20 days in Serra da Mantiqueira Itinerary

20 days in Serra da Mantiqueira Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sao Paulo
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Cunha
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Itatiaia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Campos Do Jordao
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Goncalves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Monte Verde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Pocos de Caldas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Serra Negra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Cunha

Cunha ©
Conveniently located for those wishing to explore some of the state's most pristine natural features, Cunha has a cultural heritage to match its status as a gateway to the wilderness.
Cunha is known for shopping, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar, pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church, stop by Lavandario, and view the masterpieces at Quinta Essencia Galeria.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cunha trip itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo to Cunha is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cunha can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Itatiaia.

Things to do in Cunha

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Pedra da Macela ©
Pedra da Macela
Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar ©
Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar
Lavandario ©
Lavandario

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nights
Itatiaia

Itatiaia ©
Nestled among green mountains, the small town of Itatiaia serves as a gateway Brazil's oldest national park of the same name.
Itatiaia is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, browse the different shops at Shopping Terras da Finlandia, explore the striking landscape at Pico das Agulhas Negras, and get great views at Ultimo Adeus Viewpoint.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Itatiaia driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Cunha to Itatiaia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Itatiaia can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Itatiaia

Parks Nature Shopping
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Pico das Agulhas Negras ©
Pico das Agulhas Negras
Parque Nacional do Itatiaia ©
Parque Nacional do Itatiaia
Casa do Papai Noel ©
Casa do Papai Noel

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nights
Campos Do Jordao

Campos Do Jordao ©
Pointed roofs, wooden alpine houses, and mountain views typify Campos do Jordao, which at 1,628 m (5,341 ft) above sea level comes in as Brazil's highest city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Campos Do Jordao: Pico Agudo (in Santo Antonio do Pinhal) and Pedra do Bau (in Sao Bento do Sapucai). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Amantikir Park, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão - Horto Florestal, stroll around Jardim dos Pinhais Ecco Parque, and don't miss a visit to Mosteiro de Sao Joao.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Campos Do Jordao online day trip planner.

You can drive from Itatiaia to Campos Do Jordao in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Goncalves.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Santo Antonio do Pinhal, Pedra do Bau
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Amantikir Park ©
Amantikir Park
Morro do Elefante ©
Morro do Elefante

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nights
Goncalves

Goncalves ©
Located in an attractive, hilly natural environment, the municipality of Goncalves attracts visitors as much for its surrounding natural features as for its scenic town center.
Goncalves is known for outdoors, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Capela Pedra do Forno, stop by A Pioneira queijos, doces & vinhos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores, and take in the dramatic natural features at Serra da Balanca.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Goncalves online journey planner.

Getting from Campos Do Jordao to Goncalves by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Monte Verde.

Things to do in Goncalves

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Capela Pedra do Forno ©
Capela Pedra do Forno
Atelier Papegilla ©
Atelier Papegilla
Capela Atras da Pedra ©
Capela Atras da Pedra

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nights
Monte Verde

Monte Verde ©
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.
Step out of Monte Verde to go to Sao Francisco Xavier and see Focinho D'Anta Peak, which is approximately 2h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra Redonda, take in the awesome beauty at Trilha do Plato, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cachacaria Adega das Gerais, and trek along Pedra Partida.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monte Verde holiday app.

Drive from Goncalves to Monte Verde in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pocos de Caldas.

Things to do in Monte Verde

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Focinho D'Anta Peak
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Pedra Redonda ©
Pedra Redonda
Pico Selado ©
Pico Selado
Spas

3
nights
Pocos de Caldas

Pocos de Caldas ©
Established in 1872, the city of Pocos de Caldas became famous after hot springs were discovered close to the urban center.
Pocos de Caldas is known for nature, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Recanto Japones, make a trip to Cristo Redentor, take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall Veil Brides, and ponder the design of Fonte dos Amores.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pocos de Caldas attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monte Verde to Pocos de Caldas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Serra Negra.

Things to do in Pocos de Caldas

Parks Nature Shopping
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Waterfall Veil Brides ©
Waterfall Veil Brides
Recanto Japones ©
Recanto Japones
Cristo Redentor ©
Cristo Redentor

1
night
Serra Negra

Serra Negra ©
Located in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range at an altitude of 925 m (3,035 ft), the city of Serra Negra offers plenty of outdoor escapism and cultural sightseeing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario, pause for some photo ops at Cristo Redentor of Serra Negra, make a trip to Praca Adhemar de Barros, thensample the fine beverages at Familia Silotto, and finally get great views at Alto da Serra.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Serra Negra trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Pocos de Caldas to Serra Negra takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Serra Negra

Wineries Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Praca Adhemar de Barros
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Familia Silotto ©
Familia Silotto
Praca Adhemar de Barros ©
Praca Adhemar de Barros
Cristo Redentor of Serra Negra ©
Cristo Redentor of Serra Negra