19 days in Brazil Itinerary

19 days in Brazil Itinerary

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19 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Recife
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tamandare
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Palmares
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Maceio
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
5
Recife
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Recife

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get outside with Parque da Jaqueira, browse the different shops at Shopping Recife, then see the interesting displays at Museu Cais do Sertao, and finally explore the galleries of Pernambuco House of Culture. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Itamaraca Beach, examine the collection at Paco do Frevo, then see the interesting displays at Embaixada dos Bonecos Gigantes, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Paco Alfandega Recife.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Recife road trip planning website .

Sao Paulo to Recife is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in February, Recife is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamandare.

Things to do in Recife

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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Museu Cais do Sertao ©
Museu Cais do Sertao
Paco do Frevo ©
Paco do Frevo
Pernambuco House of Culture
Pernambuco House of Culture

5
nights
Tamandare

Tamandare ©
Beaches and natural rock pools remain top draws on most Tamandare itineraries, though the relatively small coastal town also offers a surprisingly lively restaurant scene.
Visit Maragogi Beach and Xareu Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Antunes Beach and Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamandare: Maragogi (Taocas, Peroba Beach, & more) and Japaratinga (Japaratinga Beach & N S das Candeias Church). There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia de Tamandare, kick back and relax at Gamela Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Benedito, and make a trip to Forte de Santo Inacio de Loyola.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamandare trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Recife to Tamandare takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Tamandare when traveling from Recife in February, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Palmares.

Things to do in Tamandare

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Maragogi, Japaratinga, Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles
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Antunes Beach ©
Antunes Beach
Maragogi Beach ©
Maragogi Beach
Xareu Beach ©
Xareu Beach

2
nights
Palmares

Palmares ©
The city of Palmares began as one of a collection of ex-slave communities led by the great rebel slave leader Zumbi dos Palmares.
On the 10th (Sun), head outdoors with Pedra do Rodeadouro and then admire the sheer force of Cachoeira Veu Da Noiva. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira da Fumaca.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palmares day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tamandare to Palmares takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Maceio.

Things to do in Palmares

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bonito
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Cachoeira da Fumaca ©
Cachoeira da Fumaca
Pedra do Rodeadouro ©
Pedra do Rodeadouro

5
nights
Maceio

Maceio ©
Dazzling waters, long stretches of white sand beach, and the splendid colors of nearby mineral cliffs typify Maceio, the laid-back capital of Alagoas state.
Visit Gunga Beach and Praia de Pajucara for some beach relaxation. Visiting Frances Beach and Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Maceio: Paripueira Beach (in Paripueira) and Prof. Arthur Ramos Museum (in Pilar). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipioca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marape Dunes, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Metropolitana of Maceio, and look for gifts at Parque Shopping Maceio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Maceio travel planner .

You can drive from Palmares to Maceio in 2.5 hours. February in Maceio sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Recife.

Things to do in Maceio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres, Frances Beach, Prof. Arthur Ramos Museum, Praia do Gunga, Paripueira Beach
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Praia do Gunga ©
Praia do Gunga
Frances Beach ©
Frances Beach
Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres ©
Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres

4
nights
Recife

Recife ©
Relax by the water at Serrambi beach and Gaibu Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Boa Viagem Beach and Praia de Calhetas. Change things up with a short trip to Praia de Tambaba in Conde (about 2 hours away). See some other sides of Recife: examine the collection at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Dourada, and buy something for everyone on your list at RioMar Recife Mall.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Recife trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Maceio to Recife takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maceio in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Recife, with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Recife

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Praia de Tambaba, Serrambi Beach
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Ricardo Brennand Institute ©
Ricardo Brennand Institute
Serrambi Beach ©
Serrambi Beach
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©
Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

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