12 days in South America & Mexico Itinerary

12 days in South America & Mexico Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
3
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 1 night
4
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
7
Monterrey, Mexico
— 1 day

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, thenpause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, thenget great views at Leblon Beach, thenstroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planning tool.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): visit Pocitos, take an in-depth tour of Cabildo de Montevideo, thenadmire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and then take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Montevideo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Museums
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Canal Beagle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Ushuaia takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo in January, things will get cooler in Ushuaia: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno National Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Laguna de los Tres.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park tour builder tool.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Los Glaciares National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, Los Glaciares National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
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 9th (Thu): make a trip to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

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Traveling by bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in El Calafate are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, thenexplore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, thentake in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally stop by Puerto Madero.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from El Calafate, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Monterrey.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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Monterrey, Mexico

Monterrey ©
An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll around Parque Ecologico Chipinque.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monterrey sightseeing tool.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Monterrey by flight takes about 16 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Monterrey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks
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Parque Ecologico Chipinque ©
Parque Ecologico Chipinque

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