A Short Guide To Tiradentes (MG, Brazil)


Tiradentes, a charming town in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, boasts a rich history dating back to the 18th century. Today it’s among the best destinations in Brazil. That’s why I’ve prepared this short guide to Tiradentes.


Originally known as São José del Rey, the town played a pivotal role during the Brazilian colonial period as a hub for gold extraction, attracting numerous prospectors and settlers eager to capitalize on the region’s wealth.

The town was later renamed Tiradentes in honor of Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, a leading figure in the Brazilian independence movement. Known as Tiradentes, he was a key player in the Inconfidência Mineira, a failed attempt to gain independence from Portuguese rule in 1789. Despite his efforts, Tiradentes was eventually arrested, tried, and executed, becoming a symbol of resistance against colonial oppression.

Today, Tiradentes stands as a beautifully preserved colonial town, showcasing its historical architecture, cobblestone streets, and rich cultural heritage.


What to see in Tiradentes

See below a quick guide to Tiradentes. You should easily allow two or three days to fully enjoy the chill atmosphere.

Historic Center:

Stroll through the well-preserved colonial streets, lined with colorful houses and baroque churches, offering a glimpse into the town’s rich past.

Matriz de Santo Antônio Church:

This iconic 18th-century church is a masterpiece of Brazilian baroque architecture. Its intricate woodwork and detailed decorations make it a must-visit landmark.

Tiradentes Square:

The heart of the town, this square is surrounded by colonial buildings and features a bronze statue of Tiradentes in the center, commemorating the town’s historical significance.

Chico Doceiro Museum:

Housed in a former chocolate factory, this museum showcases the history of chocolate-making in the region, providing a delightful experience for history enthusiasts.

Maria Fumaça Train Ride:

Enjoy a nostalgic journey on the vintage steam train that connects Tiradentes to São João del Rei, offering scenic views of the picturesque countryside.

Getting to Tiradentes

Bus schedule between Sao Joa del Rei and Tiradentes.

The nearest transport hub is Sao Joao del Rei. There are regular buses between Sao Joao del Rei and Tiradentes that cost about 6 BRL.

If your next step is Ouro Preto, you may want to check Blablacar. There you’ll find a fair amount of drivers offering rides between Sao Joao del Rei and Ouro Preto (or Mariana). There are also some buses.

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