44 days in Brazil Itinerary

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Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Bus to Alameda São Sebastião, 12, Ferry to Ilhabela
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Ilhabela
— 3 nights
Ferry to São Sebastião, Taxi to Paraty
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Paraty
— 3 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Arraial do Cabo
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Arraial do Cabo
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
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Porto Seguro
— 3 nights
Fly to Salvador, Ferry to Morro de Sao Paulo
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Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare
— 2 nights
Ferry to Salvador, Fly to Praia da Pipa
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Praia da Pipa
— 2 nights
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Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
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Porto de Galinhas
— 2 nights
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Maragogi
— 2 nights
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Sao Luis
— 2 nights
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Manaus
— 3 nights
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Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo — 3 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Estadual Cantareira - Nucleo Pedra Grande and Iporanga beach. We've included these beaches for you: Branca Beach and Praia de Sao Pedro. There's lots more to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Faculty of Law, immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual da Cantareira, and admire the striking features of Faculdade de Direito da USP.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker.

Budapest, Hungary to Sao Paulo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 4 hours. In December, Sao Paulo is much warmer than Budapest - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ilhabela.
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Ilhabela — 3 nights

Capital of Sailing

Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Relax by the water at Fome Beach and Praia do Guaeca. Get in touch with nature at Praia das Calhetas and Toque Toque Grande Beach. Step out of Ilhabela to go to Sao Sebastiao and see Cigarras Beach, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Pereque Beach, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual de Ilhabela, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacuiba Beach, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilhabela day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Sao Paulo to Ilhabela takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Ilhabela, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Paraty.
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Paraty — 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sono Beach and Praia do Cepilho. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pedra Que Engole and Cachoeira da Pedra Branca. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll through Fora Beach (Ranchos), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Rita.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paraty visit planner.

Getting from Ilhabela to Paraty by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande — 3 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Explore hidden gems such as Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande. You'll get in some beach time at Aventureiro and Abraaozinho Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Parnaioca Beach, stroll through Dois Rios Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ilha Grande travel app.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arraial do Cabo.
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Arraial do Cabo — 4 nights

Diving Capital

Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
Visit Prainha and Brava Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia and Gruta Azul. Explore Arraial do Cabo's surroundings by going to Araruama (Praia dos Amores, Tome Beach, &more), Vilatur Beach (in Saquarema) and Forno Beach (in Armacao dos Buzios). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Crevice of Our Lady of Assumption, kick back and relax at Farol Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Grande, and discover the deep blue sea with SeaQuest Sub.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Arraial do Cabo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Ilha Grande to Arraial do Cabo by combination of ferry and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Arraial do Cabo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro — 1 night

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 28th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, then kick back and relax at Praia Da Joatinga, and finally stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Leme, kick back and relax at Piratininga Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camboinhas Beach, stroll around Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca, then trek along Costao de Itacoatiara, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sossego Beach.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arraial do Cabo to Rio de Janeiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Porto Seguro.
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Porto Seguro — 3 nights

In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Step out of the city life by going to Guaiu Beach and Rio Verde Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Praia dos Nativos and Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto Seguro: Barra do Sul Beach (in Santo Andre), Parque Marinho da Coroa Alta (in Santa Cruz Cabralia) and Mogiquicaba Beach (in Belmonte). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Parracho Beach, stroll through Outeiro Beach (Setiquara), and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Porto Seguro trip maker website.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Porto Seguro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.
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Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare — 2 nights

One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia do Pontal, step off the mainland to explore Ilha Do Caita, kick back and relax at Quarta Praia, enjoy the sand and surf at Terceira Praia, then stroll through Segunda Praia, and finally stroll through Praia do Mirante. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through YBA ecoturismo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garapua Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gamboa Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Morro de Sao Paulo holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Porto Seguro to Morro de Sao Paulo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Morro de Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Praia da Pipa.
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Praia da Pipa — 2 nights

Some of Brazil's finest beaches stand among top Praia de Pipa tourist attractions, though the area also features lively nightlife and a big selection of cafes, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and artisan workshops.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Sibauma Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minas Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque, enjoy the sand and surf at Curral Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Pipa, and finally stroll through Madeiro Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Baia dos Golfinhos, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Ecologico de Pipa, kick back and relax at Cacimbinhas Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Giz Beach (Tibau do Sul), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tibau do Sul Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Guarairas Beach.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Praia da Pipa in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Praia da Pipa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.
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Fernando de Noronha — 4 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.
Visiting Conceicao Beach and Praia do Leão will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Fernado de Noronha Island and Baia do Sancho. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta das Caracas, and explore the activities along Buraco do Galego.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Praia da Pipa to Fernando de Noronha takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Praia da Pipa to Fernando de Noronha. January in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Porto de Galinhas.
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Porto de Galinhas — 2 nights

Hawaii of the Atlantic

You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pontal de Maracaipe, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, then kick back and relax at Cupe beach, and finally kick back and relax at Muro Alto Beach. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Gamboa Beach, kick back and relax at Serrambi Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Maracaipe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Enseada dos Corais Beach, then take in the waterfront at Itapuama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Paiva Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas tour planning app.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Maragogi.
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Maragogi — 2 nights

Paradise in Alagoas

Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Maragogi Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Taocas, kick back and relax at Praia Do Dourado, enjoy the sand and surf at Antunes Beach, then stroll through Xareu Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Praia Ponta de Mangue. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Barreiras do Boqueirao Beach, stroll through Boqueirao Beach, stroll through Pontal Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Piscinas Naturais De Japaratinga, then kick back and relax at Japaratinga Beach, and finally stroll through Sao Bento Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Maragogi trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Porto de Galinhas to Maragogi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Maragogi, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sao Luis.
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Sao Luis — 2 nights

City of Tiles

Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, explore the activities along Lagoa da Jansen, enjoy the sand and surf at Calhau Beach, then kick back and relax at Meio Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fronhas maranhence, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aracagi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Se, contemplate the long history of Palacio dos Leoes, steep yourself in history at Centro Historico de Sao Luis, then stroll through Praia da Ponta d'Areia, and finally kick back and relax at Praia Sao Marcos.

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Getting from Maragogi to Sao Luis by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Manaus.
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Manaus — 3 nights

Paris of the Tropics

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arquipelago de Anavilhanas and Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia do Tupe and Acutuba Beach. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Rainforest Cruises, kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach, make a trip to Ponte Do Rio Negro, and get outside with Praca Heliodoro Balbi.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manaus online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sao Luis to Manaus in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January in Manaus, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), you're off to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo — 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

On the 19th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum of Contemporary Art, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then explore the world behind art at Oca do Ibirapuera. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Pitangueiras beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Asturias Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tombo Beach, kick back and relax at Praia do Guaiúba, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally shop like a local with Paulista Avenue.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Manaus to Sao Paulo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Manaus in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Sao Paulo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough 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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