18 days in Brazil Itinerary

18 days in Brazil Itinerary

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18 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Paraty
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
4
Foz do Iguacu
— 1 night
5
Brasilia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Medellin

4
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Step off the beaten path and head to Feira de Arte e Artesanato and Morumbi Shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Paulista Avenue and Liberdade. Take a break from Sao Paulo with a short trip to Parque Regional Prefeito Celso Daniel in Santo Andre, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, wander the streets of Ramos de Azevedo Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Cidade Jardim, and admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo tour planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Sao Paulo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin to Sao Paulo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Medellin in June, expect Sao Paulo to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Parque Regional Prefeito Celso Daniel, Feira de Arte e Artesanato
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil ©
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Galeria Aecio Sarti, get to know the fascinating history of The Gold Path, steep yourself in history at Centro Historico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Santa Rita, then admire the striking features of Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Mini Estrada Real, and then kick back and relax at Sao Goncalinho Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Paraty vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Igreja de Santa Rita ©
Igreja de Santa Rita
Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores ©
Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores

4
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.
Shop till you drop at BarraShopping and Espaco GaleRio. Escape the urban bustle at Morro Dois Irmaos and Praia de Ipanema. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Elefante (in Marica) and Camboinhas Beach (in Niteroi). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Camboinhas Beach, Pedra do Elefante
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Morro Dois Irmaos ©
Morro Dois Irmaos

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Dreamland Foz, then get outside with Thermas Cataratas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Sao Joao Batista, and finally look and learn at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas and then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Catuai Palladium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, expect Foz do Iguacu to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Shopping Outdoors Museums
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Shopping Catuai Palladium ©
Shopping Catuai Palladium
Dreamland Foz ©
Dreamland Foz

2
nights
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 16th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Brasilia National Park and then view the masterpieces at Museu de Valores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Chapada Imperial.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Brasilia journey site .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Brasilia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in June, expect nights in Brasilia to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapada Imperial
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Brasilia National Park ©
Brasilia National Park
Chapada Imperial ©
Chapada Imperial

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Faculty of Law, stop by Shopping Eldorado, examine the collection at Museum of Contemporary Art, then admire the masterpieces at Itau Cultural Institute, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museu do Ipiranga, admire the masterpieces at Japan House Sao Paulo, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Brasilia to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Brasilia in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Sao Paulo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping
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Itau Cultural Institute ©
Itau Cultural Institute
Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Museum of Contemporary Art
Shopping Eldorado ©
Shopping Eldorado

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