16 days in Brazil Itinerary

16 days in Brazil Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  14​h
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
2
Ilha Grande
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Paraty
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Foz do Iguacu
— 3 nights
6
Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Petropolis (Imperial Museum, Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, & more). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online tour planner .

Toronto, Canada to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Ecomuseu Ilha Grande and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Preta. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Dois Rios Beach, then kick back and relax at Santo Antonio Beach, and then explore the activities along Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande online visit planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. In August in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Paraty.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande ©
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande
Praia Preta ©
Praia Preta

2
nights
Paraty

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Alambique Engenho D'Ouro, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of Remedies, and then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Paraty Sport Aventura, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Paraty Bay, and finally explore the galleries of Galeria Aecio Sarti.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paraty online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Paraty in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Paraty

Nature Parks Tours
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Paraty Bay ©
Paraty Bay
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Paraty Sport Aventura ©
Paraty Sport Aventura

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo and then see the interesting displays at Catavento Cultural e Educacional. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

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

Traveling by car from Paraty to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. September in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

3
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 (Fri): examine the collection at Dreamland Foz, then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Vale dos Dinossauros. On your second day here, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for 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

1
night
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
On the 8th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain and then contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Parque Lage ©
Parque Lage
Carioca Aqueduct ©
Carioca Aqueduct

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