17 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

17 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Montevideo Itinerary

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17 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
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​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.
Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip builder app .

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. Traveling from Zurich to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone 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 up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de Montevideo and Pittamiglio's Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Solanas in Punta Ballena (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, and explore the world behind art at Museo Gurvich.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo sightseeing planner.

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

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa Solanas
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage. We've included these beaches for you: Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online holiday planner .

Fly from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montevideo in October, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Relax by the water at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Fernando de Noronha, stroll through Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha journey builder .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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

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