9 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

9 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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9 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Recife
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  8​h
1
Armacao dos Buzios
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Petropolis
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Recife

2
nights
Armacao dos Buzios

Armacao dos Buzios ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tartaruga Beach, then take in the waterfront at Orla Bardot Boardwalk, then explore the galleries of Mosaicos Portella, and finally make a trip to Rua das Pedras.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Armacao dos Buzios travel planner.

Recife to Armacao dos Buzios is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Recife in May: high temperatures in Armacao dos Buzios hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Petropolis.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Rua das Pedras ©
Rua das Pedras
Orla Bardot Boardwalk ©
Orla Bardot Boardwalk
Geriba Beach ©
Geriba Beach

1
night
Petropolis

Petropolis ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, make a trip to Centro Historico de Petropolis, then examine the collection at Imperial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Cervejaria Bohemia.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Petropolis trip planner.

Drive from Armacao dos Buzios to Petropolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Petropolis sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Petropolis

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
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Imperial Museum ©
Imperial Museum
Cervejaria Bohemia ©
Cervejaria Bohemia
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara ©
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Sugarloaf Mountain, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online itinerary planner .

Drive from Petropolis to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
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