Inspirational. Magnificient. Divine.
Inhotim is a breathtaking wonderland for contemporary art lovers and tourists alike. Stick around to learn more about this Inhotim and my adventures there.
Inhotim: Brazil’s Best Kept Secret
Inhotim (pronounced IN-YO-TCHEEM) is essentially an outdoor museum that sprawls over 5,000 acres of jungle.
The estate includes 23 pavilions, more than 500 works of art from Brazilian and foreign artists, 35 botanical gardens with roughly 4,200 species, and the largest collection of palm trees in the world (over a thousand different species!).
Located in the small city Brumadinho in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Inhotim was conceived in the mid-1980’s by visionary billionaire, Bernardo Paz.
Paz left Bolsa de Valores Minas Espírito Santo Brasília (Belo Horizonte stock exchange) to mine for iron ore and establish a privately held business that finances Inhotim’s operations.
Inhotim opened to the public in 2006 and has since attracted approximately 250,000 visitors per year!
But this utopia is far from being a masterpiece.
Inhotim is constantly evolving and expanding with new showcases, restaurants, and hotels. Even a convention center and airport is within Paz’ scope of imagination.
5,000 Acres of Artwork & Jungle: Where to Begin?
I’m not going to pretend that I’m even an aficionado of art.
Inhotim is a magical arboretum filled with some of the world’s most finely preserved art sculptures and exhibits, all open for the world to experience.
Please do yourself a favor though and check as many sites as possible including:
- Invenção da cor, Penetrável Magic Square # 5, De Luxe, by Hélio Oiticica (A12)
- Viewing Machine by Olafur Eliasson (A13)
- Elevazione by Giuseppe Penone (A21)
- Gallery Adriana Varejão (G7)
- A Origem da Obra de Arte by Marilá Dardot (G17)
- Galeria Lygia Pape (G20)
My Two Cents
DON’T pay for the internal transportation service. R$28 is a great price for driving around in a golf cart. But if you’re traveling with a group, you’re restrained with the number of attractions you can visit. I definitely rushed through some sites and waited in line just to take photos up-close, which might not have been possible if I traveled in a pack.
DO plan to spend an entire day here. It takes 4 days to see the entire complex, so plan a route in advance to maximize your visit. You can view and download the map of Inhotim here or grab one at the concierge.
DO pack the essentials. Water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, and a small backpack. I went in July when it was around 80° Fahrenheit, but the humidity was as high as 70%! Yes, they have water fountains and gift shops for these necessities, but you don’t want to depend on them when you’re already on a tight schedule.
DO bring a swimsuit and towel. Believe it or not, one of the sculptures is a pool (Piscina by Jorge Macchi), which resembles a “telephone book with alphabetic tabs.” So take a dip and become one with art.
DO visit on a Wednesday to take advantage of free admission. Park admission is R$40 on any other day or holiday for anybody age 6 and older.
DO have some common sense. The park has strict visitation rules against bringing outside food or beverages, setting up a picnic or feeding the animals. Pets, instruments, and bikes are prohibited as well. If Inhotim is anything like a movie theater, expect to get escorted out if you get caught.