20 days in Brazil Itinerary

20 days in Brazil Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Brazil trip planner

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Fly
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Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arraial do Cabo
— 3 nights
Bus to Rodoviaria, Fly to Porto Seguro
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Porto Seguro
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salvador
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fortaleza
— 2 nights
Fly
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Natal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sao Luis
— 1 night
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Belem
— 1 night
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Manaus
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Morro Dois Irmaos and Praia do Leme. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Change things up with a short trip to Vermelha Beach in Paraty (about 3 hours away). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and get engrossed in the history at Forte de Copacabana.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip app.

Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in July: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Arraial do Cabo

— 3 nights

Diving Capital

Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Farol Beach, then stroll through Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church, kick back and relax at Molded Depth's Beach, then contemplate the long history of Obelisco Americo Vespucio, and finally head outdoors with Gruta Azul.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Arraial do Cabo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Porto Seguro

— 2 nights
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia dos Nativos and Santo Andre Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Igreja de Sao Joao Batista and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Rio da Barra Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Roberto Carozo Massoterapia, stroll through Aracaipe Beach, and deepen your understanding at Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto Seguro route builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Arraial do Cabo to Porto Seguro in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly to Salvador.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Salvador

— 2 nights

Black Rome

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 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People, then visit Pelourinho, then enjoy the sea views from Farol da Barra, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Casa do Rio Vermelho, kick back and relax at Stella Maris Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vilas do Atlantico Beach, and finally walk around Jardim dos Namorados Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salvador planner.

Getting from Porto Seguro to Salvador by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Salvador can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Salvador

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Fortaleza

— 2 nights

Brazilian Miami

They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Cumbuco, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cauipe River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Centro de Turismo do Ceara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Futuro, and then kick back and relax at Praia de Sabiaguaba.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fortaleza trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Salvador to Fortaleza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Fortaleza, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Natal.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Natal

— 2 nights

City of the Sun

The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Genipabu Beach, then stroll through Barra do Rio Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pitangui beach, stroll through Jacuma Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Mirim Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Natal day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Fortaleza to Natal takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fortaleza in July, plan for little chillier nights in Natal, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Sao Luis.

Things to do in Natal

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Sao Luis

— 1 night

City of Tiles

Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Joao Church, then contemplate the long history of Centro Histórico, then get engrossed in the history at Casa do Maranhao, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palacio dos Leoes, pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sao Luis trip planning website.

You can fly from Natal to Sao Luis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Natal in July: high temperatures in Sao Luis hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Belem.

Things to do in Sao Luis

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Belem

— 1 night

City of Mango Trees

With its roots as the first European colony on the Amazon River, Belem has played an important part in the history of northern Brazil.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Museu de Arte Sacra do Para, contemplate the long history of Forte do Presepio, then stop by Cidade Velha, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora de Nazare.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Belem online holiday planner.

You can fly from Sao Luis to Belem in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. In July in Belem, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Manaus.

Things to do in Belem

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Manaus

— 2 nights

Paris of the Tropics

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Amazon Rainforest. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Palacio da Justica, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tupe, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manaus online journey maker.

You can fly from Belem to Manaus in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Manaus, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.