Route & dates
18 days in Brazil Itinerary
Start: Auckland Central
Maringa— 1 night
Curitiba— 3 nights
Morretes— Few hours
bus + shuttle + Fly + taxi: 5h 45min
Vila Velha— 2 nights
Fly: 7h 45min
Ilha do Mel— 2 nights
Drive: 7h 15min
Florianopolis— 4 nights
Balneario Camboriu— 3 nights
End: Auckland Central
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.On the 26th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Parque do Japão.
To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Maringa sightseeing planner.
Auckland, New Zealand to Maringa is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Auckland to Maringa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for much warmer days in Maringa, with highs around 35°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Curitiba.
Things to do in Maringa
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Highlights from your plan
Ecological Capital of Brazil
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.Curitiba is known for parks, museums, sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Barigui, contemplate the long history of Ukranian Memorial, and examine the collection at Museu Oscar Niemeyer.
To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Curitiba vacation planner.
Getting from Maringa to Curitiba by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maringa in December, expect Curitiba to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Morretes.
Things to do in Curitiba
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A small town dating back to colonial times, Morretes represents a major draw to the coastline of Parana, one of Brazil's southern states.Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte Velha and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nhundiaquara River.
To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Morretes holiday planner.
Getting from Curitiba to Morretes by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Curitiba in December; daily highs in Morretes reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vila Velha.
Things to do in Morretes
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Land of the Green Shins
Founded in the 1530s, Vila Velha features a modern skyline of tall buildings pressed against the curved coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Camburi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Costa Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Penha Convent.
To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vila Velha travel itinerary creator.
You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Morretes to Vila Velha in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Vila Velha sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ilha do Mel.
Things to do in Vila Velha
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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.Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Farol das Conchas, enjoy the sand and surf at Farol Beach, and then kick back and relax at Encantados Beach.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ilha do Mel trip itinerary builder.
Explore your travel options from Vila Velha to Ilha do Mel with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Ilha do Mel can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Florianopolis.
Things to do in Ilha do Mel
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Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.Florianopolis is known for beaches, historic sites, sightseeing, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jurere Internacional, get to know the fascinating history of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, kick back and relax at Praia Mole, and identify plant and animal life at Lagoinha do Leste.
To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florianopolis vacation planner.
Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ilha do Mel to Florianopolis. In January in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Balneario Camboriu.
Things to do in Florianopolis
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A resort town located just 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city of Itajai, Balneario Camboriu is sometimes called the Brazilian Dubai--a reference to its dominant skyscrapers, sandy coastline, and jet-set appeal.On the 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at Praia das Laranjeiras. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Parque Unipraias Camboriú.
For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Balneario Camboriu itinerary planner.
You can take a bus from Florianopolis to Balneario Camboriu in an hour. Another option is to drive. January in Balneario Camboriu sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Balneario Camboriu
Bombinhas, Itapema Beach
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