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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Fly to Belo Horizonte Confins, Bus to Cachoeira do Campo
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Ouro Preto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brumadinho
— 1 night
Drive
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Belo Horizonte
— 1 night
Fly
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Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Campos Do Jordao
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brotas
— 1 night
Drive
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Olimpia
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Tiradentes, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, then admire the striking features of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, and finally get a new perspective on things with Nefelibatas Expedicoes & Aventuras. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), explore the world behind art at Museu da Inconfidencia, make a trip to Praca Tiradentes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, then get to know the fascinating history of Largo do Rosario, and finally contemplate the long history of Mina Du Veloso.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ouro Preto trip builder app.

Manaus to Ouro Preto is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Manaus to Ouro Preto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manaus in December, Ouro Preto is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brumadinho.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites · Museums · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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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 27th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Inhotim.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brumadinho route app.

You can drive from Ouro Preto to Brumadinho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brumadinho can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Brumadinho

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

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Belo Horizonte

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Palacio das Artes, then make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Sao Jose.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Belo Horizonte day trip planner.

Getting from Brumadinho to Belo Horizonte by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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Sao Paulo

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: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro De Sao Bento, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Belo Horizonte to Sao Paulo takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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Campos Do Jordao

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 see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Ducha de Prata, then make a trip to Morro do Elefante, and then admire the striking features of Boa Vista Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Campos Do Jordao trip planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Campos Do Jordao by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Brotas.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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Brotas

A gateway to nearby natural wonders, Brotas offers something special for lovers of the outdoors.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Anand Atelier and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brotas trip tool.

You can drive from Campos Do Jordao to Brotas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Campos Do Jordao to Brotas is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Brotas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Olimpia.

Things to do in Brotas

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

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Olimpia

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): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Joao Batista and then make a splash at Thermas dos Laranjais.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Olimpia trip 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. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Olimpia

Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

State of Minas Gerais travel guide

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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

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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.