20 days in Brazil Itinerary

20 days in Brazil Itinerary

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20 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  13 h
1
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Brasilia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Curitiba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Foz do Iguacu
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Quito

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.
Let the collections at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Afro Brazil Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catavento Cultural e Educacional and Jardins District. Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Sao Sebastiao to see Juquehy Beach about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, stroll through Ibirapuera Park, take in the exciting artwork at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, and admire the striking features of Hotel Unique.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip generator.

Quito, Ecuador to Sao Paulo is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Quito to Sao Paulo. In August in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Juquehy Beach
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Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Jardins District ©
Jardins District

4
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.
Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Copacabana Beach and Reserva Beach. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro vacation builder.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in August since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Reserva Beach ©
Reserva Beach

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Templo da Boa Vontade and Catedral Metropolitana. Visiting Brasilia National Park and Lago Paranoa will get you outdoors. When in Brasilia, make a side trip to see Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario in Luziania, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio do Planalto, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional, and don't miss a visit to Praca dos Tres Poderes.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brasilia travel planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Brasilia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario
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Parque Nacional de Brasilia ©
Parque Nacional de Brasilia
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church ©
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade

2
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Curitiba

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museu Oscar Niemeyer, see the interesting displays at The Pope Woods and Polish Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao, and finally contemplate the long history of Ukranian Memorial. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Senhor Bom Jesus do Cabral, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Historico de Curitiba.

For maps and other tourist information, read Curitiba vacation builder.

You can fly from Brasilia to Curitiba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Brasilia in August: highs in Curitiba hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Curitiba

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao ©
Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao
Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba ©
Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba
the Polish Immigration Memorial ©
the Polish Immigration Memorial

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Itaipu and Museu de Cera Dreamland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab and Buddhist Temple. The adventure continues: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, snap pictures at Ponte Tancredo Neves, explore the activities along Iguacu River, and see the interesting displays at Ecomuseu de Itaipu.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Curitiba to Foz do Iguacu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Curitiba in August: highs in Foz do Iguacu hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Ecomuseu de Itaipu ©
Ecomuseu de Itaipu
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab ©
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab

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