7 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

7 days in State of Minas Gerais Itinerary

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Belo Horizonte
— 1 day
Drive
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Ouro Preto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brumadinho
— 1 night
Drive
4
Capitolio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monte Verde
— 1 night
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Belo Horizonte

— 1 day

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 28th (Thu), savor the flavors at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte and then make a trip to Praca da Liberdade.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Belo Horizonte online trip maker.

Petrolina to Belo Horizonte is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Petrolina in January: highs in Belo Horizonte hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Shopping
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Ouro Preto

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, get to know the fascinating history of Largo do Rosario, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, then take an in-depth tour of Casa dos Contos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua dos Bancos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), make a trip to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, admire the masterpieces at Museu da Inconfidencia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, then don't miss a visit to Praca Tiradentes, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento a Tiradentes.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ouro Preto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Ouro Preto sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brumadinho.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites · Museums
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Brumadinho

— 1 night
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.
On the 31st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Inhotim.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brumadinho holiday builder.

You can drive from Ouro Preto to Brumadinho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brumadinho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Capitolio.

Things to do in Brumadinho

Museums · Parks
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Capitolio

— 2 nights

Queen of the Lakes

With an urban reservoir and interesting geological sights, it's easy to plan an outdoorsy vacation in Capitolio.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): race across the water with a speed boat tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Canyons de Furnas, and then head outdoors with Paraiso Perdido. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Trilha do Sol, stroll around Cascade Eco Park, then take some stellar pictures from Mirante dos Canyons, and finally get outside with Cachoeira Lagoa Azul.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Capitolio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brumadinho to Capitolio in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Monte Verde.

Things to do in Capitolio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
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Monte Verde

— 1 night

Brazilian Switzerland

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Pedra Redonda.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monte Verde vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Capitolio to Monte Verde takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monte Verde

Trails · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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.