Brazil’s Tiradentes is among the best cultural excursions in the world

September 15, 2023
"Becos de Tiradentes Walking Tour" is one of the best excursions in the world according TripAdvisor. Photo: TripAdvisor

The “Becos de Tiradentes Walking Tour” in the charming colonial town of Tiradentes, in Minas Gerais, was recently awarded with Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best 2023. The annual award made by the travel platform TripAdvisor honors destinations, hotels, restaurants, and other experiences based on reviews and opinions collected from travelers around the world over a 12-month period.

This tour was chosen as one of the 25 best cultural and historical excursions in the world, and it earned 1st place in the “Best overall experiences” category in Brazil and 4th place in South America.

Nestled at the foot of the Serra de São José, it’s a place where time has stood still. In 1830, when the last gold mine closed, people moved away and the town was left untouched. In 1938, a heritage designation prevented any further development from occurring, leaving the town seemingly frozen in time.

Despite its small size and remote location, Tiradentes boasts a vibrant tourism infrastructure. With only a few dozen streets, you can easily explore the town in a day. But why rush? Take your time to admire the sights, browse the antique and jewelry stores, savor the delicious cuisine, or simply wander around.

During peak season and on weekends, the town is bustling with activity; if you’re looking for a more tranquil experience, plan your visit during weekdays.

Tatiana Cesso

As a journalist, I've made it my mission to explore and share stories that inspire, inform, and entertain. You may have stumbled upon my work in esteemed publications such as InStyle, Marie Claire, Bazaar, L’Officiel, and Vogue, among others. Having called the U.S. home since 2010, I've lived in Chicago, LA, and currently, Miami. But my heart always beats to the rhythm of Brazil. It's where I was born and raised, and my love for its culture, people, and energy knows no bounds. To share this passion, I've founded Brazilcore, a platform aimed at bridging the gap between Brazil and English speakers worldwide.

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