8 days in Brazil Itinerary

8 days in Brazil Itinerary

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8 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Piumhi
Drive:  4​h
1
Sao Joao del Rei
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Conselheiro Lafaiete
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ouro Preto
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  45​min
4
Mariana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Caete
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Sabara
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
End: Piumhi

1
night
Sao Joao del Rei

Sao Joao del Rei ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Railway Museum, admire the striking features of Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, stroll the grounds of Nossa Senhora do Carmo Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora do Pilar Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Tancredo Neves, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Joao del Rei trip itinerary website .

Piumhi to Sao Joao del Rei is an approximately 4-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Piumhi to Sao Joao del Rei is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Sao Joao del Rei can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Conselheiro Lafaiete.

Things to do in Sao Joao del Rei

Historic Sites Museums
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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

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day
Conselheiro Lafaiete

Conselheiro Lafaiete ©
Conselheiro Lafaiete is a city of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Antonio Perdigao City Archives and Museum, then see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum, and then get outside with Praca do Cristo.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Conselheiro Lafaiete itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Sao Joao del Rei to Conselheiro Lafaiete in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Joao del Rei in January; daily highs in Conselheiro Lafaiete reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Conselheiro Lafaiete

Outdoors Museums
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Praca do Cristo ©
Praca do Cristo

2
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.
On the 28th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Mina Du Veloso, get engrossed in the history at Casa dos Contos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Betrayal, and finally ponder the world of politics at Casa da Camara. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Itacolomi state park, stroll through Estrada Real, and then see the interesting displays at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouro Preto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Conselheiro Lafaiete to Ouro Preto takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mariana.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Museum of Betrayal ©
Museum of Betrayal
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©

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Mariana

Mariana ©
The oldest city in the state, colonial-era Mariana entices visitors with its wide range of architectural gems and a historic city core.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica da Se, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco de Assis Church, don't miss a visit to Praca Minas Gerais, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Camara e Cadeia, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Mariana, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariana travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Ouro Preto to Mariana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Caete.

Things to do in Mariana

Historic Sites Museums
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Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral ©
Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral
Catedral Basilica da Se ©
Catedral Basilica da Se
Praca Minas Gerais ©
Praca Minas Gerais

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Caete

Caete ©
Caeté is a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Minas Gerais. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Frei Rosario Astronomical Observatory, examine the collection at Museu Regional de Caete, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Piedade, and finally see the interesting displays at Cachaca's Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Caete day trip website .

Traveling by car from Mariana to Caete takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Mariana to Caete, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sabara.

Things to do in Caete

Museums Historic Sites
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Igreja Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso ©
Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Piedade ©

1
night
Sabara

Sabara ©
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 1st (Sat): appreciate the history behind Chafariz do Kaquende, admire the striking features of Our Lady of Rosario, admire the striking features of Our Lady of Carmo Church, admire the landmark architecture of Our Lady of Conceicao Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Our Lady of O Church, and finally ponder the world of politics at Casa Azul.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sabara itinerary builder .

Getting from Caete to Sabara by car takes about an hour. In January, daytime highs in Sabara are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sabara

Historic Sites
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Our Lady of O Church ©
Our Lady of O Church
Our Lady of Conceicao Church ©
Our Lady of Conceicao Church
Our Lady of Carmo Church ©
Our Lady of Carmo Church