12 days in Sao Paulo, Natal & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

12 days in Sao Paulo, Natal & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
2
Natal, Brazil
— 4 nights
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 4 nights

3
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get some cultural insight at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista and Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iporanga e das Conchas Beach and Museu do Ipiranga. Change things up with a short trip to Fishing Museum in Santos (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Memorial da Resistencia of Sao Paulo, see the sky in a new way at Ibirapuera Planetarium, and explore the world behind art at Foundation Maria Luiza and Oscar Americano.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo online travel planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Natal.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Iporanga e das Conchas Beach, Fishing Museum
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Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista ©
Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista
Iporanga e das Conchas Beach ©
Iporanga e das Conchas Beach
Caixa Cultural ©
Caixa Cultural

4
nights
Natal, Brazil

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
You'll explore and learn at Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum and Museu do Brinquedo Popular. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jacuma Beach and Buzios Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Natal side-trips: Cowboy's Museum (in Sao Jose de Mipibu) and Praia da Pipa (Santuario Ecologico de Pipa & Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Porto Mirim Beach and take in the dramatic natural features at Falesias de Cacimbinhas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Natal day trip planning tool.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Natal by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Natal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Natal

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia da Pipa, Cowboy's Museum, Falesias de Cacimbinhas, Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum
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Santuario Ecologico de Pipa ©
Santuario Ecologico de Pipa
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque ©
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque
Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum ©
Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum

4
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Visiting Isla San Martin and Salto San Martin will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Solar del Che and Museo Casa del Fundador. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Iguazu National Park: Montecarlo (Orquideario Catasetum & Fabrica de Yerba Mate Aguantadora), Casino de Eldorado (in Eldorado) and Wanda Mines (in Wanda). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Iguazu Falls. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Natal to Iguazu National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Natal in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Iguazu National Park. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Montecarlo, Eldorado, Solar del Che, Wanda Mines
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Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin
Museo Casa del Fundador ©
Museo Casa del Fundador

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