Argentina Adventure: 10 Day Itinerary
Argentina was the first country in South America that I visited. It is a vast country with a wide array of topography. Traveling from the north to the south of Argentina it is so different it’s hard to believe you remain in the same country. Putting together this itinerary was so difficult because there is so much to see and do in Argentina, but we had a fantastic time on this 10-day visit.
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Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires after what will most likely have been an overnight flight. We dropped our bags at the hotel and explored this sprawling city on foot. Walk downtown and take a guided tour of the historic Teatro Colon. Walk a little further and take a picture in front of the Obelisco. Another landmark worth seeing is la Casa Rosada (the pink house), which is the Argentine Governments house and where many historical events take place. Walk or take an Uber back to your hotel and get ready for dinner! Do not miss out on Don Julio, a world renown steakhouse. Pro tip: make reservations in advance! 30-40 people per night generally congregate outside prior to opening in hopes of getting a table without a reservation.
Days 2-4: Ushuaia
Check out of your hotel and fly south to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Known for being a major port for Antartica expeditions, Ushuaia is a quaint town with a very interesting history. Hear all about it by taking “tren del fin del mundo” or “train to the end of the world” within Tierra del Fuego National Park. Climb aboard and listen to the story of Ushuaia and watch the beautiful landscape go by.
We loved Tierra del Fuego so much we rented a car and came back the next day to explore on our own. Send a postcard from the Southernmost Post office while you're there!
Meander around town and have lunch or dinner at Tia Elvira which has amazing seafood. We stayed at the Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa which is just outside of town up on the hill but is absolutely stunning. They offer shuttles to and from town several times a day so if you don’t have a car its no problem.
Day 5-6: El Calafate
Check out of your hotel and fly to El Calafate. Rent a car and drive into town.
Check into your hotel and head out for about a two-hour drive to the Perito Moreno glacier. This is an absolute must while you are in El Calafate. The Perito Moreno Glacier is a massive glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park and is a wonder to behold. Climb down the stairs to many different lookout points and marvel at the immense size. At 78 meters high and an approximate size of 250 km, Buenos Aires could fit inside the glacier with room to spare. Afterwards, meander around town and have a beer at Cerveza Patagonia.
Day six, wake up early and head out for your day trip to El Chalten, a small hiking village and home to the famous peaks of Mount Fitz Roy. There are several different hiking trails you can take to view Mount Fitz Roy depending on how much time and endurance you have. We went half way (8km roundtrip) and had lunch at a beautiful look out point. If you are serious hikers, you can go all the way and camp at the base of the peaks. If my memory serves this is about 18 km roundtrip.
Day 7-9: Mendoza
Check out of your hotel and fly north to Mendoza, the heart of wine country! Argentina is known the world over for their production of Malbec. Take a guided wine tour or rent a car and drive yourself across the three main regions: Lujan de Cuyo, the Uco Valley and Maipu. We stayed in Lujan de Cuyo at Villa Mansa Wine Hotel and had a wonderful stay. Some wineries we really enjoyed were Bodega Melipal and Bodega Vistalba. Wine tastings and lunch were superb at both locations.
Day 10: Leaving Buenos Aires
Check out of your hotel, fly back to Buenos Aires and onward home.
Need to Know
While you can certainly drive from town to town, it is much more time-saving to fly. The cities are very far from each other and if you are on a schedule, you likely won't have the time in your itinerary to drive. We flew Aerolineas Argentinas for all of our in-country flights.
USA, Canada, UK and European passports do not need a visa to travel here for less than 90 days. The local currency here is the Argentine Peso, however the US dollar is widely accepted and sometimes preferred. The official language of Argentina is Spanish. English is not as widely spoken, especially in some of the smaller towns.
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Argentina.
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