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KERRY - What a difference to Belo Horizonte! This town is beautiful and definitley worth a visit! We took the bus from Belo Horizonte (1 hr 45 mins) and stayed 1 night here and found a lovely little pousada - a bit pricey but so nice! The town dates back 1711 and has 13 churches in all, set among the winding cobbled streets. We wandered around for a good few hours taking in the sights and enjoying the peace and quiet from the previous city we had been in. It is a little touristy and you should look around for cheaper places to eat, but you can find them!
While we were standing in the main square deciding what to do next a band appeared drumming and singing. The crowd grew larger as people began to follow them down the streets dancing as they went - it was really cool. People dressed up on stilts also appeared and joined in. We had no idea what it was about , but it was really nice to see!
We ended the day drinking some beers at our pousada watching the sun set before we headed out for some dinner.
One tip - be prepared to walk up steep hills here! it is very hilly!