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11 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary
Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly + bus: 2h
Belo Horizonte— 4 nights
Drive: 1h 45min
Ouro Preto— 2 nights
Tiradentes— 1 night
Drive: 3h 45min
Sao Lourenco— 1 night
Drive: 3h 15min
Monte Verde— 2 nights
Drive + bus + Fly: 4h 30min
End: Rio de Janeiro
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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.Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Inhotim and Sao Jose Church. Family-friendly places like Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde and Parque Guanabara will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belo Horizonte: Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Piedade (in Caete) and Our Lady of O Church (in Sabara). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Praca da Liberdade, take in the pleasant sights at Avenida Afonso Pena, admire the masterpieces at Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, and have fun at Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto.
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Belo Horizonte trip planner .
Rio de Janeiro to Belo Horizonte is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ouro Preto.
Things to do in Belo Horizonte
Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde, Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Inhotim, Church of Our Lady of O
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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 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, see the interesting displays at Museum of Betrayal, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), then steep yourself in history at Minas do Palacio Velho, then identify plant and animal life at Itacolomi state park, and finally steep yourself in history at Rua dos Bancos.
For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ouro Preto travel route builder tool .
You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Ouro Preto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tiradentes.
Things to do in Ouro Preto
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Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Sao Francisco de Paula church, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Rosario dos Pretos church, admire the landmark architecture of Santo Antonio Church, view the masterpieces at Atelier do Arquiteto Sergio Ramos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis.
To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tiradentes trip planning app .
Drive from Ouro Preto to Tiradentes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ouro Preto in August: high temperatures in Tiradentes hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sao Lourenco.
Things to do in Tiradentes
Sao Joao del Rei
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Marking the halfway point between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the quaint town of Sao Lourenco sits amongst green, gently rolling hills.Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at President Tancredo Neves Memorial, then stroll through Water Park, and then get your game on at Center Kart.
For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Lourenco travel planning website .
Getting from Tiradentes to Sao Lourenco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Tiradentes, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sao Lourenco, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monte Verde.
Things to do in Sao Lourenco
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Perched high up in the Mantiqueira Mountains at 1,550 m (5,085 ft) above sea level, the small town of Monte Verde attracts visitors looking to escape Brazil's tropical heat.On the 8th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra Redonda, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Selado, and then stop by Shopping Center Celeiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Pedra Partida, then hike along Chapeu do Bispo, and then look for gifts at Geleias Naturais Tia Nata.
To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monte Verde driving holiday website .
You can drive from Sao Lourenco to Monte Verde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Monte Verde
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