Gonçalves: Quaint Living and Organic Food in Minas Gerais

For its outstanding natural beauties, quaint countryside living, and mouth watering cuisine, Gonçalves is a great reason to go up to Minas Gerais' mountain range.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the countryside of southern Minas Gerais, one can find the city of Gonçalves, a popular destination among São Paulo's residents only two and a half hours away. Here visitors can indulge in life's simple pleasures, like appreciating a shot of artisanal cachaça or the stunning waterfall.

Situated 202 kilometers away from São Paulo, and 472 kilometers from Belo Horizonte, Gonçalves stands out for its majestic araucaria forests and cozy countryside atmosphere, characterized by small farms, folk guitar shows, and rustic ox-wagons.

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