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
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Avenida Vinte De Janeiro próximo ao 290, Fly to Cancun

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Parque 3 de Febrero. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de los Ninos and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. And it doesn't end there: stop by Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, wander the streets of Calle Defensa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cancun to Buenos Aires. In March, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Cancun - with highs of 29°C and lows of 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

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, and then enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Florianopolis, Brazil

— 3 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Visit Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade for their historical value. Visiting Praia Mole and Jurere Beach will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Florianopolis to Bombinhas to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoinha do Leste, identify plant and animal life at Fundacao Projeto TAMAR - Florianopolis, stroll through Praia do Campeche, and walk around Manguezal do Itacorubi.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis day trip tool.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visit Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll around Parque Lage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planner.

You can fly from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florianopolis in March, you will find days in Rio de Janeiro are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 3 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Caxadaco Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lopes Mendes Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoa Azul. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Dois Rios Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Meros Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aventureiro.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande day trip tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In March in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Brazil travel guide

4.4
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.