13 days in Foz do Iguacu, State of Sao Paulo & State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

13 days in Foz do Iguacu, State of Sao Paulo & State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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Foz do Iguacu
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo
— 2 nights
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Paraty
— 2 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro
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Foz do Iguacu

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then get outside with Thermas Cataratas.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu tour builder tool.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Foz do Iguacu is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Sao Paulo

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and then savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then wander the streets of Liberdade.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Paraty

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get outside with Birds Parati, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iriri Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Paraty Bay, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, and finally stop by Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paraty vacation planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Paraty by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Ilha Grande

— 3 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Lopes Mendes Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aventureiro.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande road trip site.

Getting from Paraty to Ilha Grande by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Rio de Janeiro

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 29th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, get outside with Estrada das Paineiras, then make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora da Lapa dos Mercadores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Getting from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

State of Sao Paulo travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Parks · Specialty Museums
A trip to State of Sao Paulo reveals one of Brazil's wealthiest regions, considered one of South America's economic powerhouses and known for its high standard of living. The eponymous state capital remains one of the country's most cosmopolitan urban centers, housing almost 20 million residents in its metropolitan region. Beyond this hub of frantic nightlife and thriving commerce, a tour of State of Sao Paulo showcases lively beaches scattered across 600 km (370 mi) of coastline. Farther inland, visitors take advantage of the area's pleasant climate and explore numerous waterfalls, caves, mountains, rivers, spas, parks, and historical buildings dating back to early colonial times.

State of Rio de Janeiro travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Monuments · Landmarks
Many visitors only take a trip to State of Rio de Janeiro to attend or participate in the annual Carnaval, but they stay for the region's beaches, islands, mountains, dense forests, and busy urban centers, which are known for their vibrant culture and colorful way of life. Beyond Rio, one of the world's biggest cities, this small but densely populated state boasts a string of other towns ideal for leisurely cultural sightseeing or traditional beach activities. Popular things to do in State of Rio de Janeiro include mountain climbing, bird-watching, cycling, dancing, shopping, swimming, sailing, surfing, and hunting for that plate of local cuisine that's shaped by European, American, Asian, and African influences.