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Highlights of a Minas Gerais state expedition by Rio Life Tours
The ultimate luxury experience
Ride a horse through the outskirts of Tiradentes, in the state of Minas Gerais, seeing first-hand how the rich landscape transitions from the Atlantic Forest to the Cerrado (savannah region) and stopping along the way at ranches and small villas to learn about the local way of life. All of the horses are mangalargas, a Brazilian breed that is easy to mount and good for both experienced riders as well as beginners.
Enjoy your dinner with specialties from Minas Gerais cooked over a woodstove as you listen to the sound of the country guitar played live at a ranch in Tiradentes. There is nothing better than a horse ride before dinner to get into the spirit of country Minas, especially on nights with the moon shining bright.
A unique detail
A guide who is a writer, musician and a specialist in the history of art leads guests through the streets and churches of Tiradentes, sharing precious information with travelers interested in learning more of the history of Brazil and of Baroque art and architecture – especially the gold rush in the XVIII century that made Tiradentes one of the richest cities in the country.
An unforgettable moment
Take a walk or horse ride through the Ibitipoca National Park, a conservation area filled with caves that are safe for exploring, lakes and waterfalls suitable for swimming. Orchids and bromeliads abound, and the twittering of birds can be heard at every step. At the end of the path is the spectacular view from Gavião Rock – 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) high and begging for a toast with sparkling wine.
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Rio Life Tours arranges all transfers: leaving Rio de Janeiro, your journey starts with a scenic road through the mountains until you reach Tiradentes. For the return trip, a private plane takes guests on the Ibitipoca Reserve to the airport in Rio de Janeiro.
It practically does not rain from April to September; and the beginning of the dry season, in April, is when the landscape is greenest. The rains fall only from November to January: in this period, the waterfalls are at their most spectacular, but the trails are more difficult. In June and July, temperatures can drop as low as 10°C (50°F), reaching no higher than 25°C (77°F) in the daytime.