Historical Trails and Cities of the Estrada Real

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Riding from Serro to Diamantina - Minas Gerais - Brazil


Whether on sand, asphalt or gravel, adventure is always guaranteed on the Estrada Real. Every other road has new discoveries. Colonial villages, with their typical colorful churches, waterfalls, mountains, caves and rivers make up one of the most important cultural and natural heritages on the planet. Those who watch close enough, can see the stone bridges, ruins and fountains scattered across the landscape. every one of them a reminder, left behind by the colonial settlers. The Estrada Real (Royal Road), today, is a collection of several roads, in total about 1512 km, built in colonial Brazil, especially in the seventeenth century, to transport the gold and diamonds from Brazil's interior to the coast of Rio de Janeiro, from where they were shipped off to Portugal.


Church in Carrancas - Minas Gerais - Brazil


Traveling through this unique region offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to relive the experiences ancient pioneers, the drovers, the officers and other travelers that once roamed these parts. All transport of goods, gold and diamonds, but also slaves, tools and other supplies, was only legally possible via the Estrada Real. Opening new roads was considered a crime of lese-majesty. The great importance of this road gave birth to countless towns and cities, some of which, like Ouro Preto or Diamantina, are today listed as World Heritage Sites.




Map of the tour (Click to enlarge)

Routemap - Estrada Real

  • Day 1 : Volta Redonda - Passa Quatro (333 km)

  • Day 2 : Passa Quatro - Tiradentes (245 km)

  • Day 3 : Tiradentes - Caeté (306 km)

  • Day 4 : Caeté - Diamantina (296 km)

  • Day 5 : Local tour in Diamantina region (+/- 50 Km)

  • Day 6 : Diamantina - Conceição do Mato Dentro (142 km)

  • Day 7 : Conceição do Mato Dentro - Ouro Preto (225 km)

  • Day 8 : Ouro Preto - Santos Dumont (237 km)

  • Day 9 : Santos Dumont - Rio de Janeiro (210 km)

  • Day 10 : (Morning) Rio de janeiro city tour (+/- 50 km)

  • Day 10 : (Afternoon) Rio de janeiro - Volta Redonda (140 km)



The route map is only indicative. Weather and/or road conditions can make it necessary to change the route plan.

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Tour Info : Historical Trails and Cities




10 days / 9 nights


Total distance:

2250 - 2500 km - ca 25% of unpaved roads



Minimum: 3 - Maximum: 5



This trip is suitable for any rider with some off-road experience



Yamaha XT660 Driver: 3000 €
  Passenger: 1800 €
Honda Falcon Driver: 2700 €
  Passenger: 1800 €


Prices are for double room. Single Room surcharge: 500 €

Payment :


  • 20% upon booking
  • 80% at least 4 weeks before departure


a security deposit of 2000 € is required. This deposit will be refunded after the trip, deducting any damages to the bike or traffic fines




  • Motorcycle Rental
  • Accommodation in hotels and comfortable guesthouses (pousadas) with breakfast
  • Multilingual guide (English, dutch, French, Portuguese)
  • Support vehicle and mechanic
  • Transport of your luggage during the trip

NOT included:


  • Fuel
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry fees (parks - events)
  • toll roads
  • International flight (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Airport transfer (Rio de Janeiro - Volta Redonda)
  • Travel/ health insurance
  • Accident insurance

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