12 days in Brazil Itinerary

12 days in Brazil Itinerary

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12 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Paraty
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary

3
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then don't miss a visit to Paulista Avenue, and finally walk around Parque Ibirapuera. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Paulo da Cruz Church, see the interesting displays at Museu Do Futebol, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and finally take a stroll through Liberdade.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo journey website .

Calgary, Canada to Sao Paulo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Sao Paulo is 4 hours. Traveling from Calgary in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Sao Paulo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

2
nights
Paraty

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
On the 14th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cachadaco, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Engenho D'Ouro, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, and finally look for gifts at Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Almada Beach and then stroll through Meio Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paraty journey planner.

Drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Almada Beach
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Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Meio Beach ©
Meio Beach

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visit Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro holiday builder website .

Getting from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Buddhist Temple and Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab. There's much more to do: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, examine the collection at Ecomuseu de Itaipu, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and contemplate the long history of Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu sightseeing planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras

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