Brazil Itineraries

The itineraries below cover the entirety of the incredibly diverse country of Brazil, from the metropolitan areas in the south to the deserts and unspoiled beaches of the northeast. Given the vast distances involved, you may not be able to cover everything, but even choosing a few highlights will give you a deeper appreciation of Brazil's natural and historical wonders.

Itinerary tips from Anahi: your Brazil Travel Expert

"Creating a Brazil itinerary is more than just planning a vacation; it's an immersive cultural journey," emphasizes our Brazilian travel expert, Anahi. Recognizing the significance of a well-crafted itinerary in Brazil, a country adorned with diverse landscapes and cultural richness, is crucial. 

Brazil is a vibrant tapestry of traditions, from the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro to the tranquil beaches of Bahia. Each region boasts unique allure and offerings. A personalized itinerary guarantees a comprehensive introduction to Brazil's distinctive elements and cultural marvels.

Armed with extensive experience and intimate local knowledge, I can guide you in creating the perfect itinerary. Whether you're eager to explore ancient sites, indulge in the dynamic local cuisine, or uncover hidden natural gems across the vast country, a thoughtfully designed itinerary ensures a seamless and enriching journey.

Let's collaborate to tailor a voyage aligned with your preferences, pace, and style, ensuring your trip to Brazil becomes an unforgettable experience.

View of Rio de Janeiro and Sugarloaf Mountain from Corcovado view point, Brazil © galaro/Shutterstock

Rio de Janeiro and Sugarloaf Mountain from Corcovado, Brazil © galaro/Shutterstock

If you are planning your travel to Brazil yourself, use these itineraries created by our travel writers as a starting point for inspiration.

For more inspiration, check our itineraries by duration: 14 days

7 day Brazil itinerary

For a brief but fascinating introduction to Brazil, try a mesmerizing 7-day journey through the country's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. Start in Rio de Janeiro, where you'll explore iconic sites such as Christ the Redeemer Cathedral and Copacabana Beach. 

Head to Salvador, known for its vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture and historic Pelourinho neighborhood. Continue to the Amazon rainforest for two days of immersing yourself in its biodiversity and indigenous communities. 

Fly to Iguazu Falls, where the powerful cascades are located on the border with Argentina. End your journey in São Paulo, where you'll experience a dynamic arts scene and culinary delights. This carefully crafted itinerary promises a week filled with the best of Brazil, combining natural wonders, cultural richness and city life.


Iguazu Falls, Brazil © Shutterstock

10 day Brazil itinerary

Set off on a 10-day journey through the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of Brazil. Start in Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon, for a glimpse into the heart of the rainforest. Head south to the Pantanal for days of unparalleled wildlife viewing. 

Then visit Brasilia, marveling at its modernist architecture and unique city layout. From there, head to Belo Horizonte, a cultural center known for its culinary scene and nearby historic towns like Ouro Preto

Head to the breathtaking Chapada Diamantina National Park for hiking and natural pools. End your journey in Salvador, immersing yourself in its rich Afro-Brazilian heritage and vibrant arts scene. This itinerary showcases Brazil's ecological wonders, architectural marvels and cultural richness.

Chapada Diamantina cave, Brazil © Alekk Pires/Shutterstock

Chapada Diamantina cave, Brazil © Alekk Pires/Shutterstock

14 day Brazil itinerary

For a deeper exploration of Brazil, try a 14-day Brazilian odyssey, starting in energetic São Paulo with its world-class museums and culinary scene. Travel to the historic city of Curitiba, known for its innovative urban planning. Then experience the awe of the Iguazu Falls as you explore their majestic beauty from both Brazil and Argentina

Head to the serene beaches and vibrant nightlife of Florianópolis. Travel inland to the culturally rich city of Belo Horizonte, home to the historic towns of Ouro Preto and Mariana. Immerse yourself in the heart of the Amazon from Manaus with an excursion deep into the jungle. 

Fly to Salvador to immerse yourself in Afro-Brazilian culture and colonial history. End your journey in Rio de Janeiro, where legendary beaches, Sugarloaf Mountain and the vibrant spirit of the Cariocas await. This itinerary winds through Brazil's diverse landscapes, from urban centers to natural wonders, offering a well-rounded and unforgettable experience.


Salvador, Bahia, Brazil @ Shutterstock

3 week Brazil itinerary

This extensive 3-week journey through Brazil combines vibrant cities, cultural depth and natural beauty. Start in Fortaleza, exploring its beaches and lagoons. Head to the dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park for a surreal desert experience. Then discover San Luis, a city rich in colonial history. 

Fly to Belém, the gateway to the Amazon, and travel deep into the rainforest by riverboat. Visit the charming city of Goiania, known for its Art Deco architecture. Travel to Brasilia, marveling at its modernist design. Explore the ecotourism center of Bonito, home to crystal-clear rivers and wildlife. 

In Porto Alegre, experience gaucho culture and cuisine. See the picturesque scenery of Gramado, a slice of Europe in Brazil. Travel to the cosmopolitan city of Curitiba, known for its innovative urban planning. 

End your extensive tour in Rio de Janeiro, enjoying its legendary beaches, vibrant culture, and landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer. This itinerary offers a deep dive into Brazil's diverse regions, from the little-known north to the famous southern cities.

Things not to miss: Theatro Municipal, Municipal Theatre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Theatro Municipal, Municipal Theatre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The southern coastal route Brazil itinerary

Traveling south from Salvador along Brazil's captivating coast reveals an array of stunning beaches and charming towns, a journey that can span two to three weeks, culminating in Florianópolis. 

Start in Salvador, where colonial churches, vibrant samba, and a lively bar scene await. A short boat ride brings you to Morro de São Paulo, a stark contrast with its palm-fringed beaches and dynamic nightlife. For tranquility, venture further south to Boipeba, an unspoiled island of serene beaches and quaint villages. 

Itacaré beckons backpackers and surfers alike, offering wave-riding lessons, capoeira, and relaxing sands. In Espírito Santo, Itaúnas's massive dunes and forró music create a unique ambiance. Rio de Janeiro demands attention with its iconic sights, bustling beaches, and cultural richness. 

Explore the cobblestone streets of Paraty, a coastal town steeped in Baroque history. Ilhabela, a chic island getaway, boasts pristine beaches, lush jungle, and volcanic landscapes. Ihla do Mel, off the coast of Paraná, is a surfers' paradise, perfect for rest, hikes, and surfing. The journey concludes in Florianópolis, a laid-back island with a mix of traditional Azorean villages, modern beach hotels, and a variety of activities.


Train bridge, Parana, Brasil @ Shutterstock

The grand tour Brazil itinerary

Head out on a three-week journey through Brazil, starting in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, where iconic views and famous beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema await. Travel along the coast to Paraty, a picturesque colonial town full of charming pousadas and restaurants. 

Don't overlook São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, known for its outstanding restaurants, art galleries, and museums. See the Iguazu Falls, the world's largest system of waterfalls that cascade down the Rio Iguazu River. Fly to Belo Horizonte, the gateway to the colonial hill towns of the state of Minas Gerais

If time permits, visit Ouro Preto, a town with steep cobblestone streets and elegant baroque churches. Then fly to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil and a testament to the vision of architect Oscar Niemeyer. Return to the coast and head to Salvador, a city pulsing with Afro-Brazilian culture, rhythms, and flavors. End your tour in Morro de São Paulo, a trendy and lively resort town just south of Salvador.


National Congress, Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil @ Shutterstock

The Northeast Beach Trail Brazil itinerary

Explore the northeast of Brazil on a two to three-week trip, a region filled with history, culture, and the country's best music. Starting in Salvador, you'll be mesmerized by the city's romantic colonial charm, exotic cuisine, capoeira, and musical heritage. 

Then visit Praia do Frances near Maceio, a relaxed beach with excellent restaurants. Porto de Galinhas, once a quiet harbor town, is now a trendy resort with stunning white sands and a vibrant nightlife. Olinda, a beautifully preserved colonial enclave, offers a mix of baroque architecture, art galleries, and live music. 

Don't miss Praia da Pipa, known for its fashionable beaches, pristine lagoons, and rich marine life, including dolphins. In Natal, explore the expansive dune beaches on off-road vehicles or beach buggies while enjoying the city's dynamic music and dance scene. Jericoacoara, once a gated village for backpackers, still charms with quality surf, wind, and tranquil lagoons. 

Visit Parque Nacional dos Lençóis, a spectacular national park with huge dunes and clear pools. End your journey in São Luis, where luxurious azulejo-decorated mansions house lively bars, museums, and galleries in a hot colonial setting.

Praia da Pipa Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil © Rosanetur/Flickr under CC BY 2.0 license

Praia da Pipa Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil © Rosanetur/Flickr under CC BY 2.0 license

The Amazon Brazil itinerary 

Rafting the Amazon, once a romantic endeavor, is now more accessible and safer, though it still requires careful planning and patience. Begin your adventure in Belém, the gateway to the Amazon basin, with a charming mix of museums, mango trees, live music, and craft beer. 

Explore the unspoiled beauty of Ilha do Maraju, a huge island with secluded beaches and herds of water buffalo. Travel to Alter do Chão, an unexpectedly remote Amazonian town with a stunning white-sand beach and a wildlife-rich lagoon surrounded by jungle. Discover the tropical paradise of Floresta Nacional do Tapajós, famous for its jungle trails and towering adobe trees along the Rio Tapajós River.

Continue on the iconic Amazon Riverboat from Santarém to Manaus, where you'll enjoy the lavish Amazonas Theater and an array of creative restaurants. Manaus serves as a strategic base for jungle excursions, offering stays in romantic forest lodges or riverboats. Finally, head to the wild jungles of Acre on the border with Bolivia, home to an abundance of wildlife best seen by flying over the forest in a hot air balloon.


Amazon River, Brazil @ Shutterstock

The Gold Route (Estrada Real) Brazil itinerary

Follow a historic journey through 17th-century Brazil, tracing the legacy of the gold boom that led to the emergence of magnificent colonial towns along the old "Estrada Real". Starting in Rio, known for its beaches, the colonial heart of the city reveals a rich historical zone with elegant baroque churches and mansions.

Follow the Caminho Velho road to Paraty, the original port city of the "Royal Road" that exudes timeless charm. Head north to São João del Rey in the state of Minas Gerais, a modern university town that retains an impressive number of colonial churches and museums. Explore beautifully preserved Tiradentes, home to eighteenth-century churches and mansions.

Ouro Preto, home to the richest collection of Baroque and Rococo art, is the most important stop in Brazil's gold mining history. Stop by Congonhas to see Aleijadinho's Prophets, an extraordinary ensemble of Baroque sculptures.

Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, is home to the informative Museum of Mines and Metals, which tells the story of the region's mining history. End your journey in Diamantina, the most remote, traditional, and intriguing of the historic towns.

Top view of the center of the historic Ouro Preto city in Minas Gerais, Brazil © Fred S. Pinheiro/Shutterstock

The historic Ouro Preto city in Minas Gerais, Brazil © Fred S. Pinheiro/Shutterstock

The national parks loop Brazil itinerary

Discover the heart of Brazil's interior, a treasure trove of stunning national parks stretching from the craggy canyons of the south to the lush jungles of the north. This journey requires flying and ample time to explore.

Begin at Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra, where you can hike along the plateau rim, witnessing one of the continent's most breathtaking canyons slicing through the Atlantic ridge. Then, fly to Brasília to explore Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros, a high-altitude wonderland of waterfalls, caves, and trails.

In Bahia, Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina offers hikers dramatic valleys, peaks, and monoliths. Venture north to Piauí's Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara, an isolated park filled with prehistoric cave paintings and petroglyphs.

Experience the gem of Brazil's park system at Parque Nacional dos Lençóis, a pristine wilderness of giant sand dunes and crystal-clear lagoons. In Santarém, the Floresta Nacional do Tapajós safeguards majestic samaúma trees.

Visit Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, not a national park but equally spectacular, nestled in the Amazon and brimming with flooded forests and wildlife. Near Cuiabá, explore Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães, known for its towering Véu de Noiva falls and the Cidade de Pedra.

Conclude your odyssey at the Iguaçu Falls on the Argentine border, where the mighty Rio Iguazu cascades over vast rocky ledges, a fitting finale to this extraordinary journey.

The Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is in the state of Goias, in central Brazil © Luiz Antonio Nasser Jr/Shutterstock

The Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in central Brazil © Luiz Antonio Nasser Jr/Shutterstock

The best time for Brazil holiday

The optimal time for a holiday in Brazil depends on your preferences and the regions you plan to visit. The country experiences diverse climates due to its vast size. For coastal destinations like Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, the period from December to March is ideal, offering warm temperatures and lively festivities. 

The Amazon Rainforest is best explored during the dry season from June to November when water levels are lower, facilitating jungle excursions. If you're heading to the Pantanal for wildlife adventures, the dry season (May to October) is optimal for animal sightings. 

Southern cities like São Paulo and Curitiba enjoy a temperate climate, making any time of the year suitable. To catch vibrant Carnival celebrations, plan your visit in February. Overall, Brazil offers enticing experiences year-round, allowing you to tailor your holiday based on specific interests and destinations.

Andy Turner

written by
Andy Turner

updated 25.01.2024

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