39 days in Brazil Itinerary

39 days in Brazil Itinerary

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39 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Manaus
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Recife
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Olinda
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Porto de Galinhas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Maragogi
— 5 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
5
Maceio
— 4 nights
Bus:  7 h
6
Caninde de Sao Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Aracaju
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
8
Salvador
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
9
Morro de Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
10
Salvador
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  9 h 45 min
End: Manaus

4
nights
Recife

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand and J.Borges Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Ricardo Brennand Institute and Museu Luiz Gonzaga. When in Recife, make a side trip to see Museu do Barro e Museu do Forro in Caruaru, approximately Caruaru away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fundacao Joaquim Nabuco, contemplate the long history of Praca do Arsenal, don't miss a visit to O Galo da Madrugada, and stroll around Praca Marechal Floriano Peixoto.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Recife trip maker site.

Manaus to Recife is an approximately 6,5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In Janeiro, daytime highs in Recife are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Olinda.

Things to do in Recife

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caruaru, Praca Marechal Floriano Peixoto, J.Borges Memorial
Highlights from your plan
J.Borges Memorial ©
J.Borges Memorial
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
Ricardo Brennand Institute ©
Ricardo Brennand Institute

4
nights
Olinda

Olinda ©
Displaying some of Brazil's best-preserved colonial architecture, the World Heritage-listed city of Olinda has long served as a hub for artists and bohemians.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Historico and Praia do Sossego. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu do Mamulengo and Atelier Di Farias. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Olinda: Pontal da Ilha Beach (in Ilha de Itamaraca) and Conde (Costa de Conde, Coqueirinho Beach, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Se Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Atelier Vilanova, engage your brain at Espaco Ciencia, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio dos Governadores-Prefeitura de Olinda.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Olinda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Recife to Olinda takes an hour. Janeiro in Olinda sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Olinda

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Conde, Ilha de Itamaraca
Highlights from your plan
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Se Cathedral ©
Se Cathedral

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Relax by the water at Muro Alto Beach and Serrambi Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore So Arte and Mercadinho Rio Mar. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto de Galinhas: Capela de Sao Benedito (in Tamandare) and Cabo de Santo Agostinho (Museu do Pescador, Praia de Calhetas, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, examine the collection at Museu das Tartarugas - ONG Ecoassociados, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the exciting artwork at Atelie Gilberto Carcara.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Olinda to Porto de Galinhas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In Janeiro, daytime highs in Porto de Galinhas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Maragogi.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Mercadinho Rio Mar, Capela de Sao Benedito, So Arte
Highlights from your plan
Serrambi Beach ©
Serrambi Beach
Praia de Calhetas ©
Praia de Calhetas
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach

5
nights
Maragogi

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Ponta de Mangue and Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles. Step out of the city life by going to Japaratinga Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Maragogi side-trips: Sao Miguel dos Milagres (Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres & Toque Beach) and Japaratinga (Boqueirao Beach & Barreiras do Boqueirao Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bitingui Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Bento Beach, appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Cabanos, and see the vivid underwater world at Piscinas Naturais de Barra Grande.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Maragogi travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Porto de Galinhas to Maragogi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in Janeiro, expect a bit cooler with lows of 26°C in Maragogi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Maceio.

Things to do in Maragogi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Japaratinga, Sao Miguel dos Milagres, Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles
Highlights from your plan
Praia Ponta de Mangue ©
Praia Ponta de Mangue
Japaratinga Beach ©
Japaratinga Beach

4
nights
Maceio

Maceio ©
Dazzling waters, long stretches of white sand beach, and the splendid colors of nearby mineral cliffs typify Maceio, the laid-back capital of Alagoas state.
Step off the beaten path and head to Barra de Sao Miguel Beach and Jatiuca Beach. Visiting Praia do Gunga and Falesias do Gunga will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Maceio: Barra de Sao Miguel (Conchas Beach & Niquim Beach) and Paripueira Beach (in Paripueira). There's much more to do: stroll through Praia de Pajucara, browse the exhibits of Galeria Gamma, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipioca, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Maceio holiday builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Maragogi to Maceio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in Janeiro, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Caninde de Sao Francisco.

Things to do in Maceio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barra de Sao Miguel, Roteiro, Paripueira Beach, Igreja Santa Maria Madalena
Highlights from your plan
Barra de Sao Miguel Beach ©
Barra de Sao Miguel Beach
Praia do Gunga ©
Praia do Gunga
Jatiuca Beach ©
Jatiuca Beach

2
nights
Caninde de Sao Francisco

Caninde de Sao Francisco ©
With the Sao Francisco river hugging the town, many of the things to do in Caninde de Sao Francisco revolve around the water.
On the 2nd (Tue), take a stroll through Povoado de Entremontes, then witness the site of a historic battle at Grota de Angico, then see the interesting displays at Sertao Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Piranhas Historic Center. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museu de Arqueologia de Xingo, admire the verdant scenery at Vale dos Mestres, and then examine the collection at Casa de Maria Bonita Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Caninde de Sao Francisco online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Maceio to Caninde de Sao Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Maceio in Fevereiro, expect nights in Caninde de Sao Francisco to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aracaju.

Things to do in Caninde de Sao Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Piranhas, Casa de Maria Bonita Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sertao Museum ©
Sertao Museum
Vale dos Mestres ©
Vale dos Mestres
Casa de Maria Bonita Museum ©
Casa de Maria Bonita Museum

3
nights
Aracaju

Aracaju ©
The capital of the state of Sergipe, Aracaju has developed a reputation as one of the most active, modern, and healthiest cities in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Mosqueiro Beach and Robalo Beach. Let the collections at Museu do Homem Sergipano and Centro Cultural de Aracaju capture your imagination. When in Aracaju, make a side trip to see Museu de Arte Sacra in Sao Cristovao, approximately Sao Cristovao away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Croa do Gore, stroll through Praia do Naufrago, make a trip to Calcadao Formosa Aracaju, and pause for some photo ops at Largo da Gente Sergipana.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aracaju online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Caninde de Sao Francisco to Aracaju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Caninde de Sao Francisco in Fevereiro, you will find days in Aracaju are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Aracaju

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Museu de Arte Sacra
Highlights from your plan
Mosqueiro Beach ©
Mosqueiro Beach
Croa do Gore ©
Croa do Gore
Museu do Homem Sergipano ©
Museu do Homem Sergipano

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia do Lord and Imbassai Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Vilas do Atlantico Beach and Stella Maris Beach. Explore Salvador's surroundings by going to Piscinas Naturais (in Praia do Forte), Itacimirim Beach (in Itacimirim) and Praia da Espera (in Camacari). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Casa do Rio Vermelho, kick back and relax at Itapua Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Farol da Barra, and steep yourself in history at Palacio Rio Branco.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salvador online holiday planner.

Getting from Aracaju to Salvador by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In Fevereiro, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia do Forte, Vilas do Atlantico Beach, Itacimirim Beach, Itapua Beach, Praia da Espera
Highlights from your plan
Imbassai Beach ©
Imbassai Beach
Casa do Rio Vermelho ©
Casa do Rio Vermelho
Stella Maris Beach ©
Stella Maris Beach

3
nights
Morro de Sao Paulo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Mirante, then kick back and relax at Primeira Praia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Segunda Praia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Quarta Praia.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Morro de Sao Paulo trip builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Salvador to Morro de Sao Paulo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In Fevereiro, daytime highs in Morro de Sao Paulo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Salvador.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ilha de Boipeba
Highlights from your plan
Tassimirim Beach ©
Tassimirim Beach
Boca da Barra ©
Boca da Barra
Primeira Praia ©
Primeira Praia

4
nights
Salvador

Salvador ©
We've included these beaches for you: Forte Beach and Barra Do Jacuipe Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palacete Das Artes Rodin Bahia and Farol da Barra. Step out of Salvador to go to Praia do Forte and see Reserva de Sapiranga, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Explore Salvador further: see the interesting displays at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, explore the world behind art at Bahia Museum of Art, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Salvador trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Morro de Sao Paulo to Salvador in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Praia do Forte, Barra Do Jacuipe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Palacete Das Artes Rodin Bahia ©
Palacete Das Artes Rodin Bahia

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