13 days in Brazil Itinerary

13 days in Brazil Itinerary

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Porto Seguro
— 1 night
Fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont, Bus to Armacao dos Buzios
Armacao dos Buzios
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Bus to Rio de Janeiro, Fly to Florianopolis
— 2 nights
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights


Porto Seguro

— 1 night
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museu do Descobrimento - Porto Seguro. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Benedito and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mundai Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Porto Seguro online route planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Porto Seguro is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Porto Seguro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Porto Seguro, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Armacao dos Buzios

— 3 nights

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Praia das Dunas and Passagem Neighborhood. Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja de Sant'Ana and Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Geriba Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Armacao dos Buzios day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Porto Seguro to Armacao dos Buzios in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips


— 2 nights
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 16th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Benedict and then wander the streets of Centro Historico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Gold Path.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Paraty trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Armacao dos Buzios to Paraty in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Paraty

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods


— 2 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Praia Mole. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Armacao Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paraty to Florianopolis in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Florianopolis are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Rio de Janeiro

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

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 20th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro and then stroll through Copacabana Beach. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Avenida Atlantica, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Getting from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Brazil travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.