13 days in Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

13 days in Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

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13 days in Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  27​h
1
Arraial do Cabo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Jeddah

2
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Farol Beach and Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Forno Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Grande.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Arraial do Cabo tour itinerary planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Arraial do Cabo is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Arraial do Cabo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Farol Beach ©
Farol Beach
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach

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.
Visit Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador for some beach relaxation. You'll explore and learn at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Imperial Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, get great views at Leblon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel route tool .

Getting from Arraial do Cabo to Rio de Janeiro by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
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Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu Do Futebol. You'll explore and learn at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. The adventure continues: make a trip to Paulista Avenue, examine the collection at Latin America Memorial, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and admire the masterpieces at Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo visit planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sao Paulo: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Shopping
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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