19 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

19 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Created using Inspirock State of Rio de Janeiro visit planner

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Rio de Janeiro
— 11 nights
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Petropolis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arraial do Cabo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niteroi
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro

— 11 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Costao de Itacoatiara, Sossego Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Joatinga, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Rio de Janeiro. In August in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will leave for Petropolis on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Petropolis

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Casa da Princesa Isabel, Praca da Liberdade, Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Casa da Princesa Isabel, tour or see a show at Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center, don't miss a visit to Crystal Palace, see the interesting displays at Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, and finally examine the collection at Museu da FEB (Força Expedicionária Brasileira). On the next day, explore the galleries of Museu de Porcelana de Petropolis, then examine the collection at Casa Stefan Zweig, then stop by Orquidario Binot, and finally make a trip to Praca da Liberdade.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Petropolis road trip planning site.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Petropolis can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Petropolis

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Arraial do Cabo

— 2 nights

Diving Capital

Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Forno Beach, then take a memorable drive along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de São Pedro. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Farol Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arraial do Cabo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Petropolis to Arraial do Cabo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Niteroi.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Niteroi

— 3 nights

Smile City

Sitting across Guanabara Bay from the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, the municipality of Niteroi makes up part of the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area.
On the 27th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Historia e Museu das Artes do Rio de Janeiro, see the interesting displays at Solar do Jambeiro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jacone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Praia Da Sacristia and then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Niteroi trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Arraial do Cabo to Niteroi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Niteroi, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Niteroi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.