12 days in Brazil Itinerary

12 days in Brazil Itinerary

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12 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Fernando de Noronha
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Brasilia
— 1 day
3
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
4
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Dublin

2
nights
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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, don't miss a visit to Fortaleza N S dos Remedios, see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha day trip app .

Dublin, Ireland to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: highs in Fernando de Noronha hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

1
day
Brasilia

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco, admire the landmark architecture of Itamaraty Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, then take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and finally snap pictures at JK Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brasilia trip planner .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Brasilia by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in August, Brasilia is colder at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul
Itamaraty Palace ©
Itamaraty Palace

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally examine the collection at Dreamland Foz.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu trip planning app .

You can fly from Brasilia to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in August, expect nights in Foz do Iguacu to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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 Hydroelectric Dam ©
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

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 8th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and finally stroll through Pedra do Arpoador. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and finally explore and take pictures at Maracanã.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip app .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 10th (Sat), get into the urban bustle at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, then stroll around Ibirapuera Park, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then examine the collection at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, then see the interesting displays at Museu Do Futebol, and finally make a trip to Paulista Avenue.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Sao Paulo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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

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