An itinerary to see almost everything
Argentina is a country full of beautiful landscapes, rich culture and bustling cities. The cuisine is exceptional with a combination of Latin American and Italian influences. Travelers can easily spend more than three months exploring Argentina and not see it all, so it’s hard to get a good feel for the country in just 10 days.
This itinerary explores the capital and some of the beauty of Patagonia, and takes travelers to the southernmost city in the world on a whirlwind South American adventure.
10/10 First day: Arrival in Buenos Aires
Begin the journey by flying into the capital, Buenos Aires, in the east of the country. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city centered around the Plaza de Mayo and boasting beautiful 19th century architecture.
Known as the “Paris of South America”, there is a certain European influence here which makes it unique compared to other cities on the continent.
Travelers will probably want to book an Airbnb, hotel, or hostel in the Palermo neighborhood. This area is known for its nightlife, cafes and shopping.
9/10 Day 2: Exploring Buenos Aires
With a full day in Buenos Aires, there’s plenty to see and do. Some of the attractions that travelers cannot miss when visiting include strolling through the central 19th-century square, Plaza de Mayo, and visiting the city’s oldest neighborhood, San Telmo.
Recoleta Cemetery is also one of the most unique attractions to visit.
8/10 Day 3: Iguazu Falls
On day three, travelers will depart Buenos Aires for the Iguazu Falls on a 1 hour and 45 minute flight. This is the most expensive way to reach Iguazu Falls, but over a 10 day period it is the most efficient choice. Travelers with more time in the country can save money by taking the 6 p.m. bus rather than jumping on a flight.
The Iguazu Falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil and are made up of a collection of waterfalls along the Iguazu River. The falls are in the Argentine province of Misiones and in the Brazilian state of Paraná. As a collective, they constitute the largest system of waterfalls in the world.
7/10 Day 4: Travel to El Calafate
After spending a night in Puerto Iguazú, travelers will take a domestic flight to Argentine Patagonia and arrive in the charming town of El Calafate.
Most flights between these destinations include a stopover in Buenos Aires, so the duration of the trip takes up most of the day. Enjoy the evening in El Calafate in one of the many bars and restaurants.
6/10 Fifth day: Perito Moreno Glacier
With a full day in El Calafate, travelers will want to head to Perito Moreno Glacier, inside Los Glaciares National Park. It is one of best attractions in Argentina Patagonia and strikes a beautiful contrast with the blue waters of Lake Argentino.
It is possible to book an excursion to walk on the glacier, which is a to-do list item for many people traveling in Patagonia.
5/10 Sixth day: El Chaltén
On day six, enjoy a sit-down breakfast in El Calafate at Pietro’s Café or Olivia Coffee Shop. Next, leave the lakeside town for the small mountain village of El Chalten.
The journey takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the route. Travelers can take a public bus (book tickets in advance during peak season to avoid disappointment and delays) or arrange a private transfer.
4/10 Day Seven: Day Hike to Laguna De Los Tres
With a full day in the picturesque mountain village of El Chalten, beginners to experienced hikers will want to tackle the region’s most epic trek: Laguna de Los Tres.
This is sometimes also called the Fitz Roy Trek due to the iconic view of Mount Fitz Roy. The round trip hike is 25 km and takes about 8 hours.
The rewarding vantage point is the cobalt blue water of Laguna de Los Tres, located at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy.
3/10 Eighth day: fly to Ushuaia
The next day is a long day of travel that ends at the end of the world. Rise early to take the bus or a private transfer to El Calafate, the nearest airport. After driving approximately two hours to the lakeside town, travelers will board a 1.5-hour flight to the city of Ushuaia.
Ushuaia is in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and, as the southernmost tip of South America, has earned the nickname “The End of the World”.
Travelers can spend their first evening in this unique coastal town wandering the streets, admiring the harbor and trying Dulche de Leche cake in Laguna Negra.
2/10 Day 9: Explore the end of the world
With only one full day in Ushuaia, travelers will have to make tough decisions about what they want to see and do. The first option is to book a trip to Martillo Island to see the penguins.
Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts may miss this experience. The only travel agency that allows travelers to walk around the island among penguins is PiraTour. Other companies just drive past the island and watch the penguins from the boat.
Travelers on a tighter budget (yes, the penguin excursion is expensive) may want to take the End of the world train to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a day hike instead. Another major attraction in Ushuaia is the End of the World Post Office, which is a fun place to send postcards to family and friends.
1/10 Day 10: Departure from Ushuaia
On the last day of travel, travelers can either fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires where their international flight is most likely to depart, or board a cruise ship in Antarctica to explore the elusive seventh continent.
Antarctica cruises are expensive but offer a unique experience and Ushuaia is where most of these adventures depart.