Spend 15 days exploring the very best of Argentina. From boat tours to the Iguazu Falls, to walking next to 80m tall glaciers, this trip does not disappoint!
Explore an incredible Argentina adventure. Discover glaciers, hike Patagonia’s mountainous trails, see the incredible Iguazu Falls, and kayak through the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This trip certainly has it all. From Buenos Aires’ tango shows and eclectic neighborhoods, to the enchanting southern city of Ushuaia, you’ll experience the best of what this country has to offer.
Day 1 – Buenos Aires
Described as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires proudly boasts this title while still showing off plenty of its own unique culture. Explore traditional European architecture, cobblestone streets lined with picturesque outdoor cafes, local antique and artisan markets, and the alluring aroma of prized Argentine beef cooking on an open “parrilla” (barbeque.) Buenos Aires is home to many talented local designers. You won’t have a problem finding the perfect leather jacket, long leather boots, handmade handbags, and so much more! Buenos Aires is most famous for being the “home of the tango.” Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a traditional dinner-tango show and visit the vibrant San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods in this Argentina adventure.
When you arrive at the airport, you will be met by a friendly driver with whom will bring you to your hotel.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires. During the trip, you’ll visit the historical and political center of the city; San Telmo and its cobbled streets, La Boca for tango, and the chic, aristocratic Recoleta with grand palaces that will remind you of why Buenos Aires has been coined the “Paris of the South.“
In the evening, you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to one of Buenos Aires’ most famous cultural activities: Tango in Buenos Aires. Here you will enjoy dinner and tango show and experience some of the finest local dancing, rich Argentine cuisine, and the country’s signature malbec. At the end of the night, you’ll be driven back to your hotel.
Day 3 – El Calafate
Next on your Argentina adventure, Patagonia! Located in the southern part of Patagonia, El Calafate is on the Patagonian steppe, and is a very dry and dramatic climate. The city is on the border of Lago Argentino (Argentina’s biggest lake) and is considered to be the national capital of the glaciers. From the city, you’ll be able to visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still growing.
Once you arrive, you will be brought to your hotel and will have the rest of the day to explore the town or, if possible, hike out to Laguna Nimez for a unbeatable Patagonian sunset.
Day 4 – Perito Moreno Glacier
After breakfast, you will head out on an adventure to Perito Moreno Glacier, in Los Glaciares National Park. The area has been recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and is home to one of the most stunning landscapes in Argentina, the Perito Moreno Glacier. You will take a tour with a bilingual guide who will provide you with all the information you’ll need to know about the area. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views of the glacier from the nearby walking trail and viewing platforms. Later on, you will embark on the Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise that will bring you up close to the giant 80m tall ice walls! In the early evening, you will return back to your hotel in Calafate.
*Note: If you’re looking to make your Argentina adventure a little more active, you may want to consider taking the Big Ice or Mini-Trekking tours (at an extra cost). Both allow you to hike on the glacier!! If this is something you might be interested in, please let us know in advance as these trips are in high demand.
Day 5 – Argentina Adventure – El Calafate
Today is intended for leisure and relaxation. Explore any of the optional tours around El Calafate. We suggest a visit to Estancia Cristina, a bike ride out to the lake, or a boat cruise to explore some of the more remote glaciers this region has to offer.
Day 6 – Calafate to Chalten trip
In the morning, you’ll board a comfortable public bus, where for 3 hours you’ll drive through the southern Patagonian desert on the famous Route 40. When you arrive to El Chalten, the bus will stop for 15 minutes at the Park Ranger station. Here you will be provided with to general explanations about the park, recommendations, etc. El Chalten is a top rated trekking destination and is considered the Argentinean capital of trekking. Located at the base of the Fitz Roy Mountain, completely surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest, it is true gem of the south. This charming little village, that is also the starting point for most trails, is a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike. Once you arrive, you’ll have plenty of time to discover your surroundings, take a stroll around a waterfall, or just relax at the local brewery.
Day 7 – Hiking in the Mountains and Lakes of Chalten
Get ready for an exciting day of lush nature! El Chalten offers a range of options for all levels of trekking. From the door of the hotel, you can go for a pleasant 3k walk, with views of the Rio de las Vueltas and the lenga forest, where you can see many varieties of native birds (great woodpecker spotting opportunity). If you’re looking for some mountain views, take a 1.5 hours stroll and you’ll find yourself at the stunning Cerro Torre view point. For trekking fans, continue all the way to torre base or go on an 8 hour trek to the most impressive view of Fitz Roy by Laguna de los tres path (highly recommended!!) This is a trek that becomes difficult toward the last bit, but is still definitely worth the effort.
You’ll be able to choose where and when you’d like to go, as well as what your preferred pace, since all of the paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained. Upon arrival, you’ll be provided with complete trekking information about the park so you can plan for your perfect day.
Day 8 – Return to El Calafate
In the morning, you’ll choose from any number of great Chalten activities that the park has to offer. Later in the afternoon, you will board the bus back to El Calafate. The three hour drive will be a nice opportunity for you to rest and enjoy the views from your window.
Day 9 – Travel to Ushuaia
Head to the southernmost city of the word, Ushuaia! Surrounded by mountains and facing the Beagle Channel, this place is sure to be remembered.
Day 10 – Trekking & Canoeing in the Patagonia National Park
You will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. When you arrive at at Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before trekking along the coast. This rugged trail will give you the opportunity to enjoy the native flora and fauna of the channel as well as discover old native remains left by the ancient dwellers, the Yamanas. Once you reach Roca Lake, you will enjoy a nice lunch. After your homemade picnic you will begin to canoe down the Lapataia River. This will take you to Lapataia Bay on the Beagle Channel, precisely where the Panamerican Highway and number 3 National Route ends. Afterwards, you will be returned back to Ushuaia.
Day 11 – Beagle Channel Cruise
After making your way to the tourist pier, you will embark on a boat excursion along the famous Beagle Channel. You will enjoy panoramic views of Ushuaia Bay and discover the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants and fur seals, on De los Lobos and De los Pajaros Islands. On one of the Bridges Isles, you can rummage the island for concheros, or giant shells, and take in the stunning views of Chile and Argentina. During the trip, you’ll be able to enjoy snacks and the famous Argentine drink, mate.
Note: There is a local port tax of $4USD
Later on, you will be taken to the airport for your flight Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be taken to your hotel.
Day 12 – Iguazu Falls
Next up on the Argentina adventure agenda, Iguazu Falls! Today you will head to the airport to take your flight to Iguazu. Iguazu is a small and charming town and is the gateway to the famous Iguazu Falls, (which recently have been declared as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders!) Once you arrive, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. You will then have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the warm climate and jungle setting.
Day 13 – Iguazu Falls Tours: Argentine Side
After breakfast, you will depart on a full day tour to the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls. Here you will take in stunning views of this section of the Iguazu River. Your guide will show you all the hidden gems of the park and venture off the beaten path to show us the best views. This immense 210 square mile reserve provides visitors with a multitude of views of the falls. You will finish your with a beautiful ecological train ride. After the tour, you will return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Note: While in the park, there are many of different trips that you can take for an additional cost. Some popular ones are “Gran Aventura” and “Aventura Nautica”, in which the Iguazu boat trip takes you to the base of the falls. This excursion is highly recommended if you want to experience the true power of Iguazu Falls. (There is a 100% chance that you will get wet… Don’t forget to bring some extra clothes with you!) This day will be full of thrills and is an absolute must for the adventurer at heart.
Day 14 – Iguazu National Park: Brazilian Side
After breakfast, you will visit the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. Here you’ll enjoy expansive views of the falls, allowing you to see the falls in their full entirety. In the afternoon, you will be brought to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will take a private transfer to your hotel.
Note: Brazil requires that most tourists have a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Please check with the Brazilian Consulate to make sure that you have the appropriate visa before traveling or you will not be permitted to enter Brazil. US citizens, Canadians & Australians (and other nationalities) need a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls.
Day 15 – Buenos Aires
Today your Argentina adventure comes to an end! You will be driven to the airport for your return flight home.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.