15 days in Brazil Itinerary

15 days in Brazil Itinerary

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15 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Brasilia
— 1 day
2
Porto Seguro
— 3 nights
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Ouro Preto
— 1 day
+4
taxi + bus + train + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Maragogi
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + shuttle + Fly + bus + train:  22​h
End: Ottawa

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the views from JK Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco, then browse the exhibits of Memorial JK, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo da Boa Vontade.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brasilia trip itinerary builder app .

Ottawa, Canada to Brasilia is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in September; daily highs in Brasilia reach 35°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Museums
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Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Memorial JK ©
Memorial JK

3
nights
Porto Seguro

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Quadrado and Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muta Beach and Taipe Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Coroa Vermelha Beach and kick back and relax at Pitinga Beach.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Porto Seguro trip builder site .

Fly from Brasilia to Porto Seguro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Brasilia in September, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Porto Seguro: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
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Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Taipe Beach ©
Taipe Beach
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Praia de Grumari and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria. Visit Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and explore and take pictures at Maracanã.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Fly from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
day
Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Betrayal, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, then get engrossed in the history at Casa dos Contos, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Mineralogy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ouro Preto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Ouro Preto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Ouro Preto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Museums Historic Sites
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Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis

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.
Get some cultural insight at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Fernando de Noronha Memorial. Visiting Fernando de Noronha and Praia do Cachorro will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouro Preto to Fernando de Noronha takes 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ouro Preto to Fernando de Noronha. Traveling from Ouro Preto in September, Fernando de Noronha is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maragogi.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach ©
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach

2
nights
Maragogi

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the vivid underwater world at Gales de Maragogi and then enjoy the sand and surf at Japaratinga Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Ponta de Mangue and then kick back and relax at Antunes Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Maragogi trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi in 6 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Maragogi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maragogi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Japaratinga Beach
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Japaratinga Beach ©
Japaratinga Beach
Praia Ponta de Mangue ©
Praia Ponta de Mangue
Antunes Beach ©
Antunes Beach

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