16 days in Argentina & Brasilia Itinerary

16 days in Argentina & Brasilia Itinerary

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16 days in Argentina & Brasilia Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Brasilia, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, contemplate the long history of Palacio Barolo, explore the galleries of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and take a stroll through Recoleta.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip app .

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. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Zurich to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Buenos Aires at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

4
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa El Doradillo and Playa Parana. Venture out of the city with trips to Puerto Piramides (Caleta Valdes & Punta Pardelas) and Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa La Cantera, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Town of Gaiman, and stroll through Costas de Patagonia.

Before you visit Puerto Madryn, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Piramides, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Highlights from your plan
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera
Punta Pardelas ©
Punta Pardelas

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.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, contemplate the long history of San Bernardo Convent, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Graneros Incaicos, then get engrossed in the history at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Salta trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Salta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Salta can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites
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Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta
San Bernardo Convent ©
San Bernardo Convent

2
nights
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 30th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park holiday planning app .

You can fly from Salta to Iguazu National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Iguazu National Park when traveling from Salta in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

3
nights
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco, then admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Metropolitana, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario da Mae Rainha e Vencedora Tres Vezes Admiravel de Schoenstatt, and then get engrossed in the history at Memorial JK.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brasilia sightseeing tool .

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Brasilia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Brasilia are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade

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