32 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

32 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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32 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Juiz de Fora
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Valenca
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Paraty
— 5 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Ilha Grande
— 6 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
4
Itatiaia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Arraial do Cabo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cabo Frio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Nova Friburgo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Petropolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Juiz de Fora

1
night
Valenca

Valenca ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora da Gloria Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at AfroValenciano Memorial Padre Joao Jose da Rocha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Presbiteriana de Valenca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Museum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Glory, and finally examine the collection at Capitao Pitaluga Museum. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Saint Anthony of Paiol Farm, see the interesting displays at Florenca Farm, examine the collection at House of Art, then see the interesting displays at Guilherme de Brito Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Gilberto Alves Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Valenca road trip site .

Juiz de Fora to Valenca is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Juiz de Fora in May, with highs in Valenca at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Valenca

Museums Historic Sites
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Nossa Senhora da Gloria Cathedral ©
Nossa Senhora da Gloria Cathedral
Igreja Presbiteriana de Valenca ©
Igreja Presbiteriana de Valenca

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lula Beach and Vermelha Beach. Head to Casa da Cultura de Paraty and Centro Cultural Sesc Paratyfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sono Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies, kick back and relax at Saco do Mamangua Beach, and wander the streets of Centro Historico.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paraty online day trip planner .

You can drive from Valenca to Paraty in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Sono Beach ©
Sono Beach
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Church of Our Lady of Remedies ©
Church of Our Lady of Remedies

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Parnaioca Beach and Dois Rios Beach. Popular historic sites such as Aqueduto da Ilha Grande and Igreja de Sao Sebastiao are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande, kick back and relax at Abraaozinho Beach, stroll through Grumixama Beach, and head off the coast to Praia de Dois Rios.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Itatiaia.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Caxadaco Beach ©
Caxadaco Beach

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nights
Itatiaia

Itatiaia ©
Nestled among green mountains, the small town of Itatiaia serves as a gateway Brazil's oldest national park of the same name.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vale do Alcantilado and Pequena Finlandia. Visiting Parque Nacional do Itatiaia and Serrinha do Alambari will get you outdoors. When in Itatiaia, make a side trip to see Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua in Visconde de Maua, approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Militar da AMAN Museum and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Circuito dos 5 lagos.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Itatiaia trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Itatiaia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ilha Grande in June since evenings lows in Itatiaia dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Itatiaia

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Visconde de Maua, Militar da AMAN Museum
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Parque Nacional do Itatiaia ©
Parque Nacional do Itatiaia
Vale do Alcantilado ©
Vale do Alcantilado
Pequena Finlandia ©
Pequena Finlandia

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip planning site .

You can drive from Itatiaia to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Itatiaia in June, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

MAC Niteroi - Museum of Contemporary Art
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Praia de Itauna. We've included these beaches for you: Farol Beach and Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia. Venture out of the city with trips to Casa de Cultura Jose Geraldo Cau (in Araruama) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth (in Saquarema). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brava Beach, and steep yourself in history at Obelisco Americo Vespucio.

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You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Arraial do Cabo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Cabo Frio.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Saquarema, Casa de Cultura Jose Geraldo Cau
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Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna
Speed Boats Tours
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth ©

4
nights
Cabo Frio

Cabo Frio ©
Founded way back in 1615, Cabo Frio represents the seventh-oldest city in Brazil.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Prainha and Mirante de Joao Fernandes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dunas Beach and Forno Beach. Explore Cabo Frio's surroundings by going to Armacao dos Buzios (Armacao Beach, Atelier Artes em Cobre Carlos Sisternas, & more). There's more to do: stroll through Praia do Pero.

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Getting from Arraial do Cabo to Cabo Frio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Nova Friburgo.

Things to do in Cabo Frio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Armacao dos Buzios
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Mirante de Joao Fernandes ©
Mirante de Joao Fernandes
Praia do Pero ©
Praia do Pero
Armacao Beach ©
Armacao Beach

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Nova Friburgo

Nova Friburgo ©
Founded by Swiss colonists in the image of their homeland, Nova Friburgo stands as a monument to Brazil's diverse ethnic heritage and entices visitors with its notable natural attractions.
On the 26th (Wed), stop by Doces Sader, see the interesting displays at Honey Museum, view the masterpieces at Jardim do Nego, then view the masterpieces at Mosaicos Portella, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Sao Joao Batista.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nova Friburgo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cabo Frio to Nova Friburgo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Petropolis.

Things to do in Nova Friburgo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Jardim do Nego ©
Jardim do Nego
Mosaicos Portella ©
Mosaicos Portella

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nights
Petropolis

Petropolis ©
Once the summer getaway of Brazilian emperors, the "imperial city" of Petropolis serves as a tribute to the lavish lifestyles of Brazil's 19th-century elite.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for gifts at Castanha Castor, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Itaipava, see the interesting displays at Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Porcelana de Petropolis, then make a trip to Relogio das Flores, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Serra dos Orgaos National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Petropolis travel route builder site .

Getting from Nova Friburgo to Petropolis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Petropolis

Outdoors Trails Nature

Side Trip

Serra dos Orgaos National Park
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Serra dos Orgaos National Park ©
Serra dos Orgaos National Park
Castelo de Itaipava ©
Castelo de Itaipava
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara ©