9 days in Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

9 days in Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

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9 days in Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
2
Ilha Grande
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  4 h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia de Itauna and Mirante Dona Marta. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Imperial Museum (in Petropolis) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth (in Saquarema). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugarloaf Mountain, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saquarema, Imperial Museum
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Lagoa Azul and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Crena Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande takes 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande ©
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande

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