This 15 day tour of Argentina provides you with the very best of what this country has to offer. Enjoy unbeatable views of the Iguazu Falls, walk next to 80m tall glaciers, wander the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, and much more!
For an all-encompassing tour of Argentina, spend 15 days with a local guide exploring the top cities and sights in the country. From the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the rugged Patagonian wildness, this tour takes you to the top attractions and off-the-beaten-path destinations.
You’ll watch a tango show in a city dance hall, trek along massive glaciers, visit the Iguazu Falls in the northern rainforest, and spot diverse wildlife in protected areas and national parks. From coast to sea to jungle, this tour takes you to the extreme ends of Argentina and mixes guided tours with free time to explore as you wish.
Day 1 – Welcome 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 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 – Buenos Aires neighborhood tour and tango show
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 Buenos Aires experience — a tango show! Enjoy Argentine cuisine and watch tango at one of the top spots for local dance.
Day 3 – Transfer to Puerto Madryn
You’ll board a morning flight for Trelew, from where you will be transferred to Puerto Madryn (about 67 km north).
Day 4 – See marine life on the Argentine coast
Located on the coast of Argentina, Valdes Peninsula is a nature reserve home to a variety of wildlife. With golden cliffs, blue waters, and scenic beaches, the peninsula is a beautiful place to get close to marine mammals.
Among other animals, you’ll be able to watch sea elephants and sea lions, which inhabit a large creek area year round. If you travel between late June and mid-December, you should be able to see whales jumping out of the water. To get an even better view of these majestic creatures, you’ll take a boat ride around the Golfo Nuevo bay. Prepare to get wet, as the whales often jump and splash near the boat.
Day 5 – Visit the Magellan penguins
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 group of penguins in South America. In this nature reserve, you can walk alongside penguins as they dive into the sea, build nests, and protect their babies.
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 – Transfer 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 – Trekking in Tierra del Fuego and canoeing to the Beagle Channel
The next morning, your guide will take you to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. The tour this day begins with a trek along the coast, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Beagle Channel, spot local wildlife, and explore the ruins of the region’s ancient inhabitants, the Yamanas.
On the shores of Lake Roca, you’ll eat a picnic lunch surrounded by a scenic mountain view. Then, the group will embark on an adventure by canoe down the Lapataia River to the bay area on the Beagle Channel. From here, your guide will take you back to your hotel in Ushuaia.
If you’d prefer a less strenuous itinerary, please email us and we’ll arrange for a lighter trekking route and a ride on the world’s southernmost train.
Day 8 – Sail the Beagle Channel and explore El Calafate
For the best views of the Ushuaia Bay and unique marine life, embark on a morning boat ride along the Beagle Channel. The boat will sail around several islands, where you can see cormorants and seals lounging on rocks and beaches. Stop at the Bridges Isles to search for giant shells and enjoy a quick bite to eat with some Argentine mate, a local drink. You’ll be able to see both Chile and Argentina on this unforgettable boat tour.
(Make sure to bring $4 USD to pay a port tax.)
In the afternoon, you’ll take a flight to El Calafate. You can use the rest of the day to rest, explore the Patagonian city, or hike to Laguna Nimez for the sunset. Located in southern Patagonia on Lake Argentina, this city is known as the gateway to the glaciers due to its proximity to the famous icy giants of Los Glaciares National Park.
Day 9 – See the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier
Visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still advancing. You’ll take a guided tour of the national park and enjoy stunning views of the massive ice from walking trails and viewing platforms. To get a closer look, you’ll take a boat cruise on the lake, where you can witness the full power and beauty of the glacier.
For an additional cost, you can choose to hike on top of the glacier. Let us know if you’re interested in this excursion, as these trips book up fast.
Day 10 – Your choice of excursions in El Calafate
You’re free to spend the day in El Calafate however you wish. Your guide may suggest excursions based on your interests, such as a hike to Estancia Cristina, a bike ride along Lake Argentina, or a visit to some of the other glaciers in the national park.
Day 11 – See more of Buenos Aires
After your flight lands in Buenos Aires, you can explore parts of the city that you didn’t get a chance to visit the first time. Dance tango at a milonga (dance hall), visit the Recoleta Cemetery, or walk through one of the city’s beautiful parks.
Day 12 – Explore the jungles of Iguazu
After your flight lands in Iguazu, you’re free to explore the 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 13 – Iguazu Falls: Argentine Side
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, but don’t forget to bring an extra set of clothes, as you will get wet.
Day 14 – Iguazu Falls: Brazilian Side
For impressive panoramic views of the falls, you’ll visit the Brazilian side for a morning tour. Please note that Brazil requires most travelers to have a visit to enter the national park on the Brazilian side. Ensure you have the proper documents by visiting the website or the Brazilian consulate in your country.
After you enjoy lunch and a final glimpse of the falls, your guide will take you to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Once you land, you’ll take a private to your hotel.
Day 15 – End of tour
You’ll be drive to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.
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.