for a long time the water train was the only way to go from Soledade de Minas to São Lourenço, in Minas Gerais. It is a tourist train pulled by an authentic Maria-Fumaça that relives the railroad's glory times. Today, the train is part of the tourist and cultural circuit of the region.

It is operated by ABPF – Regional Sul de Minas, a division of the Brazilian Association for Railway Preservation. The 10 km tour is one of the most popular on the Circuito das Águas. It is a great trip for families with people of all ages who are looking for a peaceful walk with lots of greenery and beautiful places:

São Lourenço Water Train

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The journey on the Water Train

The trip lasts 2 hours – round trip – including a stop at the local craft fair. Usually the tours take place on weekends and holidays, departing from the central station of São Lourenço, and heading to Soledade de Minas, totaling 20 km. Before boarding, guitar players play a song and cheer the entire station. In addition, they travel along with the train, animating the wagons.

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The train goes to Soledade along the Rio Verde. In addition to beautiful landscapes, you have the opportunity to visit São Lourenço airport and the small Parada Ramon station, at kilometer 85. Shortly after passing through this station, the train enters a valley and continues close to the Rio Verde. Then he arrives in the city of Soledade de Minas. After passing the station, the train stops at the platform where there is a craft fair, which also includes local sweets and other products.

São Lourenço Water Train

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Then, the train goes back to São Lourenço, with the guitar players animating the return trip. Arriving at the city station you still have another handicraft fair, liquor store and a bar. Along the way, you can order drinks and souvenirs, such as t-shirts, hats, movies, among others.

Covid-19 care

The train is running at reduced capacity, with the recommended spacing between passengers. In addition, the entire team is working with masks, sanitizing hands with alcohol gel whenever possible and taking body temperatures twice a day. All wagons are rigorously sanitized before each ride.

Upon arriving at the station, the visitor also has their body temperature measured and must sanitize their hands with gel alcohol. In addition to keeping the distance from other visitors and employees. The use of the mask is mandatory during the entire period of stay in the stations and on the train.



First class: R$90.00
Second class: R$75.00
*The difference is that in the first class there are upholstered seats


Departing at 10am – returning 12pm
Departing at 2:30 pm – returning 4:30 pm


Departing at 10am – returning at 12pm
**Holiday schedule is subject to confirmation.

Tip: Plan to arrive at least 40 minutes before the train departure, due to the queues.

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