15 days in Costa Rica & Brazil Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Brazil Itinerary

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Florianopolis
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro, Fly to Cabo Frio
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Cabo Frio, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio, Fly to Vila Velha
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Vila Velha, Brazil
— 1 night
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Maragogi, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maceio, Brazil
— 1 night
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Natal, Brazil
— 1 night
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde sightseeing planner.

Calgary, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.
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Florianopolis, Brazil — 2 nights

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Da Lagoa, then kick back and relax at Barra da Lagoa Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Mole. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Campeche Island and then kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste.

To find out how to plan a trip to Florianopolis, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Monteverde to Florianopolis in 17.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Monteverde to Florianopolis. In November in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande, Brazil — 2 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Lopes Mendes Beach, kick back and relax at Abraaozinho Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dois Rios Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Lagoa Azul and then explore the activities along Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Florianopolis to Ilha Grande in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. When traveling from Florianopolis in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ilha Grande: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo Frio.
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Cabo Frio, Brazil — 2 nights

Founded way back in 1615, Cabo Frio represents the seventh-oldest city in Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia das Conchas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Forte. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Grande, enjoy the sand and surf at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, and then take a memorable drive along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo Frio day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Cabo Frio takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vila Velha.
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Vila Velha, Brazil — 1 night

Founded in the 1530s, Vila Velha features a modern skyline of tall buildings pressed against the curved coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Camburi Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora da Penha Convent, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Costa Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vila Velha trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cabo Frio to Vila Velha by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Vila Velha are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Maragogi.
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Maragogi, Brazil — 2 nights

Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Japaratinga Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Patacho Beach. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Ponta de Mangue, enjoy the sand and surf at Antunes Beach, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Gales de Maragogi.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Maragogi day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Vila Velha to Maragogi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maceio.
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Maceio, Brazil — 1 night

Dazzling waters, long stretches of white sand beach, and the splendid colors of nearby mineral cliffs typify Maceio, the laid-back capital of Alagoas state.
On the 24th (Thu), kick back and relax at Ponta Verde Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipioca.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Maceio travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Maragogi to Maceio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Maceio are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Natal.
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Natal, Brazil — 1 night

The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
On the 25th (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Camurupim Beach, and then kick back and relax at Genipabu Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Natal travel route planner.

You can fly from Maceio to Natal in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.
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