18 days in State of Rio de Janeiro & Ubatuba Itinerary

18 days in State of Rio de Janeiro & Ubatuba Itinerary

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18 days in State of Rio de Janeiro & Ubatuba Itinerary

Start: Sao Jose Dos Campos
Drive:  2​h
1
Resende
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Visconde de Maua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 2 nights
car:  4​h
4
Ilha Grande
— 4 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Paraty
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ubatuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Sao Jose Dos Campos

2
nights
Resende

Resende ©
Resende is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Elbers Bier Cerveja Artesanal.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Resende road trip planning website .

Sao Jose Dos Campos to Resende is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In February in Resende, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Visconde de Maua.

Things to do in Resende

Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Militar da AMAN Museum ©
Militar da AMAN Museum
Trutas da Serrinha ©
Trutas da Serrinha

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nights
Visconde de Maua

Visconde de Maua ©
Visconde de Maua serves as a series of three remote valley towns barely connected to the surrounding region.
Take a break from the city and head to Escorrega Waterfall and Parque Nacional do Itatiaia. And it doesn't end there: hike along Vale do Alcantilado, admire the sheer force of Ecological Park Sanctuary Waterfalls, head outdoors with Cachoeira De Santa Clara, and take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Visconde de Maua trip planner.

You can drive from Resende to Visconde de Maua in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Visconde de Maua can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Visconde de Maua

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional do Itatiaia
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Vale do Alcantilado ©
Vale do Alcantilado
Escorrega Waterfall ©
Escorrega Waterfall
Parque Nacional do Itatiaia ©
Parque Nacional do Itatiaia

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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.
On the 27th (Thu), make a trip to Escadaria Selaron. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Visconde de Maua to Rio de Janeiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Visconde de Maua in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Aqueduto and Igreja de Sao Sebastiao are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Lopes Mendes Beach and Lagoa Azul. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Aventureiro and stroll through Abraao Beach.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Ilha Grande online trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. In February in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul

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nights
Paraty

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia do Cachadaco and Meio Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Sono Beach and Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Centro Historico, make a trip to Mini Royal Road, browse the exhibits of Galeria Aecio Sarti, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira do Toboga.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paraty road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Paraty in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Meio Beach ©
Meio Beach

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Ubatuba

Ubatuba ©
Ubatuba, a municipality with great swathes of lush, green forest and over 100 beaches, offers plenty of excitement and relaxation to suit a range of itineraries.
On the 7th (Sat), look for gifts at Verde Fit. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Itamambuca Beach, kick back and relax at Domingas Dias Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cruzeiro Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ubatuba tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Paraty to Ubatuba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach
Ubatuba Aquarium ©
Ubatuba Aquarium
Verde Fit ©
Verde Fit