At the top of the bucket list of many of you, and deservedly so, is gorgeous Argentina. From awe-inspiring Patagonia to the jungles around Iguazú, from the lonely salt flats near Salta to bustling Buenos Aires: Argentina has it all for those looking for a varied travel itinerary. A few years ago, we flew, drove and walked around the whole of Argentina discovering as many highlights as we could fit into a 4 week journey. The results is that we fell madly in love with this beautiful country. Not to mention the food! Are you looking for a good travelling route to discover Argentina? Feel free to read our tips below and watch a video we made of our backpacking trip 🙂
Argentina: combining all extremes
Argentina is gi-gan-tic. You could choose to explore one specific region, but those of you who’d love to get an all-round impression of the country, are in for a treat! It’ll be one highlight after the other. Prepare yourself for steamy temperatures in the north, as well as ice-cold winds in the very south. Any way the wind blows, you’ll be amazed by the greatness of Argentina.
We took a direct flight from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and back with KLM, which took about 14 hours each way.
Culture in the capital Buenos Aires
We didn’t fall in love with Buenos Aires from the very start. If, however, you pick out the right neighbourhoods, you’ll get why so many people are fond of it. Exploring the colourful area of La Boca or cosy old San Telmo will definitely be on everyone’s to-do list, but also don’t miss out on trendy Palermo and the classy Recoleta neighbourhood.
Spotting whales in Puerto Madryn
Serving as a gateway to Península Valdés, Puerto Madryn is the ideal place to spot whales. Between June en mid-December, these giants of the sea enter the stage. With just a tiny bit of luck, the whale in front of your boot jumps up to finish off his dive with an impressive swing of the tail. You’ll also be able to spot penguins, sea lions and seals.
Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego
In the far south of Argentina you’ll find the town of Ushuaia. It’s without a doubt our most favourite destination so far on the planet. Here the mighty Andes mountains meet the famed Beagle Channel to form the dramatic background of your stay here. Taking full advantage of its end-of-the-world status, Ushuaia has become a hub for adventurers plotting their outdoor options. With stunning Tierra del Fuego right around the corner, it’s a dream come true for everyone who’s in for a taste of the real wild. Read our tips for Ushuaia here.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Another Patagonian highlight is the Perito Moreno Glacier. From nearby El Calafate, you can easily book a bus taking you to the national park with its icy blue glacier. Once there, you can do some short walks around, offering great views on this nature phenomenon, or join a boat tour bringing you closer up to to glacier.
Hiking in El Chaltén
The little town of El Chaltén is somewhat off the beaten track, offering views on the vast landscapes of Patagonia. Here reigns a silence almost as impressive as the mountain tops rising up behind the small town. With beautiful trails to hike and only nature around, you won’t be bored even for a second.
Discover hot and dusty Salta
From the cold south all the way up to the dusty heath in northern Salta. Known for its empanadas, colonial buildings and the ideal starting point to explore the region. We rented a car for a 5 day journey that brought us from Cachi & Cafayate to Purmamarca, Tilcara and the famed Salinas Grandes. Roadtrippin’ at its best!
Into the jungle at Iguazú
The perfect end of our travel itinerary before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires: chilling a couple of days around Puerto Iguazú. If you’re not off visiting some world famous waterfalls at the Argentinian or Brazilian side of the border, it’s time for some lazing around at the side of your hotel or hostel pool, sipping from a refreshing cocktail. Salud!