19 days in El Calafate & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

19 days in El Calafate & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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19 days in El Calafate & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  41 h
1
El Calafate, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Hong Kong, China

6
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parque Nacional Los Glaciares will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park (about 1h 35 min away). On the 26th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Intendencia Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's much more to do: trek along Gooshe Aike, take a stroll through Av del Libertador, hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the El Calafate visit planner .

London, UK to El Calafate is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to El Calafate is minus 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in El Calafate hover around 16°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in El Calafate

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Patagonia Profunda ©
Patagonia Profunda

8
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. You'll explore and learn at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Saquarema (Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth & Praia de Itauna) and Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from El Calafate to Rio de Janeiro takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from El Calafate in December: highs in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saquarema, Petropolis
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna

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