16 days in Brazil Itinerary

16 days in Brazil Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro
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Foz do Iguacu
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Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
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Fernando de Noronha
— 3 nights
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Salvador
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Rio de Janeiro

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, catch a live event at Maracanã, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect nights in Rio de Janeiro to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Foz do Iguacu

— 1 night

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: high temperatures in Foz do Iguacu hover around 71°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Sao Paulo

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Nightlife · Parks

Fernando de Noronha

— 3 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Fernando de Noronha reach 83°F and lows reach 75°F. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Salvador

— 3 nights

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, then admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People, then stop by Pelourinho, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. On the next day, see where the action happens at Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, enjoy breathtaking views from Elevator Lacerda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Porto da Barra, and finally contemplate the long history of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Salvador travel route site.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Salvador in 6 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Salvador, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salvador

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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Brazil travel guide

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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.