30 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

30 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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30 days in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Cartagena
Fly:  10 h
1
Sao Paulo
— 16 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Rio de Janeiro
— 13 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Cartagena

16
nights
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Football Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Juquehy Beach and Pernambuco e do Mar Casado Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Santos (Gonzaga Beach & Orla e Jardins da Praia de Santos), Barra do Sahy (in Sao Sebastiao) and Guaruja (Tombo beach, Iporanga beach, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, stroll through Ibirapuera Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo, and examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary builder.

Cartagena, Colombia to Sao Paulo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from Cartagena to Sao Paulo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in June: highs in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Guaruja, Sao Sebastiao, Santos
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

13
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Imperial Museum and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parque Lage and Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Museum of Contemporary Art & Praia de Itacoatiara) and Catedral São Pedro de Alcântara (in Petropolis). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Copacabana Beach, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and explore and take pictures at Maracanã.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in June: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Niteroi, Petropolis
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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