22 days in Brazil Itinerary

22 days in Brazil Itinerary

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22 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h
1
Brasilia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Aparecida
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + bus + Fly:  9​h
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
6
Porto de Galinhas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Brasilia

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral Metropolitana and Itamaraty Palace. Get some historical perspective at Santuario Dom Bosco and Santuario da Mae Rainha e Vencedora Tres Vezes Admiravel de Schoenstatt. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade, take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and admire the striking features of Ermida Dom Bosco.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brasilia online road trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Brasilia is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from San Francisco to Brasilia. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Brasilia to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Garganta do Diabo and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary site .

Fly from Brasilia to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Brasilia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

5
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. Kids will enjoy Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro and Praia de Grumari. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro planning site .

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aparecida.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Aparecida

Aparecida ©
Home to one of Brazil's most famous basilicas, the small city of Aparecida welcomes many times its population in tourists every year.
On the 13th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santo Antonio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morro do Cruzeiro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida, then snap pictures at Passarela da Fe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela do Batismo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Comunidade Anuncia-Me, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Visita monitorada noturna na Basilica, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Benedito.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Aparecida trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Aparecida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for little chillier nights in Aparecida, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Aparecida

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guaratingueta
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Morro do Cruzeiro ©
Morro do Cruzeiro

4
nights
Fernando de Noronha

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Capela de Sao Pedro and Reduto de Santana de Fernando de Noronha. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Fernando de Noronha. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Aparecida to Fernando de Noronha in 9 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Aparecida to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aparecida in July: high temperatures in Fernando de Noronha hover around 83°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Visit Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue and Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Muro Alto Beach and Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach. Go for a jaunt from Porto de Galinhas to Recife to see Capela Dourada about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas, contemplate the long history of Massangana Sugar Cane Mill, stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto de Galinhas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Porto de Galinhas are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro
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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach

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