16 days in Rio de Janeiro & Johannesburg Itinerary

16 days in Rio de Janeiro & Johannesburg Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 9 nights
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights

9
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Camboinhas Beach and Praia Da Joatinga. Visit Copacabana Beach and Praia do Leme for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Saquarema (Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth & Praia de Itauna), Petropolis (Casa Stefan Zweig, Cervejaria Bohemia, &more) and Niteroi (Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra & Piratininga Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Praia de Ipanema, kick back and relax at Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach, examine the collection at Solar do Jambeiro, and go from sight to sight with Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder website.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Petropolis, Niteroi, Saquarema
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna
Camboinhas Beach ©
Camboinhas Beach

6
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
You'll explore and learn at Lesedi Cultural Village and Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ukutula Conservation Center and Liliesleaf. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Brits) and Union Buildings (in Pretoria). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hector Pieterson Museum, engage your brain at Origins Centre Museum, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Johannesburg trip builder.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg by flight takes about 15.5 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, Johannesburg is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Brits, Liliesleaf, Union Buildings, Lesedi Cultural Village
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village

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