16 days in State of Minas Gerais & State of Goias Itinerary

16 days in State of Minas Gerais & State of Goias Itinerary

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Belo Horizonte
— 3 nights
Drive
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Diamantina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tiradentes
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouro Preto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Drive to Tancredo Neves International Airport, Fly to Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, Drive to Pirenopolis
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Pirenopolis
— 2 nights
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Belo Horizonte

— 3 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Inhotim and Palacio das Artes. Basilica Nossa Senhora de Lourdes and Igreja Sao Jose are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Our Lady of O (in Sabara) and Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde (in Betim). There's lots more to do: browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, and find something for the whole family at Parque Guanabara.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Belo Horizonte sightseeing planner.

Teresina to Belo Horizonte is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, Belo Horizonte is slightly colder than Teresina - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Diamantina.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Diamantina

— 2 nights
Formerly a center of the region's diamond mining industry, Diamantina today boasts well-preserved Baroque architecture in its UNESCO-protected historic center.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vila do Biribiri, steep yourself in history at Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek, and then contemplate the long history of Chica da Silva House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and then get to know the fascinating history of Caminho dos Escravos.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Diamantina travel planning site.

Getting from Belo Horizonte to Diamantina by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Diamantina

Historic Sites

Tiradentes

— 1 night
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the local landmark of Sao Jose Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos, shop like a local with Atelier do Arquiteto Sergio Ramos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia da Catedral Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Pilar, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Trilha da Caixa da Agua, go for a walk through Agencia Caminhos & Trilhas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Francisco de Paula Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tiradentes trip builder app.

You can drive from Diamantina to Tiradentes in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is 1 hour. In September in Tiradentes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Tiradentes

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Visit Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar and Sao Francisco de Paula church for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis and Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museu da Inconfidencia, don't miss a visit to Praca Tiradentes, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Josimar Guimaraes - Escritorio de Arte, and admire the striking features of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ouro Preto road trip tool.

Getting from Tiradentes to Ouro Preto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tiradentes in September, with highs in Ouro Preto at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Piedade and then add some adventure to your tour with Canela de Ema Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Santa Quiteria and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario do Caraca.

Plan a Santa Barbara trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ouro Preto to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pirenopolis.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Pirenopolis

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Center-West

Colonial architecture and waterfalls top most Pirenopolis itineraries, but this historic city located roughly in the center of Brazil also buzzes with a lively arts scene and a distinct hippie vibe.
Visit Centro Historico de Pirenopolis and Our Lady of Rosario church for their historical value. There's much more to do: stroll through Santuario Vagafogo, take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira das Araras, head outdoors with Ecocentro IPEC, and experience rural life at Fazenda Babilonia.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pirenopolis road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Barbara to Pirenopolis. In September, daily temperatures in Pirenopolis can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pirenopolis

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

State of Minas Gerais travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Churches · Specialty Museums
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.

State of Goias travel guide

4.3
Water Parks · Waterfalls · Parks
As a sprawling region in the middle of Brazil, State of Goias boasts a thriving economy resting squarely on soya, ethanol, and biodiesel production, which combine to make this area one of the wealthiest in the country. A tour of State of Goias reveals a wild land of deep valleys, lush hills, and large plateaus dividing some of the country's biggest river systems. To appreciate the natural beauty of this area, most visitors on vacation in State of Goias explore the awe-inspiring national parks, which preserve the unspoiled landscape and shelter staggeringly diverse plant and animal species. A series of colonial towns provide plenty of urban places to visit in State of Goias and serve as ideal places for discovering the region's celebrated cuisine.