Explore South America’s best destinations on this sweeping 12 day tour. You’ll watch the tango Buenos Aires, trek the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, experience the power of the Iguazu Falls, stand next to enormous glacial walls, and much more!
From the incredible jungle trails of Iguazu Falls, to the world’s southernmost city, discover the highlights and hidden treasures of Argentina with this 12 day tour. This ultimate Argentine itinerary includes trekking in Tierra del Fuego National Park, a tour Perito Moreno Glacier, canoeing in Patagonia, a Buenos Aires tango show, and more! We’ve taken care of the details so you can focus on what’s important: the experience.
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 itinerary begins.
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 – Fly to “The End of the World”
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 4 – Trek and Canoe in Patagonia
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 ride back to Ushuaia.
Day 5 – 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, or giant shells, while you breathe in the fresh air 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
If you’d like to see more of Ushuaia, we highly recommend the Magellanic Penguin rookery tour on Martillo Islanda! Just change up your Argentina itinerary by adding on an extra day in Ushuaia, or exchanging the Beagle Channel Cruise for the Penguin Tour (you’ll need to take a late flight). Note: this excursion is only available from October to April and is at an additional cost.
Day 6 – Relax in El Calafate
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. Time permitting, we highly recommend you take a short hike to Laguna Nimez to watch the sun set.
Day 7 – Tour Perito Moreno Glacier
You’ve officially entered the second half of your Argentina itinerary!
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a full day excursion in to Los Glacieres National Park where you’ll explore Argentina through one of most stunning features–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.
Note: If you’re interested in more adventure, consider taking the Big Ice or Mini-Trekking excursion! Contact us for more info!
Day 8 – Explore El Calafate
Today, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the park’s many activities as you’d like, including biking along the lake, hiking the trails, or boating to the region’s more off-the-beaten-path glaciers.
Day 9 – Arrive in 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 10 – Get Wet at Iguazu Falls
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–you’ll get wet!
Day 11 – Experience Iguazu Falls
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 12 – Last Day of your Argentina Itinerary!
Say goodbye to Buenos Aires! Take advantage of your final day to explore the city one last time and check off the final boxes on your Argentina itinerary!
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.