18 days in Brazil Itinerary

18 days in Brazil Itinerary

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18 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
2
Porto de Galinhas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Fernando de Noronha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Get some historical perspective at Parque Lage and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria. Get in touch with nature at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, admire the striking features of Ilha Fiscal, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in March; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get some historical perspective at Outeiro church and panoramic view and Capela Dourada. Escape the urban bustle at Muro Alto Beach and Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas. Take a break from Porto de Galinhas with a short trip to Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue in Recife, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia De Maracaipe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Porto de Galinhas online travel route 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. March in Porto de Galinhas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro
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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Pontal de Maracaipe ©
Pontal de Maracaipe

5
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.
Relax by the water at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Popular historic sites such as Capela de Sao Pedro and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, stroll through Fernado de Noronha Island, explore the ancient world of Ruínas do Antigo Presídio, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Mansao do Caminho. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Francisco Church and Convent, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Our Lady of Conception Lapinha, don't miss a visit to Paroquia Nossa Senhora do Resgate, and admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Salvador trip planning app .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Salvador by flight takes about 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Salvador. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salvador

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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