42 days in Brazil Itinerary

42 days in Brazil Itinerary

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42 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  28​h
1
Ilha Grande
— 4 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aparecida
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Arraial do Cabo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Florianopolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Brasilia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h
8
Salvador
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Fernando de Noronha
— 6 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h 30​min
10
Porto de Galinhas
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  25​h
End: New Delhi

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelhanos Lighthouse and Igreja de Sao Sebastiao. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lagoa Azul and Meros Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aventureiro and enjoy the sand and surf at Parnaioca Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ilha Grande road trip planning site .

New Delhi, India to Ilha Grande is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in January; daily highs in Ilha Grande reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Aparecida.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Aracatibinha Beach ©
Aracatibinha Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

4
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.
Visit National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida and Visita monitorada noturna na Basilica for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida. Change things up with these side-trips from Aparecida: Igreja Matriz de Santa Branca (in Santa Branca), Antigo Banco de Sao Paulo (in Sao Paulo) and Basilica do Senhor Bom Jesus do Tremembe (in Tremembe). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Comunidade Anuncia-Me, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morro do Cruzeiro, and make a trip to Caminho Do Rosario.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aparecida trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ilha Grande to Aparecida by combination of ferry and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ilha Grande in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aparecida, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sao Paulo, Comunidade Anuncia-Me, Igreja Matriz de Santa Branca, Basilica do Senhor Bom Jesus do Tremembe, Off-Road Tours
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida ©

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Farol Beach and Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia. Take a break from the city and head to Forno Beach and Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia. Take a break from Arraial do Cabo with a short trip to Igreja Matriz de São Pedro in Sao Pedro da Aldeia, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and kick back and relax at Praia Grande.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arraial do Cabo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aparecida to Arraial do Cabo in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Igreja Matriz de São Pedro
Highlights from your plan
Farol Beach ©
Farol Beach
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Get outdoors at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and explore the galleries of Imaginarias Igreja N. Sra. do Carmo da Lapa do Desterro Museum.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro vacation builder app .

You can drive from Arraial do Cabo to Rio de Janeiro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

4
nights
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Get some historical perspective at Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Paroquia Santo Antonio. Step out of the city life by going to Praia Mole and Joaquina Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade (in Governador Celso Ramos) and Prainha Beach (in Guarda do Embau). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jurere Internacional, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Santinho, and admire the sheer force of Praia da Solidao.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florianopolis day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Florianopolis, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Prainha Beach, Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade
Highlights from your plan
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Jurere Beach ©
Jurere Beach
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu tour site .

Fly from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco, admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Metropolitana, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario da Mae Rainha e Vencedora Tres Vezes Admiravel de Schoenstatt. On the next day, admire the striking features of Templo da Boa Vontade, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel St. Francisco de Assis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brasilia driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Brasilia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Foz do Iguacu in February, with highs in Brasilia at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade

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.
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Pelourinho are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sao Francisco Church and Convent and Paroquia Nossa Senhora do Resgate. Change things up with a short trip to Forte Beach in Praia do Forte (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the different monuments and memorials at The British Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mansao do Caminho.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salvador vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brasilia to Salvador in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Salvador, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Salvador

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Forte Beach
Highlights from your plan
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach

6
nights
Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Get some historical perspective at Capela de Sao Pedro and Ruínas do Antigo Presídio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios and Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. There's still lots to do: stroll through Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Atalaia Beach, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha online trip builder .

You can fly from Salvador to Fernando de Noronha in 4 hours. Traveling from Salvador to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

5
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Visit Muro Alto Beach and Praia dos Carneiros for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Outeiro church and panoramic view and Capela Dourada. Change things up with a short trip to Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue in Recife (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cupe beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the vivid underwater world at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Porto de Galinhas trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro, Praia dos Carneiros
Highlights from your plan
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

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