22 days in Brazil Itinerary

22 days in Brazil Itinerary

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22 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Brasilia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
3
Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Aparecida
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Ouro Preto
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  6 h
6
Arraial do Cabo
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Tram + Fly + Shuttle:  9 h
7
Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
8
Manaus
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: London

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.
Visit Catedral Metropolitana and Templo Seicho No Ie for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Brasilia National Park and Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, identify plant and animal life at Parque Olhos D'agua, admire the landmark architecture of Ermida Dom Bosco, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico de Brasilia.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Brasilia tour itinerary app .

London, UK to Brasilia is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Brasilia, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in October: highs in Brasilia hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional de Brasilia ©
Parque Nacional de Brasilia
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church ©
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church
Parque Olhos D'agua ©
Parque Olhos D'agua

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.
Praia de Ipanema and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Parque Lage and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress in Niteroi (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Mirante Dona Marta, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and stroll through Sugarloaf Mountain.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

3
nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Explore hidden gems such as Dois Rios Beach and Crena Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aqueduto da Ilha Grande and Castelhanos Lighthouse. There's much more to do: tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, stroll through Maguariquecaba Beach, and kick back and relax at Praia da Feiticeira.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ilha Grande trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Aparecida.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Aqueduto ©
Aqueduto
Aracatibinha Beach ©
Aracatibinha Beach

2
nights
Aparecida

Aparecida ©
Home to one of Brazil's most famous basilicas, the small city of Aparecida welcomes many times its population in tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sala das Promessas, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela do Batismo, then don't miss a visit to Capela das Velas, then snap pictures at Passarela da Fe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Benedito. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Memorial da Devocao Nossa Senhora Aparecida, take in the spiritual surroundings of Visita monitorada noturna na Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santo Antonio, then see the interesting displays at Frei Galvao Arquivo Memoria de Guaratingueta Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Morro do Cruzeiro, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aparecida trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Aparecida in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Guaratingueta
Highlights from your plan
Morro do Cruzeiro ©
Morro do Cruzeiro
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida ©

1
night
Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Efigenia dos Pretos church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica da Se, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Itacolomi state park, and finally steep yourself in history at Minas do Palacio Velho. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Betrayal, admire the striking features of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Andorinhas waterfall, then see the sky in a new way at Observatorio Astronomico da Escola de Minas, then see the interesting displays at Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouro Preto online route planner .

You can drive from Aparecida to Ouro Preto in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Ouro Preto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mariana
Highlights from your plan
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis
Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral ©
Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral
Catedral Basilica da Se ©
Catedral Basilica da Se

1
night
Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo ©
Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Brava Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Farol Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, then take a memorable drive along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Arraial do Cabo sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouro Preto to Arraial do Cabo in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Ouro Preto in October, you will find days in Arraial do Cabo are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Farol Beach ©
Farol Beach
Brava Beach ©
Brava Beach
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia

1
night
Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare

Morro de Sao Paulo ©
One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz, then get to know the fascinating history of Ruinas da Fortaleza do Tapirandu, then visit a coastal fixture at Farol do Morro, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Segunda Praia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Praia do Mirante, then stop by Eco Store, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Morro de Sao Paulo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Arraial do Cabo to Morro de Sao Paulo by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Arraial do Cabo in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Morro de Sao Paulo, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Farol do Morro ©
Farol do Morro
Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz ©
Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz
Segunda Praia ©
Segunda Praia

2
nights
Manaus

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Justice Palace, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Praia do Tupe, then take an in-depth tour of Palacete Provincial, then contemplate the long history of Museu Casa Eduardo Ribeiro, and finally grab your bike and head to Praca Heliodoro Balbi.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manaus road trip site .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Manaus in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Morro de Sao Paulo to Manaus is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Morro de Sao Paulo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Manaus, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manaus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas ©
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palacio da Justica ©
Palacio da Justica

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