25 days in South America Itinerary

25 days in South America Itinerary

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25 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
10
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
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 nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Palermo, admire the striking features of Edificio La Inmobiliaria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Palermo Soho, and contemplate the long history of Palacio Barolo.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online journey planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Vancouver to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in February; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Palermo ©
Palermo
La Boca
La Boca
Palacio Barolo ©
Palacio Barolo

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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 12th (Wed): look for gifts at Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas, take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, you will find days in Foz do Iguacu are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Shopping
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland
Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas ©
Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Iguazu: Iguazu National Park (Salto San Martin, Iguazu Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Iguazu, look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin de los Picaflores, and stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu trip itinerary maker .

Puerto Iguazu is just a short distance from Foz do Iguacu. In February, daytime highs in Puerto Iguazu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Shopping

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

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): shop like a local with Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then don't miss a visit to Plazoleta San Martin de Tours, and finally make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Iguazu in February, you will find days in Buenos Aires are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo vacation builder app .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

3
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ilhabela: Maresias (Maresias - Pauba Trail & Maresias Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Curral Beach, get great views at Mirante do Piuva, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Pedra do Sino, and head off the coast to Cabras Island.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Ilhabela trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Ilhabela by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Ilhabela can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sao Sebastiao
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Curral Beach ©
Curral Beach
Maresias Beach ©
Maresias Beach
Baia de Castelhanos Beach ©
Baia de Castelhanos Beach

1
day
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
On the 22nd (Sat), kick back and relax at Joao Fernandes Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Geriba Beach, then take in the waterfront at Orla Bardot Boardwalk, and finally don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Armacao dos Buzios visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ilhabela to Armacao dos Buzios takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daytime highs in Armacao dos Buzios are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Geriba Beach ©
Geriba Beach
Rua das Pedras ©
Rua das Pedras
Orla Bardot Boardwalk ©
Orla Bardot Boardwalk

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.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
night
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este trip maker tool .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Punta del Este by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February; daily highs in Punta del Este reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Maldonado
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Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Mirador Punta Ballena ©
Mirador Punta Ballena
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa

1
night
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a stroll through Pocitos, make a trip to Montevideo Sign, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Punta del Este to Montevideo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods
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Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then take in the views from Puente de la Mujer, then take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires online trip itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Casa Rosada ©
Casa Rosada

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