30 days in State of Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips State of Rio de Janeiro trip planner
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Nova Friburgo
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro
— 13 nights
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Marica
— 4 nights
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Saquarema
— 4 nights
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Arraial do Cabo
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Nova Friburgo — 3 nights

Founded by Swiss colonists in the image of their homeland, Nova Friburgo stands as a monument to Brazil's diverse ethnic heritage and entices visitors with its notable natural attractions.
Nova Friburgo is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Jardim do Nego, take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira Sao Jose, make a trip to Praca do Suspiro, and explore the galleries of Casa Suica.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nova Friburgo road trip app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Nova Friburgo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro — 13 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi) and Petropolis (Cervejaria Bohemia, Imperial Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planning site.

You can drive from Nova Friburgo to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marica.
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Marica — 4 nights

Just 40 km (25 mi) from Rio de Janeiro, the municipality of Marica boasts natural and man-made attractions along its impressive coastline, as well as inland across a lush, varied landscape.
Change things up with a short trip to Alto do Gaia in Sao Goncalo (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Pedra do Elefante, enjoy the sand and surf at Jacone Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra de Itaocaia, and stroll through Itaipuacu Beach.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marica trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Marica takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Saquarema.
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Saquarema — 4 nights

A holiday in Saquarema plants you on a small spit between a gorgeous lagoon and unadulterated ocean.
Explore Saquarema's surroundings by going to Araruama (Seca Beach & Pontinha Beach). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth, kick back and relax at Praia de Itauna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Nova Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saquarema trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marica to Saquarema takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Saquarema are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arraial do Cabo.
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Arraial do Cabo — 5 nights

Diving Capital

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.
Arraial do Cabo is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Farol Beach, stroll through Brava Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Gruta Azul, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arraial do Cabo holiday planner.

Drive from Saquarema to Arraial do Cabo in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Arraial do Cabo are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C.
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State of Rio de Janeiro travel guide

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Beaches · Monuments · Landmarks
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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