12 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

12 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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12 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Memorial Aeroespacial Brasileiro and Museum of Contemporary Art. Step out of the city life by going to Fazenda Ipanema and Praia Guarau. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Paulo: Iguatemi Esplanada (in Sorocaba) and Vale Sul Shopping (in Sao Jose Dos Campos). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Itau Cultural Institute, stop by Morumbi Shopping, and take in the exciting artwork at Amoa Konoya,Arte Indigena.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online trip itinerary maker .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sao Paulo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Sao Paulo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sao Jose Dos Campos, Iguatemi Esplanada, Praia Guarau, Fazenda Ipanema
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Afro Brazil Museum ©
Afro Brazil Museum
Itau Cultural Institute ©
Itau Cultural Institute
Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Museum of Contemporary Art

5
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.
Let the collections at Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Reserva Beach. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, contemplate the long history of Forte de Copacabana, and browse the different shops at Shopping Village Mall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in April since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth, Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra ©
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
Morro Dois Irmaos ©
Morro Dois Irmaos
Reserva Beach ©
Reserva Beach

1
night
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Faculty of Law, examine the collection at Museum of the Holy House of Mercy, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Patio Higienopolis, then look for gifts at Shopping Eldorado, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Shopping Eldorado ©
Shopping Eldorado
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil ©
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil

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