Make the Most of Your Time in Brazil

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Spend at least a few hours on Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach
How Many Days to Spend in Brazil

Wondering how to get the most out of your trip to Brazil? First, it's essential to determine how many days you want to travel. If you are passing through, you can take short trips up to three days—think Rio, a mini hiking trek, or a quick beach escape. However, with added time, you can visit two or more completely different regions that combine the best city sights, beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, and hiking Brazil has on offer.

Praia dos Porcos and Ilha Dois Irmãos in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha
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5 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

A five-day trip to Brazil can focus on one or two nearby cities, time in nature—whether tangled jungle or a sandy beach—or a couple of locales separated by a short flight. Explore Rio de Janeiro intimately or divide your time between Rio and Foz do Iguaçu to hike to Iguaçu Falls. Alternatively, discover the Amazon and its ecosystems with a tour of its waterways, wildlife, and people, cook like a local and lie out on the beaches of Bahia, or enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in the waters of the private beaches of Fernando de Noronha.

Discover Iguaçu Falls
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6 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With less than a week in Brazil, focusing on one to two destinations is best. For a relaxed pace, immerse yourself in Rio de Janeiro's history, culture, and nightlife. If you want to see a little beyond Rio, add on Foz do Iguaçu for a mountain and waterfalls-focused itinerary. For culture, cuisine, and music, discover the Bahia state of Salvador. Travelers interested in a jungle experience will want to see Manaus and the Amazon, while wildlife lovers can safari in the North Pantanal region.

Brazil's Meeting of Waters—where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões meet
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1 Week in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have a week to spend in Brazil, you can cover the country's highlights, from lively Rio de Janeiro to Manaus and the Amazon. Alternatively, head directly to your Amazon lodging, followed by time spent in historic Salvador and its beaches. Other itinerary options include an urban break that focuses on Rio alone, sticking to the Afro-Brazilian Bahia coast, or flying to the tropical wetlands of the Pantanal instead of the Amazon for a different kind of natural experience.

Visit Manaus and check out the Teatro Amazonas on a guided city tour
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8 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In Brazil, you can see up to three destinations in eight days. Focus on mountains, beaches, and samba in Rio de Janeiro, or pair the natural wonders of Iguaçu Falls with Salvador's colonial history and musical culture. Travelers wanting to experience the coast should add Morro de São Paulo and Boipeba, while first-timers seeking an introduction to Brazil should consider touring São Paulo's chic shopping district and beaches. Adventurers will enjoy kayaking in Manaus and the Amazon.

Traverse the otherworldly dunes in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
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9 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In nine days, you can visit four regions of Brazil, combining urban exploration with the great outdoors. First-time visitors will appreciate historical tours and cooking classes in Rio de Janeiro paired with hiking at Iguaçu Falls. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot pink dolphins in the Amazon and take a jaguar safari in North Pantanal, while photographers and those keen on experiencing the surreal sand dune landscapes should head for Natal, Praia de Pipa, or Lençois Maranhenses National Park.

Spot pink river dolphins in the Amazon
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10 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spending 10 days in Brazil will give you a good overview of up to three distinct areas. You can check out the country's highlights, like Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, and the Amazon rainforest. More adventurous travelers may enjoy seeing Rio, taking dune buggy tours, and engaging in watersports in Jericoara or Afro-Brazilian culture in Manaus. For the more active traveler, there's an itinerary full of hiking National Parks, scaling mountains, and swimming in lagoons. Read on to see which one is right for you.

Hike toward Morro do Pai Inácio, a table mountain that offers panoramic views of Brazil's Chapada Diamantina's landscapes
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11 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In Brazil, you can visit three to five destinations in 11 days. Focus on outdoor adventures by visiting the coast and boating around Ilha Grande. To see wildlife, including the North Pantanal region, and for cultural experiences like Bahian music and cooking classes, venture to the east coast cities of Jericoacoara and Salvador. Eco-conscious travelers should visit the Amazon via a canoe tour, while active travelers should consider trekking in Chapada Diamantina National Park.

Spot capybaras like this family as you explore the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil
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12 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have 12 days to explore Brazil, you can see up to five destinations. For a nature and culture experience, include Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, and outdoor adventures in the Amazon. For a mix of city and coastal experiences, pair Rio with boating around coastal Paraty and Ilha Grande. Travelers wanting a blend of city and rainforest should add São Paulo, while those interested in wildlife should visit the Pantanal. Head to Brazil's eastern coastline for beach towns and Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

Amble along the cobblestone streets amid colonial buildings of historic Recife in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil
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13 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 13 days in Brazil, you can visit 3-4 regions. First-timers can tour Rio de Janeiro's historic sites, witness the wonder of Iguaçu Falls, and observe wildlife in the Amazon. Travelers keen on outdoor activities can tackle the hiking trail at Morro do Pai Inácio and try snorkeling in the Sucuri River. Meanwhile, those craving a leisurely beach escape can sunbathe in Porto de Galinhas or cruise via catamaran to Tinharé Island. Foodies will appreciate sunset seafood dinners in Rio and street food tastings in Salvador.

Boating in the Amazon
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2 Weeks in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks in Brazil affords plenty of time to combine active sightseeing with relaxation. Soak up the culture in cities like Rio or unwind on the idyllic beaches of Ilha Grande and Jericoacoara. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Amazon rainforest, learn how to dance the samba, and discover the history behind Brazil's Indigenous tribes. Seek a culinary-inspired itinerary and revel in the local cuisine in Fortaleza, or embark on a wildlife tour in Morro do Pai Inácio.

Fifteen days allows you to delve deeper into remote areas like the Brazilian Amazon
15 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you're willing to take domestic flights and travel long distances by car, you can see at least five regions of Brazil in 15 days. First-timers can see highlights like Rio de Janeiro and Iguaçu Falls at a relaxed pace. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot monkeys in the Amazon and search for jaguars in North Pantanal, while those keen on culture will appreciate a Carnival experience in Samba City and Afro-Brazilian music in Salvador. Sunseekers should head to the Coral Coast for beaches, boat rides, and snorkel tours.