40 days in State of Rio de Janeiro, State of Minas Gerais & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

40 days in State of Rio de Janeiro, State of Minas Gerais & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

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40 days in State of Rio de Janeiro, State of Minas Gerais & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Armacao dos Buzios
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Cabo Frio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Arraial do Cabo
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  6 h
5
Ouro Preto
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  9 h 45 min
6
Ilhabela
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Sao Sebastiao
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Ubatuba
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Paraty
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
10
Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Visconde de Maua
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  21 h
End: Warsaw

5
nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Abrico Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sossego Beach and Macumba Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Elefante (in Marica) and Pedra do Sino (in Guapimirim). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Trilha da Pedra da Gavea, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church, see the interesting displays at Casa Daros, and take in the waterfront activity at Marina Da Gloria.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro route builder tool .

Warsaw, Poland to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Warsaw in June, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sossego Beach, Pedra do Elefante, Pedra do Sino
Highlights from your plan
Sossego Beach ©
Sossego Beach
Macumba Beach ©
Macumba Beach
Pedra do Sino ©
Pedra do Sino

2
nights
Armacao dos Buzios

Armacao dos Buzios ©
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.
On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Projeto Coral Vivo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta da Lagoinha, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Nossa Senhora Desatadora De Nos. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Foca Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Mirante do Forno, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sant'Ana.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Armacao dos Buzios online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cabo Frio.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Foca Beach ©
Foca Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cabo Frio

Cabo Frio ©
Founded way back in 1615, Cabo Frio represents the seventh-oldest city in Brazil.
On the 6th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Areias Negras Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Remanso Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Morro da Guia Chapel, steep yourself in history at Morro do Arpoador, then don't miss a visit to Largo de Sao Benedito, and finally admire the striking features of Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Assunção - Igreja São Pedro.

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You can drive from Armacao dos Buzios to Cabo Frio in an hour. In July in Cabo Frio, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Cabo Frio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rio das Ostras
Highlights from your plan
Areias Negras Beach ©
Areias Negras Beach
Remanso Beach ©
Remanso Beach

4
nights
Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brava Beach and Gracainha Beach. Get some cultural insight at Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Obelisco Americo Vespucio. Get out of town with these interesting Arraial do Cabo side-trips: Saquarema (Vilatur Beach & Casa de Cultura Walmir Ayala). There's lots more to do: cruise along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church, head outdoors with SeaQuest Sub, and don't miss a visit to Mirante da Boa Vista.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Arraial do Cabo travel site .

Getting from Cabo Frio to Arraial do Cabo by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Arraial do Cabo sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Saquarema
Highlights from your plan
Vilatur Beach ©
Vilatur Beach
Brava Beach ©
Brava Beach
Molded Depth's Beach ©
Molded Depth's Beach

3
nights
Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Parque Estadual do Itacolomi, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Efigenia dos Pretos church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Estrada Real. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go deep underground at Minas do Palacio Velho, then admire the sheer force of Valentine's Waterfall, then admire the engineering at Represa do Custodio, and finally steep yourself in history at Capela de Bom Jesus da Pedra Fria.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ouro Preto travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Arraial do Cabo to Ouro Preto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Parque Estadual do Itacolomi ©
Parque Estadual do Itacolomi
Represa do Custodio ©
Represa do Custodio

3
nights
Ilhabela

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Visit Saco do Sombrio Beach and Portinho Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Saco da Capela Beach and Veloso Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Vila, take an in-depth tour of Waldemar Belisario Museum, examine the collection at Museu Nautico Ilhabela, and take some stellar pictures from Mirante do Piuva.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ilhabela trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Ouro Preto to Ilhabela in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Ouro Preto in July, Ilhabela is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sao Sebastiao.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Portinho Beach ©
Portinho Beach
Veloso Beach ©
Veloso Beach
Saco da Capela Beach ©
Saco da Capela Beach

3
nights
Sao Sebastiao

Sao Sebastiao ©
In the 1990s, the area's rustic appeal, pleasant tropical climate, and wealth of unspoiled beaches made Sao Sebastiao holidays hugely popular with wealthy Brazilians seeking calmer, less congested coastal spots.
Explore hidden gems such as Morro De Santo Antonio and Brava Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Capricornio Beach and Pitangueiras e do Timbo Beach. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jureia Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Engenho Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Sebastiao trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Ilhabela to Sao Sebastiao in an hour. In July in Sao Sebastiao, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Sao Sebastiao

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Caraguatatuba
Highlights from your plan
Jureia Beach ©
Jureia Beach
Capricornio Beach ©
Capricornio Beach
Morro De Santo Antonio ©
Morro De Santo Antonio

5
nights
Ubatuba

Ubatuba ©
Ubatuba, a municipality with great swathes of lush, green forest and over 100 beaches, offers plenty of excitement and relaxation to suit a range of itineraries.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa da Xilogravura and Cruzeiro Lighthouse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia Vermelha Do Norte and Fazenda Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubatuba: Caraguatatuba (Mococa Beach & Praia da Tabatinga). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Almada Beach, stroll through Brava Da Almada Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Exaltacao da Santa Cruz Matriz, and don't miss a visit to Praca da Baleia.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ubatuba trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sao Sebastiao to Ubatuba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Sebastiao to Ubatuba due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caraguatatuba, Casa da Xilogravura
Highlights from your plan
Mococa Beach ©
Mococa Beach
Fazenda Beach ©
Fazenda Beach
Praia Vermelha Do Norte ©
Praia Vermelha Do Norte

4
nights
Paraty

Paraty ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Brava or Joatinga Beach and The Gold Path. Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja de Santa Rita and Galeria Aecio Sarti. Step out of Paraty with an excursion to Gaia Arte Ceramica in Cunha--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Cachoeira da Pedra Branca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fora Beach (Ranchos), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Cepilho Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paraty trip website .

Getting from Ubatuba to Paraty by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Gaia Arte Ceramica
Highlights from your plan
Cepilho Beach ©
Cepilho Beach
Fora Beach (Ranchos) ©
Fora Beach (Ranchos)
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca ©
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca

3
nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gruta Nossa Senhora Aparecida and Castelhanos Lighthouse. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grumixama Beach and Crena Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ubatubinha Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maguariquecaba Beach, contemplate the long history of Lazareto Ruins, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Visconde de Maua.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Grumixama Beach ©
Grumixama Beach
Santo Antonio Beach ©
Santo Antonio Beach
Tropical Forest ©
Tropical Forest

4
nights
Visconde de Maua

Visconde de Maua ©
Visconde de Maua serves as a series of three remote valley towns barely connected to the surrounding region.
Get outdoors at Poco do Marimbondo Waterfall and Toca da Raposa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pocao Da Maromba and Cachoeira Veu Da Noiva. Change things up with a short trip to Cachoeira Veu de Noiva in Itatiaia National Park (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: get outside with Cachoeira De Santa Clara, take in the dramatic scenery at Ecological Park Sanctuary Waterfalls, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua, and look for gifts at Chez Marie.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Visconde de Maua holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Visconde de Maua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ilha Grande in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Visconde de Maua, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Visconde de Maua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cachoeira Veu de Noiva
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Park Sanctuary Waterfalls ©
Cachoeira dos Macacos ©
Cachoeira dos Macacos
Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua ©
Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua

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