22 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

22 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

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22 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Ilha Grande Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly + Shuttle:  18 h
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
4
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
6
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

5
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de la Plata and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Parque 3 de Febrero. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: La Plata (Museo de La Plata & Dardo Rocha Museum and Archives), Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Isidro, and don't miss a visit to Avenida 9 De Julio.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker website .

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 ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Buenos Aires to be warmer, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

La Plata, Monumento a Nicolas Avellaneda, Catedral de San Isidro, Delta El Tigre, Basilica de Lujan
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Doradillo and Playa La Cantera. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peninsula Valdes and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio in Trelew (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head outdoors with Yellow Submarine, and identify plant and animal life at Loberia de Punta Loma.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yellow Submarine, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Highlights from your plan
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Los Glaciares National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino and Ocio. Escape the urban bustle at Iguazu Falls and Parque Nacional Iguazu. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Iguazu to Iguazu National Park to see Salto Bernabe Mendez about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Sendero Macuco, take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu, and identify plant and animal life at Jardin de los Picaflores.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Puerto Iguazu trip simple and quick.

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Puerto Iguazu in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in December, expect nights in Puerto Iguazu to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are much hotter, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Jardin de los Picaflores ©
Jardin de los Picaflores
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

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.
Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Morro Dois Irmaos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Praia Da Joatinga. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Praia de Itauna (in Saquarema) and Camboinhas Beach (in Niteroi). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Pepe Beach, examine the collection at Instituto Moreira Salles, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro planning app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia de Itauna, Camboinhas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aventureiro and Abraaozinho Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dois Rios Beach and Julia Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia Preta and enjoy the sand and surf at Vermelha Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Abraaozinho Beach ©
Abraaozinho Beach

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