42 days in Brazil Itinerary

42 days in Brazil Itinerary

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42 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Sao Paulo
— 8 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Belo Horizonte
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Angra Dos Reis
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Paraty
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Ubatuba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Caraguatatuba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
8
Ilhabela
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Santos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Sao Paulo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Cairo

8
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Family-friendly places like Catavento Cultural e Educacional and Ceres Art will thrill your kids. Let the collections at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, take a stroll around The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and join in the after-dark buzz at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip builder tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Sao Paulo is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in June, expect nights in Sao Paulo to be slightly colder, around 15°C, while days are cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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

7
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte and Palacio das Artes. Attractions like Shopping Contagem and Alambique & Parque Ecologico Vale Verde make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belo Horizonte: Casa da Cultura Josefina Bento (in Betim) and Inhotim (in Brumadinho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, don't miss a visit to Praca da Liberdade, see the sky in a new way at Espaco Do Conhecimento UFMG, and examine the collection at Museu dos Brinquedos.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Belo Horizonte road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sao Paulo to Belo Horizonte in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in July, with highs in Belo Horizonte at 30°C and lows at 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Betim, Shopping Contagem, Inhotim
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Inhotim ©
Inhotim
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte ©
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte
Memorial Minas Gerais Vale ©
Memorial Minas Gerais Vale

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Change things up with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, get curious at Museu do Amanha, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Angra Dos Reis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
Angra Dos Reis

Angra Dos Reis ©
Consisting of an island for every day of the year, the municipality of Angra dos Reis has incredible tourism potential because it's surrounded by rugged natural scenery.
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Praia Preta and then head off the coast to Cataguas Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Angra Dos Reis holiday planner.

You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Angra Dos Reis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Paraty on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Angra Dos Reis

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia Preta ©
Praia Preta

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Centro Historico, then browse the exhibits of Casa da Cultura de Paraty, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Aecio Sarti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Cachacaria Cana Caiana.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paraty trip planner.

You can drive from Angra Dos Reis to Paraty in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Paraty

Shopping Museums Spas
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Galeria Aecio Sarti ©
Galeria Aecio Sarti
Spas

1
night
Ubatuba

Ubatuba ©
Ubatuba, a municipality with great swathes of lush, green forest and over 100 beaches, offers plenty of excitement and relaxation to suit a range of itineraries.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Itamambuca Beach and then meet the residents at Projeto Tamar.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ubatuba trip planning site.

You can drive from Paraty to Ubatuba in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Amazon Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Caraguatatuba.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach
Projeto Tamar ©
Projeto Tamar

1
night
Caraguatatuba

Caraguatatuba ©
Sprawled across a wide, smoothly curved coastline, Caraguatatuba makes the most of its beaches, with warm weather, inviting waters, and expanses of white sand.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Cocanha and then look for gifts at Serramar Shopping.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Caraguatatuba sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ubatuba to Caraguatatuba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Caraguatatuba

Shopping Beaches Parks
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Serramar Shopping ©
Serramar Shopping
Praia da Cocanha ©
Praia da Cocanha

2
nights
Ilhabela

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Praia Pedra do Sino and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jabaquara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Feiticeira and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ilhabela trip planner.

Drive from Caraguatatuba to Ilhabela in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Caraguatatuba in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Ilhabela. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santos.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Jabaquara Beach ©
Jabaquara Beach
Praia Pedra do Sino ©
Praia Pedra do Sino
Praia Da Feiticeira ©
Praia Da Feiticeira

3
nights
Santos

Santos ©
A lively coastal city, Santos has become known for its sea, soccer, and sand.
Get some cultural insight at Coffee Museum and Museu Pele. Attractions like Tombo Beach and Fishing Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Santos to go to Guaruja and see Enseada Beach, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stop by Origens Chocolateria, don't miss a visit to Convento Nossa Senhora Do Carmo, meet the residents at Municipal Aquarium of Santos, and admire the natural beauty at Orla e Jardins da Praia de Santos.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santos trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ilhabela to Santos takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Santos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Guaruja
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Enseada Beach ©
Enseada Beach
Tombo Beach ©
Tombo Beach
Coffee Museum ©
Coffee Museum

6
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo and Museu do Ipiranga. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Estacao Pinacoteca and Batman Alley. See some other sides of Sao Paulo: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoológico de São Paulo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sao Paulo Aquarium, buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping 25 de Marco, and don't miss a visit to Memorial Santa Paulina e Capela Sagrada Familia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo itinerary builder app.

Getting from Santos to Sao Paulo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Zoológico de São Paulo ©
Zoológico de São Paulo
Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo ©
Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo
Estacao Pinacoteca ©
Estacao Pinacoteca

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