10 days in Argentina & Brazil Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights


Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, don't miss a visit to Cementerio de la Recoleta, and get a taste of the local shopping with El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from San Francisco to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get slightly colder in Buenos Aires: highs are around 58°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Iguazu National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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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.
On the 20th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu journey planner.

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Copacabana Beach, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally see the interesting displays at Folclore Edison Carneiro Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and finally admire the striking features of Ilha Fiscal.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip builder.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Foz do Iguacu - with highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Argentina travel guide

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.

Brazil travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.