11 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

11 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

Make it your trip
Drive to Hercílio Luz International Airport, Fly to Belo Horizonte
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Belo Horizonte
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouro Preto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sao Joao del Rei
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belo Horizonte
— 2 nights
Fly to Hercílio Luz International Airport, Drive to Navegantes

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Belo Horizonte — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Belo Horizonte with a short trip to Inhotim in Brumadinho, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, pick up some local products at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, and view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Belo Horizonte.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Belo Horizonte online trip planner.

Navegantes to Belo Horizonte is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ouro Preto.
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Shopping · Museums · Nightlife · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Ouro Preto — 3 nights

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.
Ouro Preto is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, and examine the collection at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio).

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ouro Preto day trip planning website.

You can drive from Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sao Joao del Rei.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Sao Joao del Rei — 2 nights

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.
Sao Joao del Rei is known for sightseeing, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Igreja Nossa Senhora das Merces, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Tancredo Neves, and examine the collection at Railway Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sao Joao del Rei road trip website.

Traveling by car from Ouro Preto to Sao Joao del Rei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouro Preto in April, things will get slightly colder in Sao Joao del Rei: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Belo Horizonte.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Belo Horizonte — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll around Parque das Mangabeiras and then admire the landmark architecture of Capela Curial de São Francisco de Assis. On the next day, admire the striking features of Conjunto Moderno da Pampulha.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Belo Horizonte trip planner.

Drive from Sao Joao del Rei to Belo Horizonte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sao Joao del Rei in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Belo Horizonte: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Parks
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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.
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