Minas Gerais: Why you should see this overlooked Brazilian state; Kevin Raub; CNN.com

Brazil – Historic Town of Ouro Preto

When most people think of Brazil, it goes something like this: Toes in the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio, sipping on caipirinhas — the national cocktail crafted with a rum-like spirit distilled from sugar cane called cachaça — all set to a sun-drenched samba soundtrack.

That’s nice and all, but Brazil’s beauty extends way beyond sun, sand and samba.
In the interior state of Minas Gerais, Brazil’s heartland beckons. This landlocked wonderland of rolling pastoral hills and postcard-perfect mountains is steeped in colonial history and boasts a culinary pedigree that counts itself among the South American giant’s heartiest and richest.
This is Brazilian God’s country.

Deep culinary credibility

When Brazilians talk food, they’ll usually tell you the gaúchos in the South are the best at beef and Paulistanos are the best at pizza and everything gourmet.

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