13 days in Brazil Itinerary

13 days in Brazil Itinerary

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13 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
2
Manaus
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Recife
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Newark

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Morro Dois Irmaos and Instituto Moreira Salles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Elefante (in Marica) and Niteroi (Costao de Itacoatiara & Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip builder website .

Newark, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, expect nights in Rio de Janeiro to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Niteroi, Pedra do Elefante
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Morro Dois Irmaos ©
Morro Dois Irmaos
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
nights
Manaus

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Juma Amazon Lodge Tours. Palacio da Justica and Pinacoteca do Amazonas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Praia do Tupe and Ponta Negra Beach. Take a break from Manaus with a short trip to Acutuba Beach in Iranduba, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Palacete Provincial, contemplate the long history of Museu Casa Eduardo Ribeiro, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, and have fun at Shot In The Dark.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manaus holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, expect Manaus to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Jericoacoara.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Acutuba Beach, Amazon Rainforest
Highlights from your plan
Acutuba Beach ©
Acutuba Beach
Palacio da Justica ©
Palacio da Justica
Palacete Provincial ©
Palacete Provincial

4
nights
Recife

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Paiva Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Church and Monastery of Sao Bento and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Recife: Porto de Galinhas (Nata Artesanato & Casa Jerimum) and Olinda (Praca Monsenhor Fabricio & Casa dos Bonecos Gigantes). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museu Cais do Sertao, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Madre Deus Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Praca do Arsenal, and steep yourself in history at Cais do Imperador.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Recife driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Manaus to Recife by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Manaus to Recife is 1 hour. While traveling from Manaus, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Recife, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Recife

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto de Galinhas, Olinda
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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museu Cais do Sertao ©
Museu Cais do Sertao

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