48 days in Brazil Itinerary

48 days in Brazil Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Brazil trip planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Porto de Galinhas
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Porto de Galinhas
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fernando de Noronha
— 7 nights
Fly
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Natal
— 2 nights
Fly to Brasilia, Bus to Alto Paraiso de Goias
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Alto Paraiso de Goias
— 5 nights
Bus to Brasília, Fly to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado
— 2 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Florianopolis
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Florianopolis
— 1 night
Fly
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Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paraty
— 6 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande
— 8 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Arraial do Cabo
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Arraial do Cabo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rio de Janeiro
— 6 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Cardiff

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Porto de Galinhas

— 4 nights

Hawaii of the Atlantic

You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Bring the kids along to Muro Alto Beach and Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, enjoy the sand and surf at Pontal de Maracaipe, stop by Nata Artesanato, and surround yourself with nature on Receptivo Up.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Porto de Galinhas travel itinerary planner.

Cardiff, UK to Porto de Galinhas is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Cardiff in May, things will get much warmer in Porto de Galinhas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Fernando de Noronha

— 7 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
Attractions like Baia do Sancho and Morro dois Irmaos make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Enseada da Caieira, stroll through Fernado de Noronha Island, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip builder tool.

You can fly from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In May in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Natal.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Natal

— 2 nights

City of the Sun

The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Parque das Dunas. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Dunas de Genipabu.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Natal vacation planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Natal in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in May, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Natal. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Natal

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Alto Paraiso de Goias

— 5 nights

Highland Paradise

Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Cachoeira Do Abismo, explore the striking landscape at Vale da Lua, admire the sheer force of Catarata dos Couros, and pick up some local products at Feira do Produtor Rural.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Alto Paraiso de Goias trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Natal to Alto Paraiso de Goias takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Foz do Iguacu

— 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu attractions website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Foz do Iguacu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Foz do Iguacu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Gramado

— 2 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, and finally don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Snowland, walk around Mini Mundo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gramado tour planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Florianopolis

— 1 night

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Mole, kick back and relax at Praia do Campeche, and then stroll through Lagoinha do Leste.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis road trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Florianopolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florianopolis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Sao Paulo

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 25th (Tue), examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then shop like a local with Paulista Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

Start your trip to Sao Paulo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Florianopolis to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Paraty

— 6 nights
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Family-friendly places like Centro Historico and Saco do Mamangua Beach will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar Peak, step off the mainland to explore Ilha da Bexiga, kick back and relax at Pouso da Cajaiba Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cachadaco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paraty online travel route builder.

Drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ilha Grande

— 8 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Attractions like Aquamarina Mergulho and Freguesia de Santana Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Tropical Forest, explore the fascinating underground world of Gruta do Acaia, stroll through Grumixama Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mangues Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Arraial do Cabo

— 2 nights

Diving Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Forno Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Grande, kick back and relax at Farol Beach, and then cruise along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Arraial do Cabo online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Arraial do Cabo in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Arraial do Cabo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Rio de Janeiro

— 6 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kids will enjoy Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi in Niteroi--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, wander the streets of Santa Teresa, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Drive from Arraial do Cabo to Rio de Janeiro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.