Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Best of Argentina 3 weeks
Within 3 weeks you will discover the North and South of Argentina. A diverse tour where you’ll enjoy the cultural life of Buenos Aires, the mountains and glaciers in El Calafate, hiking in El Chaltén, the incredible landscapes and culture in Salta and Jujuy, and finally the subtropical jungle of Iguazu Falls.
Duration: 20 nights
The price is in US dollars per person in double basis.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival to Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel
You will be transferred to the hotel in the neighborhood of San Telmo. For this first day, you can discover the neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city, stroll through the antique shops in the San Telmo Market and enjoy the tango dancers in Plaza Dorrego.
Day 2: City Tour Southern Neighborhoods (La Boca and San Telmo)
Optional night activity
A specialist in History and Architecture of the city will accompany you to discover the hidden treasures of the city, and its emblematic buildings. You will also visit the neighborhood of La Boca and its famous Caminito street , where you will see old houses built by immigrants and walk along the cobbled stone streets in the neighborhood of San Telmo.
Duration: The tour of the city lasts 3 hours.
Optional activity: At night, you can attend a local milonga (a traditional room where tango lovers gather to dance) and learn your first steps.
Day 3: Welcome to El Calafate
Excursion in 4x4 to Cerro Frías
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport from where you will depart on a flight to El Calafate. Once there you will be transferred to your hotel in the city. In the afternoon you will make a 4×4 excursion to discover the landscapes around Cerro Frias, here you can enjoy the view of Fitz Roy Hill, between lagoons and forests, and the Paine massif in Chile. You will have the possibility of riding horses, hiking or zip lines.
Duration: The 4×4 trip lasts approximately 2 hours (50km).
Day 4: Welcome to Los Glaciares National Park
Nibepo Aike Ranch and navigation of Lake Argentino
In the morning you will leave the town towards Los Glaciares National Park. You will spend the day in the Nibepo Aike ranch. There you will enjoy a true Patagonian barbecue. After lunch, you will go by boat to navigate the Rico arm of Lago Argentino until you reach Playa de las Monedas, where you will make an easy hike through a lenga forest, until you reach a viewpoint with views to the south face of the Perito Moreno Glacier. You can enjoy the panoramic views from the footbridges.
Duration: The tour is full day.
Day 5: Sailing on the Upsala Canal
Day ranch at Estancia Cristina
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 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.Before returning, you will have time to taste a beer or a hot drink before embarking in the direction of Puerto Bandera and then to El Calafate. Duration: The tour lasts 11 hours.
Day 6: Welcome to El Chaltén
The Trekking Town
After breakfast, you will rent a car to go to El Chaltén. After driving approximately 3 hours appreciating the Patagonian steppe you will arrive at this town, chosen by travelers from all over the world because of the unique setting and the great opportunities for hiking. Settled at the banks of De las Vueltas river, from town you can have day hikes to Fitz Roy mountain, Torre Mountain, Saint Exupery, or one of the many sorrounding lakes or rivers. Recommendation: Some simple and short walks are: Chorrillo del Salto (1 hs) – Mirador del Torre (3 hs) – Laguna Capri – (4 hs).
Day 7: Free day at El Chaltén
Optional: Trekking Laguna de los Tres
Today you will have the day off to experience the city of trekking in first person! As the name implies, we suggest this unforgettable experience: trekking and a picnic in Laguna de los Tres. Recommendation: Laguna de los Tres iss one of the favorite 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 path is completely laid out and along it you can enjoy spectacular landscapes. The hanging Piedras Blancas glacier and the Capri Lagoon are two strategic points to contemplate the beauty and tranquility of the place.
Day 8: Welcome to Ushuaia
Flight to Ushuaia, transfer to the hotel and free afternoon
After breakfast, you will return the rental vehicle and take your flight to Ushuaia. Once there, you will be transferred to the hotel.Free afternoon to explore the city on your own.
Recommendation: End of the World Museum – Maritime and Presidio Museum of Ushuaia – Plaza Islas Malvinas – End of the World Train
Day 9: Welcome to Tierra del Fuego National Park
Hiking in the Park
Together with your guide you will make an excursion walking along the paths of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, until you reach Lapataia Bay while you will learn about the millenary forests of the region. Back to the hotel. Free afternoon to explore the city. Duration: The walk is simple and lasts 2 hours 30 minutes.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest visiting the End of the World museum and the Maritime Museum in the Old Ushuaia Penitentiary.
Day 10: Beagle Channel Boat Trip
Visit to Estancia Harberton
Today you will have an excursion to navigate the Beagle Channel, where you can observe colonies of sea lions and cormorants and the famous Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, heading to Estancia Harberton. Upon arrival in the Estancia, you will cross in zodiac to Isla Martillo and you will walk among the Papuan penguin colony for 30 minutes with your specialized guide.
Duration: The tour lasts 8 hours.
Day 11: Welcome to Salta
Flight to Salta, transfer to the hotel and free day
You will leave from the Ushuaia airport to take a flight to Salta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Free afternoon to explore the city.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest a tour of the historic center, the Cabildo, the Cathedral, the Convent of San Bernardo and the Church of San Francisco, the San Bernardo Hill, the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM). At night, we recommend visiting the famous peñas (traditional tavern) where you can have tasty empanadas and a local wine.
Day 12: On the route from Salta to Cachi
Touring The Cardones National Park
In the morning you will pick up a rental car and drive through the Route 33 to Quebrada de Escoipe. You will discover many points of view about Valle Encantado, Los Cardones National Park, through the so-called ”Inca Trail”, the Recta Tin Tin, name a perfectly straight section from highway 33, which extends for 18 km through the cactus of Los Cardones National Park. Upon arrival, you will discover a colonial town, Cachi, with low houses dyed white lime.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest touring this town with a quiet and ideal environment for walking, the central square, the church whose roof is built with candelabrum cactus wood and restaurants around.
Duration: The road is 162 km long and lasts approximately 3 hours
Day 13: Welcome to Cafayate
From the Calchaquíes valleys to the vineyards
You will travel the route from Cachi to Cafayate and take a path that crosses landscapes with colorful mountains, hills, meadows and isolated villages. The dusty trail will take you to some villages, such as Molinos, one of the most beautiful, which owes its name to the mills built on the river. Finally you will arrive to Cafayate, you can visit the town and visit a vineyard, to taste the famous Torrontés wines, typical grape of the region.
Day 14: On the return route 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, the Amphitheater, Toad, El Fraile, The Obelisk and The Castles.
Day 15: Welcome to Jujuy
San Antonio de los Cobres, Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca
The morning will start towards the Andean highlands, heading towards the small town of San Antonio de los Cobres, from where you can see the exit of the famous ”Train of the Clouds”. After lunch, you will discover the Salinas Grandes, a salt desert of more than 1400 meters, right on the border between the regions of Salta and Jujuy. On the way you will see llamas, condors and vicuñas that will accompany you between the different landscapes, desert expanses with unreal colors, deserts of salt and ocher dunes, until you reach Purmamarca, where you will spend the night.
Day 16: Touring the Quebrada de Humahuaca
Purmamarca, Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca
After breakfast, you will drive through the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, a spectacular valley classified as a World Heritage Site. You will discover the curiosities and the colorful markets of the towns of Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca.
Recommendation: We suggest visiting the Hornocal viewpoint.
Day 17: Welcome to Puerto Iguazú
Flight to Puerto Iguazú, transfer to the hotel and free day
You will return the rental car and take a flight to Puerto Iguazú. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel, to relax in the facilities or tour the city.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest visiting the animal shelter of Güra Oga, located 5 km from the city on the way to the Iguazú National Park. This place is a veterinary clinic and rehabilitation center for injured wild animals. You can make a detour to the aviary of the hummingbirds: ”The garden of the hummingbirds”.
You can also visit the Hito point of view of the 3 borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, there you will find a handicraft market with local products
Day 18: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Touring the Iguazú Falls (Argentine side)
You will discover the famous Iguazu Falls on the Argentine side. After walking along the numerous footbridges and appreciating the different views, you can approach them by navigating under the falls (not included).
Return to Puerto Iguazú to spend the night.
Day 19: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Touring the Iguazú Falls (Brazilian side) and Bird Park
Today you will leave for the Iguazú National Park, to discover the impressive views of the waterfalls of Brazil. Then you will visit and walk through the Bird Park to explore the trails of the 5 large aviaries, the flora and fauna of the jungle.
Day 20: Return to Buenos Aires
Transfer to the hotel and urban tour of Palermo
Transfer to the Puerto Iguazú airport and take a flight to Buenos Aires. You will be transferred to the hotel in the neighborhood of San Telmo. Optional you can visit a contemporary art gallery and participate in a technical workshop.
Day 21: End of the trip
After breakfast you will be transferred to the international airport according to your flight schedules.
This trip begins in Buenos Aires, where you will visit the Southern neighborhoods (San Telmo and La Boca) and the historic centre. In the evening you can learn your first steps of tango in a milonga, a traditional lounge where locals and visitors gather to dance.
The adventure continues towards the Southern Patagonia: El Calafate. Some of the activities includes a 4×4 tour to Cerro Frias and its incredible views, Mount Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine, where you can go hiking or riding a horse. You will visit the impressive Los Glaciares National Park, sail across Argentino Lake and have a country day at Nibepo Aike ranch. After an easy walk, you will meet the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the best adventours at the national park, will be sailing across the Upsala Channel on your way to Estancia Cristina, and after a trekking arrive to Cañadon de los Fosiles.
Afterwards, you will rent a car and get out heading towards El Chaltén, arriving after 3 hours through amazing landscapes. In this paradise for hikers, you will stay for 2 days to enjoy many free trekkings.
The trip continues towards the end of the world: Ushuaia. Here you will visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Beagle Channel and Estancia Harberton. You will be amazed by the diverse of birds and the funny penguins!
From the South, direct to the Andean North. Once in Salta, you will rent a car again to travel the route from Cachi to Cafayate. You will drive through the Quebrada de Escoipe, Encantado Valley and Los Cardones National Park. You will pass through the incredible Quebrada de Las Conchas and appreciate the beauty of these spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds. The trip continues to Jujuy, towards the small town of San Antonio de los Cobres, home of central station of the famous “Train of the Clouds”, the Salinas Grandes. You will spend the night in Purmamarca and visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca and the colorful markets of the towns of Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca.
The next destination is one of the seven wonders of the natural world: the Iguazu Falls, here you will visit both sides of the falls, and will explore the jungle and the famous Bird Park.
The tour ends in Buenos Aires, where you can take an urban tour to learn the history of street art or visit a contemporary art gallery and hold a workshop.
- 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.
- Air transport (national and international), optional.
- Meals (except when mentioned) and additional staff.
- Excursions indicated as optional.
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 always search for alternative activities to those usually chosen by large groups of tourists so that you can have more intimate and authentic experiences, without missing out on the most emblematic places in Argentina.
This trip includes two different tour Buenos Aires: one to the north and another one to the south of the city. In both of them you will learn about the history of the city and visit the different neighbourhoods as a local. Also, instead of going to a traditional tango show, you will go to an authentic milonga: a place where locals dance tango.
In Calafate, you will have 2 non-traditional tours, so that you can see much more than the glacier: a 4×4 excursion to the Fósiles Canyon, an archeological site where the natives lived hundreds of years ago and an unforgettable Patagonic dinner in a cave.
In addition to our general sustainability policies (see here), there are some specific sustainable
actions we take on this particular tour.
At Calafate you’ll visit a local estancia that still works as one (not only for touristic purposes) and learn actively about the different activities they practise, such as sheep shearing. By doing this, we create an atmosphere of cultural exchange and you’ll get to know the Patagonian pioneers’ customs and their agricultural and breeding practices. You will reach the Perito Moreno glacier through an unconventional navigation, arriving at the catwalks when the groups of tourists have already left and consequently helping to prevent overtourism. By doing this, we also get unique views and reaching the glacier will be an experience itself.
In Puerto Iguazú, we work with small groups and local guides that speak our travellers’ language.
Also, avoid the use plastic in meals and we buy lunch boxes from local entrepreneurs.
Buenos Aires – El Calafate: 3.30 h flight
El Calafate – El Chaltén: aprox. 3 hs on route (215 km)
El Chaltén – Ushuaia: 1.30 h flight
Afterwards, you will go to Salta, with a stopover flight, and take your rented car.
Salta – Cachi: aprox. 4 hs on route (163 km)
Cachi – Cafayate: aprox. 4 hs on route (158 km)
Cafayate – Salta: aprox. 3.30 hs on route
Salta – Purmamarca: aprox. 3 hs on route (157 km)
Finally, you will take your flight to Puerto Iguazú. If the flight is direct, it takes 2h05.
You will fly back to Buenos Aires. Flight duration: 1h55.
We suggest taking this trip either on October, November of March, given that the best time to visit Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego between October and March, but the rainy season in the northwest (Salta, Cachi, Cafayate, Purmamarca) is from December to the last days of February.
In El Calafate the average annual temperature is 7,5 °C (45.5 ºF). January is the warmest month of the year and temperatures go around 15°C (59 ºF) during the day.
Ushuaia has an average annual temperature of 5,7 °C (42 ºF). During the summer temperatures go from 20 ºC (68 ºF) during the day to 10 ºC (50 ºF) in the mornings and nights.
The city of Salta, located in a valley, has an average temperature of 10 ºC (50 ºF) during the winter and 20 ºC (68 ºF) in the summer, and a rainy season between December and February. In the rest of the province temperatures vary according to the altitude of the area. For example, in the Puna region there is a big thermal amplitude with cold mornings and nights and nicer temperatures during the day. In Cachi and Cafayate the weather is quite warm during the summer, with an average temperature of 28 ºC (82 ºF), long and sunny days and cooler nights. In the winter, temperatures drop to 15°C (59 ºF) during the day.
In the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the average temperature in the summer is 23°C (73 ºF) with long, sunny days and cooler nights. In winter, average temperature drops to 16°C (60 ºF) during the day.
There are daily direct flights between the cities of El Calafate and Ushuaia, as well as between Buenos Aires and El Calafate. To head north you must take two flights with a stopover in Buenos Aires or Córdoba. Between Salta and Puerto Iguazú, there are direct flights almost daily.
All cities are safe, but just like in any tourist site, we must pay special attention to our personal belongings, especially in places that are visited by a lot tourists daily, such the Perito Moreno walkways or the Iguazú falls.
In Buenos Aires, when visiting neighborhoods such as La Boca, we recommend not having you cell phones or cameras permanently in display, avoiding dark and deserted streets (especially at night), and not wearing jewelry that’s too flashy.
In El Calafate you cannot miss the Patagonian lamb and in Ushuaia the “centolla” (spider crab).
In the North, gastronomy changes completely: enjoy delicious “empanadas”, humitas, cabrito casseroles and more! In Puerto Iguazú, we recommend tasting the fish from the Iguazú River.