16 days in Brazil Itinerary

16 days in Brazil Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Sao Luis
1
Sao Luis
— 1 night
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
Fly:  4​h
7
Jericoacoara
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Sao Luis

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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): admire the sheer force of Cocal Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Se, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bacanga State Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Palacio dos Leoes, examine the collection at Casa da Festa, contemplate the long history of Centro Histórico, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Cultura Huguenote Daniel de La Touche, then stop by Casa das Tulhas, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sao Luis travel route planning app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sao Luis. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish 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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Centro Histórico ©
Centro Histórico
Igreja da Se ©
Igreja da Se

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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): see the vivid underwater world at Parrachos de Maracajau and then explore the striking landscape at Dunas de Genipabu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Dunas Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Negra Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Arena das Dunas.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Natal online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sao Luis to Natal by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Natal can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Joao Pessoa.

Things to do in Natal

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

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Jacare and then stroll through Coqueirinho Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cabo Branco Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tambau Beach, and then ponder the world of politics at Palacio da Redencao.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Joao Pessoa online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Natal to Joao Pessoa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Joao Pessoa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Maragogi.

Things to do in Joao Pessoa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Coqueirinho Beach, Praia do Jacare
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Praia do Jacare ©
Praia do Jacare
Tambau Beach ©
Tambau Beach
Coqueirinho Beach ©
Coqueirinho Beach

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nights
Maragogi

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the vivid underwater world at Gales de Maragogi, stroll through Maragogi Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirante do Cruzeiro. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Cabanos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Xareu Beach, then kick back and relax at Antunes Beach, and finally get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Pet Silvestre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Maragogi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Joao Pessoa to Maragogi takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Maragogi

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

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Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Go for a jaunt from Porto de Galinhas to Tamandare to see Carneiros Beach about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Muro Alto Beach, stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, take in the dramatic natural features at Outeiro church and panoramic view, and sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto de Galinhas road trip site .

Getting from Maragogi to Porto de Galinhas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Recife.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carneiros Beach, So Arte
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Carneiros Beach ©
Carneiros Beach

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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), see the interesting displays at Gilberto Freyre Foundation, then see the interesting displays at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, then see the interesting displays at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, and finally stroll through Boa Viagem Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Praca do Marco Zero, then 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 more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Recife driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Porto de Galinhas to Recife in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Recife are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Jericoacoara.

Things to do in Recife

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Recife Antigo ©
Recife Antigo
Instituto Ricardo Brennand ©
Instituto Ricardo Brennand
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©

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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 Jericoacoara National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Paraiso, don't miss a visit to Arvore da Preguica, explore the striking landscape at Pedra Furada, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jericoacoara Beach.

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

Traveling by flight from Recife to Jericoacoara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Recife to Jericoacoara due to the time zone 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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Duna do Por do Sol ©
Duna do Por do Sol
Jericoacoara Beach ©
Jericoacoara Beach
Pedra Furada ©
Pedra Furada

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