11 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

11 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

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11 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro
— 1 day
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Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Arraial do Cabo
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get advice or help at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro route planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Rio de Janeiro. In August in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and then make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

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Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Barra da Tijuca Beach ©
Barra da Tijuca Beach
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

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Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo ©
Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
You'll get in some beach time at Farol Beach and Forno Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia and Praia Grande. Explore Arraial do Cabo's surroundings by going to Saquarema (Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth, Volleyball Museum, & more), Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao (in Iguaba Grande) and Sao Pedro da Aldeia (Igreja Matriz de São Pedro & Museum of Naval Aviation). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Almirante Paulo Moreira Oceanographic Museum, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Arraial do Cabo planner .

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saquarema, Sao Pedro da Aldeia, Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao
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Farol Beach ©
Farol Beach
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach

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