35 days in Brazil Itinerary

35 days in Brazil Itinerary

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35 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
1
Porto Alegre
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bento Goncalves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Gramado
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Canela
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Florianopolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Armacao dos Buzios
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
8
Porto de Galinhas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Fernando de Noronha
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Porto Alegre

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day
Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre ©
On your holiday to Porto Alegre, affectionately nicknamed "Smile City," you can expect a warm welcome from locals.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the views from Viaduto Pinheiro Borda, engage your brain at Museu de Ciencias e Tecnologia da PUCRS, then don't miss a visit to Enigma Escape Game, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Hipotetica, and finally make a trip to Chave-Mestra Porto Alegre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto Alegre day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Porto Alegre. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bento Goncalves.

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Enigma Escape Game ©
Enigma Escape Game
Museu de Ciencias e Tecnologia da PUCRS ©
Galeria Hipotetica ©
Galeria Hipotetica

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bento Goncalves: Flores Da Cunha (Vinicola Salvattore, Viapiana Winery, & more), Vinicola Valmarino (in Pinto Bandeira) and Cristo (in Guapore). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bento Goncalves online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Porto Alegre to Bento Goncalves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gramado.

Things to do in Bento Goncalves

Wineries

Side Trips

Flores Da Cunha, Cristo, Vinicola Valmarino
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Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore
Cristo ©
Cristo
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia ©
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia

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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.
Step out of Gramado to go to Rolante and see Cascata das tres quedas, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Black Lake, find something for the whole family at Snowland, do a tasting at Vinicola Stopassola, and don't miss a visit to Chave-Mestra Escape Game Gramado.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gramado trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Bento Goncalves to Gramado in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canela.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cascata das tres quedas
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Casa Seganfredo ©
Casa Seganfredo
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland

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Canela

Canela ©
One of the best bases for ecotourism in the Serra Gaúcha area, the old town of Canela charms visitors with quaint architecture and a laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, find something for the whole family at Parque Terra Magica Florybal, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Pedra. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Miragem Livraria, examine the collection at Mundo a Vapor, and then immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Canela trip planning tool .

Canela is just a short distance from Gramado. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Canela

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Miragem Livraria
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Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol
Catedral de Pedra ©
Catedral de Pedra
Miragem Livraria ©
Miragem Livraria

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nights
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Change things up with a short trip to Beto Carrero World in Penha (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Mole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Campeche, wander the streets of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and head off the coast to Campeche island.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Canela to Florianopolis by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. December in Florianopolis sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Beto Carrero World
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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Beto Carrero World ©
Beto Carrero World
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

5
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: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Geriba Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk, then don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Armacao dos Buzios day trip site .

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Armacao dos Buzios sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

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

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nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Explore Porto de Galinhas' surroundings by going to Recife (Instituto Ricardo Brennand & Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue) and Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia De Maracaipe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Armacao dos Buzios to Porto de Galinhas in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, Praia dos Carneiros
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

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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: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, walk around Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, and stroll through Ponta das Caracas.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip app .

Getting from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Change things up with a short trip to National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida (about 1h 55 min away). There's lots more to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo journey planning site .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Sao Paulo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in January, plan for little chillier nights in Sao Paulo, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
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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

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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 20th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then have fun at Wake Iguassu Cable Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas, then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam.

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Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in January: highs in Foz do Iguacu hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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