17 days in Brazil Itinerary

17 days in Brazil Itinerary

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17 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Florianopolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
4
Porto de Galinhas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Recife
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and finally examine the collection at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo vacation maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Sao Paulo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Brasilia Time is 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

2
nights
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Galheta, then kick back and relax at Praia Mole, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santo Antonio de Lisboa. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoinha do Leste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Campeche, then kick back and relax at Joaquina Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Santinho.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Florianopolis online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Florianopolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florianopolis are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Joaquina Beach ©
Joaquina Beach

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Casa de Santos Dumont. Escape the urban bustle at Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. Change things up with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro holiday maker website .

Fly from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, browse the exhibits of Atelie Gilberto Carcara, kick back and relax at Muro Alto Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, and finally stop by Nata Artesanato. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Cupe beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pontal de Maracaipe, then kick back and relax at Praia De Maracaipe, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Casa Jerimum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Porto de Galinhas travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Porto de Galinhas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Pontal de Maracaipe ©
Pontal de Maracaipe

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste. Get a sense of the local culture at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip website .

Getting from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. December in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Recife.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Capela de Sao Pedro ©
Capela de Sao Pedro
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

3
nights
Recife

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Cinema do Museu do Homem do Nordeste, then examine the collection at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, then see the interesting displays at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museu da Cidade do Recife - Forte das Cinco Pontas. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at RioMar Recife Mall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Dourada, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, see the interesting displays at Paco do Frevo, then examine the collection at Museu Cais do Sertao, and finally view the masterpieces at Atelier Vilanova.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Recife online trip maker .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Recife by flight takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Recife

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Atelier Vilanova
Highlights from your plan
Ricardo Brennand Institute ©
Ricardo Brennand Institute
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©

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