25 days in Brazil, Machu Picchu & Cancun Itinerary

25 days in Brazil, Machu Picchu & Cancun Itinerary

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Fly to Sao Paulo, Bus to Aparecida
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Aparecida, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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Campos Do Jordao, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive to São Sebastião, Ferry to Ilhabela
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Ilhabela, Brazil
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Sao Sebastiao, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Aparecida, Brazil

— 1 night
Home to one of Brazil's most famous basilicas, the small city of Aparecida welcomes many times its population in tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Caminho Do Rosario, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida, then make a trip to Sala das Promessas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aparecida travel itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Aparecida is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Aparecida. When traveling from Tel Aviv in January, plan for warmer days in Aparecida, with highs around 87°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

Campos Do Jordao, Brazil

— 2 nights

Brazilian Switzerland

Pointed roofs, wooden alpine houses, and mountain views typify Campos do Jordao, which at 1,628 m (5,341 ft) above sea level comes in as Brazil's highest city.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão - Horto Florestal, and then visit Vila Capivari. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Boa Vista Palace, then examine the collection at Museu Felicia Leirner, then stop by Emporio dos Pinhais, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Pico Agudo.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Campos Do Jordao sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Aparecida to Campos Do Jordao in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

Ilhabela, Brazil

— 2 nights

Capital of Sailing

Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
On the 30th (Sat), stroll through Curral Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia de Castelhanos Beach. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia Pedra do Sino, enjoy the sand and surf at Jabaquara Beach, and then trek along Praia Do Bonete.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ilhabela trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Campos Do Jordao to Ilhabela in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Campos Do Jordao to Ilhabela due to the time zone difference. January in Ilhabela sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Sao Sebastiao.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Sao Sebastiao, Brazil

— 2 nights
In the 1990s, the area's rustic appeal, pleasant tropical climate, and wealth of unspoiled beaches made Sao Sebastiao holidays hugely popular with wealthy Brazilians seeking calmer, less congested coastal spots.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Praia da Baleia, then kick back and relax at Juquehy Beach, and then hike along Maresias - Pauba Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Maresias Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Camburi Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sao Sebastiao online journey maker.

You can ride a ferry from Ilhabela to Sao Sebastiao in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Sao Sebastiao can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Sao Sebastiao

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

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 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then make a trip to Paulista Avenue, and finally take a stroll through Liberdade. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, then visit Jardins District, then see the interesting displays at Museu do Futebol, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Sao Sebastiao to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Buddhist Temple and Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras and Itaipu Ecomuseu. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat, buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Mercosul, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Itaipu, and examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip maker site.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Intipuncu and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and experience the excitement of Samay Spa.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Machu Picchu in 14 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Cancun, Mexico

— 5 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mayan Museum of Cancun and 3D Museum of Wonders. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha) and Mexicarte (in Akumal). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Av Kukulkan, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and steep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica El Rey.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Cancun in 15 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:

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.