18 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

18 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

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Start: Cancun, Mexico
Fly + Shuttle:  12 h 15 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
5
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  4 h
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 45 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Cancun, Mexico

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.
Visit Plaza de Mayo and Recoleta for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and contemplate the long history of Palacio Barolo.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires journey planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, ferry, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cancun to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cancun in March; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Iguazu Falls and Jardin de los Picaflores. Explore Puerto Iguazu's surroundings by going to Iguazu National Park (Isla San Martin & Salto San Martin). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu and identify plant and animal life at Guiraoga.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, expect nights in Puerto Iguazu to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°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

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

1
night
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip maker.

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

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Nightlife Shopping Museums
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Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
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), kick back and relax at Praia do Cachadaco, take a stroll through Centro Historico, and then stop by Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sono Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paraty driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Paraty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Sono Beach ©
Sono Beach

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nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 22nd (Sun), kick back and relax at Aventureiro and then kick back and relax at Praia Preta. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Lagoa Azul, explore the ancient world of Aqueduto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, and finally kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Ilha Grande online journey planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 2.5 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

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach

4
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.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Imperial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parque Lage and Igreja Sao Lourenco. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro visit planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Imperial Museum, Igreja Sao Lourenco, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

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night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, then contemplate the long history of Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and then steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler 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

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Casa Rosada ©
Casa Rosada
El Zanjon de Granados ©
El Zanjon de Granados

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