Families seeking adventure, magnificent natural wonders, and world-class wine should look no further than this two-week itinerary that spans Argentina from Patagonia to the tropical north. Get your groove in tango-obsessed Buenos Aires before encountering the mighty Perito Merino Glacier and the thundering Iguazú Falls. From cowboy ranches to vineyards, and secluded lakes to the foothills of the Andes, you'll experience memories to cherish with this trip of a lifetime.


  • Discover tango and ice cream with a walking tour through Buenos Aires
  • Take an exciting boat tour to the stunning Perito Merino Glacier
  • Visit a Mendoza winery for an exploration of Argentine food and wine
  • Experience the mighty Iguazú Falls from two countries (Argentina and Brazil)

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Walking Tour Buenos Aires
Day 2 Morning City Tour, Free Afternoon Buenos Aires
Day 3 Fiesta Gaucha Adventure Buenos Aires
Day 4 Fly to El Calafate, Explore El Calafate
Day 5 Perito Merino Glacier Boat Safari  El Calafate
Day 6 Free Day in El Calafate El Calafate
Day 7 Fly to Ushuaia, Walking Tour Ushuaia
Day 8 Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, Canoe & Trekking Adventure Ushuaia
Day 9 Day Trip to Haberton Ranch, Isla Martillo & Isla Gable    Ushuaia
Day 10 Fly to Mendoza, Explore Chacras de Coria
Day 11 Family Winery Excursion & Cooking Class Chacras de Coria
Day 12 Fly to Puerto Iguazú, Explore Puerto Iguazú
Day 13 Explore the Iguazú Falls (Argentina Side) Puerto Iguazú
Day 14 Explore the Iguazú Falls (Brazil Side), Transfer to Buenos Aires & Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Walking Tour

A colorful market scene in downtown Buenos Aires
A colorful market scene in downtown Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival, you and your family will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Settle in, then head out with your guide to explore this cosmopolitan and welcoming city. Depending on your hotel location and preferences, you'll explore either the aristocratic northern area of the town with its magnificent architecture or the green spaces and bohemian culture of the city's newer, buzzier quarters. Hear local insights and stories from your fun and knowledgeable guide as you and the kids stroll the streets and familiarize yourselves with Argentine city life.

End your tour with an authentic experience everyone will adore—ice cream! Helado (ice cream) is fundamental to Argentine culture and can be traced back to Italian immigration in the 19th century. Your guide will show you where to find the best heladería (ice cream parlor) and introduce your kids to the city's favorite scoop: the caramel-flavored dulce de leche!

Day 2: Morning City Tour, Free Afternoon

Tango dancers in the Caminito district of Buenos Aires
Tango dancers show off their skills in La Boca

Wake up refreshed and raring to go this morning. After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide to continue your fascinating exploration of Buenos Aires. Today is a bit easier on little legs with a private car and driver at your disposal. As you tour the "Paris of South America," kids will pick up countless fun facts, including why the Presidential Palace is pale pink. 

You'll also wander the cobblestones of bohemian San Telmo, the city's oldest neighborhood, and La Boca, famous for its colorful houses and street-side tango dancing. The area is also the perfect place for mini-sports enthusiasts to learn about Argentina's passion for fútbol (soccer). After the tour, you'll be dropped at your hotel, so either relax and take a breather, grab a refreshing drink at one of the nearby cafés, or follow your nose for delicious street food, including the mouthwatering aroma of Argentine beef, sizzling on an open parrilla (barbecue).

Day 3: Fiesta Gaucha Adventure

Experience life on an Argentinian cattle ranch
Learn about life on an Argentine cattle ranch with this fun daytime excursion

Head to the hilly Argentine countryside today as you and your family take a private transfer to a 250-acre (101 ha) working estancia (ranch) just outside Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed with tasty empanadas and a glass of wine or soft drink before meeting the gauchos (cowboys). Then it's off for a tour of the ranch, where you can either saddle up and travel the traditional way on horseback or take a guided walk. 

After you've built up an appetite, enjoy a generous and varied asado (barbecue) with delicious grilled meats, vegetables, salads, and sweet treats. There's more fun after lunch, where you'll be treated to folk music and a tango dance performance, while an exciting horseback demonstration will captivate the younger ones. Hear about gaucho life (questions are welcomed and encouraged), and sit back and watch as they demonstrate their craft. Finish with a late afternoon snack of tea and pastries before you transfer back to your hotel. 

Day 4: Fly to El Calafate, Explore

Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate
El Calafate is home to the Petito Moreno Glacier

It's a change of pace and temperature today as you bid farewell to the city and transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate in Argentine Patagonia. The town sits on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, home to the famous Perito Moreno, a vast ice formation and one of the few advancing glaciers in the world. You and the kids will have the opportunity to see the glacier up close tomorrow, but for now, relax after your flight and explore the town before getting cozy in one of the fabulous local restaurants.

Day 5: Perito Merino Glacier Boat Safari 

See the stunning Petito Merino Glacier by boat
Get up close to the stunning Perito Merino Glacier with a boat trip

Make an early start this morning and pack your mittens for what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your trip. You and your family will transfer west to Puerto Bandera for a nine-hour nautical safari. Traveling through Los Glaciares National Park means you'll discover the remote glaciers and waterfalls only accessible by boat. The journey is sure to be a hit with the kids as you sail past the formidable glaciers and through the Mayo Channel until you reach Toro Bay.

Disembark and take a guided hike through the Patagonian forest as you learn about the area's unique flora and fauna. Take the kids to the forest's ancient cherry tree, fondly nicknamed El Abuelo (grandfather) by locals. Marvel at its vast 10-foot (3 m) wide trunk before heading back to sea and sailing toward Cerro Negro, an enormous black glacier. Here you'll be able to hop off the boat and spend some time with the kids exploring the utterly remote landscape and the black glacier up close before sailing to your third and final stop.

The majestic Perito Moreno Glacier flows down from the Andes out over the turquoise waters of Largo Argentino before ending abruptly in a vast icy wall. The kids will be thrilled to see the awe-inspiring sight of ice breaking off the facade and the thundering crash when it hits the waters below. After wandering the traditional circuit surrounding the glacier, you'll head back to El Calafate, stopping en route at the Glaciarium Museum, an immersive experience depicting the glaciers' fascinating history and, of course, a refreshment bar made totally from ice. 

Day 6: Free Day in El Calafate

Flamingoes in El Calafate
You can't miss the Chilean flamingoes at Laguna Nimez

Enjoy some downtime after yesterday's adventures with a free day to explore El Calafate. Nature-loving kids will have fun at Laguna Nimez, an ecological reserve just a short walk from the town, which is a protected haven for various birds, including the Chilean flamingo. If exploring's high on the agenda, there's plenty more to discover in Los Glaciares National Park. Horseback riding and kayaking are popular local options if the kids need to burn off some energy. Later, settle in at one of the town's family-friendly restaurants and try the local specialties. 

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Day 7: Fly to Ushuaia, Walking Tour

Welcome to Ushuaia
Take a two-hour city tour after you get settled at your hotel

Get ready for the next leg of your family adventure! After breakfast, you and your family will transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Located on a bay in the Patagonian region of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is nestled between the Martial Mountains' jagged peaks and the Beagle Channel's silvery waters. 

Get settled at your hotel, and when you're ready, meet your guide for a two-hour tour of this charming city. Along the way, you'll stroll the waterfront promenade, see the former Government House, explore the End of the World Museum (formerly a prison), and hear fascinating stories of the area's first inhabitants. You'll also learn how this remote, secluded spot became populated and hear anecdotes about the dangerous criminals housed at the prison. Later, dine in style at one of the local family-friendly restaurants (the town is, of course, known for its fresh seafood).

Day 8: Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, Canoe & Trekking Adventure

Woman in canoe on Patagonia's beautiful lakes
Spend a relaxing few hours paddling down Patagonia's serene lakes
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to Tierra del Fuego National Park, known for its subantarctic forest, dramatic scenery, and rugged coastline. You'll experience this firsthand as you hike the 4-mile (6 km) undulating coastal path (shorter trails are also available for families with smaller kids). Take in the beautiful views from the lakes, sea, and surrounding mountains as the kids look out for the plentiful wildlife, including woodpeckers, guanacos, and foxes. After a few hours, you'll arrive at Lago Roca to have a well-deserved hot lunch in the comfort of a heated dome tent. 
Appetites filled, it's time to swap your hiking boots for your family canoe. It's a great way to spend a fun and relaxing hour or two with the kids as you get kitted out in waterproofs and life jackets and spend a leisurely hour or two paddling down the Río Lapataia until you reach the sea in Lapataia Bay. Back on dry land, you'll transfer to your hotel, where the evening is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 9: Day Trip to Haberton Ranch, Isla Martillo & Isla Gable  

Penguins on Martillo Island in the Beagle Channel
See your kids interact with the penguins on Isla Martillo 

Today is a big day! After breakfast, your driver will collect you for a scenic journey to a largely uninhabited location, Haberton Ranch, the area's first estancia. From here, you'll visit the Marine Mammal Museum, where thousands of whales, dolphins, seals, and penguins skeletons will capture the curiosity of adults and children alike. Then board a motorboat as you head to nearby Isla Martillo to see the adorable Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat before reaching the beautiful Isla Gable.

After a freshly prepared lunch, where adults will have the opportunity to try some Patagonian wine, you and the kids will have plenty of time to explore the island, crossing beaver dams and playing in the impressive forest that leads to the Beagle Channel shore. When you've had your fill of adventure, return by boat to Haberton Ranch and transfer back to your hotel. The rest of the evening is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 10: Fly to Mendoza, Explore

Welcome to Argentina's wine region!
Head to the small town of Charas de Coira, which is surrounded by wineries
Wave goodbye to Ushuaia this morning as you transfer to the airport and catch a flight north to Mendoza, Argentina's leading wine region and the heartland of the Malbec grape. Your destination is Chacras de Coira, a small town nearby known for its wineries. Settle in with kids at your hotel, and after a busy few days, the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Kick back at your hotel, take a stroll, and choose between several excellent family-friendly dining options in the evening. 

Day 11: Family Winery Excursion & Cooking Class

Little girl in a vineyard
The kids will get their own excursion while the parents go wine-tasting

Argentina's food and wine scene is renowned worldwide, and today, you'll experience both as you travel to the heart of Mendoza's wine region. You and the kids will spend the morning touring a local vineyard. While the adults get down to the serious business of wine tasting, little ones will be looked after by the on-site team with plenty of fun outdoor based activities for all ages. Then it's off to the organic vineyard, with views to the majestic Andes, where everyone can take part in harvesting ingredients for this afternoon's cooking class.

Led by the vineyard's chef, you and your family will spend the next couple of hours learning the art of Argentine cuisine and how to make the perfect empanadas. Don aprons and have fun with the kids as you create your own culinary masterpieces. Your vineyard experience concludes with a delicious meal, paired with specially selected wines from the vineyard, served at a table in the heart of the winery with stunning mountain views.

Day 12: Fly to Puerto Iguazú, Explore

Snap photos at the tri-border monument in Puerto Iguazú
Rally the kids this morning and catch a transfer to the airport as you prepare for what's sure to be a highlight of your trip. Your final destination of the itinerary is the small border town of Puerto Iguazú, the gateway to Iguazú Falls—one of the Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check in to your hotel, and take the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy the tropical climate and setting before you spend the next two days exploring the falls. You can also head to the Three Flags Monument to get a glimpse of Paraguay and Brazil for future bragging rights. 

Day 13: Explore the Iguazú Falls (Argentina Side)

Iguazu Falls
Spend the day following the well-maintained boardwalks at Iguazú Falls

The kids won't be the only ones excited for today's adventure as you meet your driver and transfer to the Argentine side of the Iguazú National Park. Home to over 165,560 acres (67,000 ha) of subtropical rainforest, the fun starts as your guide points out the colorful wildlife, including toucans, parrots, and coatis. The Lower Falls circuit will surely be a hit with kids as they experience the refreshing falls firsthand!

Then head to the upper circuit, where you'll take the ecological train and follow the boardwalks as you hear the roar of the Gargantua del Diablo (Devil's Throat). This is the largest and most impressive of the falls, with water tumbling down a 262-foot (80 m) drop. Don't forget a family selfie before dining at one of the on-site restaurants. Afterward, walk the Upper Trail and look down over the major falls on your way to the San Martin Waterfall before returning to your hotel.

Day 14: Explore the Iguazú Falls (Brazil Side), Transfer to Buenos Aires & Depart

The Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls
View the spectacular Iguazú Falls from the Brazilian side

It's the last day of your trip, but there's still time for one last adventure—this time in Brazil! After breakfast, grab your passports and head to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls. While Argentina has eighty percent of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic view, where you can truly appreciate the fall's immensity. Follow the walkway to Floriano Falls and marvel at the incredible river views and the intensity of Devil's Throat from a different angle. Don't miss the boardwalk over Salto Santa Maria, where the kids will feel like they're walking on water. 

Afterward, with memories made and plenty of tales to tell, your driver will take you to Buenos Aires airport in good time to catch your flight home. Buen viaje!

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