17 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

17 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

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17 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Arraial do Cabo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rio de Janeiro
— 7 nights
End: Rio de Janeiro

1
night
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.
To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro journey site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Rio de Janeiro. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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5
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP. Relax by the water at Juquehy Beach and Iporanga e das Conchas Beach. Step out of Sao Paulo to go to Boituva and see Skydiving, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Museu Do Futebol, and pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August since evenings lows in Sao Paulo dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Skydiving, Juquehy Beach, Iporanga e das Conchas Beach
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

3
nights
Arraial do Cabo

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Farol Beach and Praia Grande. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church and Obelisco Americo Vespucio. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, admire all the interesting features of Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Anjos.

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Drive from Sao Paulo to Arraial do Cabo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Arraial do Cabo when traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Farol Beach ©
Farol Beach
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach

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nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas and Centro Cultural Carioca. Visit Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage for their historical value. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis, about 1h 25 min away. Enjoy Rio de Janeiro some more: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and stroll through Mirante da Prainha.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip planning website .

You can drive from Arraial do Cabo to Rio de Janeiro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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