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Caminho dos Escravos, Diamantina
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Learn about the region’s colorful past by visiting Caminho dos Escravos, a stone path built in the 19th century by the local slave population. Located near the historic city of Diamantina, this road was constructed of heavy stone blocks and was long used for the movement of diamonds dug up in this mineral-rich area. Today the historic path is a tourist attraction offering guided walks to visitors interested in local history. Whether you choose to walk just a section of this road or its entire length, make sure to wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Along the way take a little time to observe native forests, rivers, waterfalls, and a panoramic view of the city. Make Caminho dos Escravos part of your personalized Diamantina itinerary using our Diamantina travel itinerary planner.
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  • This place keeps the original characteristics of the colonial period, in which the slaves roamed long distances carrying their Lords and their goods. The path clearly demonstrates the hardness that these men braved to build it, given the dificuldasdes of the time. Very preserved, is equivalent to a return to the time and makes us reflect on the atrocities ever committed by a man against his own similar!
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  • The path of the slaves is the remnant of the ancient link between the center of Arraial do Tejuco (now Diamantina) with the Medanha miner district. The best way to go is to complete a Trek 23 km that starts in the market of the Drovers of Diamantina and ends in Medanha. The vast majority of people only travels a minimum stretch which is close to BR, but worth doing the full path. After he leaves, the path enters the eastern portion of the State Park Biribiri, with typical shrub, and stones-giant saws popping up all the time. Unfortunately the local Federal University came up with the idea to build his ' JK ' Campus in the middle of this landscape and ruined a part of the path, but passed this area, everything remains fairly isolated and lonely. The most famous part of the road is about 10-15 minutes after getting into the Park, where you watch the sidewalk still well-preserved and low walls of the original path. This point also offers the best panoramic view of the mountain range of the crystals with the city of Diamantina in the middle. Following in the Medanha, you pass the track stream Palmital, initially a quiet Creek and with many wells, then full of waterfalls as you get close to Medanha. Most of these waterfalls is not signposted and nowhere near the main road, so requires minor deviations all the time (you know they're there for the noise). Arriving in Medanha, there are bus back to Diamantina (viação is the Green Bird). I don't recommend doing the reverse, because you get to Diamantina at night, and the neighborhoods of the entrance of the city are not very secure. Don't need tabs, but it's good to always consult the farmers you see ahead of you. Path is easy, but little signaled. Many forks.
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  • You can go by car, and go part of the way on foot. That's what we did. The pavement is spectacular ... is broad, flat, and with a thickness awesome!!!! The huge and heavy stones were loaded and stacked without any mortar by the slaves for disposal of gold and diamonds, is to walk and reflect on our past and our history of exploration, and your reflexes in the present day.
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  • A pousada é bem próxima ao centro, só tem que subir duas ladeiras. Os quatros são limpos e o café é excelente.
  • Ótimo atendimento. Quartos simples, pequenos, mas muito bem localizada. Ótimo café da manhã.