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Our first trip together was a bucketlist destination! Argentina is a huge country and experiencing all its highlights thoroughly would require at least a month and several airplane flights.. we only had 15 days to see everything we could so here it is our itinerary.

Day 1 & 2 – Buenos Aires

We obviously started our trip in the capital! Among the most visited barrios or neighborhoods are Palermo, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, Belgrano, San Telmo, La Boca and Monserrat.

What to do:
  • Check out the colorful La Boca neighborhood
  • Eat asado
  • Spot street art in Palermo neighborhood
  • Explore San Telmo’s market in the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires
  • Take a walk in Puerto Madero at night
Where to sleep

We spent 2 nights at the Caravan BA|Hostel boutique in Palermo neighborhood

Day 3 & 4 – Tilcara

From Buenos Aires we took a direct flight to Salta and rented a car at the airport. The drive from Salta to Tilcara is around three hours. We choose to sleep in Tilcara because this city is very well connected to other towns and major sightseeing spots in the province of Jujuy.

What to see:
  • Serranías del Hornocal, or simply El Hornocal, is a range of dramatic multicoloured hills (they say it has at least 14 different shades) that reach an altitude of 4.761 meters above sea level. It takes 1 hour by car to get to the top which is why you should buy some cocaine leaves before going up, in order to fight the altitude sickness. At the top you’ll find a mirador (viewpoint) from where you’ll be able to enjoy the view but we also encourage you to walk slowly on the little trail underneath and observe the other majestic views. Also check out the weather cause you may be unlucky as we were and not be able to see all the colours.
  • Purmamarca : only 30 mins from Tilcara there is the town home to the beautiful “Cerro de los Siete Colores” (Mountain of Seven Colours) – an absolute must see in Jujuy. Also walk along the Paseo de los Colorados, a 3 km incredible trail to this multicolored hill where you’ll have breathtaking views and get to witness the bright colours of this rock formation.
  • On the same day, we got from Purmamarca to Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats)
Where to sleep

Cerro Chico lo del frances features a garden with a swimming pool, mountain views and a free parking

Where to eat: El Nuevo Progreso 1917

Day 5 – Salta

We spent only one night in Salta before leaving again since the only airport in this region is here.

Where to sleep

Hotel del Antiguo Convento

Day 6 & 7 – Iguazú Falls

From Salta we took a flight to Iguazu. Unfortunately there is no direct flight.

How many days should you stay?

If you have enough time, we suggest you to stay for 3 nights so that you can experience the falls from both the Argentine and the Brazilian side. If you don’t have time or if you’re not interested in both sides, then 2 nights are more than ok!

Where to sleep

We spent two nights in the beautiful La Aldea de la Selva Lodge set in the rainforest and offering an outdoor swimming pool where to rest.

Where to eat: we had some amazing meals just in the hotel

Day 8, 9 & 10 – El Calafate

From the warm Iguazu we then headed to El Calafate, home to the amazing Glaciar Perito Moreno of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, one of the most spectacular sights in the world! Also we highly suggest you to rent a car again to experience everything independently.

What to do:
  • Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier is absolutely a must! This glacier it’s 30km long, 5km wide and 60m high, but what makes it exceptional in the world of ice is its constant advance – it creeps forward up to 2m per day, causing building-sized icebergs to calve from its face. We choose to make this incredible adventure with the company Hielo y Aventura based in the city of El Calafate.

They offer 2 types of walking excursions: Mini trekking and Big Ice.

What is the difference between the Minitrekking and the Big Ice?

In both tours you mostly walk on ice and a little in the forest, you sail in front of the glacier and you visit the walkways. Basically, the main difference is the intensity of the experience, Big Ice is more demanding. The Minitrekking is a 3-hour moderate walking tour (including the walk off the ice). Big Ice is a more extended version of the Minitrekking and you walk down a different area of the Glacier, much more distant, during approximately 7 hours, 3.30 hrs. on the ice. We went for the Big Ice experience, the more challenging one!

What should you bring? Sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat, comfortable and warm clothing and waterproof hiking boots!

  • Drive on the legendary Ruta Nacional 40 ! For example we drove from El Calafate to El Chalten which is a famous trekking spot. We weren’t able to trek till the famous Fitz Roy cause it takes really long time and you have to be equipped. Anyway the scenic road to get to El Chalten is worth the visit!

Where to sleep

Hosteria Cauquenes De Nimez is a lovely and cozy lodge which offers panoramic views of the Argentinean Lake, the Round Bay and the Ecological Reserve Laguna Nimez.

Day 11,12 & 13 – Ushuaia

Our last stop before going back to Buenos Aires , was the unmissable Ushuaia, also known with the nickname “End of the World” since the town is located at the southernmost tip of South America.

What to do:
  • Walk with penguins at Isla Martillo with Piratour
  • day trip to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • eat the famous king crab
  • Hike day to Esmeralda Lagoon
Where to sleep

Toluken Apartamento. Ushuaia is really expensive so we suggest you to stay in an apartment!

Day 14 & 15 – Buenos Aires

For the last 2 nights of our trip we came back to Buenos Aires!

What else should you do?
  • Attend a football match at La Bombonera Stadium
  • Visit Colón Theatre
  • Take a tour of the beautiful Recoleta Cemeter
Where to sleep

For the last two nights of our trip we wanted to relax a bit so we chose Alvear Art Hotel since it features an amazing panoramic indoor pool

We hope this itinerary was helpful and has inspired you to explore Argentina!


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