Route & dates
17 days in State of Parana Itinerary
Start: Auckland Central
Ilha do Mel— 3 nights
Fly: 5h 30min
Foz do Iguacu— 4 nights
Londrina— 3 nights
Drive: 1h 15min
Maringa— 2 nights
Curitiba— 2 nights
End: Auckland Central
Ilha do Mel
Situated in the mouth of the Baia de Paranagua, scenic and tranquil Ilha do Mel boasts many natural and man-made attractions.Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Farol Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fortaleza da Ilha do Mel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Farol das Conchas, then stroll through Fora Beach, and then kick back and relax at Encantados Beach.
To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ilha do Mel online itinerary creator.
Auckland, New Zealand to Ilha do Mel is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 15 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Ilha do Mel hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You will leave for Foz do Iguacu on the 28th (Thu).
Things to do in Ilha do Mel
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Foz do Iguacu
Land of the Waterfalls
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Triple Frontier and Cataratas JL Shopping. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Iguacu River, snap pictures at Ponte Tancredo Neves, examine the collection at Ecomuseu de Itaipu, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.
To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planner.
Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ilha do Mel to Foz do Iguacu. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Londrina.
Things to do in Foz do Iguacu
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Established in the early 1900s by foreign settlers, Londrina initially served as a stopover point for British coffee traders transporting beans from Paraná and São Paulo to the port of Santos.Discover out-of-the-way places like Catedral Metropolitana de Londrina and Jardim Botanico de Londrina. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Lojas Riachuelo - Catuaí Shopping Londrina, take an in-depth tour of Museu Historico de Londrina Padre Carlos Weiss, admire all the interesting features of Parque de Exposicoes Governador Ney Braga, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Pública Municipal de Londrina Pedro Viriato Parigot de Souza.
To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Londrina vacation planner.
Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Londrina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Londrina are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Maringa.
Things to do in Londrina
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Instantly notable for its striking skyline featuring the large conical spire of a distinctive cathedral, Maringa stands out as one of the world's greenest cities.Step off the beaten path and head to Parque do Inga and Catedral Basilica Menor Nossa Senhora da Gloria. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque do Japão, admire all the interesting features of Estadio Regional Willie Davids, pick up some local products at mercado municipal, and look for gifts at Catuai Shopping Maringá.
To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Maringa vacation planner.
Getting from Londrina to Maringa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Curitiba.
Things to do in Maringa
Ody Park Aquatico
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Ecological Capital of Brazil
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Federal University of Parana and then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Curitiba. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Estação, then admire all the interesting features of Arena da Baixada Stadium - Atletico-Pr, and finally stroll through Japanese gardens.
To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Curitiba sightseeing planner.
Traveling by flight from Maringa to Curitiba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maringa in January, things will get little chillier in Curitiba: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Curitiba
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