42 days in Brazil Itinerary

42 days in Brazil Itinerary

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42 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Goiania
— 3 nights
bus:  14​h 45​min
2
Belo Horizonte
— 4 nights
bus:  7​h
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Vitoria
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Salvador
— 5 nights
bus:  17​h
6
Joao Pessoa
— 5 nights
bus:  12​h
7
Fortaleza
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + ferry:  78​h
8
Manaus
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + bus:  54​h
9
Palmas
— 3 nights
bus:  12​h 30​min
End: Brasilia

3
nights
Goiania

Goiania ©
A planned city offering more green space for each inhabitant than any other urban center in the country, Goiania was established as the state capital in 1933.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goiania: Santuario Basilica do Divino Pai Eterno (in Trindade) and Casa Dom Inacio de Loyola (in Abadiania). The adventure continues: stroll around Flamboyant Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Feira da Lua, identify plant and animal life at Bosque dos Buritis, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento dos Tres Marcos.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Goiania trip planner .

Brasilia to Goiania is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Goiania are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Goiania

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Santuario Basilica do Divino Pai Eterno, Casa Dom Inacio de Loyola
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Flamboyant Park ©
Flamboyant Park
Bosque dos Buritis ©
Bosque dos Buritis

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belo Horizonte: Brumadinho (Inhotim & Igreja Batista Nacional Ebenezer), Casca D'Anta Waterfall (in Serra da Canastra National Park) and Lapinha Cave (in Lagoa Santa). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Sao Sebastiao, enjoy some diversion at Estadio Mineirao, and browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Belo Horizonte trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Goiania to Belo Horizonte takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Belo Horizonte sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Brumadinho, Lapinha Cave, Casca D'Anta Waterfall, Shopping Contagem
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Casca D'Anta Waterfall ©
Casca D'Anta Waterfall
Estadio Mineirao ©
Estadio Mineirao
Room Escape Games

6
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.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Arraial do Cabo--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and stroll through Praia de Grumari.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Vitoria.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Igreja Sao Lourenco, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

2
nights
Vitoria

Vitoria ©
Located on a riverine island surrounded by Vitoria Bay, Vitoria serves as the state capital of Espirito Santo.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the history at Nossa Senhora da Penha Convent, then enjoy the sand and surf at Costa Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Boi Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Curva da Jurema. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Anchieta, then kick back and relax at Canto Beach, then kick back and relax at Camburi Beach, and finally stroll around Parque Pedra da Cebola.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vitoria tour planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Vitoria by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Vitoria can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Vitoria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Vila Velha
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Canto Beach ©
Canto Beach
Camburi Beach ©
Camburi Beach
Costa Beach ©
Costa Beach

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Salvador side-trips: Guarajuba Beach (in Guarajuba) and Praia do Forte (Projeto Tamar & Forte Beach). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Pelourinho, examine the collection at Casa do Rio Vermelho, contemplate the long history of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, and take in panoramic vistas at Elevator Lacerda.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Salvador visit planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Vitoria to Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Salvador are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joao Pessoa.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia do Forte, Guarajuba Beach
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Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Projeto Tamar ©
Projeto Tamar
Praia Farol da Barra ©
Praia Farol da Barra

5
nights
Joao Pessoa

Joao Pessoa ©
Situated at the very eastern tip of the Americas, Joao Pessoa is indeed, as its nickname suggests, "the city where the sun rises first." Known for its exceptional integration with nature, the city ranks as the greenest capital in Brazil, with countless parks and even an Atlantic rainforest reserve within its bounds.
Explore Joao Pessoa's surroundings by going to Conde (Coqueirinho Beach & Praia de Tambaba) and Baia dos Golfinhos (in Praia da Pipa). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Jacare, stroll through Bonsucesso Beach, enjoy the sea views from Farol Do Cabo Branco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Joao Pessoa itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Salvador to Joao Pessoa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Joao Pessoa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Joao Pessoa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Conde, Baia dos Golfinhos, Praia do Jacare
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Cabo Branco Beach ©
Cabo Branco Beach
Baia dos Golfinhos ©
Baia dos Golfinhos
Tambau Beach ©
Tambau Beach

4
nights
Fortaleza

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aquiraz (Beach Park & Porto das Dunas Beach) and Praia de Balbina (in Cascavel). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia de Morro Branco, stroll through Praia de Futuro, and appreciate the history behind Guardian Iracema Statue.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fortaleza tour itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Joao Pessoa to Fortaleza in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Fortaleza are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aquiraz, Praia de Balbina
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Praia de Morro Branco ©
Praia de Morro Branco
Beach Park ©
Beach Park
Praia de Futuro ©
Praia de Futuro

3
nights
Manaus

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Manaus is known for nightlife, shopping, nature, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Meeting of Waters, don't miss a visit to Manauara Shopping, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bosque da Ciencia, and kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manaus holiday planner.

Fly from Fortaleza to Manaus in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fortaleza to Manaus due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Palmas.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas ©
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas

3
nights
Palmas

Palmas ©
A freshly founded city in the state of Tocantins, Palmas finds itself nestled between Amazon rainforest and seaside savanna, giving the city a varied landscape.
Palmas is known for beaches, nature, parks, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, step off the mainland to explore Ilha Canela, walk around Cesamar Park, and get great views at Pedra da Neura.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Palmas online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Manaus to Palmas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palmas

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Praia da Graciosa ©
Praia da Graciosa
River Rafting & Tubing
Prata Beach ©
Prata Beach

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