14 days in State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

14 days in State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

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14 days in State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Ilhabela
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Sao Sebastiao
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Aparecida
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Campos Do Jordao
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Ilhabela

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Ilhabela is known for beaches, nature, trails, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curral Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fome Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church, and trek along Bonete Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ilhabela sightseeing planner.

Houston, USA to Ilhabela is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. While traveling from Houston, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Ilhabela, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Sao Sebastiao.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Curral Beach ©
Curral Beach
Baia de Castelhanos Beach ©
Baia de Castelhanos Beach
Praia Da Feiticeira ©
Praia Da Feiticeira

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nights
Sao Sebastiao

Sao Sebastiao ©
In the 1990s, the area's rustic appeal, pleasant tropical climate, and wealth of unspoiled beaches made Sao Sebastiao holidays hugely popular with wealthy Brazilians seeking calmer, less congested coastal spots.
Go for a jaunt from Sao Sebastiao to Ubatuba to see Itamambuca Beach about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Juquehy Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Guaeca Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Sao Benedito e Sant' Anna.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sao Sebastiao trip itinerary planner.

Sao Sebastiao is just a stone's throw from Ilhabela. In December, daily temperatures in Sao Sebastiao can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Sao Sebastiao

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Itamambuca Beach
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Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Maresias Beach ©
Maresias Beach
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach

5
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - São Paulo. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, explore the world behind art at Modern Art Museum of Sao Paulo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro De Sao Bento, and browse the collection at Mario de Andrade Library.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sao Sebastiao to Sao Paulo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aparecida.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Morro do Cruzeiro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aparecida vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Aparecida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Aparecida, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites
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Morro do Cruzeiro ©
Morro do Cruzeiro

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nights
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 29th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Amantikir Park, take some stellar pictures from Elephant Wall (Morro do Elefante), and then admire the sheer force of Ducha de Prata.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Campos Do Jordao trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aparecida to Campos Do Jordao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks Nature
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Amantikir Park ©
Amantikir Park
Morro do Elefante ©
Morro do Elefante
Ducha de Prata ©
Ducha de Prata

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