12 days in Brazil Itinerary

12 days in Brazil Itinerary

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12 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  15​h
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
2
Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Paraty
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Foz do Iguacu
— 3 nights
5
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Paris

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip builder .

Paris, France to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Paris in February: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

3
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.
Visit Lopes Mendes Beach and Dois Rios Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Lagoa Azul and Praia Preta. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Caxadaco Beach and kick back and relax at Maguariquecaba Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande online route maker .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

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Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach

1
night
Paraty

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 2nd (Sat), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Paraty trip maker .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Paraty in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Paraty

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3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Iguazu Falls and Parque das Aves Bird Park. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bela Vista Ecological Refuge, see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, look for gifts at Artesanato Chocolate Caseiro Tres Fronteiras, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online holiday maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Paraty to Foz do Iguacu in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In March in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bela Vista Biological Refuge ©
Bela Vista Biological Refuge

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
On the 6th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, then kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and then make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip site .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Barra da Tijuca Beach ©
Barra da Tijuca Beach
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari
Rodrigo de Freitas Lake ©
Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

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