11 days in South America Itinerary

11 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Shuttle:  16 h 45 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Appreciate the collections at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Karina Chavin Espacio De Arte. Spend the 24th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, and stop by Recoleta.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chicago to Buenos Aires. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in November: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 75°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then make a trip to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Vale dos Dinossauros, then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in November: highs in Foz do Iguacu hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks 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.
Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, explore the venue of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, and don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 time for 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
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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