18 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

18 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Sao Paulo Congonhas
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

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.
Visit Cemiterio de Recoleta and La Boca for their historical value. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Calle Defensa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: stop by Puerto Madero, take a stroll through Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires tour itinerary planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Buenos Aires is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cancun in March: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Visiting Iguazu Falls and Jardin de los Picaflores will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Iguazu National Park (Isla San Martin & Salto San Martin). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu and look for all kinds of wild species at Guiraoga.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Iguazu sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Puerto Iguazu, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for Paraty on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Nightlife · Shopping · Museums · Parks
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Paraty, Brazil

Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
On the 20th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cachadaco, then take a stroll through Centro Historico, and then look for gifts at Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Sono Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paraty travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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Ilha Grande, Brazil

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll through Aventureiro and then kick back and relax at Praia Preta. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoa Azul, delve into the distant past at Aqueduto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, and finally kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ilha Grande road trip planning website.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Praia de Ipanema and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Relax by the water at Pedra do Arpoador and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Arraial do Cabo) and Imperial Museum (in Petropolis). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Sao Lourenco, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In March, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

On the 28th (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and then get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
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Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Angra Dos Reis travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Bodies of Water
Consisting of an island for every day of the year, the municipality of Angra dos Reis has incredible tourism potential because it's surrounded by rugged natural scenery. The town itself has been overwhelmed by industrialization--with an oil terminal and a large port dominating its once-spectacular coastline, along with two nearby nuclear power plants. Head a few kilometers out of town to see the coast as it once was, with pristine waters and flourishing tropical vegetation. There's plenty to enjoy on the 365 islands, some of which are owned by wealthy celebrities and businesspeople.