12 days in State of Minas Gerais & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

12 days in State of Minas Gerais & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

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Belo Horizonte
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
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Camanducaia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Campos Do Jordao
— 2 nights
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Brotas
— 1 night
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Olimpia
— 1 night
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Belo Horizonte

— 2 nights

Garden City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Belo Horizonte to Brumadinho to see Inhotim about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Praca da Liberdade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Sao Jose, explore the world behind art at Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nossa Senhora Boa Viagem.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Belo Horizonte trip planning tool.

Manaus to Belo Horizonte is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manaus to Belo Horizonte is 1 hour. Traveling from Manaus in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Belo Horizonte, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Sao Paulo

— 3 nights

Land of Drizzle

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Liberdade, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Belo Horizonte to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Camanducaia.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Camanducaia

— 2 nights
Camanducaia is the southernmost municipality in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Camanducaia fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Camanducaia by car takes about 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Camanducaia is minus 1 hour. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Camanducaia

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Campos Do Jordao

— 2 nights

Brazilian Switzerland

Pointed roofs, wooden alpine houses, and mountain views typify Campos do Jordao, which at 1,628 m (5,341 ft) above sea level comes in as Brazil's highest city.
On the 1st (Fri), stroll around Amantikir Park, immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão - Horto Florestal, and then stop by Emporio dos Pinhais. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Praca Sao Benedito, then admire the sheer force of Ducha de Prata, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally get great views at Morro do Elefante.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Campos Do Jordao trip planner.

You can drive from Camanducaia to Campos Do Jordao in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Brotas.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Brotas

— 1 night
A gateway to nearby natural wonders, Brotas offers something special for lovers of the outdoors.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the galleries of Anand Atelier and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brotas online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Campos Do Jordao to Brotas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Brotas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Olimpia.

Things to do in Brotas

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Olimpia

— 1 night

Brazil's Folklore Capital

Located between two rivers in the north of São Paulo state, the well-developed town of Olimpia is best known for its large water park and its roots in folklore.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Joao Batista and then cool off at Thermas dos Laranjais.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Olimpia travel planner.

Getting from Brotas to Olimpia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Olimpia

Theme Parks · Historic Sites
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State of Minas Gerais travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Churches
The landlocked State of Minas Gerais contains Brazil's storehouse of minerals, industrial diamonds, semiprecious gems, and quartz crystals. Visitors taking time to tour the region walk away with a deeper understanding of the country's industrial history, as well as a greater appreciation for its distinct architecture, cuisine, and natural treasures. Cosmopolitan cities packed with modern attractions provide plenty of urban things to do in State of Minas Gerais, while hydro-mineral spas and national parks serve as popular alternatives suitable for nature-lovers and travelers interested in discovering the quieter side of Brazil.

State of Sao Paulo travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Parks · Specialty Museums
A trip to State of Sao Paulo reveals one of Brazil's wealthiest regions, considered one of South America's economic powerhouses and known for its high standard of living. The eponymous state capital remains one of the country's most cosmopolitan urban centers, housing almost 20 million residents in its metropolitan region. Beyond this hub of frantic nightlife and thriving commerce, a tour of State of Sao Paulo showcases lively beaches scattered across 600 km (370 mi) of coastline. Farther inland, visitors take advantage of the area's pleasant climate and explore numerous waterfalls, caves, mountains, rivers, spas, parks, and historical buildings dating back to early colonial times.