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

Start: San Jose
Fly:  10​h
1
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h
2
Foz do Iguacu
— 1 night
Drive:  17​h
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Sao Paulo
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
End: San Jose

1
night
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Caixa Cultural, see the interesting displays at Memorial da Resistencia of Sao Paulo, get a new perspective on nature at Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, then explore the world behind art at Foundation Maria Luiza and Oscar Americano, and finally look for gifts at Mercado Municipal de Pinheiros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of the Japanese Immigration, then explore the world behind art at Instituto Moreira Salles - Paulista, then wander the streets of Haddock Lobo Street, and finally admire the striking features of Conjunto Nacional.

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

San Jose, Costa Rica to Sao Paulo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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1
night
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, Garganta do Diabo, Iguazu Falls, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Garganta do Diabo. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho and then see the world from above with Ecologia Turismo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu tour builder tool .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, Mirante Dona Marta, Copacabana Fair, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Contemporary Art and Urca. Appreciate the collections at MAR and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu (in Cachoeiras de Macacu) and Feirarte (in Teresopolis). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Claudio Coutinho Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, go for a walk through Avenida Atlantica, and don't miss a visit to Feira de Sao Cristovao.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro visit planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 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 27°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu, Feirarte, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
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Pedra da Gavea ©
Pedra da Gavea
BarraShopping ©
BarraShopping
Mirante Dona Marta ©
Mirante Dona Marta

1
night
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carmo Cathedral, look for gifts at Sao Bernardo Plaza Shopping, then get into the urban bustle at SESC Pinheiros, then see the sky in a new way at Ibirapuera Planetarium, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte Contemporanea da USP. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Espaco Olavo Setubal, then explore the galleries of Zipper Galeria, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Lasar Segall, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museu do Ipiranga.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

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