11 days in Argentina, Machu Picchu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

11 days in Argentina, Machu Picchu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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11 days in Argentina, Machu Picchu & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Machu Picchu and then get great views at Intipuncu.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu itinerary planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Machu Picchu is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana and then shop like a local with Palermo.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Palermo ©
Palermo
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, then take a stroll through Av del Libertador, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the El Calafate sightseeing planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in September, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in El Calafate

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Climbing Tours
Av del Libertador ©
Av del Libertador

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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.
Relax by the water at Praia de Itacoatiara and Praia de Grumari. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mirante da Prainha and Parque Lage. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, and hike along Claudio Coutinho Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro vacation builder.

You can fly from El Calafate to Rio de Janeiro in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from El Calafate in September, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Praia de Itacoatiara
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Claudio Coutinho Trail ©
Claudio Coutinho Trail
Praia de Itacoatiara ©
Praia de Itacoatiara
Mirante da Prainha ©
Mirante da Prainha

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