8 days in Brazil Itinerary

8 days in Brazil Itinerary

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8 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly + bus:  4​h
1
Belo Horizonte
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santos
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Florianopolis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Brasilia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to Praca da Liberdade.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Belo Horizonte trip itinerary planning site .

Brasilia to Belo Horizonte is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Belo Horizonte can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.
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Praca da Liberdade ©
Praca da Liberdade

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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 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner .

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Belo Horizonte in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santos.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Museums Shopping
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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Santos

Santos ©
A lively coastal city, Santos has become known for its sea, soccer, and sand.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Coffee Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Orla e Jardins da Praia de Santos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony Santos, and finally appreciate the history behind Praca da Independencia.

Before you visit Santos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Santos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Santos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Santos

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Orla e Jardins da Praia de Santos ©
Orla e Jardins da Praia de Santos
Coffee Museum ©
Coffee Museum
Praca da Independencia ©
Praca da Independencia

1
night
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Mole, stroll through Praia do Campeche, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoinha do Leste.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florianopolis road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Santos to Florianopolis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Florianopolis are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Praia do Campeche ©
Praia do Campeche

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Florianopolis in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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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