A 12-day itinerary exploring the Latin roots of Buenos Aires and the beaches of Brazil

South America. A dizzying place where nature and culture collide. On a two-week adventure, experience two sides of this vibrant continent. Savour steak, street art and Argentinian charm in Buenos Aires. All before landing on the soft-sand beaches of Brazil, where the only footprints might be your own. To help create your perfect itinerary, our expert Travel Advisors bring together in-the-know recommendations with some of the best luxury hotels in Brazil and Argentina.

AT A GLANCE

• 12-day independent itinerary from Buenos Aires to Brazil

• Discover rich history in exciting Buenos Aires, then seek undiscovered beaches in Brazil – with specially-selected SLH hotels as your base

• Highlights include tango in Buenos Aires’s milongas, and exploring the coral reefs off the Bahian coast

START IN STYLE: BUENOS AIRES

Each barrio in Buenos Aires has a tale to tell. Hire an EcoBici bike and weave your way through fascinatingly diverse neighbourhoods. Start at the beginning in Recoleta, the city’s historic heart. The Recoleta Cemetery is a peaceful maze dedicated to the dead, with marble mausoleums and statues framing the crypts of past influential figures – from presidents to celebrities.

Zip through neighbourhoods Barracas and La Boca, stopping to take in impressive murals and street art along the way. While you’re there, cool off in La Boca’s Malba Museum – past exhibitions have displayed iconic works by the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Then, take your bike or simply take a stroll through Buenos Aires’ most impressive park – Parque Tres de Febrero. With 400 hectares of sprawling parkland punctuated by pretty lakes, you can take a moment to breathe before a night on the town.

When the sun sets, the heat rises in this vibrant city. Let its sultry Latin charm whisk you through the evening, from dinner to dancing. Watch professionals tango the night away in a theatre after an Argentinean steak dinner. Or, swing into low-key milongas (tango clubs) and get involved yourself. La Catedral is a true local’s hangout in the heart of trendy Palermo. Brimming with bohemian charm, thrift-store furniture and quirky artwork wrap around the low-lit dancefloor.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS…

Upscale style meets neoclassical elegance at Casa sur Recoleta. Set in the historic neighbourhood of Recoleta, you’ll be just a few steps from the city’s iconic sights. While utterly modern 1828 Smart Hotel brings effortless living to chic Palermo.
Suggested stay: 5 nights. 

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: BRAZIL

After a week of up-all-night tangoing, get back to nature in Brazil. As the fifth-largest country in the world, there’s a lot to explore, from vast rainforests to urban jungles.

But for now, we’re setting our sights on the sea – specifically, the spectacular state of Bahia. With 900km of pristine coastline, this place will leave you spoilt for sun-worshipping spots. After a few moments here, you’ll soon discover why Bahia earned the nickname the terra da felicidade, or the land of happiness.

This captivating coast is lined with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them towns and villages. In Caraíva, you won’t feel further from the buzz of Buenos Aires. This remote village is only accessible by boat, which helps keep crowds at bay. At Caraíva beach, the river spills into the sea, and at low tide you can walk further out to see the coral reefs. Life is a slower pace here – there’s even an unwritten rule that when a full moon shines, all 300 residents switch off their lights and lay candles out on the sandy streets.

An hour up the coast towards Porto Seguro is Arraial d’Ajuda, a more developed yet equally charming town. Pass the tourist traps and instead head to Pitinga beach, a long, uncrowded strip that backs onto forest-topped cliffs. Walk to the end to find pretty lagoons and small waterfalls.

While it might be tempting, don’t just dwell by the beach. Get out on the ocean and see beneath the swells. Campo Bahia Hotel arranges private boat trips on their luxury schooner, where you can snorkel or dive among the coral reefs and tropical fish. Pick up paddle-boarding or kite-surfing, or simply sail along the coast for whale and dolphin watching.

UNPACK YOUR SUITCASE

Traditional Brazilian beach huts get a luxurious makeover at Campo Bahia Hotel. Just steps from the sea, this eco beach resort is made up of 14 spacious villas that draw on local craftsmanship.
Suggested stay: 7 nights. 

TRAVEL TIPS

As the city is so well connected, there’s no need to rent a car in Buenos Aires. But we’d recommend hiring one in spread-out Brazil. There are three flights per week from Buenos Aires to Porto Seguro Airport in Bahia. Ask our Voice Reservation Team for details about transfers or transport provided by individual hotels. 

BOOK YOUR BOUTIQUE HOTELS

To book the hotels on this independent itinerary, get in touch with our Voice Reservation Team on 0800 0482 314 (UK) & 1-877-234-7033 (US). You can find a full list of our dedicated toll-free numbers here. We’re ready and waiting to plan luxury adventures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So whenever inspiration strikes, just get in touch.