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

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

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Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 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
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  8 h
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
6
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 6 nights
Bus:  4 h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

3
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 a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18.5- 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. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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've now added Peninsula Valdes to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico and then explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore the galleries of Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then deepen your understanding at Ecocentro.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Perito Moreno National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Puerto Madryn to Los Glaciares National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

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 Seco ©
Glaciar Seco
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

3
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Iguazu National Park: Lago Urugua-i (in Puerto Libertad), Wanda Mines (in Wanda) and Provincial Urugua-i Park (in San Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Glaciares National Park to Iguazu National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in December, plan for much warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines, Provincial Urugua-i Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

3
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Leblon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lopes Mendes Beach. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Papagaio, stroll through Parnaioca Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande, and enjoy the sand and surf at Grande das Palmas Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ilha Grande trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a bus from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Pico do Papagaio ©
Pico do Papagaio
Aracatibinha Beach ©
Aracatibinha Beach

1
night
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema and then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro planner.

You can take a bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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