15 days in Brazil Itinerary

15 days in Brazil Itinerary

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15 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Iquitos
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Brasilia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Tiradentes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Ouro Preto
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 3 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Iquitos

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), explore the galleries of Museu de Valores, admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana, then take in the views from JK Bridge, then look for gifts at Parkshopping, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Caixa Cultural Brasilia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco, then browse the exhibits of Memorial JK, and finally walk around Parque da Cidade (Sarah Kubitschek).

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brasilia tour planner.

New York City, USA to Brasilia is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from New York City to Brasilia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Brasilia is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Memorial JK ©
Memorial JK
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Caixa Cultural Brasilia ©
Caixa Cultural Brasilia

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally make a trip to Escadaria Selaron. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and finally pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in July, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

3
nights
Tiradentes

Tiradentes ©
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
Museu de Sant'Ana and O Barroco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Atelier do Arquiteto Sergio Ramos and Atelier Guido Boletti. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria de Arte - Moitara Arte Indigena, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Tancredo Neves, and see the interesting displays at Museu da Liturgia.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tiradentes trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Rio de Janeiro to Tiradentes in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with highs in Tiradentes at 70°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Tiradentes

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sao Joao del Rei
Highlights from your plan
Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis
Railway Museum ©
Railway Museum

2
nights
Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, browse for treasures at Josimar Guimaraes - Escritorio de Arte, take an in-depth tour of Casa dos Contos, then make a trip to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Betrayal, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Mineralogy, look for gifts at Atelier Paiol Albanos, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Municipal Das Andorinhas.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ouro Preto day trip tool .

Drive from Tiradentes to Ouro Preto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tiradentes in July, with highs in Ouro Preto at 79°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos
Museum of Mineralogy ©
Museum of Mineralogy

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Museum and Fernando de Noronha. We've included these beaches for you: Porto de Santo Antonio Beach and Praia do Sueste. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Cachorro, and enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouro Preto to Fernando de Noronha takes 8.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ouro Preto to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ouro Preto in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Fernando de Noronha. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Leão ©
Praia do Leão
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro

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