13 days in Brazil Itinerary

13 days in Brazil Itinerary

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13 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Igarape
Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Aparecida
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Campos Do Jordao
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Morretes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Blumenau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Florianopolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Gramado
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
7
Curitiba
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Monte Verde
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Igarape

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Aparecida

Aparecida ©
Home to one of Brazil's most famous basilicas, the small city of Aparecida welcomes many times its population in tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aparecida trip maker site .

Igarape to Aparecida is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. December in Aparecida sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites
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1
night
Campos Do Jordao

Campos Do Jordao ©
Pointed roofs, wooden alpine houses, and mountain views typify Campos do Jordao, which at 1,628 m (5,341 ft) above sea level comes in as Brazil's highest city.
On the 17th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão - Horto Florestal and then take some stellar pictures from Morro do Elefante.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Campos Do Jordao itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Aparecida to Campos Do Jordao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aparecida to Campos Do Jordao, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Morretes.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks Nature Shopping
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Amantikir Park ©
Amantikir Park
Morro do Elefante ©
Morro do Elefante

2
nights
Morretes

Morretes ©
A small town dating back to colonial times, Morretes represents a major draw to the coastline of Parana, one of Brazil's southern states.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Bala de Banana Bananina - Loja da Fabrica, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nhundiaquara River, then snap pictures at Ponte Velha, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rua das Flores.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Morretes trip planning site .

You can drive from Campos Do Jordao to Morretes in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Campos Do Jordao to Morretes, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Morretes are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Blumenau.

Things to do in Morretes

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aquario Marinho, Bala de Banana Bananina - Loja da Fabrica
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Ponte Velha ©
Ponte Velha

1
night
Blumenau

Blumenau ©
Founded in 1850 by a dozen German immigrants, Blumenau remains a place apart from the rest of Brazil largely thanks to its distinct European culture, architecture, and cuisine.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by Mozart Crystal.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Blumenau trip planner .

Getting from Morretes to Blumenau by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Blumenau

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Museu da Cerveja ©
Museu da Cerveja
Vila Germanica Park ©
Vila Germanica Park

2
nights
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
On the 22nd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Santo Antonio, then take a stroll through Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and then kick back and relax at Jurere Internacional.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blumenau to Florianopolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches
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Santo Antonio de Lisboa ©
Santo Antonio de Lisboa
Jurere Internacional ©
Jurere Internacional
Paroquia Santo Antonio ©
Paroquia Santo Antonio

2
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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Rua Coberta, then walk around Mini Mundo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pedra, and finally admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo, find something for the whole family at Snowland, then explore the activities along Black Lake, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gramado trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Florianopolis to Gramado takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for Curitiba on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Canela
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Rua Coberta ©
Rua Coberta

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nights
Curitiba

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, and then cruise along Estrada Da Graciosa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Curitiba online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Curitiba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Curitiba

Museums Scenic Drive Parks
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Jardim Botanico de Curitiba ©
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON ©
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON

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night
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 27th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Curitiba to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monte Verde.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Parks Museums
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

1
night
Monte Verde

Monte Verde ©
Perched high up in the Mantiqueira Mountains at 1,550 m (5,085 ft) above sea level, the small town of Monte Verde attracts visitors looking to escape Brazil's tropical heat.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra Partida, stroll through Pedra Redonda, then don't miss a visit to Unger's Pottery House, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cachacaria Adega das Gerais. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Geleias Naturais Tia Nata, then identify plant and animal life at Escola de Falcoaria, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Selado.

Before you visit Monte Verde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Monte Verde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Monte Verde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monte Verde

Parks Nature Trails
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Pedra Redonda ©
Pedra Redonda
Pico Selado ©
Pico Selado
Pedra Partida ©
Pedra Partida

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