22 days in Brazil Itinerary

22 days in Brazil Itinerary

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22 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h
1
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Maceio
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Fernando de Noronha
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
5
Porto de Galinhas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + bus + train:  19​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Do your shopping at Paulista Avenue and Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. You'll explore and learn at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and stop by Bom Retiro.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo online day trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Sao Paulo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in April, with highs in Sao Paulo at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

4
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.
Imperial Museum and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Praia de Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Niteroi and see Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and look for gifts at Tucum Brasil Arte Indigena.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maceio.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, Imperial Museum
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar

3
nights
Maceio

Maceio ©
Dazzling waters, long stretches of white sand beach, and the splendid colors of nearby mineral cliffs typify Maceio, the laid-back capital of Alagoas state.
Take a break from the city and head to Gunga Beach and Paripueira Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Frances Beach and Praia de Pajucara. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ponta Verde Beach and stroll through Praia de Ipioca.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Maceio trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Maceio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Maceio are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Maceio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

5
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 in touch with nature at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Shark Museum and Fernando de Noronha Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Bode, and examine the collection at Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha travel route builder site .

You can fly from Maceio to Fernando de Noronha in 4 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maceio to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Maceio in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get outdoors at Muro Alto Beach and Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach. Do your shopping at Atelie Gilberto Carcara and Nata Artesanato. Get out of town with these interesting Porto de Galinhas side-trips: Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare) and Recife (Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, Instituto Ricardo Brennand, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pontal de Maracaipe, sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson, kick back and relax at Praia De Maracaipe, and browse the exhibits of Casa Jerimum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto de Galinhas online route maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time is minus 1 hour. In May in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Recife, Praia dos Carneiros
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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

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