This is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world with spectacular cities, and so many natural wonders like the Amazon Rainforest and Iguazu Waterfals. 

When planning a trip to Brazil for the first time you might have noticed that Brazil is a huge country and it can seem difficult to know where to go.

There are so many popular destinations in Brazil, but due to the size of the country and distances, visiting everywhere is almost impossible in a short period of time.

But you can do a brilliant Brazil trip in 2 weeks or less, with a good about of free time, so don’t let the distances scare you.


Getting Around

You can travel independently by plane or bus, or lots of Brazil tour operators offer trips to all the main destinations. Bus is the cheapest way to navigate the country but it is also the slowest and distances are very long. Be sure to learn some basic phrases for Brazil before departing as this can really help make your trip easier.


Top Places to Visit on a 2 Week Brazil Travel Itinerary

Here are our top recommendations for how to spend a perfect 2 weeks in Brazil with a sample route, itinerary and top rated things to see and do.


1. Rio de Janeiro (4 days)

Copacabana beach

You can get international flights from a number of worldwide airports to Rio de Janeiro and we recommend arriving into this spectcaular city to start your trip.

With the best sights and activities stretching over the beach, Rio has so much to offer you could easily spend a week visiting places and relaxing by the sea.

Go see the world famos Copacobana, Christ Redemer, experience the atmosphere in Ipanema, walk the Lapa steps or visit the island of Isla Grande.

Rio really is one of the highlights of Brazil and no trip would be compete without visting the city!


Paraty (3 days)


Paraty is a pretty little colonial town with old architecture, beaches and activities. Located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Paraty is a popular stop off on the journey from Rio to Sao Paulo. This picturesq town is very safe with thousands of tourists visiting every year. There are also day trips to more beaches, waterfalls and tropical nature.


Sao Paulo (3 days)

Sao Paulo skyline

Sao Paulo is one of the largest cities in the world and a facsinating city to explore. You will be mesmorized by how big this city is, there are concrete skyscrapers all over the city.

You can find lots of cultural activities, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in Sao Paulo. There are also lots of great day trips available include the beachside Guaruja and Santos which are only a few hours away by bus.


Foz do Iguazu (3 days)

Iguazu Falls

We highly recommend visiting the Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina.

With over 250 separate churning waterfalls, the mighty Iguaçu Falls are higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria. This is one of the most spectacular things you can see in the whole world! Although Foz might look a long way from anywhere, it really is worth the trip.

From here you can book a flight back to major destinations like Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro for your return flight.


Travel Time (1/2 days)

How much time you spend travelling really depends on how much money you want to spend. Bus is the cheapest way to get around but also the longest. You can also fly from major cities if you are short on time.


Other Places to See

The places listed above should give you a good introduction to travelling in Brazil but if you have longer we highly recommend trying to visit the Bonito, Pantanal, Amazon, Belo Horizonte and the north east of Brazil which is spectacular. Due to the distances involved and if it is your first time visiting Brazil it is better to save these destinations for a longer, or another trip.


Health & Safety

Take caution and be vigilante in Brazil as poverty and crime is still an issue, but the risk is by far worth the reward if you take the challenge of exploring this magnificent South American country. 


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