With a total extension of 2.784.400 km2, Argentina is one of the world`s largest countries. It has also been declared by the WWF one of the countries with the greatest wealth and natural biodiversity in the world. Due to the latitudinal extension and the diverstity of reliefs. Argentina has a great variety of climates – it extends to a tropical climate in the far north and subpolar in the far south (including polar climate if we consider the Antarctica Argentina) – and also a great combination of natural regions: Glaciers, deserts, mountains, waterfalls, marshalands, forests and much, much more. If you`re hoping to explore this incredible country for yourself, take a look at Say Hueque`s favorite Argentina itineraries for trips of 10 days or less.
1. Argentina Itinerary to Patagonia
If you`re wondering what things to do in Patagonia in less than 10 days, we recommend exploring Argentina and Chile`s most iconic destinations: El Calafate, El Chalten, Torres del Paine & Puerto Natales. Bear in mind Patagonia season is from October to March.
Starting in El Calafate, travelers can spend 3 days and make a full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier – for those who meet the age and health requirements, the Minitrekking & Big Ice excursions give the opportunity of hiking across the glacier.
On the 4th day, departure to El Chalten – 3 hours approx, depending on the service (private or public). 3 days allow travelers to explore this paradise for trekking, which can be completely self-guided. The 6th night has to be spent in El Calafate in order to program a full day excursion to Torres del Paine on the next morning – we recommend leaving to El Calafate on the evening and use the morning to explore trails in El Chalten.
After the tour through Torres del Paine National Park the night will be spent in Puerto Natales -150 km distance from Torres del Paine National Park. On the next day travelers can return to the park in a public bus or have the day at leisure to explore the surronding areas. On the 9th day the tour ends, we recommend taking a public bus to El Calafate, where the airport is located.
2. Argentina Itinerary to the Northwest
You`ll only need 5 days for this Argentina Itinerary to the northern provinces of Salta & Jujuy. Salta is one of the best preserved colonial cities, and is the perfect base for the adventures in the northwest of Argentina. After one day exploring the city, travelers can start a two day excursion through the Salt flats & Humahuaca Gorge. During two days tourists will enjoy exploring historic ruins, pre-Incan cities of the XIII century, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes, such us the marvelous Salt Flats and the region of Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy`s famed 7- Colored Mountain.
The second part of the excursion introduces people to the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Travellers will visit places as Maimarà, “Paleta del Pintor”, Tilcara and Pucarà de Tilcara, Trpoico de Capricornio, Uquia (Pinturas Cuzqueñas) and finally, the small town of Humahuaca before returning to Salta in the evening. The last two days will be spent in Salta, where tourist will have free time to rest or explore the region, before taking the shuttle to the airport on the 5th day.
3. Argentina Itinerary with a Brazil Bonus!
Discover the highlights of two amazing South American countries, travelling from Buenos Aires, to Iguazu Falls, to Rio de Janeiro.
Starting in Buenos Aires, tourists can discover this vibrant city in 3 days enjoying a City Tour through the most representative neighborhoods: Downtown, San Telmo, La Boca & Recoleta. Organazing a Dinner and Tango Show will offer a spectacular demostration of the finest local dancing accompanied by delicious Argentine cuisine. On the 3rd day departure to Puerto Iguazu where the magnificent Iguazu Falls are located. Bear in mind the Argentine side of the falls allows tourists to appreciate the power of the falls from the inside, as the Brazilian side offers a panoramic view of them. For that reason, we believe it`s always better to visit the Argentinian side first – with the Gran Aventura boat trip included – and on the next day visiting the brazilian side of the falls. (Check out more tips on things to do in Iguazu Falls here).
On the 6th day will be time to take a flight to Rio de Janeiro, leaving the rest of the day free to visit the amazing beaches. The next days tourist will be able to experience the most iconic excursions of this part of the world: An excursion to the Corcovado Hill – located at Tijuca Forest where Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon beaches and also the Rodrigo Freitas Lagoon and the Botanical Gardenand can be seen – and a tour to the Sugar Loaf – which offers panoramic views through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the traditional Cinelandia square with historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Once in the neighborhood of Urca, where the Sugar Loaf is located, passengers will be appreciate the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi bridge, Corcovado hill, Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some beaches of Niteroi.
Take some ideas of our special tour: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro
4. Argentina Itinerary to Wine Country
Finally, for those looking to experience an authentic tour to the most famous wine region of the country, try this 7- day trip from Buenos Aires to Mendoza.
Two days in Buenos Aires with a City Tour and a Tango show will allow tourists to discover this amazing vibrant city. On the 3rd day, flight to Mendoza: The Argentina`s main wine region and heartland of Malbec grape, with impressive mountains (like Aconcagua, climbers world known summit), outdoor sports (adventurous rafting) and breathtaking landscapes. The next dat tourists will be able to appreciate the nearby Andes Mountains and enjoey panoramic views and the impressive Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas. The next two days will give passengers enough time to discover the region, before returning to Buenos Aires on the last day.