Argentina two-week itinerary

Our vacation to Argentina was the longest and one of the most logistically challenging vacations we’ve taken.

We changed locations every couple of days and covered almost the entire length of the country, from Puerto Iguazu in the north to El Calafate in the south.

Our itinerary was made more intense by random misfortune in the days leading up to our departure. Four days before departure, Peter was diagnosed with a herniated disc, and two days before departure, I fractured my toe on the steel leg of our coffee table.

I was told by the doctor that I was lucky the fracture “missed the joint” and that “hiking would be very painful,” and he was right. Hiking was very painful – tears painful at times.

The vacation began with a flight from Seattle to Dallas, where we stayed overnight at a hotel.

There are no direct flights from Seattle to Buenos Aires, and instead of pushing through an 18-25 hour travel day, we decided to split our outbound journey into two segments: Seattle to Dallas and then the following morning, Dallas to Buenos Aires.

We arrived in Buenos Aires the day after the 2016 US Presidential election. On our descent into Buenos Aires, we were told that Donald Trump had won the election.

We visited four regions in Argentina, traveling from from north to south: Puerto Iguazu, Buenos Aires, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Patagonia (El Chalten and El Calafate).

Argentina is the eighth biggest country in the world, and Patagonia, which encompasses the southern tips of Argentina and Chile, is a vast area of natural beauty. At 403,000 square miles, Patagonia is the size of two Spains or the size of Texas and California combined. 


Our itinerary was hectic and intense. Some we got right, some we definitely got wrong.

DayWhere we stayedDetailsRelated post
1Puerto Iguazu-Landed in Buenos Aires (EZE)
-Taxied to the other airport (AEP)
-Flew to Puerto Iguazu (IGR)
2Puerto IguazuVisited Iguazu FallsLink
3Buenos AiresFlew to Buenos Aires (AEP)
4Buenos AiresExplored Buenos Aires (Palermo neighborhood)
5San Carlos de Bariloche-Flew to San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC)
-Hiked Cerro Campanario
6San Carlos de BarilocheSpent the day mostly confined to the hotel due to poor weather but managed to take part in the Blue Dollar MarketLink
7El Chalten-Flew to El Calafate (FTE)
-Collected rental car at El Calafate airport and drove to El Chalten (3 hours)
8El ChaltenHiked Laguna TorreLink
9El ChaltenHiked Laguna De los Tres (Fitz Roy)Link
10El CalafateDrove from El Chalten to El Calafate (3 hours)Link
11El CalafateKayaked near Upsala GlacierLink
12El CalafateTrekked on Perito Moreno GlacierLink
13El Calafate-Extra/unplanned day
-Drove to Perito Moreno Glacier (90 minutes) for a revisit
14Buenos AiresFlew to Buenos Aires (AEP)
15-Toured street art in Buenos Aires
-Departed Buenos Aires for the USA (9pm departure)

What we’d do differently

What would we do differently if we were to do our trip to Argentina over again?

First, we’d consider skipping Puerto Iguazu and Iguazu Falls, or at a minimum, reduce our time in Puerto Iguazu from two nights to one night.

Second, we’d visit Mendoza instead of San Carlos de Bariloche and increase that segment from two to three nights.

Third, we’d combine the two Buenos Aires segments (two nights and 1 night, respectively) into one segment of three nights.

“Do-over” itinerary

Here is what our “do-over” itinerary would look like.

DayWhere we would stayDetailsRelated post
1Puerto Iguazu-Land in Buenos Aires (EZE)
-Taxi to the other airport (AEP)
-Fly to Puerto Iguazu (IGR)
2Buenos Aires-Visit Iguazu Falls
-Fly to Buenos Aires
3Buenos AiresExplore Buenos Aires
4Buenos AiresStreet art walking tourLink
5MendozaFly to Mendoza (MDZ)
6MendozaWine tour
7MendozaExtra/unplanned day
8El Chalten-Fly to El Calafate (FTE via AEP)
-Drive from El Calafate to El Chalten (3 hours)
9El ChaltenHike Laguna De los Tres (Fitz Roy)Link
10El ChaltenHike Laguna TorreLink
11El CalafateDrive from El Chalten to El Calafate (3 hours)Link
12El CalafateKayak Upsala GlacierLink
13El CalafateTrek on Perito Moreno GlacierLink
14El CalafateExtra/unplanned day, revisit Perito Moreno GlacierLink
15-Fly to Buenos Aires
-Depart Buenos Aires for the USA (9pm departure)

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