18 days in Brazil Itinerary

18 days in Brazil Itinerary

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18 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Petropolis
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Brasilia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Salvador
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
6
Porto de Galinhas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and finally take a stroll through Paulista Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then take a stroll around The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, and finally look for gifts at Bom Retiro.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Sao Paulo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sao Paulo is minus 3 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Sao Paulo to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Petropolis.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

1
day
Petropolis

Petropolis ©
Once the summer getaway of Brazilian emperors, the "imperial city" of Petropolis serves as a tribute to the lavish lifestyles of Brazil's 19th-century elite.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at La Grande Vallee, see the interesting displays at Handicraft Museum of the State of Rio de Janeiro, then see the interesting displays at Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Petropolis trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Petropolis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect Petropolis to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Petropolis

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Museum ©
Imperial Museum
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara ©
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
Museu Casa de Santos Dumont ©
Museu Casa de Santos Dumont

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.
Get some cultural insight at Praia de Ipanema and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Visiting Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip site .

Drive from Petropolis to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
Brasilia

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade, examine the collection at Experiences Library, then look for all kinds of wild species at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial JK, and finally get your game on at Ludoteca BGC. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Museu de Valores, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, see the interesting displays at National Museum of the Brazilian Republic, then examine the collection at Espaco Lucio Costa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Caixa Cultural Brasilia.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Brasilia online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April since evenings lows in Brasilia dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Brasilia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Memorial JK ©
Memorial JK

1
night
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 22nd (Mon), examine the collection at Casa Solar Santo Antonio Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, then take a stroll through Pelourinho, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the Press. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Casa do Rio Vermelho, steep yourself in history at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Modelo, then see the interesting displays at Afro Brasileiro Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Geographic Institute and Museum of the History of Bahia.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Salvador trip builder site .

You can fly from Brasilia to Salvador in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Salvador when traveling from Brasilia in April, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Salvador

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

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 24th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Casa Jerimum, explore the striking landscape at Outeiro church and panoramic view, then explore the gorgeous colors at Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas, and finally examine the collection at Museu das Tartarugas - Ecoassociados. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Atelie Gilberto Carcara, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, and finally look for gifts at Nata Artesanato.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Salvador to Porto de Galinhas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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
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.
Get some historical perspective at Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. You'll explore and learn at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Conceicao Beach, see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and get engrossed in the history at Fernando de Noronha Memorial.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. In April in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

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