16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly to Iguazu, Shuttle to Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Avenida Vinte De Janeiro próximo ao 290, Fly to Cancun


Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Get some historical perspective at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa. Let the collections at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Museo de los Ninos capture your imagination. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cancun in March, with highs in Buenos Aires at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 3 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buddhist Temple and Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe. Take a break from the city and head to Iguazu Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: 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 make a trip to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu holiday tool.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, expect nights in Foz do Iguacu to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

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 Praia de Grumari. Get some historical perspective at Parque Lage and Ilha Fiscal. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Petropolis and see Imperial Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trilha do Dois Irmaos, get advice or help at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

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You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 4 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Get outdoors at Lopes Mendes Beach and Caxadaco Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lagoa Azul and Grumixama Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sitio Forte Beach, stroll through Meros Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. March in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Brazil travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.