18 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

18 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

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Start: Cancun, Mexico
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 30 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.
Visit Cemiterio de Recoleta and La Boca for their historical value. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Parque 3 de Febrero are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: stop by Puerto Madero, take a stroll through Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires tour itinerary planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Buenos Aires is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cancun in March: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Visiting Iguazu Falls and Salto San Martin will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Isla San Martin in Iguazu National Park (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu and look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin de los Picaflores.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Iguazu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, expect nights in Puerto Iguazu to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

1
night
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for Paraty on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Nightlife Shopping Museums

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.
On the 20th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cachadaco, thentake a stroll through Centro Historico, and then look for gifts at Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Sono Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paraty travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Sono Beach ©
Sono Beach

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll through Aventureiro and then kick back and relax at Praia Preta. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoa Azul, delve into the distant past at Aqueduto, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, and finally kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ilha Grande road trip planning website.

Drive from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Praia de Ipanema and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Relax by the water at Pedra do Arpoador and Praia de Grumari. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Igreja Sao Lourenco (in Niteroi), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Arraial do Cabo) and Imperial Museum (in Petropolis). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Igreja Sao Lourenco, Scuba & Snorkeling, Imperial Museum
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

On the 28th (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, thenget engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and then get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Casa Rosada ©
Casa Rosada
El Zanjon de Granados ©
El Zanjon de Granados

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