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The Best of Argentina 8-Night Itinerary

“Argentina”... The word itself evokes images of sensuous tango, a glass of fine Malbec wine, a juicy steak and gauchos out on the pampas – not to mention Maradona and Messi. Though these classics alone make for a formidable collage, there’s much more to this nation of boundless diversity. From the hustle and bustle of urbane Buenos Aires, to the 278 cascades that make up Iguazu Waterfalls in the subtropical jungle, to the sight of thousands of Magellanic Penguins covering a windswept shore — while not overlooking the thunderous crashing of Patagonia icebergs slamming into the sea like giant floating boulders — Argentina has it all. And all of this and more is what you will experience on this 9-day/8-night journey to Latin America's largest Spanish-speaking country. While the distance from this country’s capital city to its southern Antarctic region spans more than 2,000 km, the range of experiences you’ll discover here is no less far-flung and grandiose. But don’t feel overwhelmed by the distance between these travel hot spots; Surtrek’s “travel-experience experts” will assist you in executing this perfect Argentina tour itinerary for exploring the magnificent wonders of this vast and imposing nation.


“We loved every moment of our trip and could not have done it without Ligia and Surtrek. I highly recommend them!”Irene Alcock


Buenos Aires, Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve, Puerto Madryn, Valdes Peninsula, Calafate, Perito Moreno, Iguazu

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aries
Day 2: Buenos Aires City Tour
Day 3: Buenos Aires – Puerto Madryn – Trelew
Day 4: Puerto Madryn – Valdes Peninsula
Day 5: Puerto Madryn – Calafate (Southern Patagonia)
Day 6: Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier (full-day)
Day 7: Calafate – Buenos Aires – Puerto Iguazu
Day 8: Iguazu Waterfalls (full day)
Day 9: Iguazu – Buenos Aires – Departure
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Buenos Aries

PM: Upon your arrival at Ezeiza Airport, in the capital and largest city of Argentina, you will be met and welcomed by your guide before being driven to your selected hotel (see lists below).  (Normally, flights arrive late in the evening). You will then check in at your selected hotel for your first night in South America!

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Day 2
Buenos Aires City Tour

AM: Following breakfast at your hotel, at 10:00 a.m. we will head out on a Buenos Aires city tour, which will take in the capital’s main points of interest. These sites will include Plaza de Mayo Square, Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabildo, La Boca (the re-developed port area where many art galleries and cafes are found), San Telmo (the antiques area), Recoleta (where the tomb of Evita Peron is found) and the 9 de Julio Avenue (the widest avenue in the world.

PM: In the evening, we will leave your hotel to have a memorable night out and experience a Tango dinner show where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and wonderful and unforgettable tango and folklore show. You will be driven back to your hotel at around midnight.

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Breakfast - Dinner
Day 3
Buenos Aires – Puerto Madryn – Trelew

AM: This morning you will be driven to the Aeroparque (a domestic airport) for your flight to the Trelew city airport. Upon landing, you will be met by your guide and accompanied to your selected hotel.  

At the appropriate time, you will leave Puerto Madryn (semi-private service, max 10 pax) and drive 120km south to visit the largest colony of Magellan penguins in South America. The colony´s population reaches over half a million birds during the peak season, and the best time to visit is between October and April. One of the greatest features of this reserve is the fact that you can literally walk among the penguins and observe their habits.  You will have the opportunity to see how they feed their babies, defend their territory, build their nests, and of course watch their characteristic comedic waddle in and out of the sea. You will then return to your hotel in Puerto Madryn just in time to enjoy the sunset.

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Day 4
Puerto Madryn – Valdes Peninsula

AM: The Valdes Peninsula tour will begin early in the morning after we leave for the Atlantic coast and reach the Valdes peninsula in a semi- private tour (max 10 passengers). To enter this UNESCO World Heritage site, you will cross an incredibly narrow strip of land with sea on both sides.

Further along you will arrive at Caleta Valdes, a large natural creek that is home to a colony of sea elephants. After admiring Caleta Valdes you will continue along the road as it drops suddenly down into a crescent of golden cliffs overlooking  a bright  blue bay and  the small village  of Puerto Piramides. Here herds of southern right whales tend to arrive in June.

PM: Later on, you will take a boat trip around the Golfo Nuevo bay and watch immense creatures gliding past. The peninsula navigation allows you to get unusually close to the whales. You will even get wet if they jump! While the whales may be seen from late June to mid-December, the sea elephants and sea lions are permanent residents. Following your tour, you will return to your hotel in Puerto Madryn.

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Day 5
Puerto Madryn – Calafate (Southern Patagonia)

AM/PM: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be driven to the Puerto Madryn airport for your flight to Calafate. When you arrive, your guide will be waiting and will drive you to your selected hotel, where you will have a day of leisure in this scenic Patagonian town.

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Day 6
Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier (full-day)

AM/PM: After breakfast at your hotel, a full-day tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier awaits. We will leave the hotel for Los Glaciers National Park, where you will undergo the enthralling experience of seeing one of the world’s few remaining advancing glaciers. Entire slabs of ice from the glacier crash loudly into the lake below, leaving glistening, deep-blue icebergs twisting and turning in the lake. Included on this excursion is an optional boat tour called the “Safari Nautico,” which allows passengers to go right up to the walls of the glacier in a small boat.

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Day 7
Calafate – Buenos Aires – Puerto Iguazu

AM: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be driven to the airport for an initial flight to Buenos Aires and a connecting flight to the town of Puerto Iguazu, home to the largest waterfalls system in the world.

PM: Arrival in Puerto Iguazu and transfer to your hotel to rest up.

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Day 8
Iguazu Waterfalls (full day)

AM: This morning, after breakfast at your hotel we will leave to visit the Argentine side of the waterfalls in Iguazu National Park. This park was established on October 9, 1934, and currently covers a surface of 66,148 hectares. This marvelous nature reserve encompasses many areas, though your most impacting is sure to be the of waterfalls area, where you will be able to contemplate the strikingly dramatic scenery. The waterfalls can be admired from either the bottom of the falls, called the Circuito inferior (“the lower circuit”), or from the top, Circuito Superior (“the upper circuit”). From the visitors center, you can access these circuits by the train or along a lush the green path. The Upper Circuit runs 1,600 meters in length while the Lower Circuit covers 1,200 meters. In the waterfalls area, it’s possible to visit the most important waterfall of all: La Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s throat). From Cataratas Station, you can take the train to Garganta Station, where you can access the footbridge that leads from the riverbank to the lookout point. This is a fantastic trip and the view from the overlook is astonishing. (entrance to the national park is included). Later, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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Day 9
Iguazu – Buenos Aires – Departure

AM: As travelers often note, “from the Argentine side you can experience the waterfalls, but from the Brazilian side you can really see them.” So, this morning we will visit the Brazilian side of the waterfalls to do just this. We will enter the country’s Do Iguazu National Park (entrance to the national park is included), which was declared a World Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO in 1986, two years after the Argentine park’s designation. IBAMA (the Brazilian Environment Institute) manages this park and is currently overseeing its revitalization. The visitors’ area is made up of a 1,200-meter network of footbridges in front of the falls, which provide for a truly impressive panoramic view. Later you will be driven back to your hotel and to the airport for your departing flight.

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Price per person
6 Persons4 Persons2 Persons1 Persons
Hotel CategoryDoubleDoubleDoubleSingle
First-Class Superior or LuxuryUS$ 2,320 PPUS$ 2,580 PPUS$ 2,870 PPUS$ 5,550 PP
First ClassUS$ 2,090 PPUS$ 2,370 PPUS$ 2,715 PPUS$ 5,220 PP
TouristUS$ 1,855 PPUS$ 2,130 PPUS$ 2,415 PPUS$ 4,740 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
CITYTouristFirst ClassFirst-Class Superior or Luxury
Buenos AiresDazzler PalermoPulitzerRecoleta Grand Hotel
Puerto MadrynPosada de MadrynDazzler Puerto MadrynDazzler Puerto Madryn
CalafateCyan Cacique CalafateBlanca PatagoniaKosten Aike Hotel
IguazuMerit Hotel IguazuEl Pueblito de IguazuLa Aldea de la Selva Lodge / Spa
Included in the price:
  • 2 nights accommodations in Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights accommodations in Puerto Madryn
  • 2 nights accommodations in El Calafate
  • 2 nights accommodations in Puerto Iguazú
  • Accommodation in double room with private facilities
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Tours described in the itinerary with private or semi- private services
  • Transfers to/from hotel- airport
  • Bilingual guides and assistance during your trip
Not included in the price:
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Travel / Medical insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel Visa requirements
  • Additional expenses
  • Buenos Aires hotels will charge a tax that goes from USD 0.5 and USD 1.5 per person per night, applying to passengers over 12 years old, to be paid directly at the hotel only in Buenos Aires

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