10 days in Sao Joao del Rei, Tiradentes & Ouro Preto Itinerary

10 days in Sao Joao del Rei, Tiradentes & Ouro Preto Itinerary

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Sao Joao del Rei
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Tiradentes
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Ouro Preto
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Sao Joao del Rei

— 3 nights
Founded as one of the region's great gold mining settlements, Sao Joao del Rei has managed to maintain its prosperity even after the rush died down in the 19th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo and Centro Historico de Sao Joao Del Rei. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Tancredo Neves, examine the collection at Museu da FEB, take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira Reserva do Cala Boca, and explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte Sacra.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Joao del Rei trip itinerary website.

Rio de Janeiro to Sao Joao del Rei is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Sao Joao del Rei at 30°C and lows at 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Sao Joao del Rei

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Tiradentes

— 2 nights
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria e Fundacao Oscar Araripe, browse the exhibits of Atelier do Arquiteto Sergio Ramos, then admire the landmark architecture of Santissima Trindade Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Largo das Forras, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capela do Senhor Bom Jesus da Pobreza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Cachaca Mazuma Mineira, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Museu da Moto, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Our Lady of Merces dos Pretos Crioulos church.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tiradentes trip planner.

Tiradentes is very close to Sao Joao del Rei. January in Tiradentes sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Tiradentes

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Ouro Preto

— 4 nights
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral and Catedral Basilica da Se. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Andorinhas Waterfall, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Tiradentes, examine the collection at Aberto Cidade Viva Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Our Lady of the Rosario Church.

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Drive from Tiradentes to Ouro Preto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tiradentes in January, with highs in Ouro Preto at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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