I am planning a trip to Brazil in July. I have about 3 weeks or so. Our basic schedule is as follows
Fly into Sao Paolo, head over to Foz de Iguacu, then up to Manuas and the Amazon, somewhere up Northeast and then to Fernando de Nornha and end in Rio.
Does that sound realistic?
Am I missing a "must-see"?
I am open to any recommendations as I am just beginning my research on Brazil.
How about Salvador? It's a beautiful old colonial historic city. An old fishing and trading port. I loved it there. If you like old cobblestone streets surrounded by gorgeous architecture, go.
Your itinerary sounds like fun, specially with Fernando de Noronha in it. However it's very unrealistic for the time you have. Think of it as going from Paris to Rome, then London and ending up Munich. Brazil is that big!!! You want to spend at least 5 days in each city otherwise you'll just feel like you need to go back and revisit. Fernando de Noronha is very far and extremelly expensive to get there, if you're staying for 3 days, don't bother, go another time. If you have the opportunity to go, please go and enjoy it! It's paradise, have you researched it? Go!!! I'd skip Sao Paulo, it's only good for the nightlife... Salvador is a must see as well. Have you looked into Brazil pass? It's a good deal. Sold by Tam airlines and Varig. Varig is going down, though, I'd avoid it. Tam does include FEN, though they don't mention it. I called...
Hope that helped. If you have any questions, don't hesitate, I've been doing my research since February for my trip in Aug!