Route & dates
Fly + Drive: 28 h
Ilha do Mel— 3 nights
Drive + Fly: 5 h 30 min
Foz do Iguacu— 4 nights
Fly: 4 h
Londrina— 3 nights
Bus: 1 h 15 min
Maringa— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly: 2 h
Curitiba— 2 nights
Fly: 27 h
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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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Farol Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortaleza da Ilha do Mel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Farol das Conchas, kick back and relax at Fora Beach, and then kick back and relax at Praia Encantadas.
To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ilha do Mel trip itinerary website.
Auckland, New Zealand to Ilha do Mel is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Auckland to Ilha do Mel, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Auckland in December, with highs in Ilha do Mel at 34°C and lows at 24°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Foz do Iguacu.
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.You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iguacu River and Helicopter Tours. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ecomuseu de Itaipu, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Ipora Lenda Show, take in the views from Ponte Tancredo Neves, and steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu online route planner.
The Route module can help you plan travel from Ilha do Mel to Foz do Iguacu. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to 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.Explore hidden gems such as Santuario de Gracas Schoenstatt and Catedral Metropolitana de Londrina. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Igapo Lake, enjoy some diversion at Ginasio de Esportes Moringao, pause for some photo ops at Relogio de Sol, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico de Londrina.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Londrina trip simple and quick.
Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Londrina in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Londrina, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus 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.Explore hidden gems such as Catedral Basilica Menor Nossa Senhora da Gloria and Parque do Inga. When in Maringa, make a side trip to see Ody Park Aquatico in Iguaracu, approximately Iguaracu away. There's still lots to do: walk around Parque do Japao, look for gifts at Maringa Park Shopping Center, savor the flavors at Mercadao de Maringa, and see where the action happens at Estadio Regional Willie Davids.
For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Maringa road trip planning site.
You can take a bus from Londrina to Maringa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Maringa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip 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): deepen your understanding at Universidade Federal do Parana, wander the streets of Centro Historico de Curitiba, and then make a trip to Teatro HSBC - Palacio Avenida. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Estacao, then catch a live event at Arena da Baixada, and finally admire the natural beauty at Japanese gardens.
To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Curitiba trip builder website.
You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Maringa to Curitiba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Maringa in January, things will get a bit cooler in Curitiba: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Curitiba
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