The major touristic attractions of Araxa are located in Barreiro. The name "Barreiro" ("clay pit") originated from the mud left by the water of the mineral springs where the mineral salt accumulated on the rocks attracted the cattle brougth up for the first colonizers.
Situated in a place of volcanic features where circa eighty million years ago
deep geological transformations took place, Barreiro is surrounded by green
slopes and an exuberant landscape.
Opened in 1944 by governor Benedito Valadares and President
Vargas, the Hotel initiated an era of
The Thermal Complex is linked to the Grande Hotel by a suspended
gallery decorated with frescos of landscapes of the main touristic places of
The indoor radioactive water pool is indicated for relaxation and therapies
to rehabilitate motor functions.
ANDRADE JUNIOR SPRING
One of the water springs is called Andrade Junior Spring and spurts
alkaline-sulphurous water which is used in Medicine for treatment of :
diabetes, obesity, gastric , rheumatologic, urological and hepatic troubles.
Around the spring there is a pond where the sulphurous mud is decanted for use in the soap and cosmetic industry as well as in the health and skin treatments in the Thermal Complex.
Beside there is an exhibition of pre historic fossils found during excavations
to build up the hotel.
DONA BEJA SPRING
On the other side is the Dona Beja Spring , which spurts radioactive water, which bursts from volcanic rocks through drinking fountains and to the douche opposite the street, one level below. The radioactive water is good to improve the metabolism and to stimulate diuretic absorption, acting as a disintoxicating and hypotensive agent for the body.
The douche causes a healthy and reinvigorating massage.
Above the spring there is a terrace which allows a wonderful view of the whole landscape of Barreiro.
Opposite the spring there is a handicraft fair where the locals sell
pieces of crafts and typical food.
HOTEL RADIO RUINSHotel Radio is the oldest building in Barreiro and hosted many
important guests (mostly politicians and influent people).
Its ruins were transformed into a recreational park with many
DONA BEJA MUSEUM
Named after Ana Jacinta de São José, a mythological
figure, (see note below) it is located in City Centre, in a two-storey 19th
house, where she lived and is said to have received many important
personalities for her famous evening concerts and meetings.
Address: Praça Coronel Adolfo 98
(*) ANA JACINTA DE SÃO JOSÉ
Ana Jacinta de São José , known by the name "Dona Beja" although
born in Paracatu, spent most of her life in
Sacrosanct Saint Sebastian Museum:
The museum houses objects, sacred images and barroque sculptures of Bento
Antonio da Boa Morte, a famous baroque sculptor.
Address: av. Vereador João Sena S/N
Calmon Barreto Museum:This museum is considered the biggest one housing the asset of an unique artist. There is a permanent exhibition of the famous local artist Calmon Barreto known internationally as engraver, painter, sculptor and story writer.
Address: Rua Franklin de Castro 160
Cultural Foundation Calmon Barreto
The old Railway Station houses the Entity responsible for the
keeping of the cultural asset of the town and its historic memoir: from the
genuine weaving art to the several artistic displays.
Address: Praça Arthur Bernardes 10
Outside the Town
Around the town there are several natural pools, cascades and waterfalls.
There are also many places where one
The local tourism agencies can arrange for a guided tour to some old farms
in the region.
25km away from Araxa, following the direction to Tapira, is "Morro do
Horizonte Perdido" where people practice
There are also tracks and waterfalls for ecological strolls and refreshing baths and dives.
In the nearby town of Sacramento there are many waterfalls, lakes
and a cave and in Peiropolis, a small village close
Some 100 km away from Araxa is the Serra da Canastra National Park , where the
nascent of Sao Francisco River,