BUENOS AIRES – PATAGONIA – CORDOBA – IGUAZU FALLS
Home to vibrant cities, majestic mountainscapes, vast countryside, and thick jungle, Argentina is one of the world’s most diverse travel destinations. The choice of extraordinary sights to see and experiences to have can become overwhelming when you’re planning your ideal Argentine trip. Sometimes, a little guidance can go a long way, which is why we have created the ultimate Argentina 14-day itinerary. It aims to (at the very least) give you the foundations to build your dream vacation, but hopefully, to present your dream trip straight to your screen so that you don’t have to do any further planning! After years of experience planning unforgettable vacations with the most luxurious accommodation and unique excursions, we believe this itinerary provides you with the very best that Argentina has to offer.
What does the Ultimate Argentina 14-day Itinerary Include?
We start the trip in Buenos Aires, the nation’s Parisianesque capital to indulge in Argentina’s rich cultural heritage, legendary gastronomy, and on-the-beat art scene. From there, we fly you to the heart of Patagonia, El Calafate, where you’ll embark on an array of outdoor adventures to some of the world’s most magnificent mountainscapes. After a few busy days on your feet, you’ll enjoy a change of pace at a luxury estancia in the Sierras de Cordoba where you will spend your days roaming the countryside on horseback, laying poolside, and eating farm-to-table food. Finishing the trip with a bang, we whisk you over the Iguazu Falls by helicopter before you land at a luxury resort in the heart of a rainforest.
Buenos Aires: Explore the capital city – 3 Days
Begin your epic Argentina 14-day itinerary in the nation’s Parisianesque capital, Buenos Aires. Take the day to acclimatize as you settle into your hotel, stroll around the city at a leisurely pace, and soak up its electric atmosphere. In the evening, you’ll get the perfect introduction to Argentine culture and cuisine at the city’s most acclaimed tango dinner show, Señor Tango.
Feeling recuperated from your journey, you’ll be ready to explore the best of Buenos Aires on a private chauffeured tour around the city. Choose the stops you want to make or allow your guide to show you the city’s main highlights including the Plaza del Mayo, Recoleta Cemetary, La Boca, and San Telmo which you can enjoy at your own pace. After a busy but rewarding day of exploring, wind down with a sumptuous Argentine steak at the renowned restaurant Don Julio before you slip into effortless slumber.
With the whole morning free, why not take the chance to visit MALBA, a world-leading Latin American art museum, or enjoy a slow morning coffee at a traditional cafe-bar with the locals? Save your appetite for an afternoon food tour where you’ll be whisked to the best restaurants, cafes, and bars in the city to try empanadas, Argentine steak, mate, and more. Complete this idyllic day with an unforgettable performance by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra at the iconic Teatro Colon.
Where to Stay: Alvear Palace Hotel
Located in Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most exclusive neighbourhood, the Alvear Palace is an acclaimed institution within the city. Its French palatial style is complemented by service of a royal standard that makes a stay here feel like an experience in itself.
El Calafate: Adventure into the heart of Patagonia – 4 days
The next stop is El Calafate, aka the heart of Patagonia. Over the next few days, you’ll be in full adventure mode as you climb mountains and cross glaciers. So for now, we recommend taking the afternoon of your arrival day to leisurely wander around the shops and sights of this quaint mountain town, eat a hearty meal, and get a restful night’s sleep.
Today, you will get a chance to witness one of nature’s most extraordinary phenomena and one of South America’s most coveted landscapes, the Perito Moreno Glacier. Keen hikers can opt for an invigorating full-day guided ice trek across the Perito Moreno Glacier, passing ice caves, waterfalls and giant crevices along the way. However, it’s just as easy and rewarding to see the glacier on a boat tour or half-day hike.
Between the physical exertion of climbing a glacier and the thrill of seeing its tremendous beauty, the Perito Moreno excursion will no doubt have worn you out. What better excuse to spend a day relaxing, resting, and unwinding in your luxurious Patagonian hotel. Enjoy mountain views with breakfast in bed followed by a rejuvenating spa day or family bike ride.
After reviving your energy on day three in Calafate, you’ll be ready for your next adventure of a lifetime. This time, we will whisk you through the mountains and across the Chilean border to Torres del Paine, home to Patagonia’s most iconic mountain peak. Opt for a 4×4 adventure through the park or challenge yourselves to an 18 km day trek to the base of the Torres mountain peak.
Where to stay: EOLO – Patagonia’s Spirit
This luxuriously rustic 17-room hotel sits on 10,000 acres between El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park. At the heart of Patagonia, yet a world away, EOLO is a peaceful Patagonian paradise. From your spacious suite to the lounges and restaurant, admire the beauty of the Patagonian steppes.
Cordoba: Stay at a traditional Argentine estancia – 4 days
You’ve seen the Argentine city life and mountainscapes, now it’s time to head to the countryside to experience life on an Argentina estancia (farm) where gauchos ride bareback on horses and cattle roam free. After settling into your estancia, take the rest of the day to relax by the pool or roll up your sleeves and get straight into some farm work.
Experience life like a gaucho on a horseback ride through the vast plains and rugged sierras of the Cordoba region. Follow this with a relaxed afternoon of bird-watching or poolside relaxation. In the evening, allow the estancia to cook you a real Argentine asado as you sit around the fire and watch the stars come out.
Get the day off to a good start with a half-day bike ride around the estancia. In the afternoon, children can help look after the estancia’s farm animals while the adults enjoy a wine tasting, a game of polo, or a romantic long lunch along the river. In the evening, spend some quality time playing board games with your group or fellow guests.
Spend the day exploring the vibrant city of Cordoba, the second largest in Argentina. Discover its Spanish heritage in the historic colonial centre, delve into its religious roots in the Jesuit Block, and explore its artistic side at the Evita Fine Arts Museum and the artisanal market on Paseo de las Artes.
Where to Stay: Estancia el Colibri
Situated in the Sierras de Cordoba, this family-owned estancia is the perfect place to experience the wonders of rural Argentina. While their suites, dining areas, and pools are as luxurious as they come, the estancia remains firm in its roots as a working farm. Whether guests spend their days laying poolside and horseback riding or gardening and farming, they will be rewarded with gourmet farm-to-table meals every evening.
Iguazu Falls: Witness one of the Natural Wonders of the World – 3 days
Let your first glimpse of the Iguazu Falls be one to remember with a private helicopter ride over them. Gaze in awe of the sheer scale of the world’s largest waterfall from a rare birds-eye view as the helicopter glides and swoops around it to give you the best possible views. Then return to your hotel to devour a gourmet dinner in full view of Iguazu.
Wake up early to beat the crowds to the best picture spots on a private tour of Iguazu Falls National Park which explores both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls. In the afternoon, hike along the park’s lush rainforest trails, join a canoe trip or boat ride at the base of the falls, or dare to go deeper into the Atlantic forest to discover its rich wildlife.
Enjoy a slow morning by the hotel pool or at the spa to prepare for the journey home via Buenos Aires.
Where to Stay: Hotel Gran Melia Iguazu
As the only hotel located inside Iguazu Falls National Park, Gran Melia Iguazu offers an unrivaled experience of the world’s largest waterfall system. Along with exceptional waterfall views, expect minimalist luxury suites, gorgeous gastronomy on scenic patios, and exciting excursions.
Tailor your trip
At TLA, all of our vacations are tailor-made, which means you can adjust our suggested Argentina 14-day itinerary to suit your own desires. Each aspect of this trip has been created to be easily adapted to any kind of group, whether you’re a family with young kids, senior travelers who prefer a slower pace, or an adventurous couple. One of our top alternatives for couples and senior travelers is a three-day stay in a luxury vineyard lodge in Argentina’s Mendoza wine region instead of staying at a Cordoban estancia. Spend your days sampling wine, learning to cook Argentinian cuisine, and riding on horseback from one winery to the next. And if you want to do it all? You can opt to do a day trip to Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires and add Mendoza to the end of your trip instead.
To book this trip or tailor your own, get in touch with our Argentina travel experts by emailing us here or calling toll-free on +1 855 217 9045.