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By Alison McGowan Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Historical towns and rural landscapes are just a couple of the great things about Brazil. However, they perhaps come together most vividly in the state of Minas Gerais, the state northwest of Rio de Janeiro, where mountain ranges and verdant hills coexist beautifully with unspoiled colonial towns.

This is a vast state with much to offer, and there are some delightful trips to be had with amazing places to stay both north and south of the capital, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?