The interstate tourist route will cover eight cities in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro and will start operating in the second half of 2018.

the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro have just won another tourist attraction that promises to make nature and historical attractions lovers sigh. The route with more than 160 km of trails train, will connect Cataguases, in Minas Gerais, and Três Rios, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, passing another six cities: Leopoldina, Recreio, Volta Grande, Além Paraíba and Chiador, in Minas; and Sapucaia, in Rio de Janeiro.

THE train has space for up to 850 passengers per day, who will be comfortably driven in the nine restored cars, which will complete the journey in approximately two hours and fifty minutes. The tours will be held on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and are expected to open in the second half of 2018.

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Farm in Três Rios. Credit: Isabela Kassow/Diadorim Ideias

The project entitled “Rio-Minas tourist train” is coordinated by the Civil Society Organization of Public Interest (Oscip) Amigos do Trem, and has the support of city halls, the private sector, as well as the concessionaire of the Centro Atlântica railroad and federal government agencies linked to rail transport.

The initiative's coordinator, Paulo Henrique Nascimento, considers the Rio-Minas train innovative for the tourist activity. “The forecast is that this initiative will contribute to the generation of about 500 direct and indirect jobs, in addition to preserving the historical heritage”.

According to the Ministry of Tourism (MTUR), Brazil currently has more than 30 tourist trains in operation. Check some of them here.

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