16 days in Brazil Itinerary

16 days in Brazil Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 10 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
2
Ilha Grande
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  7 h 30 min
3
Arraial do Cabo
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
4
Armacao dos Buzios
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro

10
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 inner history buff will appreciate Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage. You'll explore and learn at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara & Imperial Museum). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

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If you are flying in from Peru, the closest major airport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

1
night
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 30th (Tue), kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach and then delve into the distant past at Aqueduto da Ilha Grande.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Aqueduto ©
Aqueduto

2
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Arraial do Cabo

Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
On the 31st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then cruise along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Assunção - Igreja São Pedro, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Rua Dos Biquinis.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Arraial do Cabo takes 7.5 hours. In October in Arraial do Cabo, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors Beaches Tours

Side Trip

Cabo Frio
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church ©
Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church

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nights
Armacao dos Buzios

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Geriba Beach and then stroll through Joao Fernandes Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Navegue a Bordo and then make a trip to Rua das Pedras.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Armacao dos Buzios trip planner .

Traveling by car from Arraial do Cabo to Armacao dos Buzios takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Geriba Beach ©
Geriba Beach
Joao Fernandes Beach ©
Joao Fernandes Beach
Rua das Pedras ©
Rua das Pedras

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