3 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

3 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

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3 days in Rio de Janeiro & Arraial do Cabo Itinerary

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

Before you visit Rio de Janeiro, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Rio de Janeiro. In februari, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arraial do Cabo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): cruise along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, then stroll through Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Forno Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Arraial do Cabo trip builder site.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in februari, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

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Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach

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