31 days in Rio de Janeiro, State of Sao Paulo & Manaus Itinerary

31 days in Rio de Janeiro, State of Sao Paulo & Manaus Itinerary

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31 days in Rio de Janeiro, State of Sao Paulo & Manaus Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Aparecida
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Sao Sebastiao
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Sorocaba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Brotas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Campinas
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Manaus
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Tel Aviv

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parque Lage and Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Cultural Center, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in March; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aparecida.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida and Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida. Get out of town with these interesting Aparecida side-trips: Igreja Matriz de Santa Branca (in Santa Branca) and Igreja Matriz (in Sao Luiz do Paraitinga). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Caminho Do Rosario, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Benedito, don't miss a visit to Gruta Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, and examine the collection at Memorial da Devocao Nossa Senhora Aparecida.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Aparecida trip planner .

Drive from Rio de Janeiro to Aparecida in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Aparecida, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sao Sebastiao.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Guaratingueta, Igreja Matriz de Santa Branca, Igreja Matriz
Highlights from your plan
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida ©
Igreja de Sao Benedito ©
Igreja de Sao Benedito

4
nights
Sao Sebastiao

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Juquehy Beach and Corcovado Peak. Relax by the water at Curral Beach and Itamambuca Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sao Sebastiao: Ubatuba (Ruinas do Presidio da Ilha Anchieta, Domingas Dias Beach, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maresias Beach and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Sao Benedito e Sant' Anna.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sao Sebastiao tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Aparecida to Sao Sebastiao by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Sao Sebastiao sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Sao Sebastiao

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ubatuba, Ilhabela
Highlights from your plan
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Curral Beach ©
Curral Beach
Maresias Beach ©
Maresias Beach

4
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Pedra do Santuario. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Paulo: Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple (in Cotia) and Igreja Santo Antonio da Cachoeira (in Piracaia). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and make a trip to Seara Bendita Instituicao Espirita.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo day trip planner.

You can drive from Sao Sebastiao to Sao Paulo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sorocaba.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Igreja Santo Antonio da Cachoeira, Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple, Pedra do Santuario
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
São Paulo Cathedral ©
São Paulo Cathedral

3
nights
Sorocaba

Sorocaba ©
Well-connected to nearby Sao Paulo, pleasant Sorocaba remains an underrated gem.
Fazenda Ipanema and Paroquia Santissima Trindade de Tiete will appeal to history buffs. Explore Sorocaba's surroundings by going to Santuario Mae Rainha de Shoenstatt (in Capela do Alto), Testemunhas de Jeova - Sede do Brasil (in Cesario Lange) and Catedral Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres (in Itapetininga). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Carlos Borromeu Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sorocaba trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Sorocaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Sorocaba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brotas.

Things to do in Sorocaba

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Catedral Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, Paróquia Nossa Senhora Mãe dos Homens, Testemunhas de Jeova - Sede do Brasil, Paroquia Santissima Trindade de Tiete, Fazenda Ipanema
Highlights from your plan
Fazenda Ipanema ©
Fazenda Ipanema
Paroquia Santissima Trindade de Tiete ©
Catedral Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres ©
Catedral Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres

2
nights
Brotas

Brotas ©
A gateway to nearby natural wonders, Brotas offers something special for lovers of the outdoors.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Mosteiro Paraiso and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Santo Antonio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Senhor Bom Jesus da Cana Verde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morro Bom Jesus, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Benedito Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brotas trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Sorocaba to Brotas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Campinas.

Things to do in Brotas

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ribeirao Bonito, Capela de Santo Antonio, Mosteiro Paraiso
Highlights from your plan
Morro Bom Jesus ©
Morro Bom Jesus
Zipline
Church of Senhor Bom Jesus da Cana Verde ©

3
nights
Campinas

Campinas ©
A large city of over 1 million stands at the center of the municipality of Campinas.
Visit Kadampa Brasil Meditation Center and Parque dos Ipes for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Campinas: Basilica Nossa Senhora do Patrocinio (in Araras), Church of Our Lady of Good Death and Assumption (in Limeira) and Santuario de Schoenstatt - Atibaia (in Atibaia). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Divino Salvador.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Campinas holiday planner.

You can drive from Brotas to Campinas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Amazon Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Campinas

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kadampa Brasil Meditation Center, Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Penha, Parque dos Ipes, Igreja Matriz Sao Sebastiao, Santuario de Schoenstatt - Atibaia
Highlights from your plan
Kadampa Brasil Meditation Center ©
Kadampa Brasil Meditation Center
Parque dos Ipes ©
Parque dos Ipes
Basilica Nossa Senhora do Patrocinio ©

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Meeting of Waters and Ponta Negra Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso and Church of Sao Sebastiao e Sao Francisco de Assis. Step out of Manaus with an excursion to Ruinas de Paricatuba in Iranduba--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palacio Rio Negro, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, have fun at Shot In The Dark, and see the interesting displays at Museu Casa Eduardo Ribeiro.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manaus route maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Campinas to Manaus takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in Manaus, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manaus

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Amazon Rainforest, Ruinas de Paricatuba
Highlights from your plan
Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso ©
Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso
Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach

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