How will we find the words to tell you? We loved Argentina so much, we hope you’ll love it too. But we won’t take on the task to convince you – we’ll rather let the country charm you. If this starts like a song, may its music carry your steps. Of course, 2 or 3 weeks in Argentina are not nearly enough to discover all its treasures; especially if you care about the environment (more about that in a bit). With this in mind, we’re giving you what we think is the best Argentina itinerary for your short time there; either as a first-timer, a second-timer or even an old-timer.

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2 weeks in Argentina without taking the plane

You’ve heard so much about the wonders of Argentina, you want to see it all. Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls, Patagonia and Perito Moreno glacier, and in between a glass of Mendoza wine; 2 weeks should be enough, right?

Well no. Because such a route would imply a round trip of 9,000 km (5,600 mi) and taking the plane 4 times. Plus the 2 flights to go in and out the country – that’s too high an ecological price to pay for a 2-week holiday, really. You can check it on this carbon calculator.

It’s important that we minimise our ecological footprint by flying the least possible. That’s the reason why all our South America itineraries are overland, with much bus transportation and no plane.

A country as vast as Argentina raises a dilemma: either you need long holidays to explore; or you bear with long bus journeys that take sometimes half a day or longer; or you agree to sticking to one region in particular.

If you have only two weeks in Argentina, flying in and out of Buenos Aires, we highly recommend you stick to that part of the country. The dry northwest, the mysterious north east, the wine region and the jaw-dropping Patagonia will have to wait for another occasion.

Your 2-week itinerary could therefore be like this:

  • 5 days in Buenos Aires
  • 1 day trip to Tigre, with a boat trip on the canals, a view at the street art and a visit to the amazing Fine arts museum
  • 2 days in San Antonio de Areco, with a stay at a gaucho hacienda 
  • 4 days in Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • 2 days in Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay), the little colonial jewel right across the Plata River

Now, if you’re ready to spend a few nights on the bus, our itineraries below will bring you to different latitudes…


For more practical travel tips, read our guide to backpacking Argentina


Vicuñas in the northwest of Argentina
Vicuñas will also be part of your 2 weeks in Argentina itinerary

Argentina itinerary 2 weeks

There are several regions where you could go for 2 weeks of Argentina tourism.

You could concentrate on Patagonia in the south, visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate and the Mount Fitz Roy from El Chaltén, down to Tierra del Fuego national park and Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town; maybe even crossing the Beagle channel for a full day trip to Antarctica.

What about spending your time in the Lake District around Bariloche, that we’re visiting on the 3 week itinerary. These regions are very far from each other so the only way to take them all in two weeks would be by flying every few days; but this shouldn’t even be an option, considering not only the ecological impact, but also the effects on your health.

We’ve supposed you’re treating yourself to an Argentina holiday, with arrival and departure at Buenos Aires airport. We’ve therefore built this overland itinerary as a loop in northern Argentina. It’ll leave you time to enjoy the urban joys of the capital, before bringing you to the remote northwest, the most traditional part of the country.

We’re sure you’ll love its gorgeous mountain landscape, colourful rock formations and desolate pueblos.

Days 1-4Buenos Aires:
  • San Telmo
  • Palermo
  • Avenida de Mayo
Days 5-6Córdoba:
  • Sierra one day trip
  • Palacio Ferreyra museum
Days 7-8Salta:
  • Neoclassical centre
  • Live folklore
Day 9Humahuaca:
  • Village life
  • El Hornocal
Day 10Purmamarca:
  • 7 colour mountain
  • Tilcara
Day 11Cachi:
  • Village life
  • Salinas Grandes
  • San Antonio de los Cobres
Day 12Cafayate:
  • Quebrada de Cafayate
Day 13Rosario:
  • River waterfront
You could also modify this route to spend a couple of days in Uruguay, Argentina’s little cousin. Find details in the 3-week itinerary.

Route map for 2 weeks in Argentina itinerary

2 weeks in Argentina itinerary

Although this whole Argentina route can be followed through with public transportation, we recommend you hire a car in Salta. It will give you more freedom to explore along dusty roads that are not so frequented.

One thing to keep in mind: the northwest of Argentina is high in altitude, a landscape they call the “puna“. Headaches or nausea are common among travellers. It’s good to give your body time to acclimatise. That means: don’t run, don’t jump, don’t have sex and abstain from alcohol on the first day in Salta. Can you make it?

  • 4 days in Buenos Aires

Some might say that 4 days in Buenos Aires is too long. For us, who fell in love with the city and stayed for 2 weeks, it would be way too short. In fact, 2 weeks in Argentina is too short; are you sure you can’t squeeze in a couple of more weeks?

Anyway, you’re here now so where should you go? There are hundreds of places, events, parks, stunning buildings, museums, street dancers, food joints, flea markets, etc. to choose from. As a first-timer, you could concentrate on San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and Microcentro with the Avenida de Mayo.

The best is to check all our favourite things to do in Buenos Aires

Rodin Thinker statue in Buenos Aires park
The Thinker in Buenos Aires with the National Congress in the background

If you’re unlike us and get quickly fed up with the capital, there are several day trips from Buenos Aires:

Montevideo

The capital of Uruguay is smaller and quieter than the one in Argentina, but equally gorgeous; visit for more neoclassical buildings, more parks and more waterfront on the Río de la Plata. Only 2h away by ferryboat, Montevideo is safe, friendly, modern and will have you hooked.

Colonia del Sacramento

This precious colonial town lies also on the other side of the river, in Uruguay. It’s a mere 1,5 ferryboat ride away and welcomes you with cobblestone promenades, little shops and cafes, and old colonial houses.

Tigre

Although it isn’t our favourite destination by far, there’s a place in the estuary of the Paraná called Tigre. Only a 1h train ride away from the capital, many residents of Buenos Aires spend their Sunday there; many even have a country home by the water. We thought the boat tour on the canal was rather lame; but we absolutely loved the Museum of Fine Arts (from both inside and outside).

View from the water on Museum of Fine Arts -the Tigre Club Argentina
The precious Museum of Fine Arts in Tigre

San Antonio de Areco

On this side of the river, this “gaucho” town is the most famous place to discover rural Argentina. A land of strong men sporting a moustache and drinking mate …well, the whole of Argentina drinks mate. Some agencies propose day tours from Buenos Aires, but it’s also a nice experience to overnight on a ranch.

  • 2 days in Córdoba

Córdoba per se isn’t a charming town; especially coming from Buenos Aires, you won’t be mesmerised by its architecture or its coffee houses. It’s a university town though, so party travellers will find bars and clubs aplenty.

We were seduced by the collection at the fine arts Evita museum (in Spanish), in the stunning neoclassical Palacio Ferreyra. The Capuchin church is another among the Cordoba highlights, with the option of a paying visit in Spanish. In the evening, sunsets look particularly beautiful from the large Sarmiento Park, south east from the city centre.

But that’s not why we brought you here. The real beauty of the region lies in the “sierra de Córdoba“, the mountain landscape to the west. It’s an area of low mountains surrounding a cheeky river, with a few beaches dotting its shores. Hop on a bus to Villa Carlos Paz, or get off even further at Cuesta Blanca. There’s a really pretty hike along the river, leading to Playa de los Hippies; it’s possible to wild camp there. The scenery is also beautiful on horseback.

Check out our pictures of Córdoba and its Sierra

It could be a good idea to stop again in Córdoba at the end of this itinerary of 2 weeks; it would be a way to shorten the long journey back to Buenos Aires.

Smiling couple in front of Catedral de Córdoba on the main square Argentina
The beautiful cathedral of Cordoba (top left) is also worth a visit
  • 2 days in Salta

The bus to Salta takes half a day, so better download your favourite podcasts beforehand. It’s a pretty city of colourful baroque buildings, and also the entrance to a more traditional part of Argentina.

Landscapes here are hot and dry, high and rocky. People are more indigenous, silent Andean folks that are used to hard work. Old customs are still alive, it’s a land of market places and folklore groups dancing on the squares. It gives you a first taste of Bolivia and a dizzying notion of the Altiplano. Enjoy the town, its pretty architecture, and its stark contrast with what you’ve seen until now.

We wouldn’t recommend to ride the Tren a las Nubes (“Train to the Clouds“); this stretch of railway built high up in the Andes at 4,220 metres (13,850 ft) is now a tourist trap that gets shorter as it gets more expensive.

If you can rent a car for a few days, you won’t be disappointed. There are still buses to go anywhere, but the northwest of Argentina is the perfect setting for a road trip. You’ll drive on dirt roads winding up and down between cactus fields and moon-like rock formations; pass through desolate villages that seem straight out of a Western movie; stop at remote cemeteries and dusty churches that pop out of nowhere.

Desolate cemetery in the northwest, part of your 2 weeks in Argentina itinerary
Village cemetery in the northwest of Argentina

It’s also possible to hitchhike, we can tell you that out of experience. But of course, you might lose time and won’t be as free as you would like to be in your northwest Argentina itinerary.

Start dreaming: Our hitchhiking adventure in Argentina’s northwest

  • Road trip: 1 day until Humahuaca

And so we hit the road. Take your time on the road and stop where the wind leads you. You can skip the large city of Jujuy, which is particularly unexciting. 

If you don’t have a car, frequent buses to Humahuaca can bring you there in 5 hours. This small village is a bit of a tourist port of call but it remains cute and rustic. There are souvenir shops, restaurants and backpackers’ hostels à gogo; but also an authentic feel to it, through folkloric events on the main square and traditional crafts.

Among the several attractions around Humahuaca, the highlight is El Hornocal, the “mountain of 14 colours”. There’s no public transportation to get there, you can either book a tour, rent a car or hitchhike. We’ve been there and counted only 10 colours, but still, we were impressed at how beautiful that mountain is. It’s not only in the colours, it’s also in the intriguing shapes that Mother Earth formed over time.

El Hornocal, or mountain of 14 colours, near Humahuaca, northwest of Argentina
See what I mean? Even more impressive in live!
  • 1 day until Purmamarca

If you keep driving north from Humahuaca, you soon reach the border with Bolivia and the start of a new itinerary. Let’s rather turn back and explore a few more villages in the region.

Some 45 kilometres to the south lies Tilcara, which was an important place in Inca times. They used to store here the metals that were mined in the colourful mountains around.

Yes, the Incas ruled the region for half a century; but Tilcara’s main attraction, an archaeological site they call “Pucará“, dates from even before. It’s a fortress overlooking the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a remnant from the Omaguaca civilisation –recognise the name?

Drive 25 more kilometres and you reach Purmamarca, the smallest of the 3 villages. It bloomed in a place that’s too small to welcome a village, between the legs of several mountains. One of them is the 7-colour mountain, a rainbow of reds and greens and yellows. Walk in any direction, climb any of the rocky hills, to get a view on the hamlet, the mountains, and the setting sun.

  • 1 day until Cachi

Here, very close, in the direction of Chile, there used to be a lake; Salinas Grandes is now a desert of salt where the crusty expanse of white kisses the blue sky all along the horizon. If you’ve ever seen the Uyuni salt flats, the white immensity, the salt constructions and the abandoned train tracks will bring back happy memories for sure.

Some 150 km from Purmamarca, San Antonio de los Cobres is a small mining town that seems stuck in time. Despite being a common pit stop for tours, it’s not a very happy place; rather poor and derelict, like cut off from the world. But it’ll be an interesting halt on your road trip, with places serving lunch.

Streets of Cachi, in the northwest of Argentina
The streets of Cachi

The atmosphere is more pleasant in the pretty Cachi, 150 km to the South. The people lying under the trees of its large central square, and especially the typical whitewashed church, reminded me of many Western movies from my childhood. I was expecting to hear someone playing the harmonica anytime. But no one did, so I had a cheese “tortilla frita” from the lady at the street corner. That’s when I fell in love with the northwest of Argentina.

  • 1 day until Cafayate

You could keep going south on the RN 40 and explore a landscape of bizarre rock formations and dusty pueblos. But you don’t want to miss the Quebrada de las Conchas (also called Quebrada de Cafayate). That’s a valley of multicoloured rocks on both sides of the RN 68 that connects Salta to Cafayate. Count 3h to reach it from Cachi, on a winding road that goes high up along the Cardones National Park.

There are many tour operators offering half-a-day tours of the valley and stopping at the most interesting spots. But if you have a rental car, it’s possible to discover it by yourself. Just make sure you drive slowly and stop everywhere you see a sign or a group of tourists taking pictures.

Los Castillos, massive red rocks formation, in the Cafayate Valley
Los Castillos (the castles), in the Cafayate Valley

Cafayate itself will be a safe haven at the end of your day on the road. It’s not quite as sweet as Cachi, but it’s got a cool backpackers vibe. You can visit one of the wineries producing the sweet white Torrontés, if that’s your thing. As for us, we went for a craft beer on its leafy square and were perfectly happy. There’s a looong bus ride waiting for you on the morrow; but remember that you can split it with a day stop in Córdoba.

  • 1 day in Rosario

After so much time on the road, the head spinning from the elevation and from the dirt of those remote places, it’s good to be back in town! Rosario is the 3rd most populated city in Argentina and is famous for being the birthplace of Che Guevara. Or maybe no one knows that, but it is.

Well, the city’s most prominent feature is the waterfront, a cosy promenade on the shore of the Paraná River. Fun fact: the water you see flowing there comes from Southern Brazil, some 4,500 km away. And you thought you had travelled much! There are also beaches in the northern part of the city, and it’s possible to swim in the (brown) river.

Rosario is a lively city that lets you dive willingly into the usual urban pleasures. Good restaurants, cool bars, tasty bakeries, and the imposing resting place of Manuel Belgrano. The creator of the Argentine flag (“the clouds parting to let the sun shine”) sleeps eternally under the Monumento Nacional a la Bandera.

Those among you who miss their dose of culture can visit the birthplace of Ernesto Guevara; or even better, the two Museums of Fine and Contemporary Arts (es).

But it’s already time to take your last bus to Buenos Aires…

Woman posing in park in front of Congresso Buenos Aires
Final acrobatics before leaving Buenos Aires

Argentina itinerary 3 weeks

Vibrant cities, street food, museums, mountains, lakes, beaches, outdoor activities, wine, hikes, old trains, ice creams and whales… Discover all this and more thanks to our 3 weeks in Argentina itinerary. We’ve built it as a loop from and to Buenos Aires, in case you’re on a simple Argentina vacation.

Argentina is safe to visit, so let yourself go and enjoy!

Days 1-3Buenos Aires:
  • San Telmo
  • Palermo
  • Avenida de Mayo
Days 4-5Córdoba:
  • Sierra de Córdoba
  • Museums
Days 6-7Mendoza:
  • Wine tasting
  • Outdoor sports
Days 8-9San Martín de los Andes:
  • Hikes
  • Hot chocolate
Days 10-12Bariloche:
  • Cerro Campanario
  • Circuito Chico
  • Craft beers
Day 13El Bolsón:
  • Hikes
  • River Azul
Days 14-15Esquel:
  • Los Alerces National Park
  • Old Patagonian Express
Days 16-17Puerto Madryn:
  • Península Valdés
  • Marine wildlife
Day 18Bahía Blanca:
  • Ice creams!
Days 19-20Montevideo (Uruguay):
  • Riverfront
  • Parliament building
  • Parque Rodó
Day 21Colonia (Uruguay):
  • Historic centre
 
We finish these 3 weeks in Argentina with a peaceful incursion in Uruguay. The border crossing is totally smooth and hassle-free. Still, if you don’t feel like it, you’ll find enough to do and see in the other destinations.

Route map for 3 weeks in Argentina itinerary

3 weeks in Argentina itinerary

Everything is so spread out here, you’ll have to travel some long distances by bus. This itinerary will help you cover a large chunk of Argentina on a budget, in the relatively short time you have at your disposal; while remaining overland and never flying once.

  • 3 days in Buenos Aires

See the 2 weeks in Argentina itinerary above.

  • 2 days Córdoba

See the 2 weeks in Argentina itinerary above.

  • 2 days in Mendoza

The region of Mendoza is finally getting attention as Argentina’s main wine region. Not bad for an ex-desert! There are many wineries to visit, south of the city, especially near a small town called Luján de Cuyo.

You can visit most of them on your own, provided you’ve got a car; make sure you contact them beforehand about their opening times and guided visits. A handful along the RN 40 are accessible by public transportation if you plan well. But for a more comfortable visit, agencies offer wine tours from Mendoza centre.

The area is also a paradise for outdoor activities. Water sports like kayaking and rafting take place in and around the Embalse Potrerillos; rock-climbing, paragliding, ballooning and zip lining in the Andes; and everywhere hiking and horse-riding. There again, activities can be booked.

Our favourite activity was to trek the Aconcagua Provincal Park, to the foot of the highest peak in the Americas.

Start planning: How to spend a hiking day at the Aconcagua

Snow-capped mountain view
The view near Mendoza

Whatever you choose, sport or booze, make sure you can snooze on the long bus ride to your next destination.

If you’re not happy with spending 18 hours on a bus, the city of Neuquén offers nothing but a strategic pit stop. If that’s your choice, have a look at the (free!) fine arts museum near the town’s Central Park.
  • 2 days in San Martín de los Andes

Welcome to Argentina’s little treasure box, a precious landscape of crystal lakes encased in snow-topped mountains. A region for hikers, trekkers and horizon-gazers, but also for lovers of craft beer and chocolate. Do I have your attention?

San Martín de los Andes is the first stop on our Lake District itinerary. It’s a small town of surprisingly Swiss wooden architecture, nestled on the shore of Lake Lacár. Flanked on 2 sides by mountains, it offers many hiking possibilities for all levels; try out the ones that climb to the 2 stunning panoramic views Mirador Arrayán and Mirador Bandurrias.

A trip to Laguna Rosales with a half-a-day easy hike back down to town makes for a perfect day out. A gaze at the lake beach, followed by a hearty meal with a hot beverage or a local craft beer, and you might just have fallen in love with the place.

Here starts the so-called Road of the Seven Lakes (Camino de los Siete Lagos). As the name implies, it’s a scenic road offering gorgeous viewpoints on 7 different lakes. It’s actually a portion of 190 km of the RN 40 linking San Martín to Bariloche.

There are buses doing the route in 4 hours but they won’t stop to let you take pictures. If you have a rental car, you’re safe, otherwise you can do like we did and hitchhike the whole way.

Start dreaming: Read our hitchhiking adventure in the Lake District

View on a lake with some boats on the water
The tranquil town of San Martin de los Andes
  • 3 days in Bariloche

The main town in the area attracts a fair amount of visitors, both national and international. College students love coming here to party by the lake in one of the town’s clubs.

Don’t you worry none about the fuss though. You’ll mainly be out of town, hopping along trails that lead to quiet lake shores or to yet another fantastic viewpoint. You could spend days discovering the Nahuel Huapi National Park, and there are still many highlights all around. We’ve asked the question to several locals and they were unanimous: you never tire of the landscape. 

There are some must-dos here, more than you could fit on a 3-day visit. A hike to Refugio Frey up the Cerro Catedral is one of them; going along the Circuito chico, on foot or on a bike, to discover hidden lakes and more stunning views; going up Cerro Campanario for a 360º view in the evening; more craft beer and chocolate…

We had no problem at all hitchhiking back and forth to all the spots. The people here are amazingly friendly and helpful.

Start planning: Our favourite treks near Bariloche

  • 1 day in El Bolsón

Two hours by bus or one lift away lies the hippie village of El Bolsón. It’s not me calling them that.

Despite being so close, El Bolsón offers a few differences to Bariloche. The place is smaller and less built up. The nature around is darker and it rains more often. Many attractions, viewpoints and natural landmarks, have a paying fee.

I’m afraid you’ll have to choose among the highlights around town: Lake Puelo, perfect for a picnic; Río Azul, for a short hike to a great viewpoint; Cerro Piltriquitrón, for a longer trek up the mountain.

When you’re good to go, a bus will take you to Esquel in 3 hours.

View on a river from a mountain slope covered with pine trees
One of the views near El Bolson
  • 2 days in Esquel

Houses look like stuck at the bottom of the valley, between a bare mountain and one covered in pine trees. The morning fog often remains until early afternoon, and the sun is quick to disappear.

So put on your hiking boots and get out to Los Alerces National Park. That’s where the action is at, or rather the inaction – not many visitors take the time to explore this beauty. The appeasing stillness of the environment is perfect for bird watching. Lakes of a striking blue surround a mountain covered in deep green forests. We know you’ve seen that before, but are you getting tired of it?

Fans of old railways will want to check out the Old Patagonian Express train, dear to Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin; it’s on display at the town station. The hike out of Esquel along the rails is also recommended and brings back melancholy images from the film Stand By Me. Have you seen it?

  • 2 days in Puerto Madryn & Península Valdés

Cross the country crosswise with one night bus to get to Puerto Madryn. You might wake up on the exact same latitude as Esquel, yet the landscape is completely different.

In fact, you’re not on the back of the Andes anymore, but on the shore of the Atlantic ocean. We need to warn you though; you’re not here for the town, which at best is average. You’re here for the unique ecosystem that brings the most exotic wildlife to the surroundings of Puerto Madryn.

If you’ve always dreamt of snorkeling with sea lions, visiting a penguin colony or whale watching, your time has come. Although some of those are visible from the coast, it doesn’t compare with a boat tour that brings you closer. There’s a lot of those tours so don’t believe the online warning that says they’re “likely to sell out”. Argh, how I hate those!

Important though: our friends the whales aren’t there all year round. You can see them from June through December; in the early months they’re closer to town, in the latter months they move on closer to the Valdes Peninsula.
A group of killer whales in the ocean
A group of orcas, unfairly called ‘killer whales’ (photo: Pixabay)

The boats to watch whales and dolphins bring you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Península Valdés; while the penguin colony lives on Punta Tombo. The Punta Loma Nature Reserve awaits you with even more surprises.

There’s too much for you to see in only 2 days but hey, at least you’ll try. And in case you wonder about the name of Puerto Madryn and other towns in the Chubut province, they come from Welsh immigrants who settled there, along with many European immigrants, at the end of the XIXth century.

  • 1 day in Bahía Blanca

Another night bus and you arrive at Bahía Blanca, a nondescript town strategically placed in the middle of your way back to Buenos Aires. Ain’t that convenient?

So fair enough, you could skip Bahía Blanca if you’re okay with an extensive bus ride. Otherwise, rest in one of the city parks, or admire the neoclassical architecture. There are worse places for a pit stop. There are also some pretty good ice creams in town; but my favourite is the very common and very cheap dulce de leche frozen cappuccino from Grido Helado. Yummissimo!

A final night bus ride and you’re back in Buenos Aires. But this time, hop on the morning ferry boat to cross the river.

  • 2 days in Montevideo

The capital of Uruguay has a lot in common with Buenos Aires; but besides the stunning fin-de-siècle architecture and the riverfront, the vibe is different.

It’s smaller, quieter, and it somehow feels like everyone is family here. We met someone who told us, “you always meet people you know in Montevideo”. Sure enough, 2 days later we bumped into him again.

We absolutely loved wandering its beautiful streets and entering random old buildings to check out what they were. Our best recommendation is to take the elevator to the rooftop of the town hall. It offers the best views and explanations about many landmarks of the city. A guided visit of the Parliament building is also a great way to gather information about Uruguay and understand this unknown country.

If you’re there on a Sunday evening, follow a candombe group through the cobblestone streets of the Palermo district. It’s an experience that you can’t forget! During the day, Parque Rodó is a great place to relax.

Rio Plata waterfront promenade in Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo waterfront with the Rio de la Plata
  • 1 day in Colonia del Sacramento

Since you’re in Uruguay and you have 1 more day before your flight, why not visit yet another place? Colonia del Sacramento is a small riverfront town, only 3 hours away from Montevideo. There is a direct boat that reaches Buenos Aires in 1,5 hours.

The historical quarter of this colonial town is a UNESCO world heritage site, and we understand why. Little coffee shops welcome the wary visitor along quiet cobblestone promenades. Its location along the river is beautiful and peaceful, and we loved admiring the sunset upon Buenos Aires.

Uruguay has many treasures to uncover still, and so does Argentina. But that will be for another trip…


Explore more natural wonders with our selection of National Parks in Argentina.


More best places to visit in Argentina

If you know these routes already, where to travel for 2 weeks? There are still many attractions that don’t fit in an overland Argentina travel itinerary. And imagine that some people want to visit Argentina in 10 days!

Here’s a list of places you should consider if you spend for example 6 weeks in Argentina; or if you visit the country for the 2nd time. Let’s add more destinations to your Argentina bucket list!

  • Iguazú Falls & Puerto Iguazú
  • Villa La Angostura & Villa Traful
  • Los Arrayanes National Park
  • Ischigualasto Provincial Park
  • Talampaya National Park
  • Iberá National Park
  • Chicoana
  • Los Glaciares National Park
  • Tren del fin del mundo
  • San Ignacio & other Jesuit missions
Iguazu waterfall behind green vegetation Argentine side
Iguazu Falls should be on your next travelling Argentina trip

2 or 3 weeks in Argentina budget

As of January 2020, Argentina’s economy is still restless and inflation is on the rise. The budget we are giving here today may –will!– change over time. This should be at your advantage though, as the Argentine Peso is losing value. Let’s wish the country finds economical stability soon!

On the contrary to Colombia, Peru or Bolivia for example, bargaining prices is not a thing in Argentina.

Therefore, the cost for 2 weeks of travel in Argentina, including cheap accommodation (hostels, hotels or camping), bus transportation between destinations, entrance to Córdoba’s Evita museum and to Tilcara’s Pucara, and day tours to El Hornocal and the Cafayate Valley could be around:

20,000 Argentine pesos ($ 330 USD / 300 €)

For our 3 weeks in Argentina itinerary including accommodation and bus transportation, plus entrance to Córdoba’s Evita museum and to Parque Nacional Los Alerces, an expensive whale watching tour and a visit of the houses of Parliament in Montevideo, count with an estimated budget of:

38,000 Argentine pesos ($ 630 USD / 570 €)*

These amounts don’t include food, drinks, city transportation or any souvenir you would bring back to your loved ones. But these things are usually cheap, so that shouldn’t be heavy on your budget.

*the 3-week itinerary budget is high due to frequent travelling and long distances.

What is the best time to travel to Argentina?

Except in the extreme North, Argentina is a temperate country with 4 distinct seasons. Remember that they’re the other way around in the Southern hemisphere: summer goes from December until the end of February.

We consider that the best time to visit most countries is the shoulder season, to avoid the high-season prices. We mean that couple of weeks between the bad weather and the tourist season; or vice-versa, between the tourist weather and the bad season. In Argentina, that’ll be springtime (October to mid-December) or autumn (April to mid-June).

Note that Patagonia is wonderful in the winter time. It can be great to visit it then, if you can endure the cold. Also research the best time to spot wildlife if you want to see whales, dolphins or mosquitoes.

Barbecue by the lake with mountains in the background
El Bolsón, in the lake district, was still a bit chilly in early December

What to pack for 2 or 3 weeks in Argentina?

So what to wear in Argentina depends on what time of year you’re going, but also on the region you’re visiting. The Lake District is windy and the whole of Patagonia remains cold even in the summer; better wear several layers of clothing. On the other hand, the northwest is dry and can be very hot.

Clothes:

  • normal clothes for the city
  • (fancy outfit for tango)
  • hiking clothes (technical t-shirt, trousers, boots, fleece & thick socks)
  • scarf and wind blocker for Lake District/Patagonia
  • a hat or something to protect your head; sunglasses

Things:

  • your usual responsible traveller’s kit: foldaway bag, reuse cup, water filter, lunch box, cutlery
  • a water bottle will be very handy for your hikes, especially in the hot northwest
  • sunscreen: even when it’s cloudy, you’ll often be high up close to the sun
  • camera
  • useful phrases and words in Spanish
  • entertainment for bus travel
  • sleeping bag – also to couchsurf
  • a tent if you go camping

Read how we went wild camping without a tent

Back in the vibrant metropolis for your last night before flying back home. Strolling down its lively streets in the evening, you reminisce all the beautiful things you saw in only 3 weeks in Argentina. So many photographs that are impressed in your head – as many wonderful memories. How will you find the words to tell them? As for us, we loved Argentina so much, we dearly hope you loved it too.

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6 Comments

  1. Argentina isn’t on the short-term travel list (yet!), but I have no doubt I’ll refer back to your post when that planning day comes. Your guide is so detailed and useful! We are hoping to head to South America sometime after our year in Europe. Also, side note – El Hornocal looks like a dream! So beautiful.

    1. A year in Europe is a real treat! When the time comes to decide of your next destination between Asia, Africa or Central America… We hope you’ll remember Green Mochila 😊

  2. Think my first comment disappeared.

    I stopped reading after you said no sex on the first day. 😉

    Another impressive blog, which you really put your heart into. Well done. The 14 colour mountain was my favourite. Stunning. Keep up the good work buddy.

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