13 days in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

13 days in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Praia do Leme. Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Costao de Itacoatiara & Camboinhas Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and hike along Claudio Coutinho Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro route maker site.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In March in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 nights

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 outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Lagos de Palermo. There's still lots to do: visit Puerto Madero, wander the streets of Calle Defensa, shop like a local with Recoleta, and examine the collection at Museo Evita.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires holiday website.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Martin de los Andes.
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Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina — 2 nights

Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hit the slopes at Cerro Chapelco and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Lacar. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Quila Quina.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes day trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to San Martin de los Andes by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa La Angostura.
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Villa La Angostura, Argentina — 2 nights

A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada del Rio Bonito, explore the activities along Lago Espejo Grande, and then explore the activities along Rio Correntoso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then explore the activities along Lago Correntoso.

Start your trip to Villa La Angostura by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 2 nights

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
On the 31st (Fri), trek along Sendero de los Arrayanes and then identify plant and animal life at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche online day trip planner.

Drive from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.
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