20 days in Brazil Itinerary

20 days in Brazil Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Curitiba
Drive:  7 h
1
Campos Do Jordao
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Petropolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Ouro Preto
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Diamantina
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Brumadinho
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h
6
Paraty
— 5 nights
Drive:  9 h 15 min
End: Curitiba

2
nights
Campos Do Jordao

Campos Do Jordao ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida and Basilica do Senhor Bom Jesus do Tremembe. Museu Felicia Leirner and Museu de Arte Sacra Dom Epaminondas - MASDE are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ducha de Prata, walk around Amantikir Park, admire the landmark architecture of Boa Vista Palace, and admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão - Horto Florestal.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Campos Do Jordao road trip planner.

Curitiba to Campos Do Jordao is an approximately 7- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Curitiba to Campos Do Jordao due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Petropolis.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Museu de Arte Sacra Dom Epaminondas - MASDE, National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida, Basilica do Senhor Bom Jesus do Tremembe
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Amantikir Park ©
Amantikir Park
National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida ©

4
nights
Petropolis

Petropolis ©
Once the summer getaway of Brazilian emperors, the "imperial city" of Petropolis serves as a tribute to the lavish lifestyles of Brazil's 19th-century elite.
You'll explore and learn at Imperial Museum and Museu de Cera de Petropolis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara and Museu de Porcelana de Petropolis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Petropolis: Niteroi (Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, Costao de Itacoatiara, &more) and Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos (in Teresopolis). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Cervejaria Bohemia, see the interesting displays at Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Itaipava.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Petropolis trip planner.

Drive from Campos Do Jordao to Petropolis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Campos Do Jordao to Petropolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Petropolis can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Petropolis

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Niteroi, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
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Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos ©
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
Imperial Museum ©
Imperial Museum
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara ©
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara

3
nights
Ouro Preto

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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar and Mina Du Veloso are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Historico de Ouro Preto and Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museu da Inconfidencia, examine the collection at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), take in the dramatic scenery at Valentine's Waterfall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ouro Preto vacation planner.

You can drive from Petropolis to Ouro Preto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ouro Preto when traveling from Petropolis in December, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Diamantina.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Parque Estadual do Itacolomi ©
Parque Estadual do Itacolomi
Museu da Inconfidencia ©
Museu da Inconfidencia
Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio) ©
Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio)

1
night
Diamantina

Diamantina ©
Formerly a center of the region's diamond mining industry, Diamantina today boasts well-preserved Baroque architecture in its UNESCO-protected historic center.
On the 12th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Sagrado Coracao de Jesus, then steep yourself in history at Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek, and then walk around Parque Estadual do Biribiri. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vila do Biribiri, then explore the galleries of Casa Gloria, and then stop by Reinvent Arte Artesanato.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Diamantina trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Ouro Preto to Diamantina takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Brumadinho.

Things to do in Diamantina

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek ©
Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek
Parque Estadual do Biribiri ©
Parque Estadual do Biribiri
Vila do Biribiri ©
Vila do Biribiri

2
nights
Brumadinho

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Inhotim, then identify plant and animal life at Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora da Piedade. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lagoa dos Ingleses, contemplate the long history of Vila de Piedade do Paraopeba, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matriz de Brumadinho Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brumadinho trip builder.

Traveling by car from Diamantina to Brumadinho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Diamantina to Brumadinho due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Brumadinho are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will leave for Paraty on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Brumadinho

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde, Lagoa dos Ingleses
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Inhotim ©
Inhotim
Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde ©
Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde
Igreja Nossa Senhora da Piedade ©
Igreja Nossa Senhora da Piedade

5
nights
Paraty

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Galeria Aecio Sarti and Casa da Cultura de Paraty will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Praia do Cachadaco and Cachoeira do Toboga. When in Paraty, make a side trip to see Itamambuca Beach in Ubatuba, approximately Ubatuba away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Centro Historico, enjoy the sand and surf at Lula Beach, explore the activities along Paraty Bay, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paraty trip planner.

Drive from Brumadinho to Paraty in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Itamambuca Beach
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Speed Boats Tours

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