49 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro
— 7 nights
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Araruama
— 3 nights
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Armacao dos Buzios
— 8 nights
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Campos dos Goytacazes
— 4 nights
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Paraty
— 7 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Angra Dos Reis
— 5 nights
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Itatiaia
— 5 nights
Drive to Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport, Fly to Auckland

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Rio de Janeiro — 7 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Take a break from the city and head to Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Get a sense of the local culture at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer and Mirante da Prainha. There's still lots to do: get great views at Leblon Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra da Gavea, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website.

Auckland, New Zealand to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Auckland in December, you will find days in Rio de Janeiro are much hotter (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Araruama.
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Araruama — 3 nights

You might not think it looking at the white sand beaches lining the Atlantic coast and the lakes, but there's plenty more to an Araruama holiday besides sunbathing.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Paroquia Sao Sebastiao. Explore hidden gems such as Praia de Itauna and Novo Horizonte Beach (Gaviao). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Seca Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Araruama tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Araruama takes 2 hours. December in Araruama sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Armacao dos Buzios.
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Armacao dos Buzios — 8 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Azedinha Beach and Armacao Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Praia das Conchas and Capela Nossa Senhora Desatadora De Nos. Explore Armacao dos Buzios' surroundings by going to Arraial do Cabo (Praia Grande, Forno Beach, &more) and Praia do Forte (in Cabo Frio). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Mirante de Joao Fernandes, enjoy the sand and surf at Azeda Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ferradurinha Beach, and don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Armacao dos Buzios planning app.

Traveling by car from Araruama to Armacao dos Buzios takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Campos dos Goytacazes.
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Campos dos Goytacazes — 4 nights

Campos dos Goytacazes is a municipality located in the northern area of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, with a population of 472,300 inhabitants.LocationCampos dos Goytacazes has an area of 4,032 km², which makes it the largest municipality in the state by area, and its elevation is 14 m. You'll get in some beach time at Lagoa Doce Beach and Carapebus Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guriri Beach and Igreja Matriz De Sao Fidelis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Campos dos Goytacazes: Joao Francisco Beach (in Quissama) and Igreja Matriz do Senhor Bom Jesus (in Bom Jesus Do Itabapoana). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Morro do Itaoca.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Campos dos Goytacazes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Campos dos Goytacazes takes 3.5 hours. December in Campos dos Goytacazes sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Paraty.
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Paraty — 7 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Centro Historico and Paraty Bay. We've included these beaches for you: Sono Beach and Ilha da Cotia Beach. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Mini Royal Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lula Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Saco do Mamangua Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira do Toboga.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paraty travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Campos dos Goytacazes to Paraty in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande — 7 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lopes Mendes Beach and Lagoa Azul. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande and Dois Rios Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ubatubinha Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grande das Palmas Beach, and delve into the distant past at Aqueduto.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Ilha Grande itinerary builder.

Getting from Paraty to Ilha Grande by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Angra Dos Reis.
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Angra Dos Reis — 5 nights

Consisting of an island for every day of the year, the municipality of Angra dos Reis has incredible tourism potential because it's surrounded by rugged natural scenery.
Explore hidden gems such as Ilha Grande State Park and Cataguas Island. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Prainha and Frade Beach (dos Maias). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ilhas da Gipoia Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tangua Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Igreja Matriz NªSra da Imaculada Conceição.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Angra Dos Reis online tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ilha Grande to Angra Dos Reis in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Itatiaia.
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Itatiaia — 5 nights

Nestled among green mountains, the small town of Itatiaia serves as a gateway Brazil's oldest national park of the same name.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional do Itatiaia and Escorrega Waterfall. Step out of the city life by going to Poco do Marimbondo Waterfall and Pico da Pedra Selada. Explore Itatiaia's surroundings by going to Vale do Alcantilado (in Visconde de Maua) and Our Lady of the Conception Church (in Resende). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Itaporani Waterfall and explore the striking landscape at Pico das Prateleiras.

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Traveling by car from Angra Dos Reis to Itatiaia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Itatiaia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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State of Rio de Janeiro travel guide

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Many visitors only take a trip to State of Rio de Janeiro to attend or participate in the annual Carnaval, but they stay for the region's beaches, islands, mountains, dense forests, and busy urban centers, which are known for their vibrant culture and colorful way of life. Beyond Rio, one of the world's biggest cities, this small but densely populated state boasts a string of other towns ideal for leisurely cultural sightseeing or traditional beach activities. Popular things to do in State of Rio de Janeiro include mountain climbing, bird-watching, cycling, dancing, shopping, swimming, sailing, surfing, and hunting for that plate of local cuisine that's shaped by European, American, Asian, and African influences.
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