12 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

12 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

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12 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Arraial do Cabo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Mexico City

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Flor de Juana (in Visconde de Maua) and Imperial Museum (in Petropolis). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Praia de Grumari, and admire the natural beauty at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip builder site .

Mexico City, Mexico to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 3 hours. Traveling from Mexico City in February, expect nights in Rio de Janeiro to be much hotter, around 76°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Imperial Museum, Flor de Juana
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Farol Beach and then stroll through Forno Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, cruise along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Grande.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Arraial do Cabo trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Arraial do Cabo is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Mexico City to Arraial do Cabo, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Arraial do Cabo, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

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

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