13 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

13 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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13 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Durban

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
You've added Sunset Square, Parish of Our Lady Achiropita, Liberdade Street Fair, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo and Sabina. When in Sao Paulo, make a side trip to see Feira de Arte e Artesanato in Embu das Artes, approximately 54 minutes away.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo road trip planning tool .

Durban, South Africa to Sao Paulo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Durban in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sao Paulo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sabina, Feira de Arte e Artesanato
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7
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.
Head to BarraShopping and Dom Quixotefor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Museum of Contemporary Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress (in Niteroi), Praia de Itauna (in Saquarema) and Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at MAR, buy something for everyone on your list at Rio Sul Shopping Center, trek along Claudio Coutinho Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip builder tool .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer than Sao Paulo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Petropolis, Saquarema, Niteroi
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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra ©
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna
Reserva Beach ©
Reserva Beach

2
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
You've added Monument to the Bandeiras, Mercado Municipal Kinjo Yamato, Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Galeria de Arte Digital do Sesi-SP, make a trip to Solo Sagrado De Guarapiranga, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then wander the streets of Jardins District, and finally browse the different shops at Shopping Patio Higienopolis. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping 25 de Marco, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, then look for gifts at Livraria Cultura, and finally wander the streets of Augusta Street.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil ©
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil
Afro Brazil Museum ©
Afro Brazil Museum

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