16 days in Sao Paulo, Manaus & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

16 days in Sao Paulo, Manaus & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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16 days in Sao Paulo, Manaus & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Durban
taxi + Fly:  14​h
1
Sao Paulo
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h
2
Manaus
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  16​h 15​min
End: Durban

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.
Step out of Sao Paulo to go to Aparecida and see National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, make a trip to Paulista Avenue, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo day trip app .

Durban, South Africa to Sao Paulo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durban to Sao Paulo is minus 5 hours. November in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

4
nights
Manaus

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Manaus is known for nightlife, shopping, nature, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Meeting of Waters, browse the exhibits of Museu da Amazonia (MUSA), browse the different shops at Manauara Shopping, and don't miss a visit to Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manaus driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Manaus in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Manaus due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Manaus: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Amazon Rainforest
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Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Amazon Rainforest ©
Amazon Rainforest

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Imperial Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Bondinho Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, stroll through Praia de Grumari, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro. In November, Rio de Janeiro is a bit cooler than Manaus - with highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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