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22 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary
Start: Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro— 5 nights
Drive: 2h 15min
Armacao dos Buzios— 4 nights
Drive: 2h 45min
Petropolis— 3 nights
Drive: 4h 15min
Paraty— 4 nights
Drive + ferry: 2h 15min
Ilha Grande— 5 nights
ferry + foot + bus: 4h
End: Rio de Janeiro
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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.Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Visconde de Maua and see Flor de Juana, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari.
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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Rio de Janeiro. In May, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Armacao dos Buzios.
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Flor de Juana
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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.You'll find plenty of places to visit near Armacao dos Buzios: Largo de Sao Benedito (in Cabo Frio) and Arraial do Cabo (Farol Beach, Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Rua das Pedras, enjoy the sand and surf at Joao Fernandes Beach, stroll through Geriba Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk.
For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Armacao dos Buzios journey tool .
Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Armacao dos Buzios are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Petropolis.
Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios
Arraial do Cabo, Largo de Sao Benedito
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The Imperial City
Once the summer getaway of Brazilian emperors, the "imperial city" of Petropolis serves as a tribute to the lavish lifestyles of Brazil's 19th-century elite.Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos (in Teresopolis) and Pedra do Sino (in Guapimirim). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Imperial Museum, appreciate the history behind Praca do Cavaleiro Medieval, don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Petropolis, and stop by Castanha Castor.
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Petropolis online journey maker .
Drive from Armacao dos Buzios to Petropolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Petropolis can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Paraty.
Things to do in Petropolis
Pedra do Sino, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
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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.Paraty is known for beaches, nature, historic sites, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Centro Historico, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to Trilha Do Ouro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Saco do Mamangua Beach.
To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paraty trip planning app .
Getting from Petropolis to Paraty by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.
Things to do in Paraty
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A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Papagaio, kick back and relax at Itaguacu Beach, stroll through Grumixama Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Castelhanos Lighthouse.
To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande trip planner .
Do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Ilha Grande
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