When planning a trip to Argentina, you are always faced with the problem of how to combine as many interesting destinations as possible in one trip. One thing in advance, it is almost impossible to see everything on only one Argentina trip. You must always keep in mind that Argentina is one of the largest countries in the world and the 2. largest of the South American continent. In this article we want to give some suggestions how an itinerary in Argentina could look like. To find out, we asked some of our Argentina travel specialists and also thought about it ourselves.
Argentina can be roughly divided into 5 regions: the northwest, the northeast, the pampas, Cuyo and Patagonia. Each of these regions has some highlights to offer. So if you want to make a plan for an itinerary through Argentina you should follow this regional breakdown. Also important when planning the itineraries through Argentina is to ask yourself, how much time do I have.
Itinerary Argentina Suggestion 1
14 days Patagonia
If you travel from Germany to Argentina you will usually arrive in Buenos Aires. That's why most of our suggested itineraries Argentina start and end in Buenos Aires. At first sight you might wonder why there are 3 days on arrival Buenos Aires and one day on departure. If you are already there, you should not miss Buenos Aires in any case. Buenos Aires is a vibrant metropolis with a great cultural offer. Moreover, you cannot simply enter the country and fly further south on the same day. You also have to pay attention to flight times when departing. It is usually not possible to fly back to Buenos Aires from Patagonia and then take a connecting flight directly to Germany. For 14 days our travel specialist Yanina can recommend this Argentina itinerary for Patagonia. Here are a few highlights of each stop. In Buenos Aires there are interesting city tours and we recommend visiting a classic tango show in the evening (history of Argentine tango). The cruise around the lonely Cape Horn shows a lot of untouched nature. The fabulous Torres del Paine National Park invites to hiking and trekking tours. In no case should you miss a visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Day 1: Buenos Aires (city tour and tango show)
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Day 3: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia
Day 4: Ushuaia – Australis cruise around Cape Horn
Day 5: Australis Cruise
Day 6: Australis cruise
Day 7: Australis cruise – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales
Day 8: Torres del Paine (hiking or trekking in the national park)
Day 9: Puerto Natales – El Calafate
Day 10: El Calafate (visit the Perito Moreno Glacier)
Day 11: El Calafate – El Chalten
Day 12: El Chalten – a beautiful place for hiking
Day 13: El Chalten – Buenos Aires
Itinerary Argentina Proposal 2
9 days Salta and Jujuy
For the Northwest we have prepared a 9 day itinerary through Argentina with our travel specialist Laura. Get to know the diversity of the landscape in Salta and the bordering province of Jujuy. The itinerary can be easily explored with a rental car, but can also be done with intercity buses. An absolute highlight in Salta is the train ride over the Valle de Lerma, the Quebrada del Toro up the Puna to the viaduct "La Polvorilla" (4.220m). In Molinos, we can recommend a visit to the Iglesia de Molinos, a church from the 18th century. Century, which was built at the behest of the last royal Spanish governor of Salta. Nature lovers will appreciate a walk at the Laguna de Brealitos. The Laguna is a remote mountain lake near Ruta 40. Cafayate is famous for its wineries. Visit a winery and enjoy the best local Argentine wines. In Tilcara you can take the opportunity to visit the stone ruins of the Pucara de Tilcara tribe. A visit provides a glimpse into the struggles of the people who lived here ca. 10.000 years have lived.
Mountains around Salta
Day 1: Arrival in Salta
Day 2: Salta (train ride for adrenaline junkies)
Day 3: From Salta to Molinos
Day 4: Molinos (Iglesia de Molinos, Laguna de Brealitos)
Day 5: From Molinos to Cafayate
Day 6: Cafayate (visit to a winery)
Day 7: From Cafayate to Tilcara
Day 8: Tilcara (stone ruins of the Pucara de Tilcara tribe)
Day 9: From Tilcara to Salta
Itinerary 3 from north to south
13 days from Buenos Aires to Bariloche
Our starting point is again Buenos Aires. From there, the itinerary goes to the south of the country, later a little to the west, and then continues to the south. Finally we head northwest again and then back to Buenos Aires. The highlights of Buenos Aires have already been described above. So let's start with the highlights for Puerto Madryn. The port town of Puerto Madryn is the gateway to the Valdez Peninsula and invites you to wildlife watching. Whale watching and a visit to the penguin colony are very popular there. Ushuaia is one of Argentina's most popular destinations with its Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the National Park itself, there are many marked trails that lead to special viewpoints. Especially recommended is the way to BahIa Lapataia, the bay at the Beagle Channel. There are also archaeological sites of the Yamana natives. Also in this itinerary you can admire the Perito Moreno Glacier. Very interesting is also Bariloche, which has four national parks nearby: Los Alerces, Lago Puelo, Nahuel Huapi and LanIn. We recommend the LanIn National Park in the center of which lies the volcano and namesake LanIn. Of particular beauty is the largest lake in the area, Lago Huechulafquen. In summer and winter Bariloche is a good place to visit.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Day 3: Buenos Aires
Day 4: Buenos Aires – Trelew – Puerto Madryn
Day 5: Puerto Madryn – (visit Valdez Peninsula and whale watching)
Day 6: Puerto Madryn – Ushuaia
Day 7: Ushuaia – (Tierra del Fuego National Park)
Day 8: Ushuaia – El Calafate
Day 9: El Calafate – Perito Moreo Glacier
Day 10: El Calafate – Bariloche
Day 11: Bariloche (4 National Parks nearby)
Day 12: Bariloche – Buenos Aires
Day 13: Buenos Aires
Itinerary 4 Iguazu Waterfalls
3 days Iguazu
Not to be missed on a trip to Argentina is a visit to the Iguazu Falls. Iguazu can be reached on 2 ways especially well from Germany. Either you fly to Buenos Aires or to Sao Paulo, Brazil. From both airports you can easily reach the Iguazu Falls. For the waterfalls you should spend ca. Allow 3 days. At the waterfalls directly there are many great excursion possibilities. On the Argentine side there are several viewpoints from where you can enjoy the falls. You can take either the lower or upper circuit along, but be careful not to get wet as you step right in front of the majestic stream. The best view you get from the balcony, which is located directly above the "devil's throat" (that's how the falls are called there). You can get to the Brazilian side via a bridge. From there you can enjoy a beautiful view of the waterfalls. There is also a 1.2-kilometer-long path that offers you breathtaking panoramic views of the natural spectacle again and again. Another option is the visit of the Itaipu Dam.
Day 1: Arrival (Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu)
Day 2: Full day excursion to the Argentinean side
Day 3: Visit the Brazilian side of the waterfalls and departure
We hope we have been able to give you some ideas on how to create an itinerary in Argentina. All itineraries in Argentina can be organized by yourself. If you are planning a guided round trip or prefer a rental car tour, please contact our travel specialist. For more info, feel free to read our Argentina travel tips on our umbrella brand IT'S YOUR TRIP.
2 thoughts on " What are the best itineraries in Argentina? "
Looks exciting. Will have a look at it. I fly to Salvador de Bahia at the end of October and then travel more or less along the coast via Porto Seguro, Rio, Paraty, Florianopolis, Uruguay to Buenos Aires. I write about it on my blog. In Jan/Feb I hope to find an apartment in Palermo / Soho for a few weeks. Will be sure to check back.
The glacier El Calafate in the Perito Moreno is really unbelievably beautiful, almost supernatural. Quickly get there before it melts away!