16 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

16 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Recife, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

3
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.
Visit Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada for their historical value. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take a stroll through Recoleta, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires attractions planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Casa Rosada ©
Casa Rosada

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Montevideo, have fun and explore at Museo Gurvich, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Montevideo route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Montevideo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Catedral de Montevideo ©
Catedral de Montevideo
Castillo Pittamiglio ©
Castillo Pittamiglio

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ilha Fiscal and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

Getting from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo in October, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Visit Capela de Sao Pedro and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fernando de Noronha, take an in-depth tour of Fernando de Noronha Memorial, kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, and explore the activities along Buraco do Galego.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fernando de Noronha, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 8 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Recife.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

1
night
Recife, Brazil

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
On the 1st (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo and then stroll through Muro Alto Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Recife travel planning website .

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Recife in 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Recife due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Recife are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Recife

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Olinda, Muro Alto Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Recife Antigo ©
Recife Antigo
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico

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