55 days in Brazil & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

55 days in Brazil & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Curitiba, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 1 day
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
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Campo Grande, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Bonito, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Campo Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Paraty, Brazil
— 5 nights
Bus to Mangaratiba, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 5 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 5 nights

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, examine the collection at Museu do Futebol, and stop by Liberdade.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo route builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Sao Paulo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Sao Paulo is minus 3 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in December; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Curitiba.
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Curitiba, Brazil — 3 nights

The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Curitiba is known for parks, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, see the interesting displays at Museu Oscar Niemeyer, walk around Tangua Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Tabor Magnificat.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Curitiba tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Curitiba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Florianopolis.
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Florianopolis, Brazil — 6 nights

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Step out of Florianopolis with an excursion to Beto Carrero World in Penha--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia Mole, stop by Santo Antonio de Lisboa, stroll through Lagoinha do Leste, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Curitiba to Florianopolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Curitiba in January, Florianopolis is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. You'll set off for Foz do Iguacu on the 11th (Wed).
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 3 nights

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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florianopolis in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Iguazu.
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina — 1 day

The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
On the 15th (Sun), wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Virgen del Carmen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Guiraoga, and finally look for gifts at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu trip planning tool.

Puerto Iguazu is just a short distance from Foz do Iguacu. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Iguazu can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 1 night

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu holiday planning site.

Foz do Iguacu is just a stone's throw from Puerto Iguazu. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to Campo Grande.
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Campo Grande, Brazil — 6 nights

Built on agricultural traditions, Campo Grande has grown rapidly, from a rural village in 1875 to a thriving metropolis of more than 800,000 people.
Campo Grande is known for parks, shopping, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Nossa Senhora do Perpetuo Socorro, look for gifts at Shopping Campo Grande, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque das Nacoes Indigenas, and see the interesting displays at Museu das Culturas Dom Bosco.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Campo Grande travel planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Campo Grande by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Campo Grande. January in Campo Grande sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Bonito.
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Bonito, Brazil — 5 nights

A popular hub of ecotourism, Bonito offers plenty of attractions and activities for visitors in search of an adventurous, nature-filled holiday in Brazil.
Go for a jaunt from Bonito to Jardim to see Buraco das Araras Ecoturismo about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Gruta do Lago Azul, make a trip to Praca da Liberdade, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquario Natural, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio da Prata.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bonito attractions planning website.

Take a bus from Campo Grande to Bonito in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Campo Grande.
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Campo Grande, Brazil — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lago do Amor and then look for gifts at Feira Central.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Campo Grande online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Bonito to Campo Grande takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 2 nights

On the 30th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then stroll around Villa Lobos Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sao Paulo Aquarium and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo road trip planning website.

Getting from Campo Grande to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paraty.
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Paraty, Brazil — 5 nights

Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
When in Paraty, make a side trip to see Cachoeira do Mato Limpo in Cunha, approximately Cunha away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Centro Historico, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Toboga, and explore the activities along Paraty Bay.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paraty trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Paraty by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande, Brazil — 5 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio, kick back and relax at Caxadaco Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Abraao Beach, and explore the activities along Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Museu do Amanha and then stop by Santa Teresa.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Armacao dos Buzios.
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Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil — 3 nights

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Step out of Armacao dos Buzios to go to Cabo Frio and see Praia do Forte, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras, take in the waterfront at Orla Bardot Boardwalk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Joao Fernandes Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Armacao dos Buzios journey tool.

You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. February in Armacao dos Buzios sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 5 nights

Enjoy Rio de Janeiro some more: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Brazil travel guide

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Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.
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State of Santa Catarina travel guide

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Beaches · Theme Parks · Landmarks
Beaches reign as top State of Santa Catarina tourist attractions, yet this small state in the south of Brazil offers more than just traditional sun-and-sand appeal. Over 550 km (340 mi) of coastline provide plenty of both secluded beach spots and well-developed resorts designed to attract a global audience of party-loving vacationers. Away from the busy coastal areas, a State of Santa Catarina vacation allows visitors to discover the country's European heritage, rich arts scene, outstanding cuisine, and renowned architecture. Many visitors begin their tour with Oktoberfest in Blumenau, home to large German and Italian communities and renowned for its award-winning microbreweries.
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