14 days in Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

14 days in Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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14 days in Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Madrid, Spain

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.
Let the collections at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Puerto Madero or Recoleta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Museo de arte Tigre (in Tigre), San Antonio de Areco (Museo Draghi & Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Guiraldes) and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar (in Pilar). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, shop like a local with Palermo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires vacation builder .

Madrid, Spain to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Madrid to Buenos Aires. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in December; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio de Areco, Museo de arte Tigre, Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, and then wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas and Shopping Leblon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, stroll around Parque Lage, explore the activities along Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro vacation builder app .

Fly from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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