16 days in Brazil Itinerary

16 days in Brazil Itinerary

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Start: Sao Luis
1
Sao Luis
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
2
Natal
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Joao Pessoa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Maragogi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Porto de Galinhas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Recife
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Shuttle:  4 h
7
Jericoacoara
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Sao Luis

1
night
Sao Luis

Sao Luis ©
Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Cocal Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Se, and then admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Bacanga. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Palacio dos Leoes, examine the collection at Casa da Festa, steep yourself in history at Centro Histórico, then take an in-depth tour of Casa de Cultura Huguenote Daniel de La Touche, then stop by Casa das Tulhas, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Luis trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sao Luis. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Natal.

Things to do in Sao Luis

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cocal Waterfall
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Parque Estadual do Bacanga ©
Parque Estadual do Bacanga
Centro Histórico ©
Centro Histórico
Palacio dos Leoes ©
Palacio dos Leoes

1
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Natal

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Parrachos de Maracajau and then take in the dramatic natural features at Dunas de Genipabu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Parque das Dunas, then kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach, and then catch a live event at Arena das Dunas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Natal road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Sao Luis to Natal takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Natal, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Joao Pessoa.

Things to do in Natal

Parks Nature Beaches
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Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Parrachos de Maracajau ©
Parrachos de Maracajau

2
nights
Joao Pessoa

Joao Pessoa ©
Situated at the very eastern tip of the Americas, Joao Pessoa is indeed, as its nickname suggests, "the city where the sun rises first." Known for its exceptional integration with nature, the city ranks as the greenest capital in Brazil, with countless parks and even an Atlantic rainforest reserve within its bounds.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Jacare Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coqueirinho Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Cabo Branco Beach, then kick back and relax at Tambau Beach, and then ponder the world of politics at Palacio da Redencao.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Joao Pessoa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Natal to Joao Pessoa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Maragogi.

Things to do in Joao Pessoa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Coqueirinho Beach, Jacare Beach
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Jacare Beach ©
Jacare Beach
Tambau Beach ©
Tambau Beach
Coqueirinho Beach ©
Coqueirinho Beach

2
nights
Maragogi

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
On the 12th (Sun), see the vivid underwater world at Gales de Maragogi and then stroll through Maragogi Beach. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Cabanos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Xareu Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Antunes Beach, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico Pet Silvestre.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Maragogi tour planner.

You can drive from Joao Pessoa to Maragogi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Maragogi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Maragogi Beach ©
Maragogi Beach
Gales de Maragogi ©
Gales de Maragogi
Xareu Beach ©
Xareu Beach

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
When in Porto de Galinhas, make a side trip to see Praia dos Carneiros in Tamandare, approximately Tamandare away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pontal de Maracaipe, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao do Outeiro, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Maragogi to Porto de Galinhas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. January in Porto de Galinhas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Recife.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia dos Carneiros, So Arte
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas ©
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas

2
nights
Recife

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
On the 17th (Fri), examine the collection at Fundacao Gilberto Freyre, then deepen your understanding at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, then see the interesting displays at Ricardo Brennand Institute, and finally kick back and relax at Boa Viagem Beach. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Praca do Marco Zero, appreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Dourada.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Recife trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Porto de Galinhas to Recife takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Recife, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Jericoacoara.

Things to do in Recife

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Ricardo Brennand Institute ©
Ricardo Brennand Institute
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
Boa Viagem Beach ©
Boa Viagem Beach

3
nights
Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara
A charming coastal retreat known for its unspoiled natural landscape, laid-back atmosphere, and remote location, Jericoacoara offers plenty for visitors in search of a relaxing break in Brazil.
Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Jericoacoara. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Paraiso, explore the striking landscape at Pedra Furada, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciclo Jeri, and make a trip to Tree Sloth.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Recife to Jericoacoara in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jericoacoara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jijoca de Jericoacoara
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Lagoa do Paraiso
Lagoa do Paraiso
Duna do Por do Sol ©
Duna do Por do Sol
Jericoacoara Beach ©
Jericoacoara Beach

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