12 days in Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

12 days in Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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12 days in Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 10 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Lisbon

10
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.
Get some cultural insight at Copacabana Beach and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra. Appreciate the collections at Forte de Copacabana and Instituto Moreira Salles. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Saquarema (Vila Beach, Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth, & more), Niteroi (Camboinhas Beach, Sossego Beach, & more) and Pontinha Beach (in Araruama). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, stroll through Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Cultural Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro day trip site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in November: highs in Rio de Janeiro hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Niteroi, Saquarema, Pontinha Beach
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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra ©
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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