It’s the time of year to begin making winter travel plans for all types of travelers. Whether it’s a family Christmas trip or a solo traveler avoiding the family holidays altogether, winter is a great time to see the world.
Digital nomads are always on the prowl for new destinations perfectly catered to their lifestyle. Some of the top destinations for digital nomads just so happen to have cold winters.
The good news is there are always sunny days ahead for travelers. There is a lesser-known destination in Latin America that is just the place for better weather.
We all know Rio de Janeiro, the bustling city of Sao Paulo, but what about other Brazilian treasures that are often overlooked?
Welcome to Minas Gerais:
The Foodie Capital Of Brazil
If Minas Gerais has a claim to fame, it’s the ‘foodie capital of Brazil’. Even famed chef and world explorer Anthony Bourdain filmed an episode of Parts Unknown here.
But just because it was on TV doesn’t mean it’s mainstream. Many tourists just simply don’t know about this gorgeous state in Brazil.
Even with its massive size, it is often overshadowed by Rio and Sao Paulo, which are both a quick flight or about an 8-hour bus ride away.
Foodies will love appeasing their palate with flavors hard to find in other parts of the world. Brazilian ingredients tend to spoil during transit, so indulging in authentic cuisine is best experienced in Brazil itself.
As sensational as the local cuisine is in the region, there are far more reasons to make a visit, particularly for digital nomads.
Affordable Long-Term Stays
Rio has become more popular for digital nomads, but Minas Gerais is a great alternative. The capital city of this state is Belo Horizonte, a sprawling city surrounded by beautiful rolling hills.
Here is one of the best places to find cheaper stays with monthly Airbnb’s in the $650 to $750 range. Many even offer cozy workspaces.
There are a variety of hostels in the area, too, but Airbnbs are most likely the best bang for your buck.
Endless Cafes With Reliable Wi-Fi
Belo Horizonte is equipped for a digital nomad takeover; it’s simply just not on their radar. There are high-end co-working spaces throughout the city, but the charming cafes are hard to pass up.
Plus, have you had Brazilian coffee? It’s delicious! Particularly, in the neighborhoods of Lourdes and Savassi, you will find trendy cafes perfect to settle in and get your work assignments done.
Many restaurants welcome remote workers too since it is such a foodie destination. Digital nomads can feast at one of the city’s many Mom-and-Pop restaurants that are a must-visit, all while getting work done.
Some travelers have hesitations before going somewhere new, especially an off-path destination such as Minas Gerais.
The good news is this region is considered very safe. Like any major city, there are some districts rough around the edges, and it’s probably best to stay away.
In Belo Horizonte, for example, Mercado Central is the heartbeat of the city and a must-see for anyone who visits.
Yet, at night, it’s probably wise to avoid downtown as all walks of life come out when the sun goes down.
The U.S. State Department currently has Brazil (including Minas Gerais) listed as Level 2, which is on par with many mega-popular destinations for American travelers.
Amazing Day Trips
You can’t come to Minas Gerais without seeing Ouro Preto. A popular day trip from Belo Horizonte, this is where you may actually run into fellow travelers.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 17th century but is modern enough to bring your laptop along and complete your work tasks.
There is also the historic, charming town of Diamantina and many natural sights to explore, such as hiking to waterfalls.
Digital nomads will never be bored and will always have comfortable living and workspaces at hand, so add Minas Gerais to your travel wishlist!
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