3 days in Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

3 days in Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

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3 days in Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
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Ilha Grande
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  4​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, and finally admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro road trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Rio de Janeiro. In March in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lopes Mendes Beach and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande sightseeing planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

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Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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