22 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

22 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
2
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
3
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
4
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
6
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de la Plata and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Parque 3 de Febrero. Venture out of the city with trips to Delta El Tigre (in Tigre), La Plata (Museo de La Plata & Dardo Rocha Museum and Archives) and Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, contemplate the long history of Palacio Barolo, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Nicolas Avellaneda, and see the interesting displays at Museo River Plate.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get much hotter in Buenos Aires: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

La Plata, Monumento a Nicolas Avellaneda, Catedral de San Isidro, Delta El Tigre, Basilica de Lujan
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Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Visiting Peninsula Valdes and Playa El Doradillo will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa La Cantera. Take a break from Puerto Madryn with a short trip to Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio in Trelew, about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Loberia de Punta Loma and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yellow Submarine, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Los Glaciares National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino and Jardin de los Picaflores. Visiting Iguazu Falls and Salto Bernabe Mendez will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: trek along Sendero Macuco, visit Puerto Iguazu, look for gifts at Ocio, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Iguazu.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu route planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Puerto Iguazu takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Glaciares National Park, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Puerto Iguazu, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Jardin de los Picaflores ©
Jardin de los Picaflores
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia Da Joatinga. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Morro Dois Irmaos and Camboinhas Beach. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Saquarema and see Praia de Itauna, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pepe Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Camboinhas Beach, Praia de Itauna
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aventureiro and Dois Rios Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Abraaozinho Beach and Grumixama Beach. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Julia Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lopes Mendes Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. December in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Abraaozinho Beach ©
Abraaozinho Beach

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