21 days in Brazil Itinerary

21 days in Brazil Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado
— 3 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Jericoacoara
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Jericoacoara
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Fortaleza, Fly to Fernando de Noronha
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Fernando de Noronha
— 5 nights
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Fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande
— 5 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and Praia de Ipanema will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Lage and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. December in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Gramado

— 3 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the activities along Lago Negro, then stroll around Mini Mundo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Casa do Colono, then immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gramado vacation maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Gramado takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Jericoacoara.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jericoacoara

— 2 nights

Jeri

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Duna do Por do Sol and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Pedra Furada and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jericoacoara Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jericoacoara trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Jericoacoara in 12.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Gramado to Jericoacoara, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Jericoacoara

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Fernando de Noronha

— 5 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
Visiting Praia do Sueste and Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia do Cacimba do Padre and Conceicao Beach. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro, stroll through Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cachorro, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Jericoacoara to Fernando de Noronha in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Jericoacoara to Fernando de Noronha is 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ilha Grande

— 5 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lopes Mendes Beach and Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lagoa Azul and Dois Rios Beach. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Morcego Beach, delve into the distant past at Aqueduto, and enjoy the sea views from Castelhanos Lighthouse.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande route maker.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Fernando de Noronha to Ilha Grande in 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Ilha Grande. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.