This itinerary brings in the unique landscapes of Argentinian Patagonia and the iconic Iguazu Falls. Start by exploring the diverse neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires before flying down to El Calafate to spend a few days exploring mountains, lakes and glaciers, which includes the gigantic Perito Moreno. Next, you will fly to the the largest waterfall system in the world, Iguazu Falls. Here, on the border of Argentina and Brazil, you can spend a couple of days enjoying nature and history excursions in your unique surroundings before returning to Buenos Aires.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, El Calafate, Glaciers National Park
Physical Level Physical Level Moderate
Season Season September - May

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Explore cultural Buenos Aires

Explore cultural Buenos Aires

Day 1–3 in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the mother of all Argentinian cities, with amazing French and Italian architecture, a food scene that covers much more than just steakhouses and nightlife that doesn’t get started until 2am. This is the perfect place to begin or end your Argentinian adventure.

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Tango in Buenos Aires

Tango in Buenos Aires

Explore the brightly coloured buildings, shacks, and graffiti art of La Boca by wandering through its narrow streets, stopping to watch a Tango show in the square. This neighbourhood is a cultural centre with lots to experience, including museums, Tango courses and milongas. Its offers a real contrast against the fashionable district of Palermo and popular sights such as Teatro Colon and Plaza de Mayo.

Get a taste of El Calafate

Get a taste of El Calafate

Day 4 in El Calafate

The scenic town of El Calafate has many shops and eateries that offer products made from sweet Calafate berries, Patagonia’s famous fruit with many health benefits. There are also some fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy the famously tender Patagonian roast lamb washed down with an Austral beer.

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Experience frontier living

Experience frontier living

Gaucho (cowboy) culture is alive and well in Patagonia. Spend a couple of nights on a working estancia (ranch) and get stuck in with shearing sheep and long rides through the open country on horseback.

Go off-grid in Glaciers National Park

Go off-grid in Glaciers National Park

Day 5–6 in Glaciers National Park

The UNESCO World Heritage Glaciers National Park is home to more than 300 glaciers covering 217 miles, as well as mountain peaks, 15,000-year-old lakes and plenty of wildlife. Visitors come to marvel at Perito Moreno, the world’s only glacier to still be growing, or to go hiking around El Chalten.

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Admire Perito Moreno glacier

Admire Perito Moreno glacier

As you stand on the boardwalk marveling at this gigantic glacier, which covers around 250 sq km, you will hear the creaks as it slowly moves. A chunk may even crash into the waters below. As one of 48 glaciers fed by the Patagonian Ice Field in the Andes, Perito Moreno is arguably the most impressive. Enjoy some relaxed trails or even walk on the ice itself.

Visit Chaltén and Fitz Roy

Visit Chaltén and Fitz Roy

Hot on the heels of nearby Torres del Paine, Argentina’s Fitz Roy Range (inside Glaciers National Park) is a contender for the most impressive hiking landscapes. The country around El Chaltén is truly jaw-dropping, with options for self-guided day hikes or multi-day camp-outs.

Birdwatching in Patagonia

Birdwatching in Patagonia

What Patagonia lacks in megafauna it more than makes up for in rare bird life. There are Magellanic penguins on the Valdes Peninsula, Andean Condors soaring above Torres del Paine, flamingos in Tierra del Fuego, and much more everywhere else. Bring your binoculars!

Feel Iguazu Falls’ power at the Devil’s Throat

Feel Iguazu Falls’ power at the Devil’s Throat

Day 7–8 in Iguazu Falls

The mighty Iguazu Falls are awe-inspiring. Stretching over 3km and straddling both Argentina and Brazil, this popular national park is home to more than 250 waterfalls that form an awe-inspiring semi-circle of water. With 80% of the waterfalls on the Argentinian side, this is best for hiking trails and seeing wildlife. To truly appreciate the water’s power, take the 1km walkway over the Devil’s Throat, where an 80m drop lies below you.

Return to Buenos Aires

Return to Buenos Aires

Day 9 in Buenos Aires

Complete your trip by returning to Buenos Aires for your departure.

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