23 days in Argentina, Foz do Iguacu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

23 days in Argentina, Foz do Iguacu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Ushuaia
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

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, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online tour planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Frankfurt in January, things will get warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 1 night
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes and then take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena.

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You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

El Calafate, Argentina

— 2 nights
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get outside with Enjoy! and then take a tour by water with Estancia Cristina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, then see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, then look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Laguna de los Tres, take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Torre, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our El Chalten day trip planning site.

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Ushuaia, Argentina

— 3 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo del Fin del Mundo, then explore the activities along Laguna Esmeralda, then explore the activities along Canal Beagle, and finally view the masterpieces at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Ushuaia trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Ushuaia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Step out of Iguazu National Park with an excursion to Lago Urugua-i in Puerto Libertad--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Iguazu Falls. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park day trip site.

Fly from Ushuaia to Iguazu National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ushuaia in January, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 1 night

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu road trip website.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.