17 days in Brazil Itinerary

17 days in Brazil Itinerary

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17 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Fortaleza
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Foz do Iguacu
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Buffalo

1
night
Fortaleza

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Iracema Beach and then examine the collection at 10th GAC Cultural Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Sao Pedro and then make a splash at Beach Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fortaleza journey planner .

Buffalo, USA to Fortaleza is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Fortaleza is much warmer than Buffalo - with highs of 87°F and lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Beach Park ©
Beach Park
Iracema Beach ©
Iracema Beach
Capela Sao Pedro ©
Capela Sao Pedro

4
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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernado de Noronha Island, walk around Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Fortaleza to Fernando de Noronha takes 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fortaleza to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. December in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

4
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip builder website .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 82°F and lows are around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©

3
nights
Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas, get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Sao Paulo in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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