51 days in Brazil Itinerary

51 days in Brazil Itinerary

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51 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Fernando de Noronha
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Natal
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
3
Porto de Galinhas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Salvador
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Florianopolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Gramado
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Bento Goncalves
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Paraty
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
11
Ilha Grande
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  4​h
12
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + bus + foot + subway + bus:  7​h 15​min
13
Alto Paraiso de Goias
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Cairo

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Sueste, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha day trip planning app .

Cairo, Egypt to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Cairo to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in December: highs in Fernando de Noronha hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Natal.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

3
nights
Natal

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Explore Natal's surroundings by going to Cajueiro de Pirangi (in Parnamirim) and Pipa Beach (in Praia da Pipa). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Dunas de Genipabu, immerse yourself in nature at Parque das Dunas, examine the collection at Museu Camara Cascudo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta Negra Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Natal travel planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Natal in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Natal is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Natal are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Natal

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cajueiro de Pirangi, Pipa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Pipa Beach ©
Pipa Beach

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get out of town with these interesting Porto de Galinhas side-trips: Recife (Instituto Ricardo Brennand & Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue) and Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Muro Alto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia De Maracaipe, sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson, and identify plant and animal life at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Natal to Porto de Galinhas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, Praia dos Carneiros
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salvador: Praia do Forte (Projeto Tamar & Forte Beach). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pelourinho, contemplate the long history of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, see the interesting displays at Casa do Rio Vermelho, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Salvador travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Salvador in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Take a break from Florianopolis with a short trip to Beto Carrero World in Penha, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia Mole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Santinho, and take a stroll through Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Florianopolis trip builder site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Salvador to Florianopolis in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Salvador in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florianopolis, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Beto Carrero World
Highlights from your plan
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Beto Carrero World ©
Beto Carrero World
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Fly from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Florianopolis in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

3
nights
Gramado

Gramado ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Miragem Livraria (in Sao Francisco de Paula) and Zipline (in Tres Coroas). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, get in on the family fun at Snowland, and do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Gramado day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bento Goncalves.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canela, Miragem Livraria
Highlights from your plan
Casa Seganfredo ©
Casa Seganfredo
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland

3
nights
Bento Goncalves

Bento Goncalves ©
Founded in 1875, the young city of Bento Goncalves boasts a rich recent history and attractions that tastefully complement its surrounding natural features.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cristo (in Guapore), Flores Da Cunha (Viapiana Winery & Vinicola Salvattore) and Vinicola Valmarino (in Pinto Bandeira). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia and take in the pleasant sights at Caminhos de Pedra.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bento Goncalves tour builder website .

Drive from Gramado to Bento Goncalves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Bento Goncalves

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flores Da Cunha, Vinicola Valmarino, Cristo
Highlights from your plan
Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore
Cristo ©
Cristo
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia ©
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia

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.
Change things up with a short trip to National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida (about 1h 55 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo sightseeing site .

Traveling by flight from Bento Goncalves to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
Highlights from your plan
Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

2
nights
Paraty

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), race across the water with a speed boat tour, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Engenho D'Ouro. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pao de Acucar Peak and then enjoy the sand and surf at Saco do Mamangua Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paraty trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Paraty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro ©
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro

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.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio, kick back and relax at Meros Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sitio Forte Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande trip planner .

Getting from Paraty to Ilha Grande by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pico do Papagaio ©
Pico do Papagaio
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande ©
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, stroll through Praia de Grumari, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

5
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
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.
Alto Paraiso de Goias is known for nature, outdoors, adventure, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros, admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Segredo, take some stellar pictures from Janela Lookout, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Alto Paraiso de Goias online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Alto Paraiso de Goias takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Amazon Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cachoeira do Segredo ©
Cachoeira do Segredo
Cachoeira da Muralha ©
Cachoeira da Muralha

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