26 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

26 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

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26 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Catedral Metropolitana and Delta El Tigre. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo de La Plata (in La Plata) and Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, shop like a local with Recoleta, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, and don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires road trip planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Buenos Aires. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Basilica de Lujan, Delta El Tigre, Museo de La Plata
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Palermo ©
Palermo

3
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral Matriz and Palacio Taranco. Popular historic sites such as Pittamiglio"s Castle and Iglesia de las Carmelitas are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pocitos, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, get to know the fascinating history of Galeria de Arte Porton de San Pedro, and stop by Escaramuza Libros.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Montevideo, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Palacio Taranco ©
Palacio Taranco

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Visiting Guarau Beach and Praia de Pernambuco will get you outdoors. Visit Pateo do Collegio and Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, see the interesting displays at Football Museum, and view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Sao Paulo.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Montevideo to Sao Paulo in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Outdoors Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Praia de Pernambuco, Praia Guarau
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Praia de Pernambuco ©
Praia de Pernambuco
Praia Guarau ©
Praia Guarau
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

7
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 Pedra do Arpoador. Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Lage and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, wander the streets of Urca, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Atlantica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online attractions planner .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in December since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
You'll explore and learn at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Football Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo. Enjoy Sao Paulo some more: admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, admire the striking features of Pateo do Collegio, and don't miss a visit to Paulista Avenue.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Sao Paulo at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Itau Cultural Institute ©
Itau Cultural Institute
Afro Brazil Museum ©
Afro Brazil Museum

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