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Suggested itinerary: Argentina in 3 weeks for independent travellers (jul-dec)

Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires: Puerto Madero

Arrival in Buenos Aires International Airport. In the description of the route we indicate the most convenient way to go from the airport to the city center. The first night, we recommend having dinner in Puerto Madero. In the Trip Planner you will find our recommended restaurants in the area and what is worth trying in each of them. Night in Buenos Aires (in the Trip Planner you will find our recommended hotels and where to book at the best price).

Day 2: Buenos Aires: Avenida de Mayo, Retiro and Recoleta

Start the day with a stroll along Avenida de Mayo, from Congress Square to the Plaza de Mayo, visiting the Casa Rosada and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then continue along San Nicolas neighborhood, visiting the Obelisco and Teatro Colon. From here, get into Retiro district up to Plaza de San Martin. Finally, visit the Recoleta Cemetery. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 3: Buenos Aires: Abasto and Palermo

Route around Abasto neighborhood, where you will find the best representations of “Fileteado Porteno”. From here, we will indicate you how to get to Palermo and a path to discover his two areas: Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho. Then, rent a bike or walk to explore the Palermo Woods, and if you are in shape, get to Costanera del Sur reserve. After a break, go for dinner in the downtown area, where some of the trendiest restaurants are found. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 4: Buenos Aires: San Telmo, Montserrat and La Boca

Start the day touring San Telmo neighborhood. From here, go to the Boca and the mythical Caminito. In this area you can eat at some of the classic restaurants of Buenos Aires. In the afternoon, explore Montserrat old city. Tonight, you can go out for dinner at Palermo, the trendiest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 5: Salta

The Trip Planner will indicate the best way to go to Jorge Newbery airport and how to buy your flights to Salta at the best price. If you arrive early to Salta, explore by rental car Cuesta del Obispo, Quebrada de Escoipe and Valle Encantado. If you arrive in the afternoon, go directly to visit Quebrada de San Lorenzo and then drive to the city. We’ll indicate you a mini route to find the most beautiful areas of Salta and places to taste the authentic Salta cuisine. Night in Salta.

Day 6: De Salta a Purmamarca

In the Trip Planner we explain the route to get from Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres by rental car, following the rails of the famous “Tren de las Nubes”. Eat in San Antonio de los Cobres and continue to Purmamarca through the enormous and spectacular Salinas Grandes, the amazing salt flats located at 3500 meters high. Along the way you will also see the impressive giant cactus. Night in Purmamarca.

Day 7: From Purmamarca to Humahuaca

In the morning, visit Cerro de los 7 Colores (7 Colours Mount). Then take the car and start the path to Humahuaca, city where you will have the impression of being in Bolivia. On your way you can visit the Pucara de Tilcara and Uquia Church. Night in Humahuaca.

Day 8: Return to Salta and flight to Iguazu

Return to Salta airport, drop off the rental car and take the flight to Iguazu. The Trip Planner will indicate the best areas to stay in Iguazu, and will show you our recommended hotels for every price level. If the moon is full, visit the falls at night. Sleep in Puerto Iguazú.

Day 9: Iguazu Falls from the Argentinean side

In the Trip Planner you will find how to visit the falls on your own. We also propose the best route to enjoy them to the fullest. Night in Puerto Iguazu.

Day 10: Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side

In the Trip Planner we will explain how to cross the border and arrive by public transport to the falls in the Brazilian side, being able to visit them on your own without paying any special tour or taxi. Night in Puerto Iguazu.

Day 11: From Iguazu towards the end of the world: Ushuaia

Take this day with calm because you will be flying from the North of Argentina to the most meriodinal zone: Ushuaia. The Trip Planner will tell you where to book flight tickets at the best price, how to get to the airport in Puerto Iguazu and how to get from Ushuaia airport to the city center. And as always, the authentic places to dine in Ushuaia.

Day 12: Ushuaia: Tierra de Fuego National Park

The Trip Planner will give you a detailed route to enjoy the park at your leisure: how to get to the park, how to get the best views of the Beagle Channel, where to see cormorants and beaver colonies or where to find traces left by the original settlers of the area. Night in Ushuaia. 

Day 13: Ushuaia: Navigating the Beagle’s Channel

Go sailing on Beagle’s Channel, where you can see large colonies of sea lions and the legendary Faro Les Eclaireurs, known as the Lighthouse at the End of the World. The Trip Planner will recommend you which of the excursions and boats to choose. Night in Ushuaia. 

Day 14: From Ushuaia to El Calafate

Direct flights between Ushuaia and El Calafate are usually in the afternoon. If you arrive earlier, walk around the town and enjoy the shores of Lake Argentina. In the Trip Planner we will indicate you the best way to go to Ushuaia airport and from El Calafate airport to the city. Night in El Calafate.

Day 15: Perito Moreno

Although it can be a bit expensive, you cannot miss the Mini-Trek on Perito Moreno glacier, equipped with crampons and all necessary materials to have a real experience on the ice. In the Trip Planner we recommend which agency to choose and how to book the experience. In the afternoon, walk on your own the balconies in order to have a panoramic view of the glacier. Night in El Calafate. 

Day 16: Navigating the glaciers

Almost as spectacular or more than Perito Moreno is the cruise that sails along the north branch of Lake Argentino, watching the Upsala, Spegazzini, Onelli, May and Agaziz glaciers (October to May). Ii is impressive to see icebergs floating on the lake. Depending on ice conditions, sometimes the navigation can be limited or suspended but it is not common. Night in El Calafate.

Day 17: From El Calafate to Peninsula Valdes

Fly to Trelew or Puerto Madryn and from there, take a bus or rent a car to get to Peninsula Valdes. The Trip Planner will explain you how book these transports and how to get to Puerto Piramides. Also we will indicate our recommended hotels and restaurants in this charming village. Night in Puerto Piramides. 

Day 18: Whale Watching

From June 15 to December 15, you can see whales in the Peninsula Valdes waters. The tours are conducted in small boats from which you can almost touch these giant cetaceans. The Trip Planner will indicate you the best agencies that do the tour, and the best points for land-sighting on your own. Night in Puerto Piramides.

Day 19: Peninsula Valdes

Route around Valdes Peninsula to enjoy the views and wildlife of this place. With a little luck you can see foxes, guacanos (sort of flame) and rheas (ostrich species), and the typical Patagonian lamb. Also with a little luck, you will see orcas in action hunting lions! (very common from January to March). Night in Puerto Piramides. 

Day 20: Punta Tombo and back to Buenos Aires

Explore Punta Tombo on your own, where from September to March you can enjoy extensive Penguin colonies. Take a flight back to Buenos Aires. Last night in Buenos Aires.

Day 21: Flight back home

The Trip Planner will indicate you how to get to Buenos Aires international airport to take your flight back home.

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