56 days in Bolivia & Brazil Itinerary

56 days in Bolivia & Brazil Itinerary

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56 days in Bolivia & Brazil Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Fortaleza, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Canoa Quebrada, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Natal, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 9 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
6
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Roteiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
8
Brasilia, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Uyuni is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April; daily highs in Uyuni reach 7°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Uyuni

#Parks, #Nature
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

4
nights
Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Get some historical perspective at Metropolitana Cathedral and Mercado dos Pinhoes. Relax by the water at Morro Branco and Prainha. Take a break from Fortaleza with a short trip to Praia de Cumbuco in Cumbuco, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Futuro, steep yourself in history at Centro de Turismo do Ceara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sabiaguaba Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Arena Castelao.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fortaleza trip maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Uyuni to Fortaleza in 15.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Uyuni in April, with highs in Fortaleza at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Canoa Quebrada.

Things to do in Fortaleza

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia de Cumbuco
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Morro Branco ©
Morro Branco
Praia de Futuro ©
Praia de Futuro
Praia de Cumbuco ©
Praia de Cumbuco

4
nights
Canoa Quebrada, Brazil

Canoa Quebrada ©
A small fishing village backed by impressive sand dunes and red sandstone cliffs, Canoa Quebrada entices a growing number of foreign visitors with its near-perfect tropical weather and sun-kissed beaches.
Visit Praia de Canoa Quebrada and Retiro Grande Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Beach Village Morro Branco and Barrinha Beach. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Ceara Beach and make a trip to Aldeia de pescadores.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Canoa Quebrada day trip app .

Traveling by car from Fortaleza to Canoa Quebrada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fortaleza in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Canoa Quebrada, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Natal.

Things to do in Canoa Quebrada

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Beach Village Morro Branco
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Praia de Canoa Quebrada ©
Praia de Canoa Quebrada
Beach Village Morro Branco ©
Beach Village Morro Branco

6
nights
Natal, Brazil

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Popular historic sites such as Reis Magos Fortress and Metropolitan Cathedral are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Pirangi Cashew Tree and Dunas de Genipabu. Step out of Natal to go to Praia da Pipa and see Dolphins Bay, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Parrachos de Maracajau, explore and take pictures at Arena das Dunas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Genipabu Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra De Punau.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Natal itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Canoa Quebrada to Natal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, Natal is little chillier than Canoa Quebrada - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Natal

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pirangi Cashew Tree, Dolphins Bay
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Pirangi Cashew Tree ©
Pirangi Cashew Tree
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu

9
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia do Sueste and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baia do Sancho and Conceicao Beach. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia do Cacimba do Padre and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boldro Beacch.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha driving holiday website .

You can fly from Natal to Fernando de Noronha in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

6
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Recife Antigo and Instituto Ricardo Brennand. Visit Muro Alto Beach and Carneiros Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Porto de Galinhas side-trips: Maragogi Beach (in Maragogi) and Forte Castelo do Mar ruins (in Cabo de Santo Agostinho). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, and trek along River Maracaipe tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto de Galinhas driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Roteiro.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, Forte Castelo do Mar ruins, Carneiros Beach, Maragogi Beach
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Carneiros Beach ©
Carneiros Beach

4
nights
Roteiro, Brazil

Roteiro ©
Roteiro is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Alagoas. Relax by the water at Gunga Beach and Frances Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Roteiro: Maceio (Mercado do Artesanato & Praia de Pajucara).

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Roteiro trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Porto de Galinhas to Roteiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Roteiro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Roteiro

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Maceio, Frances Beach
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Gunga Beach ©
Gunga Beach
Frances Beach ©
Frances Beach
Praia de Pajucara ©
Praia de Pajucara

3
nights
Brasilia, Brazil

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 21st (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, and then admire the landmark architecture of Itamaraty Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Brasilia National Park and then take in the waterfront at Pontao do Lago Sul.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brasilia trip planner .

Getting from Roteiro to Brasilia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Roteiro in May, plan for little chillier nights in Brasilia, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Brasilia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul
Itamaraty Palace ©
Itamaraty Palace

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): meet the residents at Parque das Aves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Foz do Iguacu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in May, you will find days in Foz do Iguacu are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves

7
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lagoinha do Leste and Praia da Galheta. Escape the urban bustle at Praia Mole and Praia do Santinho. Step out of Florianopolis with an excursion to Praia do Maco in Palhoca--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Jurere Internacional, stroll through Barra da Lagoa Beach, step off the mainland to explore Campeche island, and admire the sheer force of Praia da Solidao.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis online route planner .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia do Maco
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Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Jurere Internacional ©
Jurere Internacional

7
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Tijuca and Barra da Tijuca Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Florianopolis in June, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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