31 days in Brazil Itinerary

31 days in Brazil Itinerary

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31 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
2
Curitiba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
4
Gramado
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bento Goncalves
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Paraty
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Armacao dos Buzios
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Salvador
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
10
Porto de Galinhas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Natal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + subway + bus:  10​h 45​min
13
Alto Paraiso de Goias
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
14
Brasilia
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
End: Belo Horizonte

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, stroll through Praia de Grumari, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro attractions planner.

Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belo Horizonte in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
nights
Curitiba

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bairro de Santa Felicidade, examine the collection at Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, and finally walk around Parque Barigui. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Estrada Da Graciosa, then see the interesting displays at Memorial da Seguranca no Transporte, then walk around Parque Tangua, and finally do a tasting at Familia Fardo Vinicola.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Curitiba road trip planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, Curitiba is a bit cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Familia Fardo Vinicola
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Familia Fardo Vinicola ©
Familia Fardo Vinicola
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba ©
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON ©
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON

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.
On the 7th (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu journey maker website .

Fly from Curitiba to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Curitiba in January: high temperatures in Foz do Iguacu hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

2
nights
Gramado

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
On the 9th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta, then find something for the whole family at Snowland, then walk around Mini Mundo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, then immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, and finally make a trip to Caro Watson Escape Game.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gramado road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Bento Goncalves.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Parque Estadual do Caracol
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

2
nights
Bento Goncalves

Bento Goncalves ©
Founded in 1875, the young city of Bento Goncalves boasts a rich recent history and attractions that tastefully complement its surrounding natural features.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): do a tasting at Vinhos Larentis, do a tasting at Vale dos Vinhedos, learn about winemaking at Angheben Vinhos Finos, then learn about winemaking at Vinicola Torcello, then do a tasting at Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia, and finally learn about winemaking at Vinicola Cainelli. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Viapiana Winery, learn about winemaking at Casa Fontanari, then learn about winemaking at Casa Valduga Winery, then learn about winemaking at Casa Postal, and finally go for a walk through Caminhos de Pedra.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bento Goncalves trip planner .

You can drive from Gramado to Bento Goncalves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Bento Goncalves

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Viapiana Winery
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Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia ©
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia
Vale dos Vinhedos ©
Vale dos Vinhedos
Vinicola Cainelli ©
Vinicola Cainelli

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, then examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual, see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip planner .

Fly from Bento Goncalves to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, and then sample the fine beverages at Alambique Engenho D'Ouro.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paraty online route planner .

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Speed Boats Tours
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro ©
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro

1
night
Armacao dos Buzios

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
On the 16th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Joao Fernandes Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geriba Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk, and finally make a trip to Rua das Pedras.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Armacao dos Buzios trip planner.

You can drive from Paraty to Armacao dos Buzios in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Armacao dos Buzios can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Geriba Beach ©
Geriba Beach
Rua das Pedras ©
Rua das Pedras
Orla Bardot Boardwalk ©
Orla Bardot Boardwalk

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.
On the 17th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, wander the streets of Pelourinho, then see the interesting displays at Afro Brasileiro Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Elevator Lacerda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Mercado Modelo, see the interesting displays at Casa do Rio Vermelho, then explore the galleries of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Farol da Barra.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Salvador driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Armacao dos Buzios to Salvador in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Salvador

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Elevator Lacerda ©
Elevator Lacerda

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Venture out of the city with trips to Instituto Ricardo Brennand (in Recife) and Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Muro Alto Beach, explore the striking landscape at Outeiro church and panoramic view, stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, and sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Porto de Galinhas sightseeing planner .

Getting from Salvador to Porto de Galinhas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Natal.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia dos Carneiros, Instituto Ricardo Brennand
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

2
nights
Natal

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Cajueiro de Pirangi, then kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Dunas de Genipabu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Parrachos de Maracajau, kick back and relax at Genipabu Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Parque das Dunas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Natal trip planner .

Getting from Porto de Galinhas to Natal by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In January in Natal, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Natal

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cajueiro de Pirangi
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Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Parrachos de Maracajau ©
Parrachos de Maracajau

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernando de Noronha, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To plan Fernando de Noronha vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Natal to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Natal to Fernando de Noronha. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to 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
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

2
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 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Catarata dos Couros, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the mystery of Jardim de Maytreia, and take some stellar pictures from Janela Lookout.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Alto Paraiso de Goias road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Alto Paraiso de Goias in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Alto Paraiso de Goias. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Brasilia.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cachoeira Santa Barbara
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Abyss Waterfall ©
Abyss Waterfall
Zipline

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.
On the 31st (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of JK Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, then admire the landmark architecture of Itamaraty Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial JK, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brasilia road trip site .

You can take a bus from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Brasilia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Brasilia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Museums
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Itamaraty Palace ©
Itamaraty Palace
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco

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