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Brazil Ironman Florianopolis

3 or 4 Nights at least

The official Ironman Brazil Event takes place in Florianopolis, state capital of Santa Catarina, on Sunday 28 May 2017. The event has grown in stature during the 18 years that it has been held on the island, and the mix of sun, sea, sand, the temperate climate of Floripa, low humidity and the likelihood of clear May skies has made it a popular event for participants from all over the world.

The official Ironman Brazil Event takes place in Florianopolis, state capital of Santa Catarina, on Sunday 28 May 2017. The event has grown in stature during the 15 years that it has been held on the island, and the mix of sun, sea, sand, the temperate climate of Floripa, low humidity and the likelihood of clear May skies has made it a popular event for participants from all over the world. Florianopolis being a sub-tropical island, with beautiful beaches, mountains covered with rainforest, and stunning lagoons probably helps attract people too! 

The swim takes place in the calm waters off Jurere Beach in the north of the island. The mostly flat two-loop bike course travels from there down the highway to the city and back. The run has a 13m/21km loop with one hill and two loops of 6.5m/10.5km circuit that is mostly flat. 

Although registration for participation in the 2014 event has now closed, those who have registered and will be coming to Brazil for the event can take advantage of their time to see a little of Florianopolis and perhaps a little of Brazil too. We can help with the organisation for all your time in Brazil, from the logistics of the event itself, to some tourism, gentle activities and adventure in the days before and after Ironman, and also the journeys to and from home. It is recommended that participants bring their own bikes if possible, as organising them for participants in previous years has been a little difficult!

In Florianopolis, there are plenty of different areas to stay, either close to the Atlantic coast beaches such as Praia Mole; in the lively town of Centrinho da Lagoa; or perhaps closer to Jurere, where the event begins and ends. We can include a look around the island, and perhaps some gentle hiking in the days before, with advice on which roads to stretch your legs and test out your bike. Recovery days are wise to build in to your itinerary, and we can continue the recovery with some traditional tourism in other parts of Brazil as well. Iguazu Falls is the obvious choice in neighbouring Parana State, while Rio de Janeiro is also excellent to acclimatise and keep in shape before the event for a few days, or perhaps to unwind, warm down with a little hiking, and enjoy the beaches at the end.

However you prefer to organise your trip to Florianopolis for the Brazil Ironman Event, the best idea is to contact us immediately to see how we can help with your arrangements. You can be sure that we know Florianopolis and the Ironman very well!

Other Ironman events in Brazil include the 70.3 category events in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro on 1 October 2017, plus as yet unnannounced dates for the Itaipu Ironman at Iguazu Falls in August, and the Fortaleza Ironman in November. Palmas in Tocantins also has an Ironman 70.3 event as part of the South American championship, usually in April. 

  • Destinations: Florianopolis - Santa Catarina
  • Duration: 3 or 4 Nights at least
  • Trip Style: Events & Festivals
  • Activities: Running & Triathlons

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in Florianopolis
Thursday 22 May 2014. With arrival in Florianopolis recommended at least two nights before the Ironman Brazil Event on the Sunday, then Thursday may be a good day to arrive on the island. There is never a bad day to arrive in Floripa, and after connecting in Rio or Sao Paulo, you can see the island and the course below as you pass over. The view will whet your appetite, and you will be warmly welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel or pousada on the island. The afternoon would be left free to relax, recover, perhaps put your bike back together and spin the wheels a little. This way you can explore a little of this beautiful island.
Day 2 : Around the Island
Friday 23 May 2014. The morning can be left free for you to stretch your legs on the bike or perhaps on the beach and in the ocean, and to find the rhythm of the early Brazilian morning. If you want to explore a little of the island while stretching out your muscles, then there are plenty of trails that lead over the hills between the beaches, such as between Barra da Lagoa and Praia Galheta, or the Santinho headland. We can provide a guide for these if you like, and you can also reccy the course during the day. At night, Florianopolis has lots of excellent seafood restaurants, and plenty of pasta too for those who want to carb-load.
Day 3 : Final Ironman Preparations
Saturday 24 May. Your final preparations for the Brazil Ironman means that we would probably be best to leave you free this day, although there may be final purchases that you need to make. If you'd like a look around without expending too much energy, then we can take you for a tour of Floripa. The island of Santa Catarina has two bays on the continental side, calm beaches on the northern side where the swim takes place, and a wild Atlantic coast of rocky headlands, miles of empty beach and sand dunes. Praia Mozambique, Praia Mole and Joaquina are all surf beaches, while the Joaquina Dunes are great for sandboarding.
Day 4 : The 2014 Brazil Ironman
Sunday 25 May 2014. The day of the Brazil Ironman arrives! Temperatures should climb to around 20C/70F during the day, but the start will be cool. Sunrise will probably after you rise in the early hours, with the journey to Jurere not taking very long from anywhere in the north of the island at this time of day. Previous winners of the event have included Eduardo Sturla from Argentina and Luke McKenzie from Australia. The top 50 finishers also qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. If you need any help getting participants and support team to and from the event, we can help, with Florianopolis also a good place to hire a car.
Day 5 : Warming Down in Florianopolis
Monday 26 May 2014. A day to rest and recuperate is wise after participating in Ironman Brazil and spending a lazy day on the beach and a gentle swim in the ocean is possible in May. The Atlantic coast down the east side of the island has pretty, wild beaches such as Mozambique, Mole and Campeche. There is also Floripa cuisine with seafood in great quantities at restaurants overlooking the Lagoa da Conceiçao from Centrinho or the boat trip to Costa da Lagoa. Ribeirao da Ilha and Sambaqui have oyster restaurants with decking looking back to the mainland, while Pantano do Sul on the southern end has Arantes, an island institution.
Day 6 : Ironman Brazil Finishing Line
Florianopolis & Away
Tuesday 27 May 2014. You can pack up the bike and the bags with your departure time from Florianopolis depending on your plans for the next few days. If you want to spend some more days in Brazil, then a trip to the natural wonder of Iguazu Falls is one obvious idea for the south of Brazil. There are more possibilities around the country, with Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon Jungle, and even some easy trails to hike down the Costa Verde close to Rio as you continue to unwind through the week. We can help with the organisation for any of these destinations and more, in order to make sure that you finish your 2014 Brazil Ironman in style!
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
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Domestic Flights ** N/A

Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Santa Catarina


* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

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