40 days in Brazil Itinerary

40 days in Brazil Itinerary

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40 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  18 h
1
Alto Paraiso de Goias
— 7 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Brasilia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Gramado
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Bento Goncalves
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
9
Porto de Galinhas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

7
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
When in Alto Paraiso de Goias, make a side trip to see Santa Barbara Waterfall in Cavalcante, approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Barbara Falls, make a trip to Gota Kaliandra - Espaco de Musica e Silencio, take some stellar pictures from Janela Lookout, and explore the activities along Vale da Lua.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Alto Paraiso de Goias online driving holiday planner .

Washington DC, USA to Alto Paraiso de Goias is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Alto Paraiso de Goias, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Brasilia.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Cavalcante, Enchanted Well Waterfall
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Catarata dos Couros
Catarata dos Couros
Vale da Lua ©
Vale da Lua

3
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.
Brasilia is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, and see the interesting displays at Espaco Lucio Costa.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Brasilia trip builder site .

Getting from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Brasilia by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Brasilia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Brasilia can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek ©
Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro driving holiday planner .

Fly from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brasilia in June since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Escadaria Selaron ©
Escadaria Selaron
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

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 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu itinerary planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, expect Foz do Iguacu to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Gramado.

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

3
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.
Gramado is known for parks, nature, museums, theme parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Black Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, walk around Caracol State Park, and make a trip to Chave-Mestra Escape Game Gramado.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gramado tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bento Goncalves.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
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Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Caro Watson Escape Game ©
Caro Watson Escape Game

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cristo in Guapore (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia, steep yourself in history at Aurora Winery, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and don't miss a visit to Parque Epopeia Italiana.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Bento Goncalves trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gramado to Bento Goncalves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Bento Goncalves

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cristo
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Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia ©
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia
Cristo ©
Cristo
Vale dos Vinhedos ©
Vale dos Vinhedos

4
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Ibirapuera Park, indulge your taste buds at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, examine the collection at Museu Do Futebol, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo online road trip planner .

You can fly from Bento Goncalves to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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

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.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha trip tool .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in July: high temperatures in Fernando de Noronha hover around 83°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get out of town with these interesting Porto de Galinhas side-trips: Carneiros Beach (in Tamandare) and Recife (Instituto Ricardo Brennand & Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muro Alto Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Massangana Sugar Cane Mill, enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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