12 days in Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

12 days in Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Salvador, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

2
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.
Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, shop like a local with Paulista Avenue, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

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New York City, USA to Sao Paulo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from New York City to Sao Paulo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 79°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trip

Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima
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1
night
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 18th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, then examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu online day trip planner .

Fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in November: highs in Foz do Iguacu hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

1
night
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 19th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip builder website .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in November, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and finally explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and finally kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online journey maker .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park 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 Iguazu National Park in November, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

2
nights
Salvador, Brazil

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 22nd (Fri): wander the streets of Pelourinho, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Antonio da Barra Church, then steep yourself in history at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see the interesting displays at Afro Brasileiro Museum, and then kick back and relax at Praia Farol da Barra.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Salvador itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Salvador are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Salvador

Outdoors Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho

few
hours
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
On the 24th (Sun), engage your brain at Catavento Cultural e Educacional.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Salvador to Sao Paulo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Salvador in November, things will get slightly colder in Sao Paulo: highs are around 79°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Childrens Museums Museums
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Catavento Cultural e Educacional ©
Catavento Cultural e Educacional

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