16 days in Buenos Aires, Uruguay & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

16 days in Buenos Aires, Uruguay & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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16 days in Buenos Aires, Uruguay & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires road trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Buenos Aires is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a stroll through Pocitos, take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and finally take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): do a tasting at Pizzorno Family Estates, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Montevideo online holiday planner .

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, Montevideo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

3
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Punta del Este is known for museums, beaches, casinos, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, kick back and relax at Playa Montoya, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mansa.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Punta del Este itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Montevideo to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Maldonado
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Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
The Fingers of Punta del Este ©
The Fingers of Punta del Este

6
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

You can fly from Punta del Este to Rio de Janeiro in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Punta del Este in January: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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