12 days in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo Itinerary

12 days in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo Itinerary

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12 days in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Salvador
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
End: Sao Paulo

4
nights
Salvador

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Casa do Rio Vermelho and Praia do Lord. Explore Salvador's surroundings by going to Vilas do Atlantico Beach (in Lauro de Freitas), Itacimirim Beach (in Itacimirim) and Praia da Espera (in Camacari). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Farol da Barra, admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People, examine the collection at Sister Dulce memorial, and get engrossed in the history at Misericordia Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Salvador journey maker app .

Sao Paulo to Salvador is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, Salvador is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia do Lord, Itacimirim Beach, Praia da Espera, Vilas do Atlantico Beach
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Vilas do Atlantico Beach ©
Vilas do Atlantico Beach
Farol da Barra ©
Farol da Barra
Misericordia Museum ©
Misericordia Museum

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prainha and Skydiving. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Pedra do Elefante (in Marica) and Cachoeira da Concordia (in Guapimirim). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque Natural Municipal da Catacumba, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Da Gloria, appreciate the history behind Estátua de Frédéric Chopin, and contemplate the long history of Sitio Roberto Burle Marx.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip maker .

You can fly from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cachoeira da Concordia, Prainha, Pedra do Elefante
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Sitio Roberto Burle Marx ©
Sitio Roberto Burle Marx
Estátua de Frédéric Chopin ©
Estátua de Frédéric Chopin

3
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis and Itaguare. Explore Sao Paulo's surroundings by going to Guaratuba Beach (in Bertioga) and Praia de Sao Pedro (in Guaruja). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual, explore the world behind art at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and examine the collection at Museu do Instituto Biologico.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip planning tool .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bertioga, Praia de Sao Pedro
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Guaratuba Beach ©
Guaratuba Beach
Itaguare ©
Itaguare

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