12 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Foz do Iguacu Itinerary

12 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Foz do Iguacu Itinerary

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12 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Foz do Iguacu Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Morro Dois Irmaos and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pao de Acucar and Reserva Beach. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Camboinhas Beach in Niteroi--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, look for gifts at BarraShopping, and don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro journey planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

3
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get outdoors at Pitangueiras beach and Asturias Beach. For shopping fun, head to Livraria Cultura or Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Step out of Sao Paulo to go to Cotia and see Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS, see the interesting displays at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo, and admire the landmark architecture of Oca do Ibirapuera.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, Sao Paulo is a bit cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Guaruja, Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple
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Pitangueiras beach ©
Pitangueiras beach
Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple ©
Asturias Beach ©
Asturias Beach

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Shopping Catuai Palladium, examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Sao Joao Batista, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Shopping
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab ©
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

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