11 days in South America Itinerary

11 days in South America Itinerary

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11 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Mayo and La Boca. Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires capture your imagination. Spend the 24th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of San Telmo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, and make a trip to Recoleta.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires vacation builder .

Chicago, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chicago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around 75°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then steep yourself in history at Triple Frontier. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Vale dos Dinossauros, admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls, and then examine the collection at Dreamland Foz.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Buenos Aires in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get some historical perspective at Ilha Fiscal and Capela de Santa Teresinha - Palacio Guanabara. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Praia de Ipanema and Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Leblon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro holiday builder site .

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

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