11 days in Brazil Itinerary

11 days in Brazil Itinerary

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11 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
1
Belo Horizonte
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cabo Frio
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Tres Marias
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Confins
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
6
Brumadinho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ouro Preto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Belo Horizonte

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day
Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte ©
Named for its spectacular mountain views, and known locally as the "Garden City," Belo Horizonte has historically fostered a connection with nature since its inauguration in 1897.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pick up some local products at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, identify plant and animal life at Centro de Protecao e Educacao Ambiental da Mata do Jambreiro (CPEA), then admire the masterpieces at Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, and finally examine the collection at MM Gerdau - Museu das Minas e do Metal.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Belo Horizonte trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Belo Horizonte. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Centro de Protecao e Educacao Ambiental da Mata do Jambreiro (CPEA)
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Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte ©
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte
Memorial Minas Gerais Vale ©
Memorial Minas Gerais Vale

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nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pedra do Arpoador and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cabo Frio.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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Cabo Frio

Cabo Frio ©
Founded way back in 1615, Cabo Frio represents the seventh-oldest city in Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Joao Fernandes Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geriba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Praia do Forte.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo Frio trip builder site .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Cabo Frio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cabo Frio when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tres Marias.

Things to do in Cabo Frio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Armacao dos Buzios
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Geriba Beach ©
Geriba Beach
Praia do Forte ©
Praia do Forte
Joao Fernandes Beach ©
Joao Fernandes Beach

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Tres Marias

Tres Marias ©
Três Marias is a Brazilian municipality΄ in northwestern Minas Gerais. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Cascata das Virgens and then explore the activities along Barragem dos Tres Marias.

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Traveling by car from Cabo Frio to Tres Marias takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Confins.

Things to do in Tres Marias

Parks Nature
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Barragem dos Tres Marias ©
Barragem dos Tres Marias

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Confins

Confins ©
Confins is a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Minas Gerais. On the 21st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Schoenstatt, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Centro Espirita Luiz Gonzaga, and then examine the collection at Casa Chico Xavier.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Confins trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Tres Marias to Confins in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tres Marias to Confins. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Brumadinho.

Things to do in Confins

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pedro Leopoldo
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Centro Espirita Luiz Gonzaga ©
Centro Espirita Luiz Gonzaga
Casa Chico Xavier ©
Casa Chico Xavier
Santuario Schoenstatt ©
Santuario Schoenstatt

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night
Brumadinho

Brumadinho ©
Located among lush tropical hills in Minas Geras state, the small city of Brumadinho serves as a good base for exploring the surrounding region's natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Inhotim, look for all kinds of wild species at Martins' Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matriz de Brumadinho Church.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brumadinho holiday builder site .

You can drive from Confins to Brumadinho in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Brumadinho

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Inhotim ©
Inhotim

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nights
Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Betrayal, then examine the collection at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), and finally identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Municipal Das Andorinhas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Itacolomi state park, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa dos Contos.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ouro Preto trip maker site .

You can drive from Brumadinho to Ouro Preto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Ouro Preto, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio) ©
Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio)
Museum of Betrayal ©
Museum of Betrayal
Centro Historico de Ouro Preto ©
Centro Historico de Ouro Preto

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