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7 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary
Fly: 13h 30min
Rio de Janeiro— 2 nights
Drive: 2h 15min
Armacao dos Buzios— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly: 16h
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Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Bento Monastery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.
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Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Lisbon in March: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Armacao dos Buzios
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.Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prainha and Joao Fernandinho Beach. Relax by the water at Prainha and Praia do Pero. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Mirante de Joao Fernandes, pause for some photo ops at Escultura Os Tres Pescadores, and make a trip to Rua das Pedras.
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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. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios
Cabo Frio, Prainha