18 days in Brazil Itinerary

18 days in Brazil Itinerary

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18 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Torreon
Fly:  29​h
1
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Salvador
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Santos
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Torreon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Solomon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and then delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Estadual da Cantareira - Nucleo Pedra Grande.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

Torreon, Mexico to Sao Paulo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Torreon to Sao Paulo is 2 hours. Traveling from Torreon in December, expect Sao Paulo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Branca Beach
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Branca Beach ©
Branca Beach
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

5
nights
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pelourinho and Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado. You'll get in some beach time at Guarajuba Beach and Arembepe Beach. Take a break from Salvador with a short trip to Vilas do Atlantico Beach in Lauro de Freitas, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Farol da Barra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stella Maris beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church, and visit a coastal fixture at Barra Lighthouse.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Salvador trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Salvador, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Guarajuba Beach, Vilas do Atlantico Beach, Arembepe Beach
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Vilas do Atlantico Beach ©
Vilas do Atlantico Beach
Guarajuba Beach ©
Guarajuba Beach
Stella Maris Beach ©
Stella Maris Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pedra do Arpoador and Praia de Grumari. Discover out-of-the-way places like Praia de Itauna and Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, take some stellar pictures from Pedra Bonita, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip generator.

Traveling by flight from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santos.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Saquarema
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna

3
nights
Santos

Santos ©
A lively coastal city, Santos has become known for its sea, soccer, and sand.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Enseada Beach and Museu do Café. Get outdoors at Prainha Beach and Guaratuba Beach. Take a break from Santos with a short trip to Matriz de Sant'Anna Church in Itanhaem, about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Museu Pele and appreciate the history behind Memorial of Achievements.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santos vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Santos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Santos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santos

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Enseada Beach, Prainha Beach, Matriz de Sant'Anna Church, Guaratuba Beach
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Enseada Beach ©
Enseada Beach
Coffee Museum ©
Coffee Museum
Guaratuba Beach ©
Guaratuba Beach

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