46 days in Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

46 days in Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

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46 days in Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  22​h 15​min
1
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Petropolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Brasilia, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
8
Salvador, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
9
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Recife, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

3
nights
Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario and Centro Historico de Catas Altas will appeal to history buffs. Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio) and Josimar Guimaraes - Escritorio de Arte will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouro Preto: Catas Altas (Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Capela de Santa Quiteria, & more) and Igreja Matriz de Sao Bras (in Sao Bras de Suacui). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of Betrayal, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Municipal Das Andorinhas, contemplate the long history of Minas do Palacio Velho, and get engrossed in the history at Casa dos Contos.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouro Preto online journey planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ouro Preto is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Ouro Preto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Ouro Preto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Petropolis.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Catas Altas, Igreja Matriz de Sao Bras
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Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario ©
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario
Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio) ©
Museu da Inconfidencia ©
Museu da Inconfidencia

3
nights
Petropolis, Brazil

Petropolis ©
Once the summer getaway of Brazilian emperors, the "imperial city" of Petropolis serves as a tribute to the lavish lifestyles of Brazil's 19th-century elite.
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara and La Grande Vallee will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Imperial Museum and Museu Casa de Santos Dumont. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Petropolis: AntiTabagismo Senador Francisco Dornelles Museum (in Paraiba Do Sul), Igreja Matriz de Sao Jose das Tres Ilhas (in Belmiro Braga) and Armas e Brasoes Museum (in Mage). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Handicraft Museum of the State of Rio de Janeiro and explore the striking landscape at Pedra do Sino.

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

Getting from Ouro Preto to Petropolis by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Petropolis

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Igreja Matriz de Sao Jose das Tres Ilhas, AntiTabagismo Senador Francisco Dornelles Museum, Pedra do Sino, Armas e Brasoes Museum
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Imperial Museum ©
Imperial Museum
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara ©
Museu Casa de Santos Dumont ©
Museu Casa de Santos Dumont

5
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting Copacabana Beach and Parque Nacional Tijuca will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sugarloaf Mountain and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Niteroi to see MAC Niteroi - Museum of Contemporary Art about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia de Ipanema, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, and examine the collection at Museu da Republica.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro holiday builder app .

You can drive from Petropolis to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP. Get some cultural insight at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo. Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Ribeirao Pires to see Torre de Miroku about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, walk around Ibirapuera Park, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, and contemplate the long history of Mosteiro De Sao Bento.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sao Paulo, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Torre de Miroku
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

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 3rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu visit planner.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Brasilia, Brazil

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral Metropolitana and Pontao do Lago Sul. You'll explore and learn at Memorial JK and Catetinho. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco, identify plant and animal life at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, admire the striking features of Templo da Boa Vontade, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Brasilia National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brasilia trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Brasilia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves ©

4
nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia and Sea and Captaincy Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Pelourinho. Spend the 13th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Casa do Rio Vermelho, admire the masterpieces at Espaco Pierre Verger da Fotografia Baiana, stroll the grounds of The British Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Salvador trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Brasilia to Salvador by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Salvador, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Salvador

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Sea and Captaincy Museum
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Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Outeiro church and panoramic view and Casa Jerimum. Appreciate the collections at Atelie Gilberto Carcara and So Arte. Go for a jaunt from Porto de Galinhas to Tamandare to see Igreja Velha de Sao Pedro about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas, admire the landmark architecture of Gaipio Sugar Cane Mill, see the interesting displays at Museu das Tartarugas - Ecoassociados, and enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Porto de Galinhas road trip tool .

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 October, daytime highs in Porto de Galinhas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Recife.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro, Igreja Velha de Sao Pedro, So Arte
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach

4
nights
Recife, Brazil

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Instituto Ricardo Brennand and Cinco Pontas Fort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand and Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue. Venture out of the city with trips to Olinda (Se Cathedral & Church and Monastery of Sao Bento). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Dourada, see the interesting displays at Popular Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Palacio Joaquim Nabuco Museum, and browse the exhibits of Atelier Vilanova.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Recife journey website .

You can drive from Porto de Galinhas to Recife in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Recife

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Olinda
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Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue ©
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue
Instituto Ricardo Brennand ©
Instituto Ricardo Brennand
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©

6
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get a sense of the local culture at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Capela de Sao Pedro. Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and contemplate the long history of Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Getting from Recife to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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