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

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

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Fly to Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, Drive to Goias
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Goias
— 2 nights
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Pirenopolis
— 5 nights
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Alto Paraiso de Goias
— 6 nights
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Cavalcante
— 2 nights
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Diamantina
— 2 nights
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Tiradentes
— 4 nights
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Ouro Preto
— 5 nights
Drive to Tancredo Neves International Airport, Fly to Uberaba
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Uberaba
— 2 nights
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Capitolio
— 5 nights
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Goias

— 2 nights
A municipality in the state that bears its name, Goias was founded in 1727 and developed into a wealthy regional economic hub during the gold rush in the late 18th century.
On the 22nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Museu Casa de Cora Coralina, take an in-depth tour of Conde dos Arcos Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Goias, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco de Paula church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, then examine the collection at Cultural Center Earl of Arches Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Anhanguera Cross, and finally see the interesting displays at Itaberai Casa Coronel Joao Caldas History Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Goias attractions website.

Sao Paulo to Goias is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pirenopolis.

Things to do in Goias

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pirenopolis

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wheels of Time Antique Motorcycle and Centro Historico de Pirenopolis. Get in touch with nature at Parque Estadual da Serra dos Pireneus and Abade Reserve. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, stroll through Santuario Vagafogo, admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Rosario, and see the interesting displays at Mariano de Pirenopolis Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pirenopolis road trip website.

Drive from Goias to Pirenopolis in 2 hours. In December in Pirenopolis, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Pirenopolis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Alto Paraiso de Goias

— 6 nights

Highland Paradise

Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros and Cachoeira Carioquinhas. Step off the beaten path and head to Abyss Waterfall and Sertao Zen. Step out of Alto Paraiso de Goias to go to Teresina de Goias and see Enchanted Well Waterfall, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Macaquinho waterfall, take an unorthodox tour of Jardim de Maytreia, and explore the striking landscape at Vale da Lua.

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Traveling by car from Pirenopolis to Alto Paraiso de Goias takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pirenopolis to Alto Paraiso de Goias is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cavalcante.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Cavalcante

— 2 nights
Founded during the 18th-century gold rush, Cavalcante was once the domain of optimistic excavators who hoped to strike it rich.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get great views at Nova Aurora Viewpoint, admire the sheer force of Cachoeira Candaru, then admire the sheer force of Cachoeira da Capivara, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Barbara Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Poco do Buriti and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira do Prata.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cavalcante holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Cavalcante takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Diamantina.

Things to do in Cavalcante

Parks · Nature

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek and Basilica of Sagrado Coracao de Jesus. Get a sense of the local culture at Vila do Biribiri and Casa Gloria. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Mine Museum Daniel Luiz do Nascimento, admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Telesforo, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Biribiri, and stop by Reinvent Arte Artesanato.

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Getting from Cavalcante to Diamantina by car takes about 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Diamantina

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Tiradentes

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museu Do Automovel Da Estrada Real and Atelier do Arquiteto Sergio Ramos. Attractions like Sao Francisco de Paula Church and Museu de Sant'Ana make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Tiradentes' surroundings by going to Cachoeira da Esmeralda (in Carrancas) and Atelier e Galeria Guido Boletti (in Sao Joao del Rei). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia da Catedral Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Pilar, explore the world behind art at Scarlatelli Arte & Decor, admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial Tancredo Neves.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tiradentes travel route planning tool.

Drive from Diamantina to Tiradentes in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Diamantina to Tiradentes. In January, daytime highs in Tiradentes are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Tiradentes

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Ouro Preto

— 5 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.
Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP and Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu da Inconfidencia and Museum of Mineralogy. Venture out of the city with trips to Mariana (Centro Historico de Mariana, Catedral Basilica da Se, &more) and Congonhas (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos, Museu de Congonhas, &more). And it doesn't end there: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Minas do Palacio Velho, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Efigenia dos Pretos church, make a trip to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, and get engrossed in the history at Casa dos Contos.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ouro Preto online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tiradentes to Ouro Preto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, Ouro Preto is somewhat warmer than Tiradentes - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uberaba.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uberaba

— 2 nights
Situated in the floodplain of the Uberaba river, the municipality of Uberaba has emerged as a regional economic hub, largely as a result of its agricultural production.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of Nossa Senhora D'Abadia, pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, examine the collection at Memorial Chico Xavier, then engage your brain at Paleontological Research Center and Dinosaur Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Central Brazil Religious Arts Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Mercado Municipal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos, then examine the collection at Museu do Chapelaria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Terezinha do Menino Jesus Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Memorial do Comercio.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uberaba road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ouro Preto to Uberaba. January in Uberaba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Capitolio.

Things to do in Uberaba

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Capitolio

— 5 nights

Queen of the Lakes

With an urban reservoir and interesting geological sights, it's easy to plan an outdoorsy vacation in Capitolio.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra and Reserva Natural da Cachoeira do Cerradao. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Eco Park and Casca d'Anta Waterfall. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Cachoeira Dicadinha, get outside with Trilha do Sol, pause for some serene contemplation at Capeloinha de Nossa Senhora Aparecida, and take some stellar pictures from Mirante dos Canyons.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Capitolio day trip planning site.

Drive from Uberaba to Capitolio in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Uberaba to Capitolio is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Capitolio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.

State of Minas Gerais travel guide

4.6
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.