When Oscar Came to Town

Most people who visit Diamantina are lured by the splendid colonial architecture that has earned the 18th-century diamond mining town UNESCO World Heritage status. Yet amidst the elegant colonial homes and ornate baroque churches lie the traces of a small but seminal moment in Brazilian Modernism.

America’s Best Small Towns for Travelers, Part 6

In the first five installments of Laura’s Best Small Towns series, she’s described a dozen of her favorite small towns, all of which have less than 10,200 residents and offer a variety of diversions for travelers. In this article, she explores three unique places across the American South.

Brasília’s Top Sights

It will take you a full day at minimum to visit Brasília’s architectural marvels. Although most are located along the Eixo Monumental, its length, coupled with the inevitably scalding sun, means you’ll have to combine walking with buses and taxis to get from one end to the other.

What to See in Pelourinho, Salvador’s Colonial Center

Most of Salvador’s most interesting sights are conveniently located in the old colonial center of the Cidade Alta, known as the Pelourinho. Replete with richly adorned churches and convents, its hilly cobblestoned streets also reflect a lot of the vibrancy and color of Bahian life.

What to See in São Paulo’s Centro District

São Paulo has undergone immense transformations since its foundation in 1554. However, hidden away in its original downtown core are a few interesting vestiges of the city’s colonial past, which are all the more striking for being hemmed in by a forest of skyscrapers.

What to See in Belém, Brazil

Belem, Brazil is a melting pot of the ancient, the old, and the modern. Expert Michael Sommers guides us through the best areas and neighborhoods, and educates us on the history of local life in Belem.