‘With a total area of 1,730,146 miles², 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 its latitudinal extension and wide diversity of geography, 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 Antarctic Argentina) – and also a vast combination of natural environments; glaciers, deserts, mountains, waterfalls, marshlands, 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 trips for journeys of 10 days or less.
1. Argentina Itinerary to Patagonia
If you`re wondering what activities to do in Patagonia with less than 10 days, we recommend exploring Argentina’s and Chile’s most iconic destinations: El Calafate, El Chalten, Torres del Paine & Puerto Natales. Bear in mind that Patagonia’s optimal season is from October to March.
Starting in El Calafate, travelers can spend 3 days enjoying the Perito Moreno Glacier Tour – for those who meet the age and health requirements, the Minitrekking & Big Ice excursions give you the opportunity to hike across the glacier.
On the 4th day, depart to El Chalten – 3 hours approx., depending on the service (private or shared). 3 days in El Chalten will allow travelers to explore this paradise for hiking, which can be completely self-guided, depending on your preferences. The 6th night must be spent in El Calafate in order to include a full-day excursion to Torres del Paine the next morning – we recommend leaving for El Calafate in the evening and using the morning to explore trails in El Chalten.
After the tour through Torres del Paine National Park, the 7th night will be spent in Puerto Natales – 70 miles from Torres del Paine National Park. The following day travelers can return to the park in a public bus, or enjoy the day at leisure by exploring the surrounding areas. On the 9th day your tour ends, and we recommend taking a public bus to El Calafate, where the airport is located.
2. Argentina Itinerary to the Northwest
You’ll only need 6 days for this Northern Argentina trip to Salta & Jujuy. Salta is one of the best preserved colonial cities, and is the perfect base for adventures in the Northwest of Argentina. After spending one day exploring the city, travelers can start a 2-day excursion through the Salt flats & Humahuaca Gorge. During these 2 days tourists will enjoy exploring historic ruins, pre-Incan cities of the XIII century, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes, such as 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. Travelers will visit places such as Maimarà, “Paleta del Pintor”, Tilcara and Pucarà de Tilcara, Tropico de Capricornio, Uquia (Pinturas Cuzqueñas) and finally, the small town of Humahuaca, before returning to Salta in the evening. The last 2 days will be spent visiting the famed Calchaqui Valleys to taste the traditional and delicious Torrontes wine, and journeying to the forbidding Devil’s Throat, a particular rocky formation that will make you feel like you’re in the belly of a giant!
We recommend that you take a look at these itineraries: Explore Salta & Jujuy and Salta: Adventure Tolar Grande. If you’re planning to go further in your South American trip, check this chiseled-out itinerary through Northern Argentina, Chile and Bolivia: Salta (Argentina), Atacama Desert (Chile) and Uyuni Salt Flats (Bolivia).
3. Argentina Itineraries with a Brazilian Bonus!
Discover the highlights of two amazing South American countries: fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and travel 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. We will organize a Dinner and Tango Show, which will offer a spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing accompanied by delicious Argentine cuisine. On the 3rd day, you will depart to Puerto Iguazu where the magnificent Iguazu Falls are located.
Keep in mind, the Argentine side of the falls allows tourists to appreciate the power of the falls from the inside, while the Brazilian side offers the most stunning panoramic view. For that reason, we believe it’s always better to visit the Argentine side first – with the Gran Aventura boat trip included – and on the next day visit the Brazilian side of the falls for breathtaking photos that are sure to wow your loved ones back home. (Check out more tips on things to do in Iguazu Falls here).
On the 6th day it will be time to take a flight to Rio de Janeiro, leaving the rest of the day free to relax and explore the amazing beaches. The next day’s tour will allow you to experience the most iconic excursions in this part of the world. First, a journey to the Corcovado Hill, located in Tijuca Forest, from which you will be able to see Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Rodrigo Freitas Lagoon, and the Botanical Garden. And afterwards, a tour of the famous Sugarloaf mountain, which offers panoramic views throughout downtown Rio, highlighting the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the traditional Cinelandia square, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Once in the neighborhood of Urca, where Sugar Loaf is located, passengers will have the opportunity to appreciate the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi bridge, Corcovado hill, Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress, and some beaches of Niteroi.
Use some ideas from our special tour: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro
4. Argentina Itineraries to Wine Country
Finally, for those looking to experience an authentic tour within 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 unique and vibrant city. On the 3rd day, it’s time for your flight to Mendoza; Argentina’s main wine region and heartland of the Malbec grape, with impressive mountains (like Aconcagua, world-known climbing summit), outdoor sports (adventurous rafting, horseback riding, and biking) and breathtaking landscapes. The next day, travelers will be able to appreciate the nearby Andes Mountains and enjoy panoramic views of the impressive Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas. The next two days will give passengers enough time to discover Mendoza wineries and other highlights of the region, before returning to Buenos Aires on the last day.