21 days in Brazil Itinerary

21 days in Brazil Itinerary

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21 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Fortaleza
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Belo Horizonte
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 6 nights
4
Brasilia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cuiaba
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Medellin

3
nights
Fortaleza

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Get out of town with these interesting Fortaleza side-trips: Falesias vermelhas (in Canoa Quebrada) and Beach Park (in Aquiraz). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Futuro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitana Cathedral, stop by Mercado Central de Fortaleza, and pause for some photo ops at Guardian Iracema Statue.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fortaleza online trip maker .

Medellin, Colombia to Fortaleza is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Medellin to Fortaleza due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Medellin in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fortaleza, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Beach Park, Star of Canoa Quebrada in the Dunes
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Praia de Futuro ©
Praia de Futuro
Beach Park ©
Beach Park
Iracema Beach ©
Iracema Beach

4
nights
Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte ©
Named for its spectacular mountain views, and known locally as the "Garden City," Belo Horizonte has historically fostered a connection with nature since its inauguration in 1897.
Explore Belo Horizonte's surroundings by going to Casca D'Anta Waterfall (in Serra da Canastra National Park) and Inhotim (in Brumadinho). The adventure continues: pick up some local products at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, see the interesting displays at Museu De Artes & Oficios, ponder the world of politics at Casa Azul, and admire the masterpieces at Memorial Minas Gerais Vale.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Belo Horizonte online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fortaleza to Belo Horizonte in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fortaleza in June: high temperatures in Belo Horizonte hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Inhotim, Casca D'Anta Waterfall, Casa Azul
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Magrela's Life Style ©
Magrela's Life Style
Inhotim ©
Inhotim
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte ©
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte

6
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 find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Imperial Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, get great views at Leblon Beach, and catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro holiday maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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.
Brasilia is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, get engrossed in the history at Memorial JK, look for all kinds of wild species at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, and take in the waterfront at Pontao do Lago Sul.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brasilia vacation planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Brasilia, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cuiaba.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves ©
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco

2
nights
Cuiaba

Founded during the 18th-century gold rush, Cuiaba is now a modern state capital boasting an impressive skyline of modern buildings and serving as a major commercial center in this part of Brazil.
On the 3rd (Fri), walk around Mae Bonifacia Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Santa Rita de Cassia Centro.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cuiaba trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Brasilia to Cuiaba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brasilia in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Cuiaba. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuiaba

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Capela Santa Rita de Cassia Centro ©

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