16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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16 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
4
Salvador, Brazil
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  17​h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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.
Visit Ilha Fiscal and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara in Petropolis (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Pao de Acucar, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Sao Francisco Xavier.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro holiday planning website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

4
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Relax by the water at Praia Mole and Joaquina Beach. Visit Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Paroquia Santissimo Sacramento for their historical value. Step out of Florianopolis with an excursion to Bombinhas Beach in Bombinhas--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jurere Internacional, stroll through Lagoinha do Leste, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceicao da Lagoa, and get to know the fascinating history of Ribeirao da Ilha.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Florianopolis trip planner .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with highs in Florianopolis at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Paroquia Santissimo Sacramento, Bombinhas Beach
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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Jurere Internacional ©
Jurere Internacional
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

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.
Get some historical perspective at Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of San Telmo, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, make a trip to Recoleta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Florianopolis to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Florianopolis in October; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salvador.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Forte Beach and Praia Farol da Barra. Popular historic sites such as Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia are in your itinerary. When in Salvador, make a side trip to see Projeto Tamar in Praia do Forte, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Francisco Church and Convent, pause for some photo ops at Elevator Lacerda, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People, and take a stroll through Pelourinho.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Salvador attractions planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Salvador in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in October; daily highs in Salvador reach 33°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia do Forte
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Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Praia Farol da Barra ©
Praia Farol da Barra

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