20 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Spain Itinerary

20 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Spain Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  27​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
2
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Pao de Acucar and Morro Dois Irmaos. Step off the beaten path and head to Barra da Tijuca Beach and Camboinhas Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Sossego Beach in Niteroi (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, enjoy breathtaking views from Mirante Dona Marta, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro visit planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Rio de Janeiro is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Camboinhas Beach ©
Camboinhas Beach

1
night
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

San Martin de los Andes ©
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 (Fri): get outside with Mirador Arrayanes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bonita, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jose. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): stop by Librerias y Jugueterias JUMBO Express, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Lago Lacar.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes tour itinerary planning site .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to San Martin de los Andes in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mirador Arrayanes ©
Mirador Arrayanes
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lago Lacar ©
Lago Lacar

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo, then delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Bonita. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche day trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Parroquia San Eduardo ©
Parroquia San Eduardo

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ushuaia Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Lago Roca and Isla Bridges. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Larga, examine the collection at Museo Yamana, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ushuaia road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in December: highs in Ushuaia hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 3rd (Fri), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Ushuaia in January, with highs in Buenos Aires at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Horseback Riding Tours
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Fragata ARA Sarmiento ©
Fragata ARA Sarmiento

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Isidro, and then stroll through Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid online trip planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Madrid in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Central European Time (CET) is 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in January; daily highs in Madrid reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo ©
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Fageda d'en Jorda and Ciutat Vella. We've included these beaches for you: Fenals Beach and Playas de Calella. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Patronat Call de Girona (in Girona) and Casa Fuerte de Juvinya (in Sant Joan les Fonts). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Barcelona online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Fageda d'en Jorda, Casa Fuerte de Juvinya, Patronat Call de Girona, Playas de Calella, Fenals Beach
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Playas de Calella ©
Playas de Calella
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach

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