11 days in Brazil Itinerary

11 days in Brazil Itinerary

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11 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
Porto de Galinhas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Fernando de Noronha
— 1 night
Fly:  38​h
End: Cape Town

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Guanabara Bay as well as Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take some stellar pictures from Pao de Acucar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in November, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then take a stroll through Liberdade.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

2
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of So Arte, explore the gorgeous colors at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Lookout Stone of Cogomelo.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Porto de Galinhas vacation builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sao Paulo to Porto de Galinhas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Porto de Galinhas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lookout Stone of Cogomelo, So Arte
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

1
night
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.
For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. December in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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