25 days in Brazil, Machu Picchu & Cancun Itinerary

25 days in Brazil, Machu Picchu & Cancun Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  17 h
1
Aparecida, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Campos Do Jordao, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3 h
3
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Sao Sebastiao, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  26 h
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  25 h
8
Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

1
night
Aparecida, Brazil

Aparecida ©
Home to one of Brazil's most famous basilicas, the small city of Aparecida welcomes many times its population in tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Caminho Do Rosario, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida, then make a trip to Sala das Promessas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aparecida travel itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Aparecida is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Aparecida. When traveling from Tel Aviv in January, plan for warmer days in Aparecida, with highs around 87°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida ©
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida
National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida ©
National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida

2
nights
Campos Do Jordao, Brazil

Campos Do Jordao ©
Pointed roofs, wooden alpine houses, and mountain views typify Campos do Jordao, which at 1,628 m (5,341 ft) above sea level comes in as Brazil's highest city.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão - Horto Florestal, and then visit Vila Capivari. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Boa Vista Palace, then examine the collection at Museu Felicia Leirner, then stop by Emporio dos Pinhais, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Pico Agudo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Campos Do Jordao sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Aparecida to Campos Do Jordao in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santo Antonio do Pinhal
Highlights from your plan
Museu Felicia Leirner ©
Museu Felicia Leirner
Pico Agudo ©
Pico Agudo

2
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
On the 30th (Sat), stroll through Curral Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia de Castelhanos Beach. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia Pedra do Sino, enjoy the sand and surf at Jabaquara Beach, and then trek along Bonete Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ilhabela trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Campos Do Jordao to Ilhabela in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Campos Do Jordao to Ilhabela due to the time zone difference. January in Ilhabela sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Sao Sebastiao.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Curral Beach ©
Curral Beach
Baia de Castelhanos Beach ©
Baia de Castelhanos Beach
Bonete Beach ©
Bonete Beach

2
nights
Sao Sebastiao, Brazil

Sao Sebastiao ©
In the 1990s, the area's rustic appeal, pleasant tropical climate, and wealth of unspoiled beaches made Sao Sebastiao holidays hugely popular with wealthy Brazilians seeking calmer, less congested coastal spots.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Praia da Baleia, then kick back and relax at Juquehy Beach, and then hike along Maresias - Pauba Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Preta e Conchos Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maresias Beach, and then kick back and relax at Camburi Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sao Sebastiao route app.

Traveling by car from Ilhabela to Sao Sebastiao takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Sao Sebastiao

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Baleia ©
Praia da Baleia
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Maresias Beach ©
Maresias Beach

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then make a trip to Paulista Avenue, and finally take a stroll through Liberdade. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, then visit Jardins District, then see the interesting displays at Museu do Futebol, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Sao Sebastiao to Sao Paulo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima
Highlights from your plan
Liberdade ©
Liberdade
Jardins District ©
Jardins District
Museu do Futebol ©
Museu do Futebol

4
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

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.
Buddhist Temple and Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras and Ecomuseu de Itaipu. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat, buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Mercosul, contemplate the waterfront views at Iguacu River, and examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip maker site.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras
Ecomuseu de Itaipu ©
Ecomuseu de Itaipu

3
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Intipuncu and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, stop by Artesanias, ponder the world of politics at Serpost, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Machu Picchu by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

5
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mayan Museum of Cancun and Mexicarte. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and La Playa Xpuha. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Playa del Carmen (3D Museum of Wonders & Spas). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, and take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cancun road trip app.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Cancun in 14.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and flight. In February in Cancun, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Palancar Reef, La Playa Xpuha, Mexicarte
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

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