32 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

32 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

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32 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

Start: Juiz de Fora
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Lima Duarte
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Goncalves
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Monte Verde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pocos de Caldas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Capitolio
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Diamantina
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Belo Horizonte
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Ouro Preto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Tiradentes
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Juiz de Fora

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Lima Duarte

Lima Duarte ©
The golden days of Lima Duarte may be long gone, but the former mining hub's appeal lingers on.
Visit Catedral Metropolitana de Juiz de Fora and Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Municipal Museum of Art and History and Memorial da Republica Presidente Itamar Franco. Step out of Lima Duarte to go to Juiz de Fora and see Independencia Shopping, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Parque Estadual De Ibitipoca, admire the sheer force of Lago dos Espelhos, grab your bike and head to Ibitiacu Ecoturismo, and explore the fascinating underground world of Coelhos Cave.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lima Duarte travel itinerary planner.

Juiz de Fora to Lima Duarte is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In May in Lima Duarte, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goncalves.

Things to do in Lima Duarte

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Juiz de Fora, Municipal Museum of Art and History
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Lago dos Espelhos ©
Lago dos Espelhos
Independencia Shopping ©
Independencia Shopping

4
nights
Goncalves

Located in an attractive, hilly natural environment, the municipality of Goncalves attracts visitors as much for its surrounding natural features as for its scenic town center.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Cachoeira das Sete Quedas. Shrine of Nossa Senhora da Agonia and Atelier Papegilla are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Pedra De Sao Domingos (in Corrego do Bom Jesus), Barraca Amarela - Pe de Moleque de Piranguinho (in Piranguinho) and Gruta de Nossa Senhora de Lourdes (in Santa Rita Do Sapucai). There's still lots to do: get outside with Cachoeira do Cruzeiro, trek along Capela Atras da Pedra, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cervejaria 3 Orelhas.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Goncalves trip planner.

You can drive from Lima Duarte to Goncalves in 5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lima Duarte to Goncalves due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Monte Verde.

Things to do in Goncalves

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Gruta de Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, Pedra De Sao Domingos, Barraca Amarela - Pe de Moleque de Piranguinho, Shrine of Nossa Senhora da Agonia
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Cachoeira das Sete Quedas ©
Cachoeira das Sete Quedas
Cachoeira do Cruzeiro ©
Cachoeira do Cruzeiro

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nights
Monte Verde

Monte Verde ©
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.
Visiting Pedra Redonda and Pico Selado will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pedra Partida and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Monte Verde with an excursion to Alambique J.J Carvalho in Extrema--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: trek along Chapeu do Bispo, stop by Arsenal da Cerveja, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paróquia São Francisco de Assis, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Trilha do Plato.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monte Verde trip planning app .

Drive from Goncalves to Monte Verde in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pocos de Caldas.

Things to do in Monte Verde

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Alambique J.J Carvalho
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Pedra Partida ©
Pedra Partida
Pico Selado ©
Pico Selado
Paróquia São Francisco de Assis ©

1
night
Pocos de Caldas

Pocos de Caldas ©
Established in 1872, the city of Pocos de Caldas became famous after hot springs were discovered close to the urban center.
On the 7th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jose Afonso Junqueira Park, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Ampliart, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Domingos Church, take an in-depth tour of Museu Historico e Geografico, then don't miss a visit to Relogio Floral, and finally look for gifts at Mercado Municipal de Pocos de Caldas.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pocos de Caldas road trip site .

You can drive from Monte Verde to Pocos de Caldas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Monte Verde to Pocos de Caldas is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Pocos de Caldas can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Capitolio.

Things to do in Pocos de Caldas

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Galeria Ampliart ©
Galeria Ampliart
Museu Historico e Geografico ©
Museu Historico e Geografico
Mercado Municipal de Pocos de Caldas ©

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nights
Capitolio

Capitolio ©
With an urban reservoir and interesting geological sights, it's easy to plan an outdoorsy vacation in Capitolio.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santo Hilario and Cascade Eco Park. Visiting Cachoeira Lagoa Azul and Paraiso Perdido will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Trilha do Sol, get great views at Mirante dos Canyons, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Sra. da Abadia da Cruz do Monte, and stop by Chale do Queijo.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Capitolio online holiday planner .

You can drive from Pocos de Caldas to Capitolio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Pocos de Caldas to Capitolio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Diamantina.

Things to do in Capitolio

Outdoors Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Igreja de Nossa Sra. da Abadia da Cruz do Monte, Santo Hilario
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Cachoeira Lagoa Azul ©
Cachoeira Lagoa Azul
Trilha do Sol ©
Trilha do Sol
Cascade Eco Park ©
Cascade Eco Park

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nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Biribiri State Park and Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Gloria and Mine Museum Daniel Luiz do Nascimento. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vila do Biribiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, steep yourself in history at Casa do Forro Pintado (Museu de Arte Sacra), and stop by Trelica Artesanato e Decoracao.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Diamantina trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Capitolio to Diamantina in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Diamantina

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek ©
Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek
Vila do Biribiri ©
Vila do Biribiri
Caminho dos Escravos ©
Caminho dos Escravos

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nights
Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte ©
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.
Shop till you drop at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte and BH Shopping. Appreciate the collections at Inhotim and Palacio das Artes. Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario do Caraca (in Catas Altas), Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde (in Betim) and Shopping Contagem (in Contagem). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, browse the different shops at DiamondMall, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Batista da Lagoinha, and see the interesting displays at Museu De Artes & Oficios.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Belo Horizonte day trip planning app .

You can drive from Diamantina to Belo Horizonte in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Belo Horizonte can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shopping Contagem, Santuario do Caraca, Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde, Casa Azul, Inhotim
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Inhotim ©
Inhotim
Santuario do Caraca ©
Santuario do Caraca

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Josimar Guimaraes - Escritorio de Arte or Largo de Coimbra arts market. Get some cultural insight at Bom Jesus do Congonhas and Museum of Mineralogy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouro Preto: Congonhas (Museu de Congonhas & Santuário do Bom Jesus do Matosinhos). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Municipal Das Andorinhas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, tour the pleasant surroundings at Estrada Real, and see human ingenuity at work at Represa do Custodio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ouro Preto vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Ouro Preto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Congonhas
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Bom Jesus do Congonhas ©
Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Museum of Mineralogy ©
Museum of Mineralogy
Santuário do Bom Jesus do Matosinhos ©

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Tiradentes

Tiradentes ©
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
Head to Centro Cultural Yves Alves and Galeria de Arte - Moitara Arte Indigenafor plenty of shopping. You'll explore and learn at Museu de Sant'Ana and Railway Museum. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, admire the striking features of Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, view the masterpieces at Atelier do Arquiteto Sergio Ramos, and trek along Sao Jose Ridge.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tiradentes road trip planning website .

You can drive from Ouro Preto to Tiradentes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June, Tiradentes is little chillier than Ouro Preto - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Tiradentes

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Sao Joao del Rei
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Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis
Nossa Senhora do Pilar Cathedral ©
Nossa Senhora do Pilar Cathedral
Railway Museum ©
Railway Museum