33 days in Brazil Itinerary

33 days in Brazil Itinerary

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33 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Mar del Plata
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Sao Paulo
— 5 nights
2
Paraty
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 10 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Belo Horizonte
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  4​h
5
Salvador
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Morro de Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Mar del Plata

5
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Let the collections at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Paulista Avenue and Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ibirapuera Park, take a stroll through Jardins District, examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum, and steep yourself in history at Mosteiro De Sao Bento.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo itinerary builder.

Mar del Plata, Argentina to Sao Paulo is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and subway; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mar del Plata in May; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

6
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Praia do Cachadaco and Raul Sampaio Horses4u. Do some cultural sightseeing at Paraty Historic Centre and Paraty Historical City National Monument. Explore Paraty's surroundings by going to Ubatuba (Corcovado Peak, Itamambuca Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sono Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Antigos e Antiguinhos Beach, don't miss a visit to Paraty Sport Aventura, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paraty holiday planner.

Drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ubatuba
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach

10
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parque Lage and Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Se. Visit Pedra do Arpoador and Praia de Ipanema for some beach relaxation. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Catedral São Pedro de Alcântara, Cervejaria Bohemia, & more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Leblon Beach, admire the landmark architecture of CCBB - Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, and see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

4
nights
Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte ©
Named for its spectacular mountain views, and known locally as the "Garden City," Belo Horizonte has historically fostered a connection with nature since its inauguration in 1897.
Appreciate the collections at Instituto Inhotim and MM Gerdau - Museu das Minas e do Metal. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, admire the landmark architecture of Conjunto Arquitetonico Da Pampulha, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Jose Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Belo Horizonte tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Belo Horizonte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Belo Horizonte, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Inhotim
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Inhotim ©
Inhotim
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte ©
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra. Visit Flamengo Beach and Boa Viagem Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pelourinho, hunt for treasures at Mercado Modelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Francisco Church and Convent, and pause for some photo ops at Elevator Lacerda.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Salvador travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Belo Horizonte to Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Belo Horizonte in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Salvador, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia Farol da Barra ©
Praia Farol da Barra
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

3
nights
Morro de Sao Paulo

Morro de Sao Paulo ©
One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Segunda Praia Beach and Primeira Praia Beach. Visiting Quarta Praia Beach and Terceira Praia Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Gamboa Beach, don't miss a visit to Fonte Grande, visit a coastal fixture at Farol do Morro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Morro de Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Salvador to Morro de Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Segunda Praia ©
Segunda Praia
Quarta Praia ©
Quarta Praia
Gamboa Beach ©
Gamboa Beach

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