8 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

8 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Created using Inspirock State of Rio de Janeiro trip planner

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Drive
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Paraty
— 1 night
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro
— 1 night
Drive
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Armacao dos Buzios
— 2 nights
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Paraty

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for gifts at Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles, then take a stroll through Centro Historico, then contemplate the waterfront views at Paraty Bay, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Aecio Sarti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Praia Ilha do Pelado, shop like a local with Casa da Cultura de Paraty, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Meio Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paraty travel route planner.

Itaperuna to Paraty is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ilha Grande

— 3 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lagoa Azul and Aventureiro. Get some cultural insight at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande and Caxadaco Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santo Antonio Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. May in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 29th (Sat): stop by Feira da Praca XV, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

Getting from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Joao Fernandinho Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Mirante de Joao Fernandes, then kick back and relax at Armacao Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Escultura Os Tres Pescadores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Azedinha Beach, kick back and relax at Brava Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Forno Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Armacao dos Buzios trip planning app.

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 May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

State of Rio de Janeiro travel guide

4.5
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.