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Side Trips from Rio Travel Guide

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Plan Your Side Trips from Rio Vacation

While there's no shortage of things to do in Rio de Janeiro itself, visitors should make time to experience the many attractions in the surrounding area. The state of Rio de Janeiro is relatively small, but offers a broad range of distinctly Brazilian attractions. There are no better places to unwind after the frenetic pace of Rio than Búzios or Paraty. And nature lovers will greatly

enjoy the idyllic Ilha Grande.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Glamorous Búzios Hang out with the young and beautiful on the beach at Búzios in the morning, then enjoy the sunset on Orla Bardot.
  2. Water Sports Sail a schooner to a deserted island for some scuba diving, then watch the dolphins play in your wake on the way home.
  3. Mountain Excursions Get lost in time at the Imperial Museum in mountainous Petrópolis.
  4. Glorious Ilha Grande Take an early-morning hike through the Atlantic rain forests of Ilha Grande.
  5. Fresh Beach Food Wash down some fresh shrimp with caipirinhas at the kiosks on the beach in Cabo Frio.

When To Go

When to Go

The towns along the Blue and Green coasts are packed solid between Christmas and Carnival, so reservations should be made well in advance. The populati...

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