40 days in Brazil Itinerary

40 days in Brazil Itinerary

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40 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Pointe-a-Pitre, Grande-Terre Island
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Fortaleza
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Natal
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Recife
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Salvador
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Brasilia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Belo Horizonte
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
7
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Curitiba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Florianopolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Porto Alegre
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Pointe-a-Pitre, Grande-Terre Island

1
night
Fortaleza

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Meireles Beach, contemplate the long history of Mercado dos Pinhoes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao da Prainha, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitana Cathedral. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Iracema Beach, stroll through Praia de Futuro, and then explore and take pictures at Arena Castelao.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fortaleza trip planner .

Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe to Fortaleza is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pointe-a-Pitre to Fortaleza due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Fortaleza can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Natal.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iracema Beach ©
Iracema Beach
Metropolitana Cathedral ©
Metropolitana Cathedral
Meireles Beach ©
Meireles Beach

5
nights
Natal

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
You'll get in some beach time at Tibau do Sul Beach and Guarairas Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Praias do Amor e do Moleque and Pirangi Cashew Tree. Get out of town with these interesting Natal side-trips: Santuario Ecologico de Pipa (in Praia da Pipa) and Bacopari Lighthouse (in Baia Formosa). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Jacuma Beach, get great views at Reis Magos Fortress, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Natal trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Fortaleza to Natal takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fortaleza in July, plan for little chillier nights in Natal, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Recife.

Things to do in Natal

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia da Pipa, Tibau do Sul Beach, Cajueiro de Pirangi, Bacopari Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Tibau do Sul Beach ©
Tibau do Sul Beach
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque ©
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque
Santuario Ecologico de Pipa ©
Santuario Ecologico de Pipa

3
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.
Se Cathedral and Church and Monastery of Sao Bento will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Tambaba and Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Recife: Porto de Galinhas (Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, Serrambi beach, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico, admire the striking features of Pernambuco House of Culture, and examine the collection at Paco do Frevo.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Recife travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Natal to Recife in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Recife

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto de Galinhas, Olinda, Praia de Tambaba
Highlights from your plan
Se Cathedral ©
Se Cathedral
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pelourinho and Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church. Step out of the city life by going to Praia do Porto da Barra and Segunda Praia. Get out of town with these interesting Salvador side-trips: Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz (in Morro de Sao Paulo), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Barra Grande) and Vilas do Atlantico Beach (in Lauro de Freitas). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Farol da Barra Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Francisco Church and Convent.

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

You can fly from Recife to Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salvador are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Salvador

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Morro de Sao Paulo, Vilas do Atlantico Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Sao Francisco Church and Convent ©
Sao Francisco Church and Convent
Segunda Praia ©
Segunda Praia
Vilas do Atlantico Beach ©
Vilas do Atlantico Beach

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brasilia National Park and Lago Paranoa. Catedral Metropolitana and Prainha do Lago Norte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Vinhedo Girassol in Cocalzinho de Goias (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church, get a sense of history and politics at Esplanada dos Ministerios, and admire the striking features of Palacio do Planalto.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brasilia trip builder site .

Fly from Salvador to Brasilia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salvador in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Brasilia, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Vinhedo Girassol
Highlights from your plan
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church ©
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church
Parque Nacional de Brasilia ©
Parque Nacional de Brasilia
Lago Paranoa ©
Lago Paranoa

5
nights
Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte ©
Named for its spectacular mountain views, and known locally as the "Garden City," Belo Horizonte has historically fostered a connection with nature since its inauguration in 1897.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bom Jesus do Congonhas and Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo. Explore hidden gems such as Santuario do Caraca and Our Lady of Rosario dos Pretos church. Change things up with these side-trips from Belo Horizonte: Ouro Preto (Mina Du Veloso, Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), & more), Museu de Congonhas (in Congonhas) and Bicame de Pedra (in Catas Altas). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Inhotim, ponder the world of politics at Casa Azul, examine the collection at Museu De Artes & Oficios, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Jose Church.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Belo Horizonte trip builder website .

You can fly from Brasilia to Belo Horizonte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Belo Horizonte. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ouro Preto, Congonhas, Catas Altas, Casa Azul, Inhotim
Highlights from your plan
Santuario do Caraca ©
Santuario do Caraca
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas ©
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo ©
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. There's lots more to do: stroll through Copacabana Beach, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Atlantica, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth, Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Praia de Pernambuco. Visit Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo and Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, stroll through Borboletario Aguias da Serra, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip maker site .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Sao Paulo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Praia de Pernambuco
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Praia de Pernambuco ©
Praia de Pernambuco
São Paulo Cathedral ©
São Paulo Cathedral

2
nights
Curitiba

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ukranian Memorial, then examine the collection at Museu Oscar Niemeyer, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Presbiteriana Independente de Curitiba, and finally take a stroll through Centro Historico de Curitiba. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Estrada Da Graciosa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Presbiteriana de Curitiba, and then immerse yourself in nature at Marumbi State park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Curitiba journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Curitiba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, expect nights in Curitiba to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ukranian Memorial ©
Ukranian Memorial
Centro Historico de Curitiba ©
Centro Historico de Curitiba

4
nights
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Relax by the water at Lagoinha do Leste and Barra da Lagoa Beach. Get outdoors at Praia do Rosa and Praia do Santinho. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florianopolis: Embratel Hill (in Garopaba) and Guarda do Embau Beach (in Palhoca). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Forte Beach and get to know the fascinating history of Ribeirao da Ilha.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Florianopolis trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Curitiba to Florianopolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Florianopolis when traveling from Curitiba in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Porto Alegre.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia do Rosa, Guarda do Embau Beach, Morro da Embratel
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Rosa ©
Praia do Rosa
Guarda do Embau Beach ©
Guarda do Embau Beach
Barra da Lagoa Beach ©
Barra da Lagoa Beach

3
nights
Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre ©
On your holiday to Porto Alegre, affectionately nicknamed "Smile City," you can expect a warm welcome from locals.
Visit Metropolitan Cathedral and Igreja Sagrada Familia for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at PUCRS Science and Technology Museum and Paróquia Bom Jesus. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Guaiba Lake (River), explore and take pictures at Estadio Beira-Rio, examine the collection at Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, and don't miss a visit to Enigma Escape Game.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto Alegre sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Porto Alegre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florianopolis in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Porto Alegre, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paróquia Bom Jesus
Highlights from your plan
Guaiba Lake (River) ©
Guaiba Lake (River)
Metropolitan Cathedral ©
Metropolitan Cathedral

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