Argentina Travel Highlights

Argentina Travel Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

Buenos Aires - Iguazú - Ushuaia - Calafate

from 3775 USD
HIGHLIGHTS

Buenos Aires - Iguazú - Ushuaia - Calafate

days 12
  • Hike and paddle in Tierra del Fuego National Park and learn about the tradition of the Yamanas.
  • Sail towards the immense icy wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Discover the Devil’s Throat inside Iguazú National Park and travel through the jungle in an ecological train.  
  • Best time to travel: From October to April
 

In this 12-day travel itinerary to Argentina you will travel through the incredible jungle trails of Iguazú Falls, fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, tour Perito Moreno Glacier and discover Buenos Aires’ tango shows as you soak up the local Argentine culture. On this trip, you’ll see the highlights of one of South America’s most beautiful countries.

Itinerary
Day 1

Welcome to Your Travel Itinerary to Argentina - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Pink House - Downtown
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will drive you to the city and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace. Buenos Aires is a marvelous, energetic, cosmopolitan city, full of color and different styles of architecture.

The capital of Argentina, and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces its title, and also shows off plenty of its own culture! Argentinians are usually eager to host visitors; if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions…that’s just our spirit!

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  • Our recommendations for your first day in Buenos Aires:

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, che! (“che” means “guy” in Argentina). For this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of world-famous Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.

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Buenos Aires - Pink House - Downtown
Day 2

City Tour & Tango Show - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Tango
  • Half-day city tour through Buenos Aires

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy our 5-hour Buenos Aires city tour—you will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires! Throughout a half-day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House (the presidential house).

Next, we’ll move on to San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood, and then to La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present. Come walk Caminito Street and dance with the locals. The next stop is the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of the South”.

 

  • Dinner and tango show 

In the evening we’ll pick you up from your hotel to take you to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions. Tango is more than our national dance… tango is our immigrant origins, the talent of our local artists, the sensuality of Argentine women, and our way to deal with a broken heart; dancing our way through tragic, and yet eternal, love stories.

Tonight you will enjoy a 3-hour professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists on stage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambiance, clothes, and dance steps that tango lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel back in time for a night.

This spectacular tango show in Buenos Aires will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is all-inclusive, beverages included so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel, fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our incredible city.

 

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  • What you need to know about tango culture in Buenos Aires

Tango is, all in all, a cultural experience that’s deeply rooted in Argentine hearts. Where do regular people go dancing tango? There is an immense number of dance halls or milongas in Buenos Aires. Some of our favorites are La Viruta -beginners friendly- and Salon Canning -with more advanced clientele- in the Palermo neighborhood. Tango has evolved a big deal in the past years, and now there are also LGBT milongas that encourage a most inclusive practice. 

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Buenos Aires - Tango
Day 3

Continue Your Travel Itinerary to Argentina - Ushuaia

Ushuaia with mountains in the background
  • Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport

Continue your 12-day travel itinerary to Argentina visiting legendary Patagonia! We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport to take your flight to Ushuaia.

 

  • Transfer from Ushuaia airport to your hotel in the city – Day at leisure

Upon arrival in Ushuaia, we will drive you to your hotel in the city. Enjoy your free day to wander the streets of the southernmost city in the world. 

Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means “protected bay” in their language. It was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, to establish a permanent Argentine settlement.

 

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  • Our recommended activities in Ushuaia:

Visit one of its curious museums—The Thematic Gallery of the “Historia Fueguina” to see the more than 120 character life-size figures that will tell you all about the history of Ushuaia, or unearth the story of the scariest and most dangerous criminals at the Prison Museum.

Visit the different restaurants in town, Ushuaia is the best place to eat seafood in Argentina. —The word you shouldn’t forget is centolla (king crab!). You can try the finger-licking Blake Hake too. 

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Ushuaia with mountains in the background
Day 4

Trekking & Paddling in the National Park - Ushuaia

Looking out over Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park wildlands

Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel to start a 10-hour, moderate-difficulty, adventure in Tierra del Fuego National Park, just 7.4 miles away from the city and bordering the shore of the famous Beagle Channel.

Upon arrival at Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before you start hiking along the coast. Four miles of trail await you, where you’ll discover native flora, wild fauna, and the remains left by the Yamanas, the native inhabitants of the area. After this 3-hour hike, you will reach Lake Roca, where lunch will be served.

After a full homemade picnic, you will start the second part of this adventure. Take your oar and plunge into a 1hr 30 min paddling trip along the Lapataia River (only available for children over 5 years old). Make it all the way to Lapataia Bay, where the Panamerican Highway and National Route 3 ends at an awe-inspiring landscape.

After discovering the unique vastness of this stunning setting, we’ll take you back to your hotel to rest and enjoy another Patagonian evening.

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Looking out over Tierra del Fuego National Park
Day 5

Beagle Channel Cruise - Ushuaia

Ushuaia-Lighthouse Beagle Channel
  • Tour Ushuaia’s famous islands while sailing the Beagle Channel

In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel and found something great. Today it’s your turn: become another explorer of this channel, primitively named Onashaga Channel since the Onas were its first discoverers.

 Make your way to the tourist pier (located downtown) to embark on a 4-hour Beagle Channel navigation in a fully equipped boat with a capacity for up to 26 people. With Argentina on your left and Chile on your right, you’ll sail this natural border until reaching the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which is still in operation.

 On the way, enjoy uplifting panoramic views of Ushuaia Bay, crowned by the Martial Glacier’s diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants (flying birds, closely related to penguins) and fur seals. Hop off on Bridges Island to explore its vegetation, and visit the archeological remains of the Yamanas (the native inhabitants) accompanied by a specialized bilingual guide. 

 During the trip, enjoy bottomless hot cocoa and cookies, or try the maté (loose herbal tea), which is every Argentinian’s favorite drink. Once we get back to the port, you can make your way back to your hotel or stop in a local cafe or brewery to enjoy an amber craft beer paired with a traditional Patagonian appetizer.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Have you ever walked amongst penguins?

If not, Ushuaia is your chance to fulfill that wanderlust dream…you can switch the Beagle Navigation to take the Magellanic Penguin Rookery tour on Martillo Island (from October to April at an additional cost) or add one day in Ushuaia to make both. At Martillo Island, you will also see a very rare type of penguin only found in Antarctica: the yellow-crested penguin.

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Ushuaia-Lighthouse Beagle Channel
Day 6

Continue Your Argentina Travel itinerary - El Calafate

Hiking near Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Transfer from your hotel to Ushuaia airport

Time to leave Ushuaia and continue to travel through Patagonia. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Ushuaia Airport to take your flight to El Calafate.

 

  • Transfer from El Calafate airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will bring you to your hotel and have the remainder of your day to relax or explore the surroundings.

El Calafate is a starting point for adventure-seeking travelers who are looking to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it’s the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered the capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home to the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala Glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) It’s the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

But there is much more to see in El Calafate than glaciers. Make the most of your free day and discover other secret gems of the region.

 

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  • Our recommended activities in El Calafate for your free day

Glaciers are the main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride, but you have a lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. On your free day, you can visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about  Argentine rural culture, and the traditions of the gaucho (cowboy), and enjoy a great asado (barbecue).

If you feel like exploring a bit on your own today, you can visit Laguna Nimez, a nearby nature reserve where pink flamingos – and many other native species – roam freely!

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Hiking near Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 7

Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

view of perito moreno glacier in el calafate
  • Full-day Mayo Trek and Perito Moreno Glacier

Get ready to explore secluded glaciers, only reachable by boat, in an 8-hour day trip combining short boat trips and hikes. Start the day with a pick-up at your hotel, travel to Puerto Bandera inside Glaciers National Park, and embark on today’s first navigation.

Sail Mayo Channel and disembark on Toro Bay to hike through the Patagonian forest; your specialized guide will tell you about the vegetation of this area (very different from other kinds inside the park) and show you the millenary cherry tree and its 3-meter-in diameter trunk.

Set sail again to reach the Cerro Negro (Black Hill) and make a half-mile soft hike to the base of the hill to admire the hanging Black Glacier. Enjoy your free time in this place that not many travelers have seen, before departing for our third stop, the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.

Our boat will pass by the immense icy wall -take your beanie and grab your camera, you may see a piece of ice breaking!- before stopping at Puerto Moreno.

Enjoy your free time, wander the traditional catwalk circuit that surrounds the glacier before sailing back to Puerto Bandera, and be driven back to El Calafate.

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view of perito moreno glacier in el calafate
Day 8

Optional Tours - El Calafate

Horseback riding in Calafate
  • Day at leisure  in El Calafate – Optional tour to Estancia Cristina

“If we’ve got this far, why stop now?”, that’s what most travelers say, who want to make the best of their time in Patagonia, and they are absolutely right! Our advice: get to explore the rural culture of Patagonia venturing into a day tour (not included) to the ever-impressive Estancia Cristina. Sail the turquoise water of Lake Argentino to reach the estancia, deeply rooted in the Glaciers National Park. Enjoy the vastness of the setting, a 4×4 ride to get stunning views of Upsala Glacier, and taste a juicy Argentine steak cooked in its natural and ideal environment.

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Horseback riding in Calafate
Day 9

Continue Your Travel Itinerary to Argentina - Iguazú Falls

iguazu falls - panoramic view national park
  • Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate airport

Today you will leave the freezing weather and fly to the jungle. At the appropriate time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport to take your flight to Puerto Iguazú.

 

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Puerto Iguazú – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Puerto Iguazú. The small border town of Puerto Iguazú is the gateway to visit the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina. 

 

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  • Our recommended activities to spend your day in Puerto Iguazú.

 You can visit “Hito tres fronteras”, a viewpoint west of the town center that stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown junction of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers, which also form the Triple Frontera, or Triple Border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. There is also a craft market!

Or you may visit Güirá Oga (the house of birds in the native Guaraní language), the sanctuary for animals hurt by illegal hunting and trapping.

If you feel really adventurous, take a bike tour through the rainforest with a specialized guide, and discover the flora and fauna, the sounds of the jungle, the trail of little native mammals, and the traditions of the Guaranies.

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iguazu falls - panoramic view national park
Day 10

Iguazú Falls - Argentinian Side

Iguazu Falls waterfalls
  • Wander Iguazú Falls National Park and meet The Devil’s Throat

Today our driver and bilingual guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the National Park, on the Argentinian side. Enjoy a 7-hour tour wandering through the rainforest!

The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is home to many different animals and birds. Our guide will help you spot some of them: antbirds, toucans, manakins, parrots, and coatis, just to name a few of the most common birds. Lower and upper walkways weave in and around falls permitting up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. 

The Argentine side of the falls is filled with a myriad of paths and walkways and stairways which allow you to have an experience from many different perspectives. You will have the chance to meet “The Devil’s Throat”: the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding. To get to the “Devil’s throat” you take the ecological train and then walk out along boardwalks. After walking and taking pictures of animals and plants, you will have some free time to eat lunch in this amazing environment. At the end of the experience, we will drive you back to your hotel.

 

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  • Would you love to have a “Great Adventure”?

The “Great Adventure” (gran aventura) is an optional tour you can add on this day. You will take an open-air jeep through the rainforest and then a zodiac open-airboat ride up the river to the base of the falls (there is a 100% chance that you will get soaking wet on this boat trip, so be sure to take some extra clothes!).

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Iguazu Falls waterfalls
Day 11

Iguazú Falls, Brazilian Side - Back to Buenos Aires

Macaw parrot possing at Iguazú Falls, Argentina.
  • Visit the Brazilian side of Iguazú National Park

After breakfast, enjoy a 4-hour excursion to the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls. While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic view. On the Argentinian side, you will have the sensation of being right inside the falls, but only by visiting the Brazilian side, you will fully appreciate the immensity of Iguazú Falls. Take your time to enjoy it and feel it, to stroll the different walkways and feel the spray of water on your face. Take the boardwalk over the Salto Santa María, it feels like walking on the water. Get closer to the “Devil’s Throat” and feel the power of water! We are sure this is a day you will never forget. At the end of the day, we will drive you back to your hotel.

 

  •   Transfer from your hotel to Puerto Iguazú airport

At the appropriate time, we will drive you to the airport to take your flight back to Buenos Aires.

 

  • Transfer from Buenos Aires airport to your hotel in the city – Free evening

Upon landing in Buenos Aires, we’ll be waiting to bring you to your hotel. Enjoy your last night in the city in one of the trendy restaurants and bars of Palermo Soho neighborhood.      

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What should I bring to the Iguazú Falls Brazilian tour?

For the tour to the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls, don’t forget your passport! You will be crossing the border. If you are required to have a visa to enter Brazil, take it with you during the excursion. A good repellent and sun-blocking is always a must when you visit the rainforest. 

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Macaw parrot possing at Iguazú Falls, Argentina.
Day 12

The End of Your Travel Itinerary to Argentina - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Obelisco
  • Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport 

At the appropriate time, we’ll drive you to the international airport where you’ll take your flight back home, ¡buen viaje! (good trip!).

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What to do on your last day in Buenos Aires?

You can explore the cobblestone, tree-lined streets of Palermo Soho in search of some one-of-a-kind Porteño fashion stores or discover the graffiti circuit. 

You may stop by one of our historic cafés (named “cafés notables”) located all over the city and have a “cortado”, the most popular Argentine coffee choice.

If you’re leaving on a Saturday or Sunday, you may have the chance to visit one of the city markets, only open during weekends. 

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Buenos Aires Obelisco
Prices per person
Accomodation INN & B&B
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3775 USD

Accomodation Comfort
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4270 USD

Accomodation Superior
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4745 USD

Accomodation Luxury
pricing
  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2025 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
included
  • 3-night accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • 3-night accommodation in Ushuaia
  • 3-night accommodation in El Calafate
  • 2-night accommodation in Iguazú
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals according to the itinerary: dinner on day 2; lunch on day 4
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
not included
  •  International, and domestic flights or buses
  •  National Park entrance fees
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – Follow this link to get a free quote (only available for U.S. Travelers)
  • Brazilian Visa: Citizens of some nationalities are required to present a tourist visa to enter Brazil. Please check the requirements on your country’s consulate website. If you need any other information check this link
  • Iguazú Eco Fee: This is a mandatory tax that you have to pay once you get to your hotel in Iguazú. It’s about $5 usd per guest, per night, and it varies according to your hotel category. Only cash is accepted.
Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – El Calafate – Iguazu – Buenos Aires

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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