15 days in Argentina, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

15 days in Argentina, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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15 days in Argentina, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Salvador, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

3
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.
Visit Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Casa Rosada and La Boca. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Buenos Aires is minus 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, don't miss a visit to Plaza 9 de Julio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Salta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, then learn more about the world around you at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, and finally examine the collection at Salta Cabildo. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cuesta del Obispo and then steep yourself in history at San Bernardo Convent.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salta travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Salta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Salta, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta
Convento San Bernardo ©
Convento San Bernardo

1
day
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Salta to Iguazu National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salta in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Iguazu National Park, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

3
nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
You'll get in some beach time at Forte Beach and Guarajuba Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Pelourinho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Farol da Barra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, and stroll through Praia do Porto da Barra.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Salvador road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Salvador takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Salvador, with lows around 27°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Forte Beach, Guarajuba Beach
Highlights from your plan
Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planner.

Fly from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

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