This comprehensive 3.5 week tour allows you to explore Argentina without leaving any stone unturned. Hike to Patagonian glaciers, get your feet wet at Iguazu Falls, walk with penguins at Punta Tombo, and fall in love with the tango in Buenos Aires. We take care of the itinerary, so you can focus on what’s important: the experience.
Anywhere you travel in this breathtaking country, you’ll encounter new and incredible landscapes waiting to be explored. From Patagonian glaciers to the tropical paradise of Iguazu Falls, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to charming Bariloche, this all-encompassing tour takes you to the top attractions and off-the-beaten-path destinations.
In this 24 day adventure, you’ll watch a tango show in Buenos Aires, cruise Lake Nahuel Huapi, 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 South American trip of a lifetime!
Day 1 – Arrive in Argentina
Get ready to explore Argentina! Upon arrival to Buenos Aires, your guide will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Buenos Aires, where this sweeping tour of Argentina begins.
On this day, you’ll have time to explore this vibrant city on your own. With ornate architecture and outdoor cafes, Buenos Aires boasts elegant cuisine and many high-profile designers, as well as outdoor antique and artisan markets. Wander the cobblestone streets of the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods, and don’t miss the opportunity to explore Argentina cuisine, with Argentine beef barbecue, or check out the city’s world class museums!
Day 2 – Tour Buenos Aires & Experience Tango
Rise early in the morning for a guided city tour, including stops at its many iconic neighborhoods. Check out colorful street art in bohemian San Telmo, see the famous House of Government or “Pink House” in the historical and political city center, enjoy brightly-painted buildings and modern art in La Boca, and discover the lavish mansions of Recoleta.
In the evening, your guide will introduce you to the essential Buenos Aires experience — a tango show! Enjoy typical Argentine cuisine and rich Mendoza Malbec while you take in the art of tango up close in birthplace of tango.
Day 3 – Travel to Argentina’s Lake District
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your morning flight to San Carlos de Bariloche, situated within Nahuel Huapi National Park and Argentina’s Lake District. Upon arrival in Bariloche, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a free afternoon to relax or explore as you’d like.
Day 4 – Explore Barlioche’s History and Nature
In the morning, you’ll tour the region’s highlights with a professional guide, including the jaw-dropping Cerro Campanario (Bell Tower Hill), considered by National Geographic one of the top 10 views on Earth. In the afternoon, you’ll stop for a homemade boxed lunch before continuing onward with pleasant hike through Llao-llao Park. Before ending the day, you’ll visit a local microbrewery to enjoy a good German-style brew.
Day 5 – Sail on Nahuel Huami Lake
Today, you’ll have the chance to experience Nahuel Huapi Lake with an intimate small boat trip.
Day 6 – 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.
Day 7 – Marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier
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 (at an extra cost). Both allow you to hike on the glacier and give you a chance to experience the glacier from up close! If you’re interested, contact us in advance as occupancy for these excursions fills up quickly.
Day 8 – 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. Here, explore Argentina in your hiking boots, or relax and enjoy a beer at the community’s local brewery. You’ll spend the night in a hotel in El Chalten.
Day 9 – Hike 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. Take the opportunity to 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.
Adventure another 1.5 hours to the Cerro Torre view point, or if you’re feeling bold, wake up early for 8 hour trek to Fitz Roy Mountain. 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 10 – Return to El Calafate
In the morning, take advantage of the park’s many opportunities to explore Argentina and its most stunning views. In the afternoon, you’ll return to El Calafate by bus.
Day 11 – Cross the Border into Chile
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 southern 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, you will be dropped off at your hotel to spend the night inside the park.
Day 12 – Explore Torres del Paine National Park
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 13 – Travel to Punta Arenas
In the morning, you’ll transfer from your hotel to Punta Arenas in southern Chile. Before the construction of the Panama Canal in 1914, this wealthy city was once an important port on the journey between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and its European influence is apparent everywhere from its architecture to its local cemetery.
Day 14 – Visit the City at the End of the World
Today, you’ll return to Argentina to visit Ushuaia, the country’s southernmost city. In the morning, you’ll transfer by taxi (~$8.00 USD) to the bus station for a full day drive to Ushiaia. Take this opportunity to rest up and take in the passing scenery, including the Straight of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island, before arriving at Ushuaia, “The City at the End of the World.” Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to your hotel for the night.
Day 15 – Trek and Canoe in Patagonia National Park
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 16 – Cruise on 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
Day 17 – Whale Watch on Peninsula Valdez
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of the Valdes Peninsula with whale watching by boat! First, you will 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. While the whales may only be seen from late June to mid December, the sea elephants and sea lions are permanent residents and can be seen all year round. After the whale watching experience, you’ll transfer to your hotel in Puerto Madryn.
Day 18 – 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 19 – Return to Buenos Aires
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for return flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will have a transfer waiting for you to bring you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Argentina metropolitan culture before your next flight tomorrow.
Day 20 – Explore Iguazu
Today you will begin your day early with flight to Iguazu. This peaceful town is surrounded by lush rainforest and unique wildlife. Spend the day relaxing as you prepare to see Iguazu Falls the next day. Iguazu is the world’s largest waterfall system and a jaw-dropping, otherworldly experience.
Day 21 – Get Wet at Iguazu National Park: Argentine Side
After breakfast, you’ll embark on a full day tour of Iguazu National Park. In the 210 square mile (544 square kilometer) park, you’ll take in unbelievable views from the Iguazu River, and your guide will lead you off the beaten path to check out some of the park’s hidden gems. After lunch, you’ll take a train ride through the park before you return to the hotel. You’ll return to your hotel in the evening.
Note: The park offers various excursions you may take for an additional cost. “Gran Aventura” and “Aventura Nautica” are both popular options that take you base of the falls by boat. We highly recommend these thrilling tours if you want to experience the true essence of the Iguazu Falls. Be prepared to get wet, and bring along an extra set of clothes.
Day 22 – Capture Stunning Panoramas of Iguazu National Park: Brazilian Side
After breakfast, you will visit the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, where you’ll get to witness the astounding 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 23 – Return to Buenos Aires
As your last day to explore Argentina, take the day to relax or explore as you’d like. You can say goodbye to new friends and favorite places, enjoy one more Malbec, or wander the streets to uncover new surprises.
Day 24 – Say Goodbye to Argentina
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
Your Explore Argentina Tour includes…
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