:

  • Camanducaia – small and simple city, with a park and central church and a small mall occupying some blocks
  • Ribeirão Fundo
  • Bueno Brendão – where I had lunch a simple food: tenderloin with rice, beans and pasta
  • Ouro Fino

And all the variations of names of cities with poços possible and imaginable I arrived in

1. The first city of the list: Poços de Caldas

This one is a famous city of Minas Gerais, because it has  natural thermal waters.

A lot of the fountains that were transformed in parks, making the kid fun, have  alkaline, sulfurous, radioactive and thermal properties (I don’t really know what it means but) what are really good for health, besides invigorant.

For all this quantity of water and for being in a volcanic region already extinct, besides de hot water, it is possible to find many rivers and waterfalls.

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And how all the good and catholic city, it has a Christ the Redeemer at the top of the mountain with a beautiful landscape of the town.

I had a good and fast talk with the hostel owner that I was hosted and she indicated the way of my next destiny: Capitólio.

But, before that, I had one of the biggest surprises of the trip!

Passing by a bakery in Tapiratiba  and telling the owner about my project The World In Sandwiches, besides she gave me a polvilhão ( a big starch biscuit that they do until sandwiches), she indicated me to Mrs Francisquinha.

2. Guaxupé-   Rancho Franel Da Dona Francisquinha (Mrs Francisquinha’ Franel Ranch)

How the owner of the bakery didn’t pass me the address, I have arrived on the Guaxupé entrance and went to ask where is the Rancho Franel Da Dona Francisquinha, when the town is small, everyone knows each other.

I was getting close, asking one, asking another, until I parked my motorcycle inside her house.

Rancho Franel Mrs Francisquinha - a amazing food experience
Rancho Franel Mrs Francisquinha – a amazing food experience

She received me very well! How I arrived at the last minute without telling her, she was already cooking lunch.

To complete, she took out a free-range chicken from the freezer and warmed up a canned meat, the specialty of the house.

The canned meat is a pork canned inside of a can with its own fat. It is really good! 

I have eaten a lot that day.

I also listened to a lot of life histories, mainly the big moment, when Oliver Anquier passed there in an episode of his program of gastronomy and travels.

I waited until the food to settle and followed the travel to the next towns to get to know in Minas Gerais.

9 amazing cities to visit in Minas Gerais, motorcycle trip.

3.  Capitólio and its Beautiful Canyons  

A beautiful and well organized city, famous for the beautiful canyons what have there. 

The tourism to visit the Canyons gained more visits in the past three years and this has changed the life of a lot of people.

This is the type of history that you hear around there.

The biggest example is Gilson, from Gilson Passeios Náuticos ( nautical tour), @gilson_passeios_nauticos, he was homely and nowadays is a businessman with 10 motorboats doing tours in Capitólio. 

I had an opportunity to meet him, when he gave us a drive until the tour.

He told us a little how he works hard to be a “boss”.

Capiotolio's Canyons
Capiotolio’s Canyons

With no doubt, the canyons were one of the reasons I have passed by this beautiful city of Minas and the grandeur and beauty are impressive. Unmissable!

I stayed around there for two nights, and this time received an invite to pass some days in Barbacena, at a colleague’s house, a friend of my friend that I have met on a trip to Rio de Janeiro.

So I continued my motorcycle trip by Minas, this time, traveling many kilometers and passing by a historical city before Barcena.

4. São João del Rei,  the first historical city that I passed by on my motorcycle trip by Minas 

It is one of the biggest cities of the eighteenth century of Mina Gerais.

With this title, We can realize that it is a big and historical town.

São João del Rei, historical city
São João del Rei, historical city

To get there I drived by the famous Estrada Real ( royal road), but it was a weekday, and everything was closed, so it looks like a normal road.

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I passed by some heritages building and in in front of the Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, it was beautiful and imposing with a beautiful square in front

I drank a coffee to energize and continued my way: 

5. Barbacena – a middle city

Compared with the majority of cities I met,  Barcena can be considered a big one.

From side to side, I took hours to go through,  passing by a lot of urban areas, transit and malls.

What I liked most there was the cheese bread that I ate at the center, it was really stuffed and cheap, I am searching for the name of the place.

Of course worth the experience, but how it was a city hosting, I didn’t enjoy it so much. 

6.  The Farm in Antônio Carlos 

On a motorcycle trip by Minas Gerais discovering towns to visit and meet, it couldn’t miss a farm.

This friend that received me in Barcena used to pass the weekend at a family farm.

small country town 9 amazing cities to visit in minas gerais
small country town 9 amazing cities to visit in minas gerais

I decided to join with him and spend the weekend there.

After almost one hour taking a dirt road, we got at the farm, we left our stuff on the house, it had an old traditional building with a wood floor and 60’s charm, and we went to Marcenaria do Adilson ( Adilson’s woodwork).

 A woodwork that is a pub too, we drank sugarcane liquor and some beers with their neighbors.

On the next day, I helped him and his uncle to fix up the water pump, because it wasn’t  arriving at his house.

His mother cooked some simple and delicious dishes using the wood fired oven.

And after we just let the time pass, walking by the region.

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Next to Barbacena I also passed by: 

7. Tiradentes, for who likes history, one of the best  cities to visit in Mina Gerais

I like historical towns, but they aren’t my favorite.

Even so, Tiradentes is enchanting with its baroque colonial era architecture scattered throughout.

The mainly tourist part of the region is really concentrated, it is possible to walk quietly

tiradentes a historical city
tiradentes a historical city

 Tiradentes is also famous for the rich gastronomy, besides the traditional food of Minas Gerais, there is a contemporary movement, but I didn’t have time to know.

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The Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio (a church) is on the top of the mountain, besides being really pretty, it has a beautiful landscape of the town.

After a lot of historical cities, I changed a little the profile, with an advice of my friend that received me there, I went to:

8. Conceição do Ibitipoca and its beautiful state Park 

Some more hours taking routes, a good part of them being dirt ones on my motorcycle trip by Minas.

Beautiful landscapes and few, very few stop options since it was a Monday e even being  one more stretch of the Estrada Real (Royal Road), almost every place and restaurant that bordered it were closed.

beautiful water fall in ibitipoca state park
beautiful water fall in ibitipoca state park

I have until entered a restaurant that was with the gate opened, but the really attentious owner said to me that they only open on Sundays. at least I got a little bit of cold water there.

After a lot of dirty roads, I got to Conceição do Ibitipoca, a small and really pretty town.

I almost left without going to Parque Estadual de Ibitipoca (a State Park) due to the day that dawned closed.

I am happy that I went, I surprised me a lot with the caves, waterfalls, rivers and the view, 

that, even with the weather closed, showed me their potentials.

I entered the lake formed after the Cachoira dos Macacos (a waterfall), the cold water was good to forget about the cold that was on that day.

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On the next day, I woke up really early towards my next destiny, a tip of a new friend that i did on the town:

9. Maringá de Minas, more gastronomy

South of Minas Gerais,  on the border between this state and Rio de Janeiro.

Like a kid, on this city my fun was being crossing the bridge,  on time I was in Maringá da Bocaina de Minas, another in Maringá de Visconde de Mauá (Itatiaia) on the state Rio de Janeiro.

maringa de minas more gastronomy 9 amazing cities to visit in minas scaled
maringa de minas more gastronomy 9 amazing cities to visit in minas scaled

Other mountain range city likes Conceição do Ibitipoca.

Adding the cold front that arrived, the temperature was very low.

In addition to the cold, a drizzle was bothering and the roads to the waterfall were of clay.

How I have already fallen the past day, I chose to stay at the house and take the day to relax.

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The town surprised me with its gastronomy.

It doesn’t have accessible prices in the most places that I passed by in Minas, because it is a tourist region, but worth it!

I want to come back to know the nature of the region.

These are the 9 Amazing cities to visit in Minas Gerais that I passed by on my motorcycle trip by MInas

Do you have more tips? Say to me:) 

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