21 days in Brazil Itinerary

21 days in Brazil Itinerary

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21 days in Brazil Itinerary

Bogota
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Recife
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Maragogi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Maceio
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
Salvador
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Florianopolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Rio de Janeiro

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo.

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Bogota, Colombia to Recife is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bogota to Recife. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Recife, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Maragogi.

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Boa Viagem Beach
Boa Viagem Beach
Instituto Ricardo Brennand ©
Instituto Ricardo Brennand
Recife Antigo ©
Recife Antigo

1
day
Maragogi

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
On the 25th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Handcrafts Fair, stroll through Antunes Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gales de Maragogi.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Maragogi vacation planner.

You can drive from Recife to Maragogi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Recife in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Maragogi, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Maceio.

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Parks Nature Wildlife
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Antunes Beach ©
Antunes Beach
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Gales de Maragogi

3
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prof. Arthur Ramos Museum and Fernando Lopes History and Cultural Museum. Visiting Frances Beach and Pratagi Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Verde Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Metropolitana of Maceio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipioca.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Maceio travel route planner .

You can drive from Maragogi to Maceio in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Maceio, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Maceio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Frances Beach, Fernando Lopes History and Cultural Museum, Prof. Arthur Ramos Museum
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Frances Beach ©
Frances Beach
Ponta Verde Beach ©
Ponta Verde Beach
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Praia de Ipioca

2
days
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church, appreciate the history behind Elevator Lacerda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Farol da Barra Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco Church and Convent. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Pelourinho.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salvador travel website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Maceio to Salvador takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

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Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church
Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church
Farol da Barra Beach ©
Farol da Barra Beach

2
days
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take a stroll through Liberdade, meet the residents at Zoológico de São Paulo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Salvador to Sao Paulo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Salvador in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sao Paulo, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo ©
Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo ©
Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo

3
days
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Jurere Internacional. Visiting Lagoinha do Leste and Praia Mole will get you outdoors. Take a break from Florianopolis with a short trip to Casa do Barao Center for the Arts in Biguacu, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Campeche and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Lagoa Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florianopolis online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Florianopolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Casa do Barao Center for the Arts
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Jurere Internacional ©
Jurere Internacional
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

2
days
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.
On the 6th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, and then take in the views from Ponte Tancredo Neves. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Triple Frontier and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

5
days
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ilha Fiscal and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, admire the masterpieces at CULTURAL CENTER OF BRAZIL'S SEAT, and make a trip to Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas.

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Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
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Pedra do Arpoador

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