20 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Spain Itinerary

20 days in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro & Spain Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
2
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 1 night
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barra da Tijuca Beach and Praia do Leme. Visit Copacabana Beach and Camboinhas Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Niteroi to see Sossego Beach about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, enjoy breathtaking views from Morro Dois Irmaos, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Rio de Janeiro. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can 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): head outdoors with Mirador Arrayanes, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jose. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): stop by Librerias y Jugueterias JUMBO Express, thenget outside with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Lago Lacar.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Martin de los Andes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to San Martin de los Andes takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, thentrek along Sendero de los Arrayanes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche day trip planning app.

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough 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

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lago Roca and Playa Larga. Step off the beaten path and head to Ushuaia Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park, examine the collection at Museo Yamana, step off the mainland to explore Isla Bridges, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ushuaia online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ushuaia, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA, and then wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, things will get warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Fragata ARA

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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): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, thenexplore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Isidro, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip site.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Madrid in 17 hours. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in January; daily highs in Madrid reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ciutat Vella and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Step out of the city life by going to Playas de Calella and La Fageda d'en Jorda. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Casa Fuerte de Juvinya (in Sant Joan les Fonts), Patronat Call de Girona (in Girona) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, walk around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and stop by El Born.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona journey maker tool.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Casa Fuerte de Juvinya, Playas de Calella, Patronat Call de Girona, La Fageda d'en Jorda, Fenals Beach
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Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Playas de Calella ©
Playas de Calella
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach

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