When I was planning my trip to Brazil last year, I came across this article about Inhotim, a park, nature reserve and art gallery in the Atlantic Forest amidst the mountains of Minas Gerais not far from Belo Horizonte. I made plans to visit there and am glad I did.
Pictures are below the fold.
While some of the sculptures are placed among the landscape
There are separate galleries (where, unfortunately, photography is not allowed), there are other works placed in strategic places as Mercia's cousin, Teresa, models in front of one here.
The real treat here, however, is the Burle Marx inspired landscaping and the ability to enjoy nature.
Herons can be found there
but the real treat are the black swans
and the unusual ducks.
The flowers and gardens are exquisite
My favorites are the orchids,
beautiful even in their imperfections
Unusual trees such as the elephant's foot tree dot the landscape.
And the landscape itself is lovely.
Of course, don't pass up the art!
Belo Horizonte is not on the typical tourist track in Brazil and Inhotim is a little further off the beaten track, but I can't imagine spending a better day than walking the paths of the gloriously beautiful location.