12 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Foz do Iguacu Itinerary

12 days in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo & Foz do Iguacu Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro
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Sao Paulo
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Foz do Iguacu
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Rio de Janeiro

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Popular historic sites such as Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra and Forte de Copacabana are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Rio and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Change things up with a short trip to Camboinhas Beach in Niteroi (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Reserva Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker site.

Washington DC, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 87°F and lows at 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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Sao Paulo

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple and Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Museu da Imagem e do Som - MIS and Itau Cultural Institute. Get out of town with these interesting Sao Paulo side-trips: Guaruja (Asturias Beach & Pitangueiras beach). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Estacao Pinacoteca, stop by Livraria Cultura, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and admire the landmark architecture of Oca do Ibirapuera.

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Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get slightly colder in Sao Paulo: highs are around 82°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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Foz do Iguacu

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Catuai Palladium, see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Sao Joao Batista, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
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