The eastern Brazilian city of Governador Valadares stands in the State of Minas Gerais, 37 miles north of Rio de Janeiro and 2 miles northeast of Belo Horizonte. It stands on the main highway between Salvador and Rio. The surrounding mountains are famed in Brazil for the mining of gemstones like amethyst, topaz and quartz. If you hire a car in Governador Valadares you'll be able to visit the historic mines in the Golconda area or the lush scenery of the Parque Estadual Rio Corrente. Coronel Altino Machado de Oliveira Airport is nine miles southwest of the city centre.
Refugees from the American Civil War settled in the Rio Doce valley and even today Governador Valadares is known as the 'American town'. There are many links between the city and the US today, meaning the standard of living is much higher than might expected for a sleepy rural city. If you hire a car here you'll soon see the glossy high-rise buildings and smart shopping malls that proximity to the US dollar creates.
The visitor highlights of this riverside city include the market, theatre and museum. The fountain at the centre of Serra Lima Square is the place to sit and watch the city go by, although the view from Mount Ibituruna overlooking Governador Valadares is pretty memorable too.
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0500-1900
Address:Avenida Industiral s/n
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1100 1300-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed
Address:Avenida JK 2915
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.