9 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

9 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

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9 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Arraial do Cabo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
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.
Visit Pedra do Arpoador and Copacabana Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Lage, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planning website .

If you are flying in from Chile, the closest major airport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra ©
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), kick back and relax at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, explore and take pictures at Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Mirante da Boa Vista, then steep yourself in history at Obelisco Americo Vespucio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Farol Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arraial do Cabo online trip maker .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Arraial do Cabo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Farol Beach ©
Farol Beach
Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church ©
Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Explore hidden gems such as REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu and Mirante Dona Marta. Get a sense of the local culture at Sugarloaf Mountain and Morro Dois Irmaos. Explore Rio de Janeiro further: admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get lost in a book at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Arraial do Cabo to Rio de Janeiro in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu
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Morro Dois Irmaos ©
Morro Dois Irmaos
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Ilha Fiscal ©
Ilha Fiscal

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