16 days in Brazil Itinerary

16 days in Brazil Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Train + Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
4
Ilha Grande
— 2 nights
+5
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  11 h 15 min
5
Fernando de Noronha
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
6
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
End: Bristol

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Paulista Avenue, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip planning tool .

Bristol, UK to Sao Paulo is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Sao Paulo is minus 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then look for gifts at Kapadokya.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu day trip planning website .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough 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
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

2
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.
On the 7th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally admire the natural beauty at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning site .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Grumixama Beach, then kick back and relax at Sitio Forte Beach, and then kick back and relax at Praia do Amor.

Before you visit Ilha Grande, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. September in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pico do Papagaio ©
Pico do Papagaio
Sitio Forte Beach ©
Sitio Forte Beach
Grumixama Beach ©
Grumixama Beach

3
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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Conceicao Beach, don't miss a visit to Fortaleza N S dos Remedios, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha takes 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ilha Grande in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Cervejaria Bohemia & Imperial Museum). See some other sides of Rio de Janeiro: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, contemplate the waterfront views at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and get great views at Morro da Urca.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planning tool .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Barra da Tijuca Beach ©
Barra da Tijuca Beach
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari
Imperial Museum ©
Imperial Museum

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