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
— 1 night
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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 Plaza de Mayo for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Puerto Madero. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take a stroll through La Boca, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and shop like a local with Recoleta.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires journey planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. 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 · 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Iguazu Falls and Guiraoga. 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 Jardin de los Picaflores.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 · 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 more things to do, where to stay, 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 drive; or do a combination of car and flight. 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 · 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), 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 more things to do, other places to visit, 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 · 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), 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 more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ilha Grande online journey planner.

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

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.
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 3 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, 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 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

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 reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 · 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.