3 Weeks In Brazil Itinerary

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Brazil is the largest country both in the south and Latin America. It is also the fifth-largest country by area and the sixth-most populous country in the world. Since it is a large country, it has four time zones. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language. In this itinerary of 3 weeks in Brazil, I will take you to stunning beaches, delicious local dishes, and of course – the Amazon River.

Brazilians are well known for their love of football. If you are familiar with the world cup, FIFA 2014 was held in Brazil. They also currently have the most wins in FIFA. Aside from their love of the sport, Brazil is also known to have the largest carnival in the world. These reasons alone are enough to start planning a trip to Brazil but don’t worry because there are still a bajillion other things to see and experience in this country.

Brazil is among the world’s most biodiverse countries with around 4 million plant and animal species. The country’s highest mountain wasn’t discovered until 1950 because it is almost always shrouded by clouds. Brazil is also the world’s largest exporter of coffee a perfect destination for all the coffee lovers out there. These don’t even cover half of the sights, sceneries, and activities that you could do here. There’s no denying that Brazil is a popular destination for 3 weeks in South America.

BASIC TRAVEL TIPS FOR BRAZIL

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Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Amazon River

Before we jump right into the sights, sceneries, and activities, there are basic things that a tourist needs to know first. Some of which include the transportation in the country and the best times to go. 

Getting around

Metro and subway are the most common mode of transportation around the city, you may also use Uber to get around. For domestic flying, there are airports in almost every major city around Brazil. Due to the size of the country, the cost varies but is still affordable. For example, Rio to Brasilia flight ticket is between $30-$100 for one way.

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Best time to go to Brazil

Brazil has four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Because it is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the other way around here.

Summer lasts from December to March and that is the best time to visit Brazil as there are tons of activities that you could do such as island hopping, surfing, spending time on the beach and even visiting the Amazon River. You can also visit botanical gardens, go paddleboarding, watch the sunset or go to the Iguazu Falls.

Visa and Covid policy

Visa for tourists in Brazil is pretty easy. Nationalities from all of America, Europe, Oceania, and some places in Southeast Asia are free of visas for 90 days. While travellers from most of Africa, South Asia, and some East and central Asia must apply for a visa before arrival in Brazil.

Brazil’s leader has been criticised for handling the COVID situation. However, Brazil is now open to tourists. One must present proof of vaccination (the medical/age exemption is accepted), negative test result and a filled our Traveller’s Health Declaration. You may learn more about Brazil’s entry requirements during COVID.

Other basic travel tips

These are the sites and travel tools I use whenever I’m travelling anywhere in the world:

MUST-SEE PLACES IN BRAZIL (pinned map)

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3 WEEKS IN BRAZIL ITINERARY

Brazilians are very friendly, their cuisine is a must-try, and their culture is just equally beautiful. That’s why to make the most out of it, I will guide you in writing your Brazil 3-week itinerary to satiate your wanderlust. For the first week, we’re going to explore everything major Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have to offer.

Week 1 – Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo for 8 days

To simplify, Sao Paulo is like a business hub of Brazil so it’s perfect for those who prefer tourist spots with a modern vibe while Rio de Janeiro has a more laid-back vibe

For the ultimate experience, you could actually stay in both places. In terms of food, Sao Paulo is what you can call a gastronomical hub as this business district has attracted immigrants all throughout the years while Rio de Janeiro is more well-known for its beautiful scenery. In fact, it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 

Must-see landmarks in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro is one of those cities that don’t need any introduction. It is popular for its chill and relaxing vibe filled with people who are enjoying a suntan, surfing, football on the beach, and other water activities. For religious people, it is the location of the biggest statue of Christ. Apart from those, Rio have so much to offer:

Must-see landmark in Sao Paulo

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Sao Paulo is the capital of the largest state of Brazil. It has numerous cultural institutions and has a rich architectural heritage and since Brazilians are well-known for their love of football, they have their own football club called Corinthians. They also hosted the 1950 and 2014 FIFA world cup. 

You can travel from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo via bus, plane, rideshare, or by driving a car. If you want the fastest route, then flying is recommended. It will take 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach your destination. Meanwhile, if you prefer the cheapest option then riding a bus is your best bet but it would take a longer time to reach Sao Paulo, around 6 hours and 15 minutes.

Week 2 Brasilia for 3 days

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After the 9-day stay in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, next in our 3 weeks in Brazil itinerary is staying in Brasilia for 3 days – which is the capital of the country. The flight from Rio or Sao Paulo to Brasilia is less than 2 hours. There are many flights throughout the day.

It was constructed in just 41 months and is chosen as a UNESCO world heritage site for its modern architecture. It has a tropical savanna climate with two distinct seasons. The rainy season lasts from October to April and the dry season is from May to September.

Must-see places and attractions in Brasilia

  • Praça dos Tràs Poderes
  • Palacio dos Arcos
  • Catedral Metropoletana Nossa Senhora Aparecida
  • Memorial JK
  • Santuario dom Bosco
  • Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge
  • Congresso Nacional
  • Parque Nacional de Brasilia
  • Pontão do Lago Sul

Week 3 – Amazon River/Forest for 7 days

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One of the most amazing places in Brazil is the Amazon rainforest. It is the world’s largest river and one of the fascinating things about it is the amount of biodiversity found in the area. There are around 16,000 tree species and 2.5 million insect species in the Amazon river.

Another interesting fact is that this rainforest is so large that if it were to become a country, it would be the 14th largest in the world. It’s even bigger than Mexico! With that being said, as there’s a lot to explore in Amazon, you can stay here for 7 days during your 3 weeks in brazil.

Amazon River Cruise

There are various types of river cruises that you could avail yourself of. The prices depend on the duration of your trip and the places on Amazon that you would explore. They have the 4 days Amazon jungle adventure tour, Manaus to Santarem by riverboat which lasts for 3 days, the Rio negro half-day expedition tour, and the Amazon adventure night tour which lasts for 5 hours. Here are popular Amazon tours and accommodations:

MUST-TRY BRAZILIAN FOOD AND DRINKS

During your visit to Brazil, make sure to stop and try some traditional drinks and food. You should be able to find these dishes in almost any restaurant across the country.

Pamonha

A very traditional Brazilian food, Pamonha is made from boiled sweet corn and coconut milk. When mixed, it is like paste, then wrapped in corn husks and cooked in boiling water. It is sometimes compared to tamales but it’s quite different.

Cocada (coconut candy)

A traditional candy made of coconut confectionery is popular across Latin America but very common in Brazil. It is over baked with a chewy texture. You should be able to find it in many stores and souvenir shops.

Feijoada

Feijoada is a black bean stew with meat, garlic, and tomatoes. It is also known as Brazil’s national dish and can be found in many places wherever you are in Brazil but is most popular during the winter season.

Cachaça and Caipirinha

Cacha is a distilled spirit from fermented sugarcane. It is a common drink in Brazil. You are not leaving Brazil without trying, caipirinha which this drink came from. It is made with cachaca, sugar, and lime.

SUMMARY ON 3 WEEKS IN BRAZIL

Aside from the famous landmarks and attractions, there are still a lot of hidden gems for you to discover during your three weeks in Brazil as it has diverse landscapes spread out in a large landmass, both man-made and natural.

From the rainforests of the Amazon to the beaches of Rio and the urban architecture of Brasilia, you’ll definitely never run out of places to explore. Besides that, they even have a very eventful festival called Carnival which lasts for 5 days.

Most of the tourists love the Brazilians’ vibrance. The streets of Rio are filled with Brazilian samba and jazz music, making it seem like it’s a holiday all year-round.

Another thing that you need to know about this country is that most people don’t speak English. That’s why it’s handy to be familiar with a couple of Portuguese phrases, especially the ones we usually use when communicating while travelling. Such as “how much is this”, “restaurant”, “airport”, and “thank you”.

They also have a lot of exotic fruits that’s why their fruit juices taste amazing so if you’re the type of traveller who doesn’t shy away from trying out new foods or drinks then these fruits and drinks are highly recommended.

I hope that you found this travel guide for 3 weeks in Brazil helpful in writing or creating your own holiday itinerary. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below.

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