8 days in Brazil Itinerary

8 days in Brazil Itinerary

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8 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Recife
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Fernando de Noronha
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Salvador
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  9​h
4
Gramado
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Foz do Iguacu
— 1 day
6
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
day
Recife

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the galleries of Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, examine the collection at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Dourada.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Recife trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Recife is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in February, expect Recife to be much hotter, temps between 86°F and 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Recife

Museums Historic Sites
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Instituto Ricardo Brennand ©
Instituto Ricardo Brennand
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue ©
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, and then examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

You can fly from Recife to Fernando de Noronha in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Recife to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

1
night
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, appreciate the history behind Elevator Lacerda, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, and finally take a stroll through Pelourinho.

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

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Salvador in 6 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Salvador, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in February, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Salvador

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Elevator Lacerda ©
Elevator Lacerda

1
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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.
On the 8th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Mundo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gramado online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Salvador to Gramado in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Black Lake ©
Black Lake
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. February in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 76°F at night. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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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