Waterfalls on Iguazu National Park
Argentina Road Trip
This trip proposes a complete panorama of the circuit of the North and South of Argentina in 20 days. You will travel by car across the country to immerse yourself in spectacular and varied landscapes: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Calafate, Chaltén, Bariloche, Salta, Jujuy and Iguazu Falls (Argentine and Brazilian side).
Duration: 20 nights
Prices are in US dollars per person in double basis.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCultural, Friends, Nature, Road trip
Activity Level Intermediate
The Best of Argentina begins in Buenos Aires, you can visit the neighborhood of Palermo and enjoy the natural charm of forests and lakes, museums, art galleries, the cultural offer and local cuisine.
This trip continues towards the Southern Patagonia: Calafate. You will have a 4×4 excursion and enjoy the views of Lake Argentino, you will visit a prehistoric archaeological site and you will have a patagonian dinner in a cave. You will have a field day in a typical ranch with a barbecue and discover the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Finally, you will sail through the Upsala Canal, visit Estancia Cristina and do a mini trekking through Cañadón de los Fósiles.
The tour continues by your own time with a rental car, you will take the route from El Calafate to El Chaltén, until you reach the city of trekking, to get the best views of Mount Fitz Roy.
The adventure continues by car to San Carlos de Bariloche, a city surrounded by mountains and forests, on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, to advance towards the spectacular Road of the Seven Lakes.
You will return to Bariloche and take a flight to Salta. Once there, you will take the route to discover Calchaquí Valleys, Los Cardones National Park, Quebrada de las Conchas, Cachi, Cafayate and its vineyards. Finally you will discover Jujuy, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca and the salt desert from the Salinas Grandes.
Then you will discover the flora and fauna of the Iguazu National Park – on the Argentinean and Brazilian side – and you will sailing at the foot of the Iguazu Waterfalls.
The trip ends in Buenos Aires, you will have your last free night to enjoy the city.
- 20 nights accommodation in a double room.
- Breakfasts included in all hotels.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned.
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with english / spanish speaking guide if french is not mentioned.
- Navigation at the foot of the Iguazu Falls.
- Transfers to the airport (in private service when mentioned).
- Entrances to the National Parks.
- Meals (except when mentioned) and additional staff.
- Air transport (national and international), optional.
- Excursions indicated as optional.
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel (Palermo)
You will be transferred to the hotel in the neighborhood of Palermo. Your local guide will welcome you and some recommendations to make the most of local cuisine.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest visiting: Bosques de Palermo – Botanical Garden – Generic Floralis – National Museum of Fine Arts – Museum of Decorative Art – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) – Recoleta Cultural Center – Recoleta Cemetery
Day 2: Flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Excursion in 4x4 to Argentino Lake, visit to an archaeological site and patagonian dinner in a cave
In the morning you will take a plane to El Calafate and you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will be the protagonist of a 4×4 excursion that will take you to the turquoise waters of Lake Argentino and a trail that offers a spectacular view of the Andes Mountains until you reach an archaeological site with cave paintings of the pre-Tehuelche culture ( more than 4,000 years old). In the early evening, you will enjoy a Patagonian dinner in acave, before heading back to the hotel.
Day 3: Welcome to Los Glaciares National Park
Country day at Nibepo Aike Ranch and sail in Lago Argentino
In the morning, you will have an excursion to a typical ranch, Nibepo Aike, you will know the place, its history and about the rural activities of Patagonia. You will have lunch as a gaucho, a true ”asado”. The afternoon will be devoted to navigation on Lake Argentino to be closer to the famous Perito Moreno glacier.
Duration: The tour is half a day.
Day 4: Sailing on the Upsala Channel
Excursion in 4x4 to Estancia Cristina and Trekking Cañadón de los Fósiles
One of the best experiences you can experience within the Los Glaciares National Park will be to embark on the Upsala Canal, with a majestic view to the western front of the Upsala Glacier, sailing among mountains, icebergs and icebergs to disembark at Estancia Cristina where you will board a 4×4 to ascend the Feruglio cord. There you will leave the vehicle and begin a hike to the Upsala Viewpoint, with views of Lake Guillermo, the eastern front of the Upsala Glacier and the Southern Patagonian Continental Ice Field. At this point you will start the 14km trek to enter the Cañadón de los Fósiles, named for its great concentration of fossils, which were discovered by glacial action.
Duration: The tour lasts 11 hours.
Day 5: Welcome to El Chalten
On the road to the city of trekking
In the morning you will go to the car rental office to pick up your car. After approximately 3 hours, you will reach El Chaltén, at the foot of the Mount Fitz Roy, and on the banks of the Río de las Vueltas you will find this town known as the ”capital of trekking”.
Free afternoon to explore this picturesque town and its surroundings.
Recommendation: Some simple and short walks are: Chorrillo del Salto (1 hs) – Mirador del Torre (3 hs) – Laguna Capri – (4 hs).
Day 6: Welcome to El Chaltén
You will have the day off to enjoy the city of trekking. As the name implies, we suggest this unforgettable experience: trekking and a picnic in Laguna de los Tres.
Recommendation: Laguna de los Tres: It is one of the most sought after walks by trekking and climbing lovers. There are 10 km separating the start on the main street San Martin to the final point and a walk from 9 to 10 hours with Mount Fitz Roy and a lake with turquoise waters at your feet. The hanging Piedras Blancas glacier and the Capri Lagoon are two strategic points to contemplate the peace of the place.
Day 7: Welcome to San Carlos de Bariloche
After breakfast, you will drive from El Chaltén to the airport in El Calafate (around 3 hours) where you will return the car at the local office (you must show at the airport at least 3 hours before the flight’s departure as you have to leave the car)
On arrival to Bariloche airport, a transfer will take you to the hotel in the city.
Recommendation: It is a good time to try the famous chocolates of Bariloche, to discover the Circuito Chico, the most traditional route in the city, begins in the center and borders the southern margin of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
Day 8: Welcome to Villa La Angostura
Exploring the Road of the Seven Lakes
The Road of the Seven Lakes is a section of the National Route 40 that connects the towns of Villa La Angostura and San Martin de los Andes, is located on the northwest coast of Lake Nahuel Huapi and brings together the best of nature and Patagonian geography: mountains, lakes, forests of cypresses and myrtles. After 1 hour and 20 minutes you will arrive at Villa La Angostura, a quieter and better preserved mountain town than Bariloche.
Recommendation: Explore Los Arrayanes National Park, which covers the Quetruhué peninsula, on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, and protects a forest of myrtles, which is almost unique in the world.
Day 9: From Villa la Angostura to San Martín de los Andes
Discovering the Road of the 7 Lakes
You will continue crossing the mirrored lakes of different colors along the Road of the Seven Lakes until you reach San Martín de los Andes. This city is located on the shores of Lake Lácar, is known for its landscapes nicknamed ”the city of roses” and for its urbanization. You will spend the night in the hotel of San Martin de los Andes.
Recommendation: We suggest you to stop along the way to enjoy the small beaches in the lakes.
Day 10: Return to Bariloche
From San Martín de los Andes to Bariloche
In the morning you will take the Road of the Seven Lakes back to Bariloche.
Free afternoon to explore the city.
Recommendation: Other tours and tours that we suggest are: Circuito Grande (240 km from the city center and runs through the Andean lakes and forests), the Civic Center, Colonia Suiza and Puerto Pañuelo.
Day 11: Welcome to Salta
Flight to Salta and free day
In the morning you will drive to the airport of Bariloche and take a flight to Salta. When you arrive in the city, you will book a new rental car to explore the Andean North.
Afternoon and free night to explore the city.
Day 12: On the route from Salta to Cachi
Touring The Cardones National Park
You will take the Route 33 towards Cachi. You will pass through the spectacular Valle de Lerma, the Quebrada de Escoipe, and you will discover many views of the Encantado Valley. On the way, you will have the opportunity to tour the Los Cardones National Park and admire the impressive cactus. Finally you will reach Cachi, a small town with a quiet and pleasant environment to walk: the square, the church and the restaurants around.
Day 13: From Cachi to Cafayate
From the Calchaquíes valleys to the vineyards of Cafayate
You will follow the route between Cachi and Cafayate and you will enjoy the spectacular landscapes with colorful mountains, hills, meadows and isolated villages. Molinos is one of the most beautiful villages in the Calchaquíes Valleys. Upon arrival, you will discover the city of Cafayate and visit a winery to taste the famous ”torrontés” wines, typical of this region.
Day 14: On the return to Salta
Touring the Quebrada de las Conchas
Today you will go back to Salta. On the way, you can make many stops to enjoy the views of the incredible Quebrada de Las Conchas and you will appreciate the beauty of these spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds, such as the Devil’s Throat, El Fraile, The Obelisk and The Castles.
Day 15: Welcome to Jujuy
Exploring the Quebrada de Humahuaca and Purmamarca
You will drive along Route 9 towards the province of Jujuy. You will have the opportunity to go through the beginning of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, and you will arrive at Purmamarca, a very traditional village, located at the foot of the famous Cerro de los 7 colores.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest visiting Salinas Grandes, the famous salt desert located at more than 4100 meters above sea level.
Day 16: Exploring the Quebrada de Humahuaca and Purmamarca
Purmamarca, Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca
In the morning you will discover the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, this spectacular valley was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will be able to know the colorful markets of each small town, including those of Tilcara and Pucará (archaeological site), and then the town of Humahuaca.
Recommendation: At the end of the afternoon, we recommend going through the magnificent Hornocal viewpoint.
Day 17: Welcome to Puerto Iguazú
Flight to Puerto Iguazú and free day
You will return to Salta airport where you will return your rental car and take a flight to Puerto Iguazú. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon free to enjoy the surroundings of the hotel or tour the city.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, you can visit the animal shelter Güra Oga, located near the hotel, it is a veterinary clinic and rehabilitation center for injured wild animals. We also recommend the point of view ”the Argentinean landmark” of the 3 borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Day 18: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Touring the Iguazú Falls (Argentine side)
Day 18: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Traveling and sailing under the falls
You will be transferred in a small group to enter the Iguazú National Park with your guide. After touring the catwalks and taking advantage of each point of view, you will board a boat to navigate at the foot of the falls.
Recommendation: Remember to bring a pilot and clothes to change because you probably do not get out without getting wet from this wonderful experience!
Day 19: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Touring the Iguazú Falls (Brazilian side) and Bird Park
You will visit the Iguazú National Park from the Brazilian side, and you will be able to enjoy an exceptional panoramic view, obtaining a view of almost all the jumps and a great approach to the Garganta del Diablo.
On the way back, you will have a stop to visit the Bird’s Park, an amazing natural park where you can discover the local fauna while walking on its trails. You will be able to see birds (specially parrots and toucans), butterflies, reptiles, and some mammals.
Day 20: Return to Buenos Aires
Transfer to the hotel and free night
Transfer to the Puerto Iguazú airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel in the neighborhood of San Telmo.
Last night off to discover the city.
Day 21: End of the trip
After breakfast you will be transferred to the international airport according to your flight schedules.
Sailing between icebergs and glaciers
At Mater we know that accommodation is much more than a place to sleep. It is an opportunity to experience the local culture. Because of this, our itineraries are designed to stay in local hotels and, whenever possible, have an experience in a family home.
The published price is in standard hotels, but we have options in superior and luxury hotels. We work with charming bed and breakfast, luxurious estancias, and comfortable houses.
At Mater we are always in seek of alternative tours to the ones chosen by big tourist groups. Without missing out the highlights of each destination, we design the trips so that you can have more intimate and authentic experiences.
This trip includes in Buenos Aires two different tours: one to the north and another one to the south of the city. In both of them you will not just learn about the history of the city, but also you will go over the different neighbourhoods like a local. Also, instead of going to a traditional tango show, you will go to an authentic milonga (where locals go to dance tango).
In Calafate, you will have 2 nontraditional tours, so that you can see much more than the glacier: a 4×4 excursion to the Fosiles Canyon, an archeological site where the natives lived hundreds of years ago and a patagonic dinner in a cave that you won’t forget.