9 days in Brazil Itinerary

9 days in Brazil Itinerary

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9 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  29​h
1
Foz do Iguacu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Florianopolis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thermas Cataratas as well as Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get outside with Thermas Cataratas, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Foz do Iguacu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Foz do Iguacu is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Jose to Foz do Iguacu due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

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Thermas Cataratas ©
Thermas Cataratas
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hike along Lagoinha do Leste, then take in the dramatic scenery at Praia da Solidao, and then stroll through Praia Mole.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Florianopolis road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Praia da Solidao ©
Praia da Solidao

1
night
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 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and finally see the interesting displays at Catavento Cultural e Educacional.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Catavento Cultural e Educacional ©
Catavento Cultural e Educacional
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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.
On the 19th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Wonderland Sails, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, and finally kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planning tool .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in March; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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