16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Cancun, Mexico
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
4
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Cancun, Mexico

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.
Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de los Ninos capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at La Boca and Puerto Madero. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Calle Defensa, don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires holiday planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cancun to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cancun in March: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

3
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Visiting Iguazu Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Buddhist Temple and Marco Das Tres Fronteiras. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, have fun at Wake Iguassu Cable Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu travel route builder website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Buenos Aires in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras

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.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Imperial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Inacio.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

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
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lagoa Azul and Meros Beach. Visit Lopes Mendes Beach and Caxadaco Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aventureiro, stroll through Dois Rios Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ilha Grande itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

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