16 days in Brazil Itinerary

16 days in Brazil Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Train + Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Foz do Iguacu
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Tram + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  22 h 15 min
4
Ilha Grande
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  4 h
5
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
End: Bristol

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pao de Acucar and Reserva Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra and Forte de Copacabana. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Niteroi and see Camboinhas Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Morro Dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and examine the collection at Instituto Moreira Salles.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online trip builder .

Bristol, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple and Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis. Do some cultural sightseeing at Estacao Pinacoteca and Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo. Step out of Sao Paulo with an excursion to Pitangueiras beach in Guaruja--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, wander the streets of Batman Alley, go for a walk through Igreja Chagas do Serafico Pai Francisco, and explore the world behind art at Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo planning site .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sao Paulo, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple, Pitangueiras beach
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Pitangueiras beach ©
Pitangueiras beach
Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple ©

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Macuco Safari, Skydive Foz and Bela Vista Biological Refuge. On the 9th (Mon), add some fun to your beach time Macuco Safari, look for all kinds of wild species at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, and finally cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Foz.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Adventure
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Bela Vista Biological Refuge ©
Bela Vista Biological Refuge
Skydive Foz ©
Skydive Foz

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Lagoa Azul and Dois Rios Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Aventureiro and Ilha dos Macacos Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Abraaozinho Beach, kick back and relax at Comprida Beach (da Bica), explore the ancient world of Aqueduto, and see the interesting displays at Ecomuseu Ilha Grande.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Foz do Iguacu to Ilha Grande takes 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ilha Grande when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center, stroll around Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca, then see the interesting displays at Museu da Republica, and finally explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then kick back and relax at Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip builder website .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trip

Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca
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Jerusalem Cultural Center ©
Jerusalem Cultural Center
Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach ©
Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach
Museu da Republica ©
Museu da Republica

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