17 days in Brazil Itinerary

17 days in Brazil Itinerary

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17 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  22​h
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Fortaleza
— 1 night
Shuttle:  4​h
3
Jericoacoara
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Canoa Quebrada
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
5
Belo Horizonte
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Camboinhas Beach. Visit Jerusalem Cultural Center and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Costao de Itacoatiara & Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca). There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia Da Joatinga, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, hike along Morro Dois Irmaos, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bondinho Pao de Acucar.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro day trip planning site .

Vancouver, Canada to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Vancouver to Rio de Janeiro. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in April; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Camboinhas Beach ©
Camboinhas Beach

1
night
Fortaleza

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Sao Pedro and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Morro Branco.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fortaleza trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fortaleza takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Jericoacoara.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia de Morro Branco
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Praia de Morro Branco ©
Praia de Morro Branco
Capela Sao Pedro ©
Capela Sao Pedro

4
nights
Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara ©
A charming coastal retreat known for its unspoiled natural landscape, laid-back atmosphere, and remote location, Jericoacoara offers plenty for visitors in search of a relaxing break in Brazil.
Escape the urban bustle at Mangue Seco Beach and Parque Nacional de Jericoacoara. We've included these beaches for you: Malhada Beach and Guriu Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Prea Beach, explore the striking landscape at Duna do Por do Sol, make a trip to Tree Sloth, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclo Jeri.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jericoacoara route builder .

You can take a shuttle from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Canoa Quebrada.

Things to do in Jericoacoara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Guriu Beach
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Parque Nacional de Jericoacoara ©
Parque Nacional de Jericoacoara
Prea Beach ©
Prea Beach
Jericoacoara Beach ©
Jericoacoara Beach

3
nights
Canoa Quebrada

Canoa Quebrada ©
A small fishing village backed by impressive sand dunes and red sandstone cliffs, Canoa Quebrada entices a growing number of foreign visitors with its near-perfect tropical weather and sun-kissed beaches.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Brancos Church and Nosso Senhor do Bonfim Church. Relax by the water at Ceara Beach and Lagoa do Mato Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Canoa Quebrada: Pontal de Maceio Beach (in Fortim) and Icapui (Mirante da Serra do Mar & Praia de Redonda). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Star of Canoa Quebrada in the Dunes, kick back and relax at Barrinha Beach, wander the streets of Vila do Estevao, and stroll through Canto da Barra Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canoa Quebrada travel planner .

You can drive from Jericoacoara to Canoa Quebrada in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Jericoacoara to Canoa Quebrada is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Canoa Quebrada are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Canoa Quebrada

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Aracati, Icapui, Pontal de Maceio Beach
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Praia de Canoa Quebrada ©
Praia de Canoa Quebrada
Star of Canoa Quebrada in the Dunes ©

3
nights
Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte ©
Named for its spectacular mountain views, and known locally as the "Garden City," Belo Horizonte has historically fostered a connection with nature since its inauguration in 1897.
Get outdoors at Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde and Serra do Rola-Moca State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Piedade and Basilica Nossa Senhora de Lourdes. Get out of town with these interesting Belo Horizonte side-trips: Casca D'Anta Waterfall (in Serra da Canastra National Park), Church of Our Lady of O (in Sabara) and Lagoa Santa (Lapinha Cave & Lagoa Central). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Batista da Lagoinha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Sao Jose, sample the tasty concoctions at Krug Bier, and explore the activities along Lagoa Paulino.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Belo Horizonte trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Canoa Quebrada to Belo Horizonte in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canoa Quebrada in April, with highs in Belo Horizonte at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lagoa Santa, Nova Lima, Casca D'Anta Waterfall, Church of Our Lady of O, Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde
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Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Piedade ©
Serra do Rola-Moca State Park ©
Serra do Rola-Moca State Park
Lagoa Paulino ©
Lagoa Paulino

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