14 days in Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

14 days in Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
Petropolis, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Rio de Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazilian Cooking Class, Rio Adventures, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Leblon Beach and Sao Bento Monastery. Visit Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Praia de Itauna (in Saquarema), REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu (in Cachoeiras de Macacu) and Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos (in Teresopolis). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Urca, kick back and relax at Praia do Leme, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Beach, and trek along Claudio Coutinho Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro journey builder site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Petropolis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Petropolis, Brazil

The Imperial City

Once the summer getaway of Brazilian emperors, the "imperial city" of Petropolis serves as a tribute to the lavish lifestyles of Brazil's 19th-century elite.
You've now added Imperial Museum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Pedra do Elefante, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Santa Tereza, then steep yourself in history at La Grande Vallee, and finally examine the collection at Imperial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): head outdoors with Lago Comary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Municipal Montanhas de Teresopolis.

To find out how to plan a trip to Petropolis, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Petropolis can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Petropolis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
You've now added Iguazu Falls to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Wanda Mines and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Petropolis to Iguazu National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Iguazu National Park when traveling from Petropolis in March, with lows around 66°F. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip