13 days in Brazil Itinerary

13 days in Brazil Itinerary

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13 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Joinville
Drive + Ferry:  9 h
1
Ilhabela
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Paraty
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
3
Ilha Grande
— 2 nights
car:  8 h
4
Arraial do Cabo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Cabo Frio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
7
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
End: Joinville

2
nights
Ilhabela

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Cachoeira Da Toca and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saco do Eustaquio. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pinto Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Armacao, enjoy the sand and surf at Saco da Capela Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oscar Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Portinho Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira dos Tres Tombos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilhabela trip planner .

Joinville to Ilhabela is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Ilhabela are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia das Calhetas
Highlights from your plan
Viana Beach ©
Viana Beach
Cachoeira Da Toca ©
Cachoeira Da Toca
Portinho Beach ©
Portinho Beach

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Cachoeira da Pedra Branca, kick back and relax at Cepilho Beach, kick back and relax at Fora Beach (Ranchos), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meio Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cachadaco, and finally kick back and relax at Brava or Joatinga Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paraty travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Ilhabela to Paraty takes 4.5 hours. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Meio Beach ©
Meio Beach
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca ©
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco

2
nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 10th (Fri), kick back and relax at Crena Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santo Antonio Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dois Rios Beach, kick back and relax at Maguariquecaba Beach, stroll through Ilha dos Macacos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Enseada do Bananal Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande online trip planner .

Getting from Paraty to Ilha Grande by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Praia Preta ©
Praia Preta

2
nights
Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo ©
Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Praia Grande, kick back and relax at Farol Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Molded Depth's Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirante da Boa Vista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Forno Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha, enjoy the sand and surf at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach, and finally cruise along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arraial do Cabo tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Ilha Grande to Arraial do Cabo by combination of ferry and bus takes about 8 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Cabo Frio.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prainha ©
Prainha
Brava Beach ©
Brava Beach
Farol Beach ©
Farol Beach

2
nights
Cabo Frio

Cabo Frio ©
Founded way back in 1615, Cabo Frio represents the seventh-oldest city in Brazil.
Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Mirante do Forno, kick back and relax at Foca Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia das Dunas, then kick back and relax at Foguete Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Largo de Sao Benedito.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cabo Frio day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arraial do Cabo to Cabo Frio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cabo Frio sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cabo Frio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Armacao dos Buzios
Highlights from your plan
Foca Beach ©
Foca Beach
Prainha ©
Prainha
Foguete Beach ©
Foguete Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally stroll through Praia do Leme.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cabo Frio to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Barra da Tijuca Beach ©
Barra da Tijuca Beach

1
night
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get little chillier in Sao Paulo: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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