11 days in Brazil Itinerary

11 days in Brazil Itinerary

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11 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Banff National Park
Bus + Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h
2
Gramado
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Curitiba
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Brasilia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  23 h 45 min
End: Banff National Park

1
night
Rio de Janeiro

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Bento Monastery, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip maker tool .

Banff National Park, Canada to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Banff National Park to Rio de Janeiro is 4 hours. Traveling from Banff National Park in December, expect Rio de Janeiro to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Sao Bento Monastery ©
Sao Bento Monastery

4
nights
Gramado

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vinicola Salvattore and Sao Pellegrino Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vale dos Vinhedos and Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Casa Valduga Winery, Aurora Winery, & more). There's more to do: do a tasting at Vitivinicola Jolimont and steep yourself in history at Casa do Colono.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gramado tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Gramado takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Gramado

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bento Goncalves, Vinicola Salvattore, Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple, Vitivinicola Jolimont, Sao Pellegrino Church
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Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore
Sao Pellegrino Church ©
Sao Pellegrino Church
Vale dos Vinhedos ©
Vale dos Vinhedos

1
night
Curitiba

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba, see the interesting displays at Memorial da Imigracao Polonesa, then examine the collection at Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao, then steep yourself in history at Ukranian Memorial, and finally admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Curitiba holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Curitiba in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Curitiba

Museums Historic Sites
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Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao ©
Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao
Ukranian Memorial ©
Ukranian Memorial
Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba ©
Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba

2
nights
Brasilia

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Templo da Boa Vontade, then take in the views from JK Bridge, then explore the activities along Lago Paranoa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ermida Dom Bosco. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Catetinho, pause for some serene contemplation at Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church, and then stroll around Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brasilia trip planner .

You can fly from Curitiba to Brasilia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brasilia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek ©
Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church ©
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade

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