Argentina for Adventurers 12-Day Tour

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Rabia Khan

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Family Travel

  • Argentina

  • Buenos Aires

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Entertainment

Buenos Aires flower monument.
Curator’s statement

Life is fleeting and our planet is brimming with marvels waiting to be discovered. Countless opportunities to grow, to learn and to forge unforgettable memories with the people who mean the most. So, choose to live fully. Embrace life-altering experiences. On this journey, transformative moments will encompass stunning natural wonders, vibrant Buenos Aires, world-class cuisine, adventure activities, rich culture, wildlife encounters and a literal end of the world experience. Excited? You should be!

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Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires

The streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Arrive at Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel and check-in.

Afternoon: City tour of Buenos Aires. Choose from these four options.

  • Relaxation: Spend some time relaxing in Parque Tres de Febrero, a large green space perfect for a leisurely walk or boat ride on the lake. This park is an oasis in the bustling city and offers picturesque views and serene landscapes.

  • Adventure: Explore the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, known for its vibrant architecture and tango street performances. This area is rich in history and culture, and is a favorite spot for both locals and tourists to soak up the lively atmosphere. Be warned that it is a bit touristy.

  • Cultural: Visit the MALBA, a museum that showcases Latin American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. This museum is renowned for its innovative architecture and thought-provoking exhibits. Must do for Frida fans.

  • Cultural: Take a guided tour of La Bombonera, the iconic stadium of Boca Juniors. The tour includes a visit to the museum, the stands, and the field. This is a must-visit for football fans as it provides a deep dive into the history and culture of one of the most famous football clubs in the world.


Don Julio, a renowned steakhouse that offers some of the best steaks in Buenos Aires, served in a classic Argentinian ambiance. The restaurant is known for its warm hospitality and top-quality meats. Reservations are a must as this is world famous.

Day 2: Explore the best of Buenos Aires

An aerial view of the city with ancient buildings.


Take a guided tour of the Teatro Colon, one of the most famous opera houses in the world. The theater is renowned for its stunning architecture and acoustics. This tour will offer you an insider's view of this iconic cultural institution.

Explore the Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of many notable Argentinians, including Eva Peron. The cemetery is an open-air museum, featuring an array of intricate sculptures and mausoleums.


Take a tango lesson at a traditional milonga, where you will learn the basic steps of this iconic Argentinian dance. This is a fun and interactive way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Enjoy a tango show at one of Buenos Aires' historic tango venues. This is a mesmerizing experience that showcases the passion and skill of the dancers, accompanied by live music.


Take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Madero, a renovated dockside area with pedestrian-friendly walkways, modern architecture and a variety of restaurants and bars.

Explore San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, known for its cobbled streets, colonial architecture and lively street markets.

Day 3: Fly to Iguazu

Iguazu Falls with tourists.

Flight to Iguazu Falls and check into your hotel.


Visit the Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side. Take a boat tour that takes you up close to the falls. This thrilling experience offers a unique perspective of the falls and the opportunity to feel their power up close. Explore the walking trails around the falls that offer stunning views and photo opportunities. The trails are well-maintained and offer a leisurely way to explore the natural beauty of the area.

Take a walk along the Upper Circuit, a series of walkways that offer stunning views of the falls from above. Spend some time at the Iguazu National Park Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the history and ecology of the falls.

Dinner: Black Bill Smokehouse. This restaurant is located in Puerto Iguazu and offers a variety of smoked meats, burgers and other American-style dishes. The relaxed atmosphere and delicious food make it a popular spot for both tourists and locals. You can also eat at the La Terazza if staying at the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.


Free time to relax at the hotel or explore the surrounding area. Spend some time relaxing by the hotel's pool or enjoying a treatment at the spa.

Take a moonlit walk to the falls. The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers guided walks to the falls during the full moon. This is a unique opportunity to see the falls illuminated by the moonlight.

Day 4: Fly to El Calafate

A grey concrete road leading to snow-covered mountain.


Visit the Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side. Take a helicopter ride over the falls. This breathtaking experience offers a bird's eye view of the falls and the surrounding rainforest. Visit the Parque das Aves, a bird park located near the falls. This park is home to a variety of bird species from the region and offers the opportunity to learn about the local wildlife.


Flight to El Calafate.

Dinner: La Tablita, a traditional Argentinian restaurant located in El Calafate. The restaurant is known for its delicious barbecue meats (especially lamb), homemade pastas and warm, rustic atmosphere. The hearty portions and friendly service make it a favorite among both locals and visitors.


Free time to explore El Calafate. ake a leisurely stroll along the main street of El Calafate, where you can find a variety of shops selling local crafts, chocolates and souvenirs.

Day 5: Perito Moreno Glacier and exploration

Perito Moreno Glacier in Southern Argentina.


Full-day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Take a boat ride on Lake Argentino to get up close to the glacier. This boat trip offers stunning views of the glacier from the water and provides the opportunity to witness large chunks of ice breaking off and crashing into the lake.

Visit the Glaciarium Ice Museum. This state-of-the-art facility provides detailed insights into the Patagonian ice field, its glaciers and the effects of global warming.


Continue your exploration of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Trek on the glacier. Guided treks are available for different fitness levels and provide a unique opportunity to walk on the glacier and explore its crevices and ice formations. Visit the observation decks. There are a series of walkways and observation decks that provide different perspectives of the glacier. It's a great spot for photography and to appreciate the sheer size and beauty of the glacier.

Dinner: Isabel Cocina al Disco, a charming restaurant located in El Calafate. The restaurant is known for its dishes cooked on a disk, a traditional Argentinian cooking method. The cozy atmosphere and unique cooking style make it a must-visit spot in El Calafate.


Free time to relax at the hotel or explore the town. There are several shops, bars and cafes to visit. It's a great opportunity to try some local chocolates or buy souvenirs.

Day 6: El Calafate to Ushuaia

A red and white lighthouse in Ushuaia, Argentina.


Flight to Ushuaia.


Explore Ushuaia.

Visit the End of the World Museum. This museum provides a comprehensive overview of the region's history, from its indigenous peoples to its role as a penal colony. Take the End of the World Train. This is the southernmost functioning railway in the world, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Dinner: Kuar 1901, a gourmet restaurant located in Ushuaia. The restaurant offers a modern twist on traditional Patagonian dishes, using fresh, local ingredients. The sophisticated atmosphere and innovative cuisine make it a must-visit spot in Ushuaia.


Free time to explore the town. Take a leisurely stroll along the port and enjoy the views of the Beagle Channel and the surrounding mountains.

Visit the Ushuaia Maritime Museum, located in the former prison of Ushuaia. The museum features exhibits on the maritime history of the region, as well as the history of the prison itself.

Day 7: Ushuaia — Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego National Park

An outdoor restaurant setting near brown mountains.


Beagle Channel boat tour. Visit the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, also known as the "Lighthouse at the End of the World", and the Estancia Harberton, the oldest estancia (ranch) in Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Beagle Channel, with its dramatic mountain ranges, glaciers, and wildlife such as sea lions, penguins and various bird species.


Visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Hike one of the many trails in the park. The park offers a variety of trails for all fitness levels, from easy walks to challenging hikes.

Dinner: La Casa de Los Mariscos, a seafood restaurant located in Ushuaia. The restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood dishes, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The casual atmosphere and delicious food make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Evening: Free time to relax at the hotel or explore the town.

Visit the Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, a thematic gallery that offers a journey through the history of Tierra del Fuego, from the indigenous peoples to the present day.

Day 8: Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Two tango dancers in black dancing in Recoletta.


Flight to Buenos Aires.


Explore Buenos Aires. Visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where many famous Argentinians are buried, including Eva Perón. Spend some time at the Japanese Garden, a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city.


Free time to explore the city. Watch a tango show. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, and there are many venues where you can watch a live performance. Take a night bike tour of the city. Buenos Aires is a bike-friendly city, and a night tour offers a different perspective of its iconic landmarks.

Day 9: Buenos Aires

A high angle photo of a public library

Buenos Aires city tour. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, the political heart of Buenos Aires and the iconic Obelisco monument. Walk along the Avenida de Mayo, a grand boulevard lined with historic buildings, cafes and shops.

Visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, home to an impressive collection of Argentine and international art. Explore the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, famous for its brightly painted buildings, street art and tango dancers.

Take a leisurely stroll along the Puerto Madero waterfront, a modern area with restaurants, bars and a beautiful bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava. Visit the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires), which has an impressive collection of Latin American art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Day 10: Day trip to Tigre

Tigre River kayaking.


Take a train to Tigre, a picturesque town located on the Parana Delta. Visit the Museo de Arte Tigre, an art museum located in a stunning Belle Époque building. Take a boat tour of the Parana Delta. The delta is a network of islands and canals and a boat tour offers a relaxing way to explore the natural beauty of the area.


Continue exploring Tigre. Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle through the canals of the delta. Visit the Puerto de Frutos, a lively market where you can buy local crafts, food and souvenirs.

Dinner: Vivanco Restaurante, a riverfront restaurant in Tigre. The restaurant offers traditional Argentine dishes with a modern twist, and the outdoor seating area offers beautiful views of the river. The scenic location and delicious food make it a great spot to unwind after a day of exploring.


Return to Buenos Aires. Explore the San Telmo neighborhood, known for its cobblestone streets, colonial buildings and antique shops.

Day 11: Buenos Aires

A street in Recoleta.


Visit the Teatro Colón. Take a guided tour of the Teatro Colón, one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. Enjoy a coffee at one of the cafes near the Teatro Colón.


Last-minute shopping and sightseeing. Visit the Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood neighborhoods, known for their trendy boutiques, art galleries and cafes. Explore the Feria de Mataderos, a lively market that features traditional Argentine crafts, food and folk music.

Dinner: El Preferido de Palermo, a stylish restaurant located in the Palermo district. The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Argentine cuisine, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. The vibrant pink decor and creative menu make it a unique dining experience.


Free time to pack and prepare for the flight home.

Day 12: Departure

A vintage building with yellow-colored flowers in the front

Free time for last-minute packing or sightseeing. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel or at a local cafe.

Visit the Mercado de San Telmo, a historic market that offers a variety of goods, from fresh produce to antiques and souvenirs.

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