11 days in Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguacu & Armacao dos Buzios Itinerary

11 days in Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguacu & Armacao dos Buzios Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Brazil travel planner

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Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly
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Foz do Iguacu
— 3 nights
Fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Shuttle to Armacao dos Buzios
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Armacao dos Buzios
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Appreciate the collections at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Saquarema (Praia de Itauna & Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, walk around Parque Lage, take a stroll through Urca, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

Make your Rio de Janeiro itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Foz do Iguacu

— 3 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
You'll explore and learn at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho and Museu de Cera Dreamland. Visiting Iguazu Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Armacao dos Buzios

— 3 nights

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia das Dunas and Capela Nossa Senhora Desatadora De Nos. Visiting Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia and Geriba Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sant'Ana, and stroll through Joao Fernandes Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Armacao dos Buzios trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Foz do Iguacu to Armacao dos Buzios takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Armacao dos Buzios can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips