17 days in Brazil Itinerary

17 days in Brazil Itinerary

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17 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
1
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Salvador
— 2 nights
4
Recife
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  9​h
6
Ouro Preto
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + train + taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
7
Manaus
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): walk around Parque Ibirapuera and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Saude, learn more about the world around you at Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo, and then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo road trip planning website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sao Paulo. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo ©
Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ilha Fiscal and Imaginarias Igreja N. Sra. do Carmo da Lapa do Desterro Museum. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, and catch a live event at Maracanã.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Sao Paulo in October, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

2
nights
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Afro Brasileiro Museum, take a stroll through Pelourinho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao da Lapinha, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora do Resgate. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ordem Terceira do Carmo church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de Sao Francisco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Salvador travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Salvador can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Recife.

Things to do in Salvador

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Basilica Cathedral ©
Basilica Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Do Carmo, pause for some serene contemplation at Church and Monastery of Sao Bento, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Mormon - Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Ultimos Dias, then see the interesting displays at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Recife Antigo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Praca do Marco Zero, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Recife attractions planner .

You can fly from Salvador to Recife in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Recife sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Recife

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Olinda
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Capela Dourada ©
Capela Dourada
Instituto Ricardo Brennand ©
Instituto Ricardo Brennand

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Shark Museum. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Sueste, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha itinerary builder .

You can fly from Recife to Fernando de Noronha in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Recife to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Shark Museum ©
Shark Museum
Capela de Sao Pedro ©
Capela de Sao Pedro

3
nights
Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Jose Church, then see the interesting displays at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), and finally admire the striking features of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica da Se, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Efigenia dos Pretos church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu da Inconfidencia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ouro Preto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Fernando de Noronha to Ouro Preto takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Ouro Preto is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ouro Preto, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mariana, Sao Jose Church
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Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis
Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral ©
Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral

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day
Manaus

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Negra Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Sebastiao e Sao Francisco de Assis, then steep yourself in history at Museu Casa Eduardo Ribeiro, and finally listen to music at Teatro Amazonas.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Manaus road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car, train, and flight from Ouro Preto to Manaus in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Ouro Preto in October, expect Manaus to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Teatro Amazonas ©
Teatro Amazonas

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