11 days in Juiz de Fora, Sao Paulo & Caldas Novas Itinerary

11 days in Juiz de Fora, Sao Paulo & Caldas Novas Itinerary

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11 days in Juiz de Fora, Sao Paulo & Caldas Novas Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Juiz de Fora
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Caldas Novas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
nights
Juiz de Fora

Juiz de Fora ©
Conveniently located between three of the biggest cities in Brazil, Jui de Fora--or simply "JF" to locals--served as an important stop on the road between Rio de Janeiro and the gold rush towns of Minas Gerais.
Juiz de Fora is known for shopping, nightlife, museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Natural History Academic Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, browse the different shops at Independencia Shopping, and get great views at Imperador Hill Belvedere.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Juiz de Fora tour planner.

Rio de Janeiro to Juiz de Fora is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Juiz de Fora to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Juiz de Fora

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, and admire the landmark architecture of Antigo Banco de Sao Paulo.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online tour planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Juiz de Fora to Sao Paulo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Caldas Novas.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

4
nights
Caldas Novas

Caldas Novas ©
In an area known for its network of roads offering easy access to state capital Goias, Caldas Novas remains one of the world's largest hydro-thermal resorts.
When in Caldas Novas, make a side trip to see Hot Park in Rio Quente, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: cool off at diRoma Acqua Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, stop by Doces Caseiros Dona Maria, and appreciate the history behind Monumento das Aguas.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Caldas Novas vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Caldas Novas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Caldas Novas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Caldas Novas

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Hot Park
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diRoma Acqua Park ©
diRoma Acqua Park
Nautico Praia Clube ©
Nautico Praia Clube
Monumento das Aguas ©
Monumento das Aguas

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