Discover delicious Buenos Aires, the forces of nature in Iguazú, charming Parati, the paradise island of Ilha Grande and lively Rio de Janeiro on one trip. Visit diseaseslearning for information about Argentina.
This trip is for you who want to experience both tango on the streets of Buenos Aires and samba on the beaches of Rio. And in between enjoy the rushing waterfalls of Iguazú, see charming colonial architecture in picturesque Parati combined with relaxation and sunbathing on the paradise island of Ilha Grande.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia
Departure from Scandinavia to Buenos Aires, where you will arrive the next day. One or two stopovers will be added depending on which airline you travel with.
Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires
On this day you will arrive in the metropolis of Buenos Aires. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hostel where you will spend three nights.
Day 3-4: On a voyage of discovery in Buenos Aires
Everyone loves Buenos Aires and rightly so. Here the cafés are visited by coffee-drinking bohemians, the streets are teeming with loud football fans and the dance floors are filled with passionate tango dancers. Argentines are both a relaxed and temperamental people and at the same time they are formal and relaxed. Buenos Aires is also a dynamic city. You can easily retreat and reflect on the day’s experiences at one of the countless cozy cafés in the city or visit one of the many green areas. In the artistic district of San Telmo, part of the charm of the colonial era is preserved in the cobbled streets and the low buildings. Here you can buy unique souvenirs at the Sunday market from various art and antique stalls. The city consists of many different districts that can be discovered separately, so set aside plenty of time to go on exploration trips. In the center is the pedestrian street Florida which has many trendy shops. In the evenings, the street becomes full of life. Street vendors try to sell their wares by spreading them on carpets on the street and you can also see and hear many street musicians playing music. You can also visit the modernized port area of Puerto Madero where the renovated warehouses now house modern restaurants. San Telmo’s narrow cobbled streets are especially interesting on Sundays when the antique market takes over almost the entire district and people dance tango and play music. La Boca is a major tourist magnet with its colorful houses. The colors used are remnants of paints used to paint ships. This is also where the famous football stadium La Bombonera is located. It is the home arena for Diego Maradona’s old club, Boca Juniors, and is an arena that can offer exciting football matches. Check out the tournament schedule and take a tour of the stadium. South American football is a real experience. Retiro and Recoleta are also modern neighborhoods with many beautiful houses. The large cemetery where Eva Peron is buried is also here. (F )
Day 5: By bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazú
You take a night bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazú and arrive at your destination the next day. This is the traditional way to travel around South America and the buses are very comfortable. Bring some food bag and drink. ( F )
Day 6: On an adventure to the Iguazú Falls
This day you will reach the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls. You will be picked up at the bus station and driven to your hostel. Enjoy a wonderful day by the pool in the quiet surroundings of the hostel. The roaring Iguazu River crosses the state of Paraná in southern Brazil from east to west. A few kilometers before the Iguazú River crosses the Paraná River, it is also part of one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Iguazú Falls. The area is over 2.7 kilometers long and has an average throughput of 1,750 cubic meters per second. The contrasts between the green vegetation, the dark colors of the rocks and the swirling water that falls from a height of around 72 meters are magical! Iguazú has a total of 275 waterfalls and some of them are over 80 meters high, which means that these waterfalls are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls. It was therefore no surprise when UNESCO in 1986 named the region a World Heritage Site. The waterfalls were originally “discovered” by the Spaniard Alvar Nuñez in 1541. He called them Saltos de Santa María. The name we use today means “big water” in the Guarani language. The waterfalls are protected by two national parks, one in Brazil and one in Argentina. The tours go via paths and footbridges that are adapted to the landscape in the area. It is therefore easy to hike there regardless of age. The guided tours around the facility run several times a day. The best time of year to visit the place is from August to November. During the rainy season from May to July, there is a risk of flooding, which means that it is sometimes not possible to get close to the waterfalls via the walkways.
Day 7: On an adventure to the Iguazú Falls in Argentina
On this day, a trip is arranged to the Argentine side of Iguazú and then the journey continues towards the Brazilian side. Therefore, remember your passport and your pack when you leave the hostel. You are driven to the waterfalls where you and your guide board a train that takes you along the waterfalls at different heights. The tour ends at the largest and most impressive case, Djävulsgapet, which is 90 meters high. The tour ends at your hostel on the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls. ( F )
Day 8: On an adventure to the Iguazú Falls in Brazil
Nothing is planned in the morning, so you can do whatever you want. Only in the afternoon does the journey to the Brazilian side of the falls begin. Guide and transportation are included so you get the most out of your time by Iguazú. ( F )
Day 9: By bus from Iguazú to Parati
You take a night bus from Iguazú to Parati via Sao Paulo and arrive at your destination the next day. ( F )
Day 10-11: On a journey of discovery in charming Parati
From Iguazu’s sparkling waters, the journey continues to the cozy little town of Parati, known for its white old buildings with colorful doors and cozy cobbled streets. The city is permeated by colonial style and is considered one of the world’s most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Spend the days exploring the city. You can also take a boat trip out into the bay of Parati, where you can explore one of the beautiful islands and pristine beaches and take a refreshing dip. Another option is to go on a jeep tour. The nature around Parati is indescribably beautiful and an exciting jeep ride makes it possible to see the jungle-clad mountains and the beautiful white sandy beaches. ( F )
Day 12–14: Relaxation and sun holiday on Ilha Grande
On this day, the trip goes to the tropical island of Ilha Grande, just south of Rio de Janeiro. You will be picked up at your hostel in Rio and driven to the coast where you take the ferry over to Ilha Grande. When you reach Vila do Abraão, the only city on the island, you will be met by a guide. You continue on foot to the next hostel as there are no cars on the island. ( F ) Spend the days just the way you want. Ilha Grande is a nature reserve with 130 km of coastline and over 100 beaches. Here you can just relax for a few days. On the island there are also opportunities to visit the famous Lopes Mendes beach, known for being one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. You can also take a boat trip around the island, snorkel, go hiking, kayak, surf and much more.
Day 15-17: The fantastic Rio de Janeiro
On this day, the journey continues to the fantastic Rio de Janeiro, a journey that takes about five hours. You will be dropped off at your hostel where you will spend three nights. ( F) “God created the world in six days and on the seventh day he relaxed in Rio,” is a saying of the locals in Rio, also known as Carioca. Few cities have such spectacular surroundings as Rio. No wonder then that the city is sometimes called “Cidade Maravilhosa” (the amazing city). Nearby are stunning white beaches in Copacabana and Ipanema, the deep blue Atlantic Ocean, the bright green Guanabara Bay and the almost blue mountain Sugarloaf Mountain. Take a day trip to one of the city’s favelas, enjoy the view from Sockertoppen and Corcovado, taste local dishes in the city’s fast food and restaurants, experience the city’s lively nightlife, try surfing, rent a bike or go swimming at one of the city’s many beaches.
Day 18: Departure from Rio de Janeiro
Departure from Rio with a view of Scandinavia. ( F )
Day 19: Arrival in Scandinavia
Three nights at a hostel in Buenos Aires
One night at the night bus between Buenos Aires and Iguazú
One night at a hostel on the Argentine side of Iguazú
Two nights at a hostel on the Brazilian side of Iguazú
One night at the night bus between Iguazú and Parati
Two nights at a hostel in Parati
Three nights in a hostel in Ilha Grande
Three nights in a hostel in Rio de Janeiro