15 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

15 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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Bus to Cerrillos, Fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
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Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
Drive
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Armacao dos Buzios
— 2 nights
Drive
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Itatiaia
— 1 night
Drive
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Valenca
— 1 night
Drive
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Paraty
— 3 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Avenida Vinte De Janeiro próximo ao 290, Fly to Salta, Bus to Cafayate

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Rio de Janeiro

— 1 night

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the venue of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, then stroll through Copacabana Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally shop like a local with Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

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Cafayate, Argentina to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Armacao dos Buzios

— 2 nights

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Mirante de Joao Fernandes, enjoy the sand and surf at Armacao Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Forno Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach, and then stop by Atelier Artes em Cobre Carlos Sisternas.

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Drive from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Armacao dos Buzios are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Itatiaia.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Itatiaia

— 1 night
Nestled among green mountains, the small town of Itatiaia serves as a gateway Brazil's oldest national park of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Serrinha do Alambari, look for gifts at Pequena Finlandia, and then see the interesting displays at Militar da AMAN Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Itatiaia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Itatiaia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Valenca.

Things to do in Itatiaia

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Valenca

— 1 night
Valença is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. On the 22nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Capitao Pitaluga Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Glory, then see the interesting displays at House of Art, then examine the collection at Guilherme de Brito Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at AfroValenciano Memorial Padre Joao Jose da Rocha.

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You can drive from Itatiaia to Valenca in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Valenca

Museums · Historic Sites

Paraty

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paraty Bay and Lula Beach. Get outdoors at Centro Historico and Casa da Cultura de Paraty. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Brava, stroll through Vermelha Beach, tour the water at your own pace with MB Paraty, and savor the flavors at Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca.

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You can drive from Valenca to Paraty in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ilha Grande

— 4 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande and Dois Rios Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Caxadaco Beach and Praia do Amor. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Saco do Ceu Beach, kick back and relax at Santo Antonio Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Castelhanos Lighthouse, and delve into the distant past at Aqueduto.

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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 April, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

State of Rio de Janeiro travel guide

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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.