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How to See Argentina in 30 Days

Argentina is a country that is blessed with everything a country could ask for.  

The vast country has waterfalls & rainforests to the north, desert, and mountains to the west, seashore and animals to the east, as well as glaciers and mountains to the south.

If you have the time, you could see all of Argentina in one full month, 30-34 days, to be exact. 

Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

This itinerary doesn’t include the off-the-beaten-track cities of Cordoba and Rosario, but with careful planning, you could see all the cities in 30-35 days (including travel time).

What follows are my tips for how to see Argentina in 30 days.

Buenos Aires: 5 days

This cosmopolitan city has everything that you could ask for, from the culture and the arts, a bustling nightlife, and enough European charm to steal the heart of a Frenchmen.

The itinerary below provides a balance of everything there is to do in Buenos Aires

If you have a preference to experience the culture or even party your vacation away, you could do just that.

  • One day: Lo Boca, San Telmo, Puerto Madero
  • One day: architecture viewing/shopping – Ave 5 De Mayo & Ave Alvear
  • One day: Recoleta & Palermo – museums and shopping
  • One day: El Tigre
  • One day: nightlife and recovery

See also: Things to Do in Uruguay

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls: 3-4 days

One of the natural wonders of the world, this is an absolute must when traveling through South America, much less Argentina.

The Iguazu Falls could easily be considered one of the top Argentina tourist attractions.

While most people spend their time on the Argentine side of the falls, the Brazilian side is just as beautiful.

Getting a Brazilian visa is not as hard as you would think, and most travelers only spend time on the Argentina side.

If you choose not to get a visa, cut the trip to 3 days. You only need one full day to see the Argentina side. 

That could be a combination of two half days or one full day—plan for 1-2 days of travel in and out and of Iguazu City. 

The helicopter ride from the Brazilian side is awe-inspiring and highly recommended.

  • One day: Argentina's side
  • One day: Brazil's side
  • One to two days: travel time

Salta: 6-7 days

This is Argentina’s version of the American Southwest. If there was ever a place to be a victim of culture shock, it will be here. 

You can travel to small towns where the Inca Empire used to be and get a completely different view of Argentina.

  • One to two days: travel in and out of the city and view the city
  • Two days (north):  Tilcara, Humahuaca, salt flats, the rock of 7 colors (add one day for Jujuy)
  • One day (south): Cachi
  • One day (south): Cafayate

Cordoba: 2 -3 days (optional)

The second-largest city in Argentina is home to a variety of things to see. 

A German town near the city that hosts the second largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany and also a museum dedicated to Che Guevera.

Who wouldn’t love to get to know one of the most controversial men of the twentieth century?

  • One day: Cordoba city
  • One day: German village/Che Guevera
  • One day: Travel in and out of the city

Rosario: 1.5 days (optional)

The third-largest city in Argentina boasts a unique river cruise to see parts of Argentina that they don’t show you online or in guidebooks. 

Great for walking around and getting to know the history of the country with the flag monument.

  • One day: river cruise, city sightseeing
  • Half to one day: travel in and out of the city

Mar de Plata: 3 days

This is where locals go for vacation — it is one of the top tourist destinations for Argentineans. 

A great beach town to wind down and relax while you recharge your batteries.

  • One day: travel in and out
  • One to two days:  exploring the city (recharge)

Puerto Madryn: 4 days

The animal lovers' paradise, interact with Penguins, dive with sea lions and whales, and even get inches from Elephant Seals.

  • One day: Punta Tombo & Punta Ninfas – penguins & elephant seals
  • One day: Peninsula Valdez – sea lions, penguins, coast sightseeing, bird watching
  • One day: Punta Piramides, Puerto Madryn sightseeing, diving sea lions
  • One day: Trelew Dinosaur Museum and in and out of the city

Ushuaia: 4 days

Ushuaia is the self-proclaimed southernmost city in the world that is picturesque, laid back, and chock full of tourist attractions. 

Also, the gateway to Antarctica if you want to take the trip of a lifetime.

  • One day: a tour of the bay, museums, and city
  • One day: glacier climbing & Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • One day: lakes country tour & end of world train – not recommended
  • One day: travel time

El Calafate: 3 days

Home to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only growing glaciers in the world, many tourists will even be able to see chunks of icebergs break off into the water. 

This unique event should be added to everyone’s bucket list.

  • One day: cruise to glacier and city
  • One day: hiking and outdoor time
  • One day: travel time

Bariloche:  4 days

The Argentine version of Switzerland; snow-capped mountains, delicious chocolates, and great adventures for the whole family.

  • One day: lakes cruise and town
  • One day: Tronador Glacier
  • One day: misc sites, surrounding areas, and museums
  • One day: traveling in and out

Mendoza: 3 – 4 days

The Napa & Sonoma Valley of Argentina provides excellent opportunities to taste some of the best wines of South America amongst endless fields of grapes.  

The highest peak in the Andes Mountains also provides great opportunities for climbing and hiking.

  • One day: wine tour
  • One day: town & museums
  • One day: hiking and outdoor Activities
  • One day: travel in and out

You can see the entire country in less time, depending on your travel plans and what you prefer to do. 

You can save time and money by taking overnight buses to some cities that are 7-12 hours away from each other.

Also, be aware that hostel prices are incredibly high compared to other cities when traveling to Patagonia

When in Ushuaia, don’t forget to get information about traveling to Antarctica, as this is the gateway to the vast continent.

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Thursday 10th of July 2014

Tilcara, Humahuaca, Salinas and the hill of 7 colors are not in the north of Salta, these places are located in Jujuy!


Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

To the original poster of this helpful guide - did you fly down to Ushuaia or take the bus? I presume you left from BA if you flew?


Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

Hi Mat,

I'm not the author of this post, but I did spend 2.5 months traveling Argentina last year. During a 2-week trip with G Adventures, we flew from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, then took buses all the way down to Ushuaia, before flying back to Buenos Aires.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Excluding flight, how much would all of this cost? Including hostels, food, etc. I’m wondering how much I would need to save up to do this kind of trip?


Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Excluding flight, how much would all of this cost? Including hostels, food, etc. I'm wondering how much I would need to save up to do this kind of trip?


Thursday 3rd of January 2013

Boys ; quite agree witth the Itinerary. But there some places that are unique in Argentina too and could be in the list aswell. In the north you got Iruya that is one of the most lovely towns in the country.Is in Salta. But you must enter from Humahuaca, Jujuy. And in Jujuy exist Casabindo. That is the only place in the country with bull races. But without the killing. In Patagonia , El Chalten is the national trekking capital. With at least 10 tracks from easy to heavy that you never are going to forget. It's a 2/3 days stop and really close to the border with Chile. Another great option is the "welsh" little towns of Dolavon and Gaiman in the province of chubut. A great experience and the chance to try a welsh cake with scons and lot of tea to drink.Knowing the history of this pionners and their cultural shock when tehy meet the argentinian aborigins from Patagonia. 1/2 days.

Cheers , Tom.

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