16 days in Brazil & Northern Argentina Itinerary

16 days in Brazil & Northern Argentina Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil & Northern Argentina Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 30​min
5
Cafayate, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Purmamarca, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary site .

Mexico City, Mexico to Sao Paulo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in March, with highs in Sao Paulo at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): walk around Mini Mundo, contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake, then find something for the whole family at Snowland, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pedra. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, make a trip to Rua Coberta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Gramado itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Gramado takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Canela
Highlights from your plan
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cafayate.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

1
night
Cafayate, Argentina

Cafayate ©
Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Regional y Arqueologico Rodolfo Bravo and then explore the ancient world of Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Bodega Domingo Molina, then explore the striking landscape at Garganta del Diablo Salta, and then stroll through Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cafayate trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Cafayate in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Purmamarca.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trip

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)
Highlights from your plan
Garganta del Diablo Salta ©
Garganta del Diablo Salta
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas ©
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes) ©
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)

1
night
Purmamarca, Argentina

Purmamarca ©
With a population of just over 2,000, the small village of Purmamarca possesses a remote Andean charm, with its adobe houses and colorful market streets some of the most photogenic in the area.
On the 26th (Thu), head outdoors with Abra de Potrerillos (Mirador a 4170msnm), then go for a walk through Cuesta de Lipan, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Hill of Seven Colors.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Purmamarca trip itinerary site .

Getting from Cafayate to Purmamarca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salta.

Things to do in Purmamarca

Outdoors Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cuesta de Lipan ©
Cuesta de Lipan
The Hill of Seven Colors ©
The Hill of Seven Colors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stop by El Gauchito Salteno, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco, then get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Lorenzo Martir and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento San Bernardo.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salta itinerary maker site .

Drive from Purmamarca to Salta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Parroquia San Lorenzo Martir
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Convento San Bernardo ©
Convento San Bernardo
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta

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