11 days in Brazil Itinerary

11 days in Brazil Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Brazil planner

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Paraty
— 2 nights
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Caxambu
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Sao Joao del Rei
— 1 night
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Tiradentes
— 2 nights
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Ouro Preto
— 2 nights
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Juiz de Fora
— 1 night
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Petropolis
— 1 day
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Armacao dos Buzios
— 2 nights
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Paraty

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Toboga, admire the landmark architecture of Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores, get the lay of the land with MB Paraty, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico, and finally look for gifts at Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Paraty Bay and then admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady of Remedies.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paraty day trip tool.

Sao Paulo to Paraty is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Caxambu.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Caxambu

City of Water

Set in the mountains of southern Minas Gerais, Caxambu is a small city of 21,719 people.
To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Caxambu sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Paraty to Caxambu takes 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Sao Joao del Rei.

Things to do in Caxambu

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Sao Joao del Rei

— 1 night
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.
On the 21st (Thu), stroll the grounds of Cemitério do Carmo, admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia da Catedral Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Pilar, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sao Joao del Rei online trip builder.

Drive from Caxambu to Sao Joao del Rei in 3 hours. In February, Sao Joao del Rei is slightly colder than Caxambu - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Sao Joao del Rei

Historic Sites

Tiradentes

— 2 nights
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
On the 21st (Thu), view the masterpieces at Atelier do Arquiteto Sergio Ramos. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museu Casa Padre Toledo, then admire the landmark architecture of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos, then examine the collection at Museu de Sant'Ana, and finally go for a walk through Tiradentes Historic Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tiradentes online tour itinerary planner.

Tiradentes is just a stone's throw from Sao Joao del Rei. In February in Tiradentes, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Tiradentes

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, then don't miss a visit to Praca Tiradentes, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, get engrossed in the history at Casa dos Contos, see the interesting displays at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), then admire the landmark architecture of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, then take an in-depth tour of Museu da Inconfidencia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Ouro Preto online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tiradentes to Ouro Preto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tiradentes in February; daily highs in Ouro Preto reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Juiz de Fora.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Juiz de Fora

— 1 night
Conveniently located between three of the biggest cities in Brazil, Jui de Fora--or simply "JF" to locals--served as an important stop on the road between Rio de Janeiro and the gold rush towns of Minas Gerais.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Juiz de Fora trip planner.

You can drive from Ouro Preto to Juiz de Fora in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ouro Preto in February since evenings lows in Juiz de Fora dip to 22°C. On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Petropolis.

Things to do in Juiz de Fora

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Petropolis

— 1 day

The Imperial City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Imperial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, see the interesting displays at Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cervejaria Bohemia, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Itaipava.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Petropolis tour planner.

Traveling by car from Juiz de Fora to Petropolis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Juiz de Fora in February: high temperatures in Petropolis hover around 39°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Petropolis

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Armacao dos Buzios

— 2 nights

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Geriba Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk, then don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sant'Ana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Praia do Forte.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Armacao dos Buzios road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Petropolis to Armacao dos Buzios takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Armacao dos Buzios are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.