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itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

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itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

This will be for a visit in late April 2015: I'm planning on a visit to MG, flying into BH, and would like input on how long to budget a realistic (non-too-hurried) trip to the state visiting, Ouro Preto, Inhotim, Tiradentes, Congonhas if possible. I was thinking a week or so for all, including bus travel time? If not feasible, anything to leave out/not do? What would be the best way to see these places in a logical way?

Will be flying in and out of BH from Salvador (just to put the trip into perspective).

Again, many thanks in advance.

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San Francisco...
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1. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

Bump. Thanks!

Sao Paulo, SP
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2. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

Im not specialist in Minas. I think 1 week is enough too see a lot.

The big problem is that transportation by bus is not that easy to go around.

U didnt mention Mariana. But it has beautiful churches there.

Decatur, Georgia
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3. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

I have been to all these places many times. I've never gone by bus so I don't know the specific logistics for each bus line.

Inhotim is a full day trip with buses from BH.

Ouro Preto same distance but more to see, up to two days, next door to Mariana.

Tiradentes is an outstanding trip but the farthest away, minimum two days.

Congonhas is on the way to Tiradentes but probably different buses. In my opinion not needed more than half a day

If you could rent a car the logistics to your trip will be much easier..

If I went by car I would go to Inhotim, Congonhas, Tiradentes, Ouro Preto and back to Belo Horizonte

If I remember correctly Mondays are off days in Ouro Preto.

Mina's Gerais has a tourist agency that can help you with the bus logistics

San Francisco...
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4. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

Thank you, Ronald. I am trying to avoid having to drive and having to stress out and deal with unfamiliar driving conditions/habits. Was it difficult?

Warsaw
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5. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

I just got back from Ouro Preto. In my opinion 3 days there are enough, including visiting neighbouring towns as Tiradentes, Mariana, Congonhas.

I spent 1 full day in Ouro Preto, another day rented a car and did Congonhas, Tirandentes and Sao Joao del Rei (the last one I could skip as it was least interesting).

Third day, Mariana (not full day).

From what I heard from locals in Ouro Preto, renting a car is best way to visit distant towns like Tiradentes. There's no direct bus.

Decatur, Georgia
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6. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

That's a difficult answer. I don't find it difficult. You need patience and watch out for the other guy. Same as everywhere else. Brazilian drivers like speed, have little patience and will pass you even when they can't.

Don't know your driving issues but for me the key question is cost/benefit. To take buses to all these cities is potentially a logistics nightmare.

If it fits your budget a car with driver would be excellent. Let me know, I can recommend one that I've used many years.

Sao Paulo, SP
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7. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

If you research a bit on which road you should take, I think its better to rent a car.

For example, you wont find probably bus from inhotim to Ouro Preto. You will need to go to BH and return the same day.

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8. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

Brazil's chaotic roads: up to 40,000 people a year die on Brazil's roads—a toll blamed on poor driving conditions, inexperienced motorists and high levels of drunk-driving. Brazil needs to improve road signs, poor-quality roads and poorly designed motorways. And emergency services are currently only available in larger cities.

http://bbc.in/1917KYr

The 20 most dangerous highways in Brazil:

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Driving in Brazil:

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Sao Paulo, SP
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9. Re: itinerary for time in Minas Gerais: how long?

What MonteCD said is right, there are many accidents in Brazilian roads. However i can't say if it is much safer to take a bus comparing to drive. There are many accidents involving bus as well.

A good advice to those willing to drive in Brazil is to avoid driving at night.

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