13 days in Sao Paulo, Foz do Iguacu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

13 days in Sao Paulo, Foz do Iguacu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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1
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
2
Foz do Iguacu
— 1 night
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
4
Sao Paulo
— 1 night

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Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Caixa Cultural, examine the collection at Memorial da Resistencia of Sao Paulo, thenlearn more about the world around you at Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, thenexplore the world behind art at Foundation Maria Luiza and Oscar Americano, and finally look for gifts at Mercado Municipal de Pinheiros. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of the Japanese Immigration, explore the world behind art at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista, thentake a stroll through Haddock Lobo Street, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Conjunto Nacional.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo itinerary planning site.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Sao Paulo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Jose to Sao Paulo. In March in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista ©
Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista
Foundation Maria Luiza and Oscar Americano ©

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Foz do Iguacu

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours, Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho and then see the world from above with Ecologia Turismo.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu day trip planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho ©
Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho
Ecologia Turismo ©
Ecologia Turismo

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, Mirante Dona Marta, Copacabana Fair, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rio Sul Shopping Center and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Explore hidden gems such as REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu and Feirarte. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi in Niteroi--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Shopping Leblon, see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR, take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, and take a stroll through Urca.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, with lows around °C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, Feirarte, REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu
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REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu ©
REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu
Rio Sul Shopping Center ©
Rio Sul Shopping Center
Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas ©

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Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Carmo Cathedral, stop by Sao Bernardo Plaza Shopping, thentake a stroll around SESC Pinheiros, and finally see the sky in a new way at Ibirapuera Planetarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Espaco Olavo Setubal, thentake in the exciting artwork at Zipper Galeria, thenadmire the masterpieces at Museu Lasar Segall, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museu do Ipiranga.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sao Bernardo Plaza Shopping, Carmo Cathedral
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Ibirapuera Planetarium ©
Ibirapuera Planetarium
Carmo Cathedral ©
Carmo Cathedral
Museu do Ipiranga ©
Museu do Ipiranga

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