16 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

16 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

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Diamantina
— 2 nights
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Serro
— 1 night
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Sabara
— 1 night
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Belo Horizonte
— 1 night
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Barao De Cocais
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Catas Altas
— 1 night
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Mariana
— 1 night
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Ouro Preto
— 1 night
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Congonhas
— 1 night
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Sao Joao del Rei
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Tiradentes
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Diamantina

— 2 nights
Formerly a center of the region's diamond mining industry, Diamantina today boasts well-preserved Baroque architecture in its UNESCO-protected historic center.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek, admire the striking features of Casa Gloria, and then stop by Reinvent Arte Artesanato. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Santo Antonio da Se, see the interesting displays at Museu do Diamante, then steep yourself in history at Chica da Silva House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vila do Biribiri.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Diamantina online tour planner.

Caete to Diamantina is an approximately 5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Caete to Diamantina. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Serro.

Things to do in Diamantina

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Serro

— 1 night
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Carijo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Santa Rita, then see the interesting displays at Museu Regional Casa dos Ottoni, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary and then head outdoors with Cachoeira do Moinho.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Serro holiday builder site.

You can drive from Diamantina to Serro in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Diamantina to Serro is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sabara.

Things to do in Serro

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Sabara

— 1 night

Old Sabarabucu

Only 25 km (15.5 mi) from Belo Horizonte, the charming old city of Sabara offers some of the best-preserved architecture and traditions in the area, dating back to colonial times.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, admire the landmark architecture of Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, admire the striking features of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of O, then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte Sacra, and finally admire the striking features of Igreja Imaculada de Nossa Senhora do Rosario.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sabara trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Serro to Sabara in 4.5 hours. In January in Sabara, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Sabara

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Belo Horizonte

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the activities along Lagoa Da Pampulha, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Batista da Lagoinha, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Sao Jose.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Belo Horizonte itinerary maker tool.

Belo Horizonte is just a stone's throw from Sabara. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Barao De Cocais.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Barao De Cocais

— 1 night
Barão de Cocais is a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Minas Gerais. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Fernando Toco History Museum, then don't miss a visit to Sitio Arqueologico da Pedra Pintada, then don't miss a visit to Santuario de Sao Joao Batista, and finally get outside with Cachoeira da Pedra Pintada.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barao De Cocais journey planner.

Getting from Belo Horizonte to Barao De Cocais by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Barao De Cocais sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Barao De Cocais

Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Santa Barbara

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get outside with Parque Municipal Recanto Verde, then examine the collection at Memorial Affonso Penna, then make a trip to Igreja da Matriz, and finally examine the collection at Museu Antoniano.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip planning tool.

Santa Barbara is just a short distance from Barao De Cocais. January in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Catas Altas.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Catas Altas

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Bicame de Pedra, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira Cascatinha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario do Caraca, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary Caraça.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Catas Altas trip itinerary maker app.

Catas Altas is just a short distance from Santa Barbara. In January in Catas Altas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mariana.

Things to do in Catas Altas

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Mariana

— 1 night
The oldest city in the state, colonial-era Mariana entices visitors with its wide range of architectural gems and a historic city core.
On the 10th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua Frei Durao, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica da Se, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Camara e Cadeia, ponder the design of Centro Historico de Mariana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral, and finally Head underground at Gruta da Lapa.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mariana trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Catas Altas to Mariana in an hour. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Mariana

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Ouro Preto

— 1 night
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 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), take an in-depth tour of Casa dos Contos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, admire the masterpieces at Museu da Inconfidencia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, and finally make a trip to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouro Preto trip maker app.

Getting from Mariana to Ouro Preto by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Ouro Preto are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Congonhas.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Congonhas

— 1 night
Characterized by impressive Baroque architecture, the town of Congonhas makes a perfect day trip from Belo Horizonte.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Conceicao Church, then make a trip to Doze Profetas De Aleijadinho, then get engrossed in the history at Museu de Congonhas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Congonhas sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ouro Preto to Congonhas in 1.5 hours. January in Congonhas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Sao Joao del Rei.

Things to do in Congonhas

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Sao Joao del Rei

— 1 night
Founded as one of the region's great gold mining settlements, Sao Joao del Rei has managed to maintain its prosperity even after the rush died down in the 19th century.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Serra do Lenheiro, stroll the grounds of Cemitério do Carmo, admire the striking features of Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, then admire the landmark architecture of Paroquia da Catedral Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Pilar, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sao Joao del Rei travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Congonhas to Sao Joao del Rei takes 2 hours. Traveling from Congonhas in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sao Joao del Rei: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Sao Joao del Rei

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

Tiradentes

— 1 night
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Gruta Casa de Pedra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Jose Ridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu de Sant'Ana.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tiradentes driving holiday planner.

Tiradentes is just a short distance from Sao Joao del Rei. In January, daily temperatures in Tiradentes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tiradentes

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

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.