In this post we tell you things to do in Argentina in two weeks, so you can see the highlights from North to South. If you have a few extra days, we also offer you options of things to do in Argentina 20 days.
Argentina is a country with a lot to offer, from plains and deserts, to high mountains and waterfalls.
It is important that you organize in advance things to do in Argentina in two weeks, between thelong distances between cities and the few connectivity optionsmoving around internally can be a challenge if you do not plan ahead.
The best months to visit Argentina are March, April, September, October and November. The weather is more stable and it is low season. This will allow you to get cheaper rates and fewer tourists in the most important points.
If you travel to Patagonia Argentina, the summer months are the best to go trekking, visit the glaciers, sail the lakes and even swim in the beaches of the Atlantic coast. Winter is the ideal time to ski in the ski resorts of southern Argentina.
The best time to travel to northern Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and Iguazú, among others) is from March to October when the heat is not so oppressive and rainfall is scarce.
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Day 1: Starting in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is a large and vibrant city with many things to see and do. And it is the best place to start your trip in Argentina.
Start your tour with a walk through the historic center, including Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabildo, Avenida de Mayo and the Obelisk.
Continue your afternoon through the colorful streets of San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. If you are visiting on a Sunday, don’t miss the antique market. At night it is a good option to enjoy a tangoshow or see a play on the famous Corrientes Avenue.
📷 Don’t forget to book a free tour of the historic center of Buenos Aires to learn the secrets of this great city.
🔝 Take a look at our complete article of things to do in Microcentro. Read in more detail about these and more tourist sites to enjoy during your stay in Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Visit the neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palermo
Discover one of the most interesting places in Buenos Aires: the Recoleta Cemetery. Here you will see the elaborate tombs of Argentina’s famous figures , such as Ricardo Alfonsín, Nobel Prize winner Luis Federico Leloir and Eva Perón. In the afternoon, get to know the trendy Palermo neighborhood, an excellent spot to see street art and boutiques near Plaza Serrano.
📷 To learn more about Buenos Aires and its history, traditions and buildings, we recommend taking a city tour. There are several free tours (there is almost one for each neighborhood) and there are also day tours and private and exclusive tours.
Day 3: La Boca and Puerto Madero
Be sure to take a guided tour of the Teatro Colon, one of the most important opera houses in South America. In the afternoon stroll along Caminito, in the neighborhood of La Boca, to see the colorful houses and street artists.
In the evening, tour Puerto Madero and visit the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge). This is one of the most exclusive areas of the city with a wide gastronomic variety, ideal to enjoy a barbecue and watch a tango show.
📷 Live a first class tango show with dinner included at Madero Tango.
Looking for more places to see and tips for traveling to Buenos Aires? Check out this article on things to do in Buenos Aires in 4 days.
Day 4: On the way to Iguazu Falls
In the morning take a flight to Iguazu to visit the famous Iguazu Falls. The waterfalls are incredible, formed by 250 waterfalls in the jungle of Misiones. It is a spectacular natural wonder located on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
We recommend a two-day visit to the Argentine side of the falls. Inside the Iguazu National Park start with a visit to the Upper Circuit, which takes you to the panoramic views of the falls and access to the Devil’s Throat, the most impressive of all the falls.
Take the Ecological Jungle Train for a scenic ride to the entrance of the Upper Circuit and tour the different scenic points.
📷 Book here the excursion from Puerto Iguazu to the falls. Includes round trip transfer, local guide, and as an optional activity, boat or 4×4 ride to experience the adventure in first person.
📷 Are you going to visit the Falls on full moon days? Don’t miss this excursion that takes you by night to the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) with the moon illuminating the waterfalls. Transfer and guide included.
🔝 Check out this article about things to do in Iguazú.
Day 5: Experience the adrenaline at Iguazu Falls
It travels along the Lower Circuit and arrives very close to the Bosetti Falls. From there it is possible to enjoy a moment of adrenaline with a boat ride on the Iguazu River that will take you to the base of the falls, where you can experience the full force of the water.
In the afternoon, an interesting option is to make an excursion to Minas de Wanda, to learn about the precious stone industry, or to walk around downtown Puerto Iguazú and visit the landmark of the 3 frontiers.
✏️ Please note that, depending on the time of year, water flow at the falls may vary and weather conditions may affect the accessibility of certain areas. It is important to check the weather forecast and park hours before planning your trip.
📷 Check here the Tour to go to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines and reserve your place.
Day 6: Transfer between Cataratas to Ushuaia via Buenos Aires
The routes in Argentina are long, so to go from the north to the south of the country it is necessary to take a day, with a few hours of flight and a stopover. The best way is to fly from Iguazú to Buenos Aires, and from there to Ushuaia.
Buenos Aires has two airports: Ezeiza and Aeroparque. The ideal is to take flights departing from the same airport, since between one and the other there is almost an hour’s travel time, which if it coincides with peak traffic hours can be much longer.
Another point to take into consideration is that they are not easily connected by public transportation, so it is best to use a vehicle such as a cab or private transfer in case you need to go from one to the other.
📷 Book here your transfer in Buenos Aires from Ezeiza airport to Aeroparque.
Day 7: Ushuaia, the end of the world
Get to know the city of Ushuaia, strolling through its commercial center and visiting the Maritime and Presidio Museum. This was the site of a prison that housed the most reckless prisoners of its time.
In the afternoon, take a navigation through the Beagle Channel from the port . A 3-hour trip between Isla de los Lobos, inhabited by sea lions, and Isla de los Pájaros, where we find the cormorants. Finally we arrive at the Les Éclaireurs lighthouse. If the weather permits, a short trekking on Karelo Island is included.
📷 Book your Beagle Channel boat trip here.
Day 8: Tierra del Fuego National Park and Train to the End of the World
Dedicate your day to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park. When arriving here, it is possible to board the End of the World Train, this tourist train was born to take prisoners to the forest to get firewood and wood for the construction of Ushuaia.
Continue your excursion through Lapataia Bay, the end of National Route 3. There are some short trails to walk along this part of the river and take some beautiful pictures at the viewpoints. Finally, be sure to visit Lake Asigami, the border between Chile and Argentina.
🔝 Check out our article on things to do in Ushuaia for more options.
📷 Tour Tierra del Fuego National Park and End of the World Train with this excursion from Ushuaia.
Day 9: Excursion to Lakes Escondido and Fagnano
Start your trip along route 3 up to the Garibaldi pass viewpoint. Here is the panoramic point to see these two magnificent lakes. Escondido Lake, as its name suggests, is behind the mountains and can only be easily seen from the lookout point. Lake Fagnano is surrounded by forests and small towns. Its landscapes change from steppe to forest as it travels along the coast.
Finally, close the day by spending the afternoon at a winter center, where you can enjoy typical Patagonian dishes such as Patagonian lamb and do some activities such as cross-country skiing or snowmobile rides.
📷 Book here the excursion to Lake Fagnano and Escondido from Ushuaia. If you want to feel adrenaline contract the excursion to the lakes in 4×4.
🔝 Check out all the places to see in Patagonia Argentina.
Day 10: El Calafate, the land of glaciers
On this day of your trip to Argentina it is time to take a flight to El Calafate, a small town in the Patagonia region. Nearby you can visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, a huge glacier that is one of the few in the world that is still advancing. You can take a boat tour to get closer to the glacier or take a guided tour walking on the ice.
✏️ El Glaciar is inside the National Park, therefore, it is necessary to pay an entrance fee.
🔝 Take a look at our article to visit the visit the Perito Moreno glacier. You will find more detailed information about this excursion and the Upsala Glacier.
Day 11: Navigation among glaciers
Another essential excursion to do in El Calafate is sailing on Lake Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina to reach nearby glaciers such as the Upsala and Spegazzini.
Enjoy a day among ice floes and if the season allows a short 300 meter hike to see beautiful panoramic views of Glacier Bay.
🔝 Take a look at our article for see the Upsala Glacier and other glaciers on the Rivers of Ice excursion.
To visit the Upsala Glacier, you must take a boat in Puerto Bandera. You can go there on your own or hire one of the excursions to visit these glaciers.
Day 12 : Bariloche, a best things to do in 15 days in Argentina
Continue your trip to the north of Patagonia to reach Bariloche . This city is framed by mountains and the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Visit the Civic Center, the heart of this place, which has a variety of stores, restaurants and historic buildings. You can visit the Museum of Patagonia, which offers a glimpse into the natural and cultural history of the region.
In the afternoon, take a panoramic tour of the Circuito Chico, a route that surrounds the Nahuel Huapi Lake and offers impressive views of the Andes Mountain Range and the most important points of the city, such as the Llao Llao Hotel. An option in this tour is to go up by chairlift to Cerro Campanario and have a panoramic view of Lake Nahuel Huapi.
📷 If you don’t have your own or a rental car, get to know Bariloche with this tour through the famous Circuito Chico.
Looking for more places to see and tips for traveling to Bariloche? Check out this article about things to do in Bariloche.
Day 13 : The impressive Arrayanes Forest
In the morning you will sail from Puerto Pañuelos on Lake Nahuel Huapi to visit the incredible Victoria Island and its Arrayanes Forest.
In the afternoon, visit Cerro Catedral, a ski resort and outdoor recreation area that offers outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing in the summer, and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
Enjoy the nightlife in Bariloche, known for its lively atmosphere, with many bars, discos and restaurants. It is also a producer of craft beer and chocolates, ideal for tasting on your 15-day trip to Argentina.
📷 Book here the excursion to Arrayanes Forest and Victoria Island from Bariloche. To visit Cerro Catedral hire this excursion with transfers, to go at your own pace.
You can see the Bosque de Arrayanes in our article on things to do in Villa La Angostura.
Day 14: Cerro Otto and Lake Gutierrez
On this day trip to Argentina we suggest you to visit Cerro Otto. It is 1405 meters high and at the top there is a revolving cafeteria, which gives you a 360 degree panoramic view of Bariloche. You can also see the Berghoff refuge, a classic mountain hut that was built by the man who inhabited this sector and gave his name to this hill: Don Otto Meilling.
To close your visit to Bariloche, enjoy the beautiful Gutierrez Lake. The lake is surrounded by the Otto, Catedral and de la Ventana hills, very close to it there is a small trail of low difficulty to see the Cascada de los Duendes.
Both Cerro Otto and Lake Gutiérrez are ideal places to practice outdoor sports. One of the options is to hire this excursion with transfers to kayak on Lake Gutierrez.
Day 15: Return to Buenos Aires
It is time to return to Buenos Aires for your flight. In case your return flight is in the afternoon or evening is to take an early flight to enjoy half a day in Buenos Aires.
During those hours in the city, we recommend a visit to the San Martin square in Retiro, where you can see emblematic places such as the Kavanagh building, the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament and the iconic Florida street, with souvenir stores and bars.
Things to do in Argentina 20 days
There is still a lot to see on your trip to Argentina! Undoubtedly, spending a few extra days in this country is a good idea. Extend your trip and see things to do in Argentina in 20 days.
In addition to the aforementioned 15 days, add northwestern Argentina to your itinerary.
Day 16: Discovering the incredible North of Argentina, starting in Salta
Again you will fly north to Salta. Start your visit to Salta by touring the downtown area where it is possible to visit buildings and squares from the colonial era, including the impressive Cathedral Basilica of Salta, Museo Histórico del Norte and the Cabildo.
✏️ Both the Cabildo and the Museo Histórico del Norte have free admission.
Be sure to visit the MAAM (Museum of High Mountain Archeology). Inside it is possible to see the mummies of 3 Inca children who were sacrificed in the Andes in Llullaillaco volcano. They are in excellent conditions of conservation.
Finally, close the day with a tour to Cerro San Bernardo and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.
🔝 Read our article things to do in Salta capital, to enjoy this city to the fullest.
Day 17: Meet the mythical Tren de las Nubes (Cloud Train)
On this day you will visit one of the most incredible places you will see on your trip to Argentina: the Tren de Las nubes (Train of the Clouds). The tour starts in Campo Quijano through the mountains and the Puna landscape. Descend the El Toro Viaduct, located in the ravine of the same name, and get to know the train tracks set in a unique landscape. Continue to San Antonio de los Cobres and board the Tren de las Nubes to reach La Polvorilla, at 4200 meters above sea level.
📷 If you do not want to go on the train to the Clouds, you can hire the excursion that goes through the places where the train passes, especially the viaduct, San Antonio de los Cobres and also visit the Salinas Grandes.
Close your day with a visit to one of the folkloric peñas and take the opportunity to eat some traditional dishes such as humita and the famous empanadas salteñas, while listening to a local group playing this traditional music of drums and guitars.
⚠️ This excursion is done at a high altitude above sea level, which may cause you to suffer some symptoms of altitude sickness, such as dizziness or nausea. It is important to eat light meals and stay well hydrated. Walk slowly and do not make strenuous physical efforts to enjoy your days in the North during your trip to Argentina.
Day 18: Humahuaca plus the Hornocal mountain range, a must on your trip to Argentina.
Continue your 20-day trip in Argentina in Humahuaca. A charming village surrounded by colorful hills between stone streets and adobe houses. Get to know the square and tower of San Francisco Solano. Get lost in its streets and discover the culture of the native peoples and the local gastronomy.
Only 25 kilometers from Humahuaca, you will find the Hornocal mountain range. An impressive colorful saw that dates back more than 66 million years. Erosion and minerals give it these incredible colors. In some parts of the mountain range there are up to 33 different shades. With more than 4761 meters of altitude, it is important to make the ascent slowly to acclimatize to the altitude.
📷 Book the excursion from Salta capital to visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca (includes transfers and guide). If you want to visit the Hornocal mountain range in a day from Salta, hire this excursion.
Be sure to read our article on things to do in Jujuy, a province full of color.
Day 19: Purmamarca plus visit to Salinas Grandes de Jujuy
In the morning you will start your journey to Purmamarca, a small town in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, known for its traditional indigenous markets, and the Cerro de los Siete Colores, a colorful rock formation. Its particular coloration is due to the different layers of rock and minerals that form it, exposed as a result of thousands of years of erosion.
📌 On El Porito hill there is an incredible viewpoint of the Cerro, but you have to pay an entrance fee to the locals. The best time to visit is in the morning when the sun shines directly on the mountain.
Continue your day visiting the Salinas Grandes de Jujuy in the Puna. This is a salt flat of more than 200 kilometers of white salt at more than 4000 meters above sea level. The contrast with the mountain and the sky are capable of leaving you completely fascinated. It is one of the few accessible salt flats in South America and it is possible to visit the salt ponds and several springs.
📷 Book here the excursion to visit the colorful town of Purmamarca and the Salinas Grandes from San Salvador de Jujuy.
Day 20: Return to Buenos Aires to say good-bye to Argentina
The Argentina trip is coming to an end, it is time to return to Buenos Aires for your flight. A good option if your return flight is in the evening is to take an early flight to enjoy half a day in Buenos Aires.
In that case we recommend you to visit an emblematic building such as the Barolo Palace or visit the Argentine Congress and its surroundings. If your return flight departs from Ezeiza, a lunch at a nearby estancia is a good option to say goodbye with a good Argentine asado.
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