20 days in Brazil Itinerary

20 days in Brazil Itinerary

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20 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  27 h
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
2
Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Paraty
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Salvador
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Brasilia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
8
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Singapore

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.
Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Shop till you drop at Shopping Leblon and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, get around town with Sugarloaf Mountain, and get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural Carioca.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Singapore to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

3
nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Relax by the water at Lagoa Azul and Aventureiro. Visiting Dois Rios Beach and Santo Antonio Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Meros Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grumixama Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Sitio Forte Beach ©
Sitio Forte Beach

1
night
Paraty

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the galleries of Galeria Aecio Sarti, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saco do Mamangua Beach, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Penha.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paraty online route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Paraty in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Church of Our Lady of Penha ©
Church of Our Lady of Penha
Galeria Aecio Sarti ©
Galeria Aecio Sarti

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then take a stroll around The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and finally look for gifts at Dengo Chocolates. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and then engage your brain at Galeria de Arte Digital do Sesi-SP.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Paraty to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Museums Parks
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Capela de Sao Pedro and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. Take a break from the city and head to Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, take an in-depth tour of Fernando de Noronha Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Sao Miguel, and steep yourself in history at Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip builder app.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fernando de Noronha when traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

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 4th (Sat), take a stroll through Pelourinho, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, and then steep yourself in history at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Salvador sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Salvador in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. January in Salvador sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Salvador

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the striking features of Templo da Boa Vontade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, then take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and finally stop by Parkshopping.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brasilia day trip app.

Getting from Salvador to Brasilia by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Brasilia when traveling from Salvador in January, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Shopping
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Kapadokya and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Foz do Iguacu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Brasilia in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Shopping
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Kapadokya ©
Kapadokya

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