29 days in Managua & Brazil Itinerary

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Managua, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Paraty, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Managua, Nicaragua — 5 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Show Me Nicaragua Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Managua: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve (in Ticuantepe) and Granada (Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco & Iglesia de La Merced). The adventure continues: stroll through Montibelli Private National Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayurveda Marma Spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita De Managua, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Managua day trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Managua is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Istanbul to Managua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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 1st (Sat): meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Managua to Foz do Iguacu. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Managua to Foz do Iguacu due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Gramado.
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Gramado, Brazil — 2 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll around Mini Mundo, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, then do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Snowland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Gram Bier.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Gramado trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, examine the collection at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum, then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. October in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paraty.
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Paraty, Brazil — 3 nights

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.
Paraty is known for beaches, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Centro Historico, look for gifts at Armazem da Cachaca, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Ilha da Cotia Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paraty online holiday planner.

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande, Brazil — 4 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Namaste Terapias Corporais, enjoy the sand and surf at Dois Rios Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Papagaio, and see some colorful creatures with Aquamarina Mergulho.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande trip builder site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 5 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Sueste, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha online itinerary maker.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Fernando de Noronha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Brazil travel guide

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Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.
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