18 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

18 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly + Shuttle:  21 h 15 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and take a stroll through Palermo.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires tour planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or fly. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In June in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
El Ateneo Grand Splendid ©
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Casa Rosada ©
Casa Rosada

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Santa Teresa, Morro da Urca, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and other attractions. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Petropolis and see Imperial Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, admire the landmark architecture of Carioca Aqueduct, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. You'll set off for Paraty on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
nights
Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Meio Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia do Cachadaco, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Paraty day trip planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro ©
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro
Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco ©
Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, get curious at Catavento Cultural e Educacional, and pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Paraty to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

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.
On the 1st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park and then admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu travel website.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. June in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat

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