Brazil Itinerary – 1,2,3 and 4 week Brazil itineraries

Brazil Itinerary - 1,2,3 and 4 week Brazil itineraries

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Brazil is the largest country in South America, encompassing around half of the continent’s land area and population. The country packs in diverse landscapes and experiences: from the rainforests of the Amazon to the beaches of Rio and culturally rich landmarks. As the country is so large and diverse, it can make putting a Brazil itinerary together quite a challenge.


In this post, you’ll find tips for putting together a travel route through Brazil, rich in destinations, history, culture and nature.


But first, if you are in the process of planning a trip to Brazil, this article covers everything from visas, weather, safety, transport, accommodation, vaccinations, travel insurance and more.


Then it’s time to plan your Brazil itinerary. Below are my suggested itineraries for Brazil.


1 week Brazil Itinerary


I have to be honest with you. 1 week in Brazil is hardly enough time to scratch the surface. If you can plan for a minimum of 2 weeks, I recommend doing so. This 1 week Brazil itinerary will take you to some of the best places in Brazil.


Day 1-2 – Rio De Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro is one of the most vibrant and culturally-rich cities in the world, famous for its white sand beaches and iconic landscapes. Rio is best known for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and its Carnival festival.

See my guide on things to do in Rio in a weekend. 



Day 3 – 5 – Florianopolis


Take a 1-hour flight from Rio to Florianopolis, dubbed “Floripa” for short. The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and is very popular amongst surfers. The island is 33 miles long and offers travellers tasty seafood, white sand beaches, show-stopping nightlife, and quiet Azorean fishing villages. If you love surfing, this is one of the best destinations in Brazil for you!


Brazil Itinerary - 1,2,3 and 4 week Brazil itineraries


Day 5 – 7 -Iguazu Falls


Fly or take the night bus to Iguazu Falls to explore the Brazilian side of the waterfall.


The falls are 2.7kms wide and are made up of 275 separate waterfalls, making them the largest waterfall system in the world. The longest drop is 82 metres long. The falls were voted as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it is really no surprise why.


From here you can fly out of Brazil or cross the border into Argentina or Paraguay, as all three countries border the falls.



2 Week Brazil Itinerary


Day 1-2 – Rio De Janeiro – See my guide on things to do in Rio in a weekend. 


2 jam-packed days in Rio is enough time to get a taste for all the city has to offer.


Day 3 – 5 – Ilha Grande


From Rio, head out to Ilha Grande, a beautiful Brazilian island located 150 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro.  The island is full of stunning beaches, perfect snorkelling and diving conditions and abundant hiking trails – something for everyone.


6 – 7 – Paratay


Paratay is nearby to Ilha Grande which means you won’t need a big day in transit to get there.


Paratay is a former Portuguese colony established on the shores of the Bay of Ilha Grande, featuring tropical forests, waterfalls, emerald sea and coastal mountains. The heart of Paratay is its historic centre with cobbled streets and multicoloured colonial houses. You can happily stroll the streets of the pedestrian-friendly, car-free historical centre, and can visit the popular colonial defence forts that still boast original walls and cannons.


Brazil Itinerary - 1,2,3 and 4 week Brazil itineraries


8 – Maresias


This is a lesser known destination in Brazil, but one of my favourites. Maresias is a tiny beach town with amazing beaches and stunning. If you want a relaxing day on a beautiful beach, this is the destination for you.


Brazil Itinerary - 1,2,3 and 4 week Brazil itineraries


9 – Sao Paulo


The metropolis of Sao Paulo is home to many amazing restaurants. While I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to get here, it is a good place to stop for one day before flying out to Floripa.


Day 10 – 12 – Florianopolis


3 days in Floripa is the ideal amount of time to explore the island – more time would be good if you want to have more relaxing beach days.


Day 13 – 14 – Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls


From Floripa, fly or take the night bus to Iguazu Falls to explore the Brazilian side of the waterfall. If you love waterfalls, allow 2 days to explore the falls. There is no shortage of vantage points, catwalks, bridges and viewing towers.


Day 14 – Return to Rio and fly home



3 Week Brazil Itinerary


Day 1 -3 – Rio De Janeiro – See my guide on things to do in Rio in a weekend. 


Day 4 – 6 – Ilha Grande


Day 7 – 8 – Paratay


Day 9 -Maresias


Day 10 – Sao Paulo


Day 11- 13 – Florianopolis


Day 14 – 15  – Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls


Day 16 – 20 – Bus to Pantanal or fly to Fernando de Noronha, Salvador Bahia or Manaus


Here I present 4 options.


1. Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 kilometres from the coast of Brazil. It is famous for its pristine white beaches and fabulous landscapes of ridges, coves and lush vegetation. Fernando de Noronha is a diver’s paradise, but even if you prefer to stay above water – the beaches and laid-back island lifestyle are worth the trip alone.


2. Salvador Bahia is home to pebblestone streets with pastel coloured facades and many tropical beaches at Morro de Sao Paulo.


3. Manaus and the meeting of the river – Manaus sits 1,000 miles inland, at the point where Rio Negro and the Amazon River meet. The city began as a strategic Portuguese fort and only grew after they discovered practical uses for the rubber plant, which grows all over the rainforest. Manaus is home to the only bridge in the Amazon river system, and a new football stadium, used for the 2014 World Cup.


4. Pantanal – is the world’s largest seasonal wetland and Brazil’s wildlife capital. Almost 700 species of birds can be found here, along with 80 mammals – but you’ll need to have a guide to point out capybaras, monkeys and hyacinth macaws. Porto Jofre is also the best place in the world to see habituated jaguars. If you love wildlife and bird watching, this is one of the destinations in Brazil that you must add to your bucket list. 


From Iguazu Falls you could bus to Pantanal, making it the cheapest destination to get to and a great one for those wildlife lovers.


If you are looking for more time by the ocean to slow down and relax, I suggest Fernando de Noronha. Fernando de Noronha is an exclusive destination in Brazil, meaning it isn’t cheap to get to, but the scenery is worth it.


If you’re looking for a mix of culture, food and beaches – Salvador Bahia is the destination for you, located in the North of Brazil.


And if you’re looking for more of Brazil’s nature and want to see the meeting of the rivers, head north and into the Amazon at Manaus.


I couldn’t decide the final destination for you because they are all so diverse and everyone likes different things.


Day 21 – Return to Rio and fly home


1 Month Brazil Itinerary


Day 1 -3 – Rio De Janeiro – See my guide on things to do in Rio in a weekend. 


Day 4 – 6 – Ilha Grande


Day 7 – 8 – Paratay


Day 9 – 10 – Ubatuba


Ubatuba is another small and stunning beach town that is worth stopping in at, especially for the beach lovers! Ubatuba is halfway between Paratay and Maresias.


Day 11 – 12 –  Maresias


Day 13  – Sao Paulo


A quick stopover in Sao Paulo is all you need on your way to my favourite destination in Brazil.


Day 14 – 16 – Campos Do Jordao


Brazil Itinerary - 1,2,3 and 4 week Brazil itineraries


If you love small country towns and beautiful mountain scenery, you will love Campos Do Jordao – a sweet country escape just a few hours from the metropolis of Sao Paulo. In Campos Do Jordao you will find hiking trails and an abundance of outdoor adventures.


Day 17 – Sao Paulo


You will then head back to Sao Paulo to fly to your next destination.


Day 18 – 20 – Florianopolis


Day 21 – 22  – Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls


Day 23 – 30 – Bus to Pantanal or fly to Fernando de Noronha, Salvador Bahia or Manaus


With one week you may even be able to visit 2 destinations if you have the money to spare for flights.


Day 31 – Return to Rio and fly home


These 4 itineraries are designed to show you around Brazil in the most logical, cost-effective way. There are SOOO many more destinations you can visit in Brazil, check out my Brazil Bucket List for more info.


Any of these itineraries can be altered as you please. Feel free to comment below with any questions.


More tips for putting together a Brazil Itinerary


  • Be aware of the vast distances between destinations.
  • It is best to plan less but see more. Trying to do too much will mean you spend most of your time in transit. This itinerary is designed to show you places that are closer to each other to avoid this issue.
  • If you can afford it, the best mode of transport is flying. If you can fly you can save time and see much more.
  • Book flights in advance to save money.
  • When creating your budget, be aware that Brazil is an expensive country. You can find out more about the cost of travelling to Brazil here. 


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