Unless approaching by car, by far the easiest way to get to Diamantina is by one of the six buses each day from Belo Horizonte, although there is also a daily bus from São Paulo. Although the rodoviária is not far from the centre of town, it’s on a steep hill, and the only way back to it once in the centre is by taxi (around R$10), unless you have the legs and lungs of a mountain goat. You can get free maps from the tourist office, tucked away at Praça Antônio Eulálio 53 (Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 8am–noon; t 38/3531-9532). You’re unlikely to find anyone who speaks English, but the staff will point you towards hotels and offer advice on excursions.

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