21 days in Brazil Itinerary

21 days in Brazil Itinerary

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21 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h
3
Salvador
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
4
Recife
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  10 h
6
Alto Paraiso de Goias
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
7
Brasilia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, sightseeing, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ibirapuera Park, look for gifts at Livraria Cultura, head outdoors with Adventurous Friends - One Day Adventures, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Washington DC, USA to Sao Paulo. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Museums Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

4
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, steep yourself in history at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Se, catch a live event at Maracanã, and kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Salvador.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
night
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 19th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church, make a trip to Convento Da Lapa, and then take a stroll through Pelourinho.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salvador itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Recife.

Things to do in Salvador

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Convento Da Lapa ©
Convento Da Lapa

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 20th (Tue), examine the collection at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, then examine the collection at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, then make a trip to Mau Mau, and finally look for gifts at Centro de Artesanato de Pernambuco Unidade Recife. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, and then don't miss a visit to Basilica de Nossa Senhora da Penha.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Recife trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Salvador to Recife in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Recife sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Recife

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Ricardo Brennand Institute ©
Ricardo Brennand Institute
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue ©
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, sightseeing, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Baia do Sancho, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, and make a trip to Forte De Nossa Senhora Dos Remedios.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Recife to Fernando de Noronha in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

3
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Catarata dos Couros and get outside with Cachoeira do Garimpao.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Alto Paraiso de Goias itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Alto Paraiso de Goias in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Alto Paraiso de Goias is minus 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Brasilia.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros ©
Catarata dos Couros
Catarata dos Couros
Almecegas I Waterfalls ©
Almecegas I Waterfalls

1
night
Brasilia

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Itamaraty Palace, admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana, then take in the waterfront at Pontao do Lago Sul, and finally stop by Verdurao.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brasilia itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Brasilia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Amazon Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Shopping
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul
Itamaraty Palace ©
Itamaraty Palace

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam and then identify plant and animal life at Parque das Aves.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Brasilia to Foz do Iguacu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Brasilia in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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