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
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4​h
5
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Boca and Calle Defensa. There's still lots to do: admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the striking features of Palacio Barolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and take a stroll through Recoleta.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Argentine Time (ART) is 2 hours. In March, Buenos Aires is a bit cooler than Cancun - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then admire the sheer force of 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 identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

3
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade. Visit Praia Mole and Praia do Campeche for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Florianopolis with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Bombinhas, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste, identify plant and animal life at Open Sea Turtle Museum, walk around Manguezal do Itacorubi, and stroll through Jurere Internacional.

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Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Florianopolis can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Jurere Beach ©
Jurere Beach
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

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.
Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Get outdoors at Praia de Grumari and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, stroll around Parque Lage, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florianopolis in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Rio de Janeiro, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Caxadaco Beach, then kick back and relax at Lopes Mendes Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoa Azul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Meros Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aventureiro.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ilha Grande road trip 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

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