Argentina – The Ultimate Itinerary

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Argentina – The Ultimate Itinerary (10 Days & 9 Nights)

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I was fortunate enough to have a year to spend exploring Argentina. However, for most people coming to visit this beautiful country, that simply isn’t possible. I’ve found 10 days is generally the sweet spot when it comes to planning a trip to any country.

So, this itinerary will help you plan your Argentine adventure and see as much as you possibly can in your 10 days! 

Tour Overview

Day 1

Arrive in Buenos Aires & Spend a Half Day Exploring

Your international flight will most likely be stopping in Buenos Aires, so be sure to take some time and explore this beautiful city! It’s been my experience that most flights coming from the US arrive in the morning. So, this will give you a half day to explore! I would suggest going to Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, La Recoleta and then having dinner near La Recoleta or in Puerto Madero – depending on where your hotel is. I always stayed at the Sheratons (the Convention Center & the Libertador were both great) and always had fabulous experiences.

Day 2

More Exploring in Buenos Aires or Day Trip to Colonia

Option 1.) Explore Buenos Aires – from touring the Casa Rosada to Teatro Colon to dining at a Parrilla to seeing a tango show…there’s a lot to do in Buenos Aires! (We LOVED Rojo Tango show.) Click here for more info & click here to read about out experience at Rojo Tango. Option 2.) Day Trip To Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay – I’m including this because it was one of my favorite travel experiences. Colonia is so quaint and relaxing and is a great way to get a little R&R before you get into the craziness that is the rest of this itinerary!

Day 3

Fly to Puerto Iguazú & Visit the Brazilian Side of the Falls

If you’re coming all the way to Argentina, you MUST visit Iguazu Falls. I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy this portion of the trip, but boy oh boy, was I wrong! Iguazu Falls is one of my favorite travel experiences. Try to get one of the early morning flights (around 6 am). These are direct flights that will get you to Puerto Iguazú by about 8 am. This gives you plenty of time to drop your luggage off at your hotel and then to visit the Brazilian side of the falls (you can do this via a tour company, taking the public bus or by taxi).

Day 4

Visit the Argentine Side of Iguazu Falls

Yes, visiting the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls requires a full day. There is a lot to see on this side! Everyone has a favorite side of the falls, but I have to say, the Argentine side was my favorite. Click here to read all my tips for visiting the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls.

Day 5

Fly to El Calafate

The flights from Puerto Iguazú to El Calafate, unfortunately, can take some time and tend to involve a couple hour layover in Cordoba. This means that by the time you get to El Calafate, there won’t be much time for activities. (If you do manage to get in with a couple hours to spare, you could do a 4×4 off-road tour of the area!) But don’t worry, El Calafate is a nice little town with a relaxed atmosphere, there are plenty of little souvenir shops, fabulous restaurants/bars/cafes to fill your time with.

Day 6

Day Trip to El Chalten

If you’re planning on spending more than 10 days in Argentina, I would suggest spending those extra days in El Chalten. It’s a fabulous little town with some amazing hikes. It’s actually the “hiking capital of Argentina.” But even if you only have 1 day to spend here, you’ll still have a great time and get to see some fantastic views of Mount Fitz Roy.

Day 7

Hike Perito Moreno Glacier

The only thing that was better for me than Iguazu Falls was hiking Perito Moreno Glacier. Nothing compares to this experience! This is one of the pricier portions of the trip, however, it’s very much worth saving your pennies for. Click here to read why I loved it so much + all my tips for the hike. (If the hike is out of the budget, though, don’t worry! You can take a bus to the viewing platforms of the glacier, and taking a boat tour is a much more cost-effective option as well + it still allows you to get close to the glacier. Also, if you want a more challenging glacier hiking experience, they also have a “big ice” hiking option. The big ice is a longer hike and requires you to wear harnesses.)

Day 8

Fly to Ushuaia & Potentially Do a Short Hike

Ah, Ushuaia! It’s dubbed “The Southern Most City in the World” and is the place many expeditions to Antarctica depart from. Ushuaia is not as high up on everyone’s list for places to visit in Argentina, as it tends to be a bit pricier. For me, visiting “The Southern Most City in the World” has always been high on my bucket list. So, we worked this into our touring itinerary. I loved it here! But I completely understand that this portion isn’t for everyone, so I’ve included some options at the end of the post if Ushuaia just isn’t your idea of a good time.

Day 9

Walk with the Penguins!

Another reason to go to Ushuaia is to walk with the penguins! There are several different tours to do this with (some are much more cost effective than others). However, walking with the penguins on Isla Martillo is very up close and personal + only 20 people are allowed on the island at a time, so it’s very private

Day 10

Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires and Then Home

Unfortunately, for international flights, you’ll have to head back to Buenos Aires. This will likely leave you with very little time on Day 10.

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