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 15 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 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 15 min
5
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 15 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 Plaza de Mayo for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Calle Defensa. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip maker site.

Cancun, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cancun to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Cancun in March, things will get slightly colder in Buenos Aires: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Iguazu Falls and Jardin de los Picaflores. Explore Puerto Iguazu's surroundings by going to Iguazu National Park (Isla San Martin & Salto San Martin). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu and identify plant and animal life at Guiraoga.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu road 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 a bit 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
Highlights from your plan
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 more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip maker.

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. In March, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 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), kick back and relax at Praia do Cachadaco, take a stroll through Centro Historico, and then stop by Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sono Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paraty driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Paraty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
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), kick back and relax at Aventureiro and then kick back and relax at Praia Preta. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Lagoa Azul, explore the ancient world of Aqueduto, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, and finally kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ilha Grande online journey planner.

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
Highlights from your plan
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.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Imperial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parque Lage and Igreja Sao Lourenco. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 3 hours away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro visit planning website.

Traveling by bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish 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
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, thencontemplate the long history of Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, thenget engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and then steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler 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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