13 days in State of Parana, State of Santa Catarina & State of Rio Grande do Sul Itinerary

13 days in State of Parana, State of Santa Catarina & State of Rio Grande do Sul Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Curitiba
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Bombinhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Florianopolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Cambara do Sul
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Gramado
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Bento Goncalves
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Curitiba
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Ushuaia

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Helicopter Tours and Thermas Cataratas. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, stop by Artesanato Chocolate Caseiro Tres Fronteiras, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Foz do Iguacu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Curitiba to Foz do Iguacu is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Curitiba in December, things will get a bit warmer in Foz do Iguacu: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Bombinhas.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

1
night
Bombinhas

Bombinhas ©
A municipality geared towards seaside tourism, tiny Bombinhas makes up for its diminutive size with ample opportunities off its shores, including snorkeling, diving, and boat tours.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bombinhas Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia De Quatro Ilhas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Mariscal.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bombinhas visit app.

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Bombinhas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Bombinhas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Bombinhas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Praia de Mariscal ©
Praia de Mariscal
Bombinhas Beach ©
Bombinhas Beach
Praia De Quatro Ilhas ©
Praia De Quatro Ilhas

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nights
Florianopolis

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Mirante Ponto de vista, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forte Beach, then kick back and relax at Jurere Beach, and finally visit Santo Antonio de Lisboa. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Naufragados Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ribeirao da Ilha, kick back and relax at Praia da Solidao, then kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste, and finally step off the mainland to explore Campeche island.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bombinhas to Florianopolis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Florianopolis are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cambara do Sul.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Campeche island ©
Campeche island
Naufragados Beach ©
Naufragados Beach

1
night
Cambara do Sul

Cambara do Sul ©
Perfectly placed for exploring the dramatic landscape surrounding it, Cambara do Sul has developed into a major hub for ecotourism.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Canion Fortaleza Cambara do Sul and then take in the pleasant sights at Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cambara do Sul attractions app.

You can drive from Florianopolis to Cambara do Sul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gramado.

Things to do in Cambara do Sul

Nature Parks
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Canion Fortaleza Cambara do Sul ©
Canion Fortaleza Cambara do Sul
Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra ©
Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra

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nights
Gramado

Gramado ©
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), stop by Maos do Mundo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, then learn about winemaking at Vinicola Ravanello, then take an in-depth tour of Parque Aldeia do Imigrante, and finally make a trip to Praca da Republica. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Caro Watson Escape Game, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, stroll around Mini Mundo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, then appreciate the history behind Caminho das Estrelas, and finally don't miss a visit to Chave-Mestra Escape Game Gramado.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gramado itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Cambara do Sul to Gramado takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bento Goncalves.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nova Petropolis, Canela
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Caro Watson Escape Game ©
Caro Watson Escape Game
Parque Aldeia do Imigrante ©
Parque Aldeia do Imigrante
Chave-Mestra Escape Game Gramado ©
Chave-Mestra Escape Game Gramado

1
night
Bento Goncalves

Bento Goncalves ©
Founded in 1875, the young city of Bento Goncalves boasts a rich recent history and attractions that tastefully complement its surrounding natural features.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Aurora Winery, learn about winemaking at Vinhos Larentis, do a tasting at Casa Valduga Winery, then learn about winemaking at Vinicola Cainelli, then do a tasting at Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bento Goncalves trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Gramado to Bento Goncalves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Bento Goncalves

Wineries Tours Adventure
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Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia ©
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia
Casa Valduga Winery ©
Casa Valduga Winery
Aurora Winery ©
Aurora Winery

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nights
Curitiba

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Step off the beaten path and head to Teatro HSBC - Palacio Avenida and Universidade Federal do Parana. Venture out of the city with trips to Morretes (Nhundiaquara River & Marumbi Peak). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Memorial da Seguranca no Transporte, take a stroll through Bairro de Santa Felicidade, walk around Parque Barigui, and take a memorable drive along Estrada Da Graciosa.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Curitiba trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bento Goncalves to Curitiba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Curitiba sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Morretes
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Teatro HSBC - Palacio Avenida ©
Teatro HSBC - Palacio Avenida
Memorial da Seguranca no Transporte ©
Memorial da Seguranca no Transporte
Universidade Federal do Parana ©
Universidade Federal do Parana

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