15 days in Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi & Paraty Itinerary

15 days in Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi & Paraty Itinerary

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15 days in Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi & Paraty Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro
— 9 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Niteroi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Paraty
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

9
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Morro Dois Irmaos and Reserva Beach. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Centro Historico de Petropolis (in Petropolis) and Flor de Juana (in Visconde de Maua). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planning tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro is minus 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in March, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Niteroi.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Centro Historico de Petropolis, Flor de Juana
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Niteroi

Niteroi ©
Sitting across Guanabara Bay from the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, the municipality of Niteroi makes up part of the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, then witness the site of a historic battle at Sao Luis Fortress, then walk around Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca, and finally get great views at Hotel Panorama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Itacoatiara, explore the striking landscape at Pedra do Elefante, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Camboinhas Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Niteroi travel planning app .

Niteroi is just a stone's throw from Rio de Janeiro. In March, daytime highs in Niteroi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Niteroi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pedra do Elefante
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Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca ©
Praia de Itacoatiara ©
Praia de Itacoatiara
Camboinhas Beach ©
Camboinhas Beach

2
nights
Paraty

Paraty ©
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Benedict, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Rita, and finally get outside with Cachoeira da Pedra Branca. On your second day here, stop by Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles, then admire the landmark architecture of Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores, and then kick back and relax at Fazenda Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paraty day trip planning app .

Getting from Niteroi to Paraty by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Fazenda Beach
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Fazenda Beach ©
Fazenda Beach
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca ©
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca

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