In this series Palin covers one of the most popular destinations in the world – Rio de Janeiro, as well as some of the lesser explored regions, but no less fascinating – the state of Minas Gerais and the small town of Ouro Preto.



Each day in Rio de Janeiro is slightly different from the previous one and all are strikingly beautiful. There are other cities in the world that have grown up backed by mountains and fronted by the sea, but none where the play of light, the shifting of shadows, the mix of colours and hues are so vibrant and mobile.


Though no longer Brazil’s capital, it is undoubtedly the country’s most colourful city, where everything from its spectacular landmarks to its glitzy beach scene, must be seen to be believed. Nothing quite prepares you for Rio, not the postcards, not the films, not the comments, nothing.



Ouro Preto was the first Brazilian town to be declared a world heritage site by UNESCO and the town is a step back into history and past human accomplishments. The town has thirteen large churches and numerous public monuments and buildings. Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century.





Copacabana Palace

Whatever happens with other hotels in Rio, the Copacabana Place will always remain one of the most interesting and best places to stay. The building is an icon on the beachfront of Rio and the service has taken on mythical proportions


Marina All Suites

The first boutique and design hotel to emerge in Rio, the Marina All Suites is located by Leblon beach – next to Ipanema. In addition to its innovative design, the Marina All Suites offers a unique environment, where style meets a perfect combination of facilities and services in order to please even the most discerning and sophisticated guests.


Porto Bay

Located in the heart of Copacabana, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel boasts modern stylish rooms, a beautiful waterfront setting with gorgeous views, and easy access to the world famous Copacabana Beach. With rooms offering ceiling to wall windows your views across the bay are unparalleled.





Pousada Do Mondego

Located inside an 18th century colonial mansion in the heart of Ouro Preto this hotel offers a great location for sightseeing in Ouro Preto. The hotel is spread over 3 floors. The suites are the best option in this hotel offering large comfortable rooms, with a cosy feel, four poster beds and overlooking the square and the city below.

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