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I have started the page in Portuguese and I am editing english and Portuguese simultaneously. .

Any changes made here, please add to the Portuguese version at:


I removed this section of the guide. I don't think this is appropriate for a travel guide, but please feel free to discuss. --Evan 09:34, 14 December 2006 (EST)

One of the best ways of knowing the city is having a local tourist guide with you. The local guides are trained by SENAC and have in-depth knowledge of the city and its outskirts. Besides, being locals, the guides know extremelly well other cities and locations outside Ouro Preto, which can be invaluable for those looking for some adventure at waterfalls and trekking.

all tourist guides are located at Praça Tiradentes.

Recommended guides:

  • César Augusto, Phone: (031) 3553 2013

-- Evan, I added this section both in Portuguese and English, as it is difficult to find your way around town without a guide and understand its history. Since there´s not much about the city in printed guides, I thought this would be an idea. If you feel appropriate, I will also remove from the link in the Portuguese page. --Robert

If there's not information in the printed guides, then we should add it right here, I think! That's the whole point of Wikitravel: sharing information, not sharing information about who to ask for information. It's unusual for Wikitravel is all; I'd like to hear some more opinions before we add it back in. --Evan 14:30, 14 December 2006 (EST)
Evan, it is cool with me. I will keep adding more information, as I am still in town. As soon as I can I will add pictures too. In the meantime, let us see what other users think. Since the historical background of the city is huge, writing everything up is a mamoth task. Nevertheless, I see your point as stated above. All the best for now, --Robert

Stone lanterns[edit]

When I visited Ouro Preto in 2003, I recall that there are a number of elaborate historic stone street candle-lanterns unlike anything else in Brazil. I do not recall the story I gathered about them, but it was quite interesting, involving spirits and hauntings, possibly that they sometimes appear to have a lit candle in them still, or something of the sort. I have not been able to find any information or photos of them, but if someone out there is familiar with their story, I would love to add it to this guide. Texugo 09:26, 3 February 2009 (EST)