Explore South America’s best destinations on this sweeping 3 week tour. You’ll watch the tango in Buenos Aires, trek the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, experience the power of the Iguazu Falls, walk next to glaciers, see whales, and so much more!
Encounter the highlights and hidden secrets of Argentina with the guidance of local experts and the freedom to explore on this 18-day adventure. Watch a tango show in Buenos Aires, kayak on Beagle Channel, tour Perito Moreno Glacier, and hike the trails of Chaltén and Torres del Paine. Deeply explore Argentina and its outstanding landscapes and culture on this Argentine experience of a lifetime!
Day 1 – Arrive in Buenos Aires!
Your guide will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Buenos Aires, where this sweeping Argentina adventure begins.
On this day, you’ll have time to explore this vibrant city with a distinctly European feel. With cobblestone streets, ornate architecture and outdoor cafes, Buenos Aires boasts elegant cuisine and many high-profile designers. Wander the streets of the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods and learn about the unique history and culture of the city. Visit artisan markets, enjoy local barbecue, explore museums and more.
Day 2 – Tour Buenos Aires & Experience Tango
Rise early in the morning for a guided tour of the city, including stops at its most-visited neighborhoods. Spot colorful street art in bohemian San Telmo, see the famous House of Government or “Pink House” in the historical downtown area, take photos of the brightly-painted buildings and modern art in La Boca, and discover the lavish mansions of Recoleta.
Then, your guide will introduce you to an essential Argentine experience — a tango show! Enjoy Argentine cuisine and watch tango at one of the top spots for local dance.
Day 3 – Travel to Puerto Madryn
You’ll board a morning flight for Trelew and will transfer to your hotel in Puerto Madryn upon arrival.
Day 4 – Whale Watch on Valdes Peninsula
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of the Valdes Peninsula with a marine animal tour by boat! First, you’ll visit Caleta Valdes, a large natural creek that is home to a colony of elephant seals. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, these massive, trunked seals have responded to preservation initiatives, and now this UNESCO site is an important seasonal breeding sanctuary for the seals, the endangered southern right whale, migratory birds, and countless other species that live and thrive in this paradise. When you reach the Golfo Nuevo Bay, you will arrive at a small village of Puerto Piramides where you will travel by boat around the bay and witness whales, sea lions, and elephant seals from a remarkably close distance. Prepare to get wet, as the whales often jump and splash near the boat. While the whales may only be seen from late June to mid December, the sea elephants and sea lions are permanent residents. After this rustic Argentine experience, you’ll transfer to your hotel in Puerto Madryn..
Day 5 – Walk with Penguins in Punta Tombo
First spotted in 1520 by Ferdinand Magellan, this massive colony of penguins can number up to half a million birds in peak season — the largest penguin colony in South America. In this nature reserve, you can walk alongside penguins as they dive into the sea, build nests, and protect their young.
The best time to visit the penguins is between October and April, when they’re sure to be waddling out and about. After spending a day an the island of penguins, your guide will take you back to Puerto Madryn to watch a colorful sunset over the sea.
Day 6 – Travel to Ushuaia
Take an afternoon flight to Ushuaia, where you’ll drop your bags before exploring the city. Called the “End of the World,” Ushuaia is located at the southernmost tip of South America on the Beagle Channel. You can visit the local maritime and natural science museums, sample fresh seafood, or simply enjoy views of the harbor, mountains, and glaciers.
Day 7 – Trek and Canoe in Tierra del Fuego
In the morning, you’ll transfer from your hotel to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a day of trekking and canoeing along the southern coast. Upon arrival to Ensenada Bay, you’ll enjoy views of the Beagle Channel before hiking along the park’s rugged coastline trails. While hiking, you’ll observe native species as well as the remnants of ancient communities that once lived and survived off this awe-inspiring landscape. You’ll enjoy a homemade picnic for lunch before canoeing on the Lapatia River towards the Lapataia Bay and Beagle Channel. When you arrive at the channel, you’ll return to shore and your guide will take you back to Ushuaia.
*If you’d prefer a less strenuous day, contact us and we will change this trip for one of the regions many other activities (ex: the train of the end of the world or a lighter trekking option).
Day 8 – Cruise Beagle Channel
Today, you’ll enjoy Beagle Channel by boat, with a full day cruise. Keep an eye out for the rich marine life including fur seals and cormorants along the small islands that flank the channel. You’ll anchor on the Bridges Isles where you can comb the island for concheros (giant shells) while you take in every moment of this uniquely Argentine experience at the End of the World.
Later in the day, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Trelew. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Puerto Madryn.
Note: There is a local port tax of $4.00 USD
Day 9 – Travel to Patagonia
Today, you’ll travel to southern Patagonia to the city of El Calafate, named for a small Patagonian flower that blooms in the dry, intense climate. Located on the banks of Lago Argentino, the country’s largest lake, El Calafate is the national capital for glaciers. Most impressively, El Calafate is home to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of only several glaciers on earth still growing. If time permits, be sure to hike to Laguna Nimez for a spectacular Patagonian sunset.
Day 10 – Experience Perito Moreno Glacier
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a full day excursion in to Los Glacieres National Park where you’ll explore the Perito Moreno Glacier. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park offers unique up-close views of the glacier from easy access viewing stations and walking paths. A bilingual English/Spanish guide will accompany you to provide expert information and insight into this important natural wonder. Later on in the day, you’ll embark on a small boat cruise that will bring you up close to the immense 240 feet (80 meters) high ice walls! In the evening, you’ll be driven to your hotel in El Calafate.
Day 11 – Trek in El Chalten
In the morning, you’ll travel by bus past the stunning Patagonian desert, La Leona River, and Lake Viedma to arrive in the small village of El Chalten, located within Los Glacieres National Park. Here, you’ll stop briefly and a park ranger will provide you with information about the park. After stopping at the hotel, you’ll have the afternoon to enjoy this small paradise. El Chalten is one of the world’s most highly ranked trekking destinations for its glaciers, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests, and mountains. Put on your hiking boots and hit the trails, or relax and enjoy a beer at the community’s local brewery. You’ll spend the night in a hotel in El Chalten.
Day 12 – Hike in the Mountains and Lakes of Chalten
Today, you’ll get to explore the park at your own speed. El Chalten has hiking and trekking experiences for enthusiasts of all interest and ability levels. Enjoy a short 1.9 mile (3 kilometer) hike to see Las Vueltas River and keep an eye out for native birds and other local fauna. Take a 1.5 hour hike to Cerro Torre view point, or if you’re feeling bold, wake up early for 8 hour trek to Fitz Roy Mountain for this singular Argentine experience. Trails are self-guided and very well marked and maintained. Feel free to ask a ranger for advice–they’ve got insider knowledge and they’re eager to help.
Day 13 – Return to El Calafate
In the morning, take advantage of the park’s many activities. In the afternoon, you’ll return to El Calafate by bus.
Day 14 – Explore Torres del Paine National Park
In the early morning, you’ll transferred to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile for a full day excursion! On the drive, you’ll traverse the Patagonian steppe and cross the border to southern Chile. Don’t forget to bring your passport with you, as you’ll need it to cross the border into Chile.
Upon arrival in Chile, you’ll check out some of the region’s most stunning natural landscapes, including Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and, of course, the famous Torres del Paine.
In the evening, we will be dropped off at your hotel to spend the night inside the park.
Day 15 – Enjoy Torres del Paine National Park on Your Own
While inside Torres del Paine National Park, you’ll have the entire day to embark on any of the park’s many trekking and hiking options. Park rangers will provide you with the information you need to plan for your day. Some potential highlights include include a full day hike to the base of Torres del Paine, checking out Grey Glaciar, or enjoying the French Valley.
Day 16 – Return to El Calafate
Enjoy the morning in Torres del Paine with a short hike or by relaxing and taking in the views. In the afternoon, a shuttle will take you to El Calafate, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel
Day 17 – Fly to Iguazu
Today you will head to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. After arrival, you’re free to explore the small jungle town. Located in northeast Argentina on the border with Brazil and Paraguay, Iguazu is surrounded by lush rainforest and unique wildlife. You can spend the day relaxing as you prepare to see the world-famous waterfalls the next day.
Day 18 – Get Wet at Iguazu Falls: Argentine Experience
The Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls allows you to get up close to the rushing water on viewing platforms and an array of nature trails. Your guide will take you to the best viewing points, so you can snap photos of this spectacular New Wonder of the World. After lunch, you’ll take a train ride through the park before you return to the hotel.
For an additional cost, you can choose between several excursions in the park. You can take a boat ride to the base of the falls to fully experience their power and beauty. Don’t forget to bring an extra set of clothes, as you will get wet.
Day 19 – Tour Iguazu Falls: Brazilian Experience
Now that you’ve seen the falls from Argentina, check out this astounding natural wonder from Brazil where you’ll see the astounding Iguazu Falls in their entirety.
In the afternoon, you fly back to Buenos Aires, and upon arrival, a private shuttle with transfer you 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.
Day 20 – Return to Buenos Aires
Last day to enjoy your Argentine experience! Say goodbye to the food, music, dance, and people of Buenos Aires one last time.
Day 21 – Last day of your Argentine Experience!
Today will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.
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