18 days in Brazil Itinerary

18 days in Brazil Itinerary

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18 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Recife
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Salvador
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Foz do Iguacu
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Paris

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Recife: Porto de Galinhas (Muro Alto Beach, Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, gain insight at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, appreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Recife online vacation planner .

Paris, France to Recife is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Paris to Recife. Traveling from Paris in February, expect Recife to be warmer, temps between 35°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Recife

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Porto de Galinhas
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas ©

4
nights
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Step out of Salvador to go to Praia do Forte and see Forte Beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Pelourinho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, examine the collection at Afro Brasileiro Museum, and kick back and relax at Praia Farol da Barra.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Salvador tour planning site .

You can fly from Recife to Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Salvador can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Forte Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia Farol da Barra ©
Praia Farol da Barra
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

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.
Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis to see Imperial Museum about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 27th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera. On your second day here, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, then take a stroll through Liberdade, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro De Sao Bento.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, things will get little chillier in Sao Paulo: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
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.
On the 29th (Sat), snap pictures at Ponte Internacional da Amizade and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu attractions 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. February in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for 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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