Serro is a historic town in Central Minas Gerais.
An important town of the ancient Estrada Real dos Diamantes (Diamonds Royal Road), it is located on the core of Minas Gerais state, between the hills of the Serra do Espinhaço. Serro has a historical city centre with buildings and constructions dated from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was first settled on 1702, and today it is the fifth oldest city on Minas Gerais.
Car travel from Belo Horizonte: 290 Km going through BR-040 and BR-267; 230 Km going through MG-010 (about 40 km being an unpaved road on a good state)
The bus station is small, located on the entrance of the Historic City. There are several daily buses to Belo Horizonte by Viação Serro company, travel time of about 6 hours, R$ 70. The services whose itinerary go through Conceição do Mato Dentro and Serra do Cipó have a more beautiful and pictoresque views of the countryside, going through the Estrada Real highway, crossing the hills of the Serra do Cipó National Park. Pássaro Verde links Serro with Diamantina twice a day, R$ 28, travel time of 2 hours.
The town is very compact, and a couple of hours walking are enough to know all the historical sites. However, have in mind that the town is located along a hill, and most streets consist on sharp slopes. Besides, most of the sidewalks are narrow and bad mainteined, and sometimes there are no other way than walking on the middle of the street along the cars and bikes. For further attractions like Pico do Itambe or Milho Verde get a taxi, available on Ângelo Miranda Square, tel. 38 3541-1323