This trip takes you through one of Argentina's most beautiful landscapes, Iguazú Falls. You'll start your tour in Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires, where you'll have a chance to explore the city's vibrant streets. Next, head north to Iguazú Falls, located on the borders of Brazil and Paraguay. Spend some quality time admiring the beauty and power of the falls before returning to Buenos Aires.


  • Explore the energetic neighborhoods of Buenos Aires
  • Walk along the cliffs of Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world
  • Hop over to Brazil to experience the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Explore Buenos Aires
Day 2 Fly to Puerto Iguazú, Explore Puerto Iguazú
Day 3 Transfer to Iguazú Falls (Argentine Side) Iguazú Falls
Day 4 Iguazú Falls (Brazilian Side), Return to Buenos Aires, Tango Show Buenos Aires
Day 5 Depart Buenos Aires  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Explore

The Obelisco, a central monument in Buenos Aires
The Obelisco, a central monument in Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! Renowned as the "Paris of South America" and the "Queen of El Plata," the capital city of Buenos Aires is defined by passion. This is exemplified in the rich tango heritage and its citizens' limitless enthusiasm for fútbol (soccer), which is far and away the country's most popular sport. 

When you arrive at the airport, your driver will be waiting to take you in a private car to your hotel, where you can relax after a long flight. But make no mistake: the city will beckon you. So after a quick recharge, be sure to venture out into the welcoming arms of Buenos Aires and explore. The best starting point would be the city center.

Suggested activities include:

  • Visit the Obelisco, which might be the most famous icon of the city. This obelisk (which even Argentines admit is a little too reminiscent of the Washington Monument) is worth a visit for its location alone. It sits right in the middle of Avenida 9 de Julio, which boasts a whopping 16 lanes, making it the widest city street in the world.
  • Stop by the Teatro Colon, one of South America's premier opera houses. The horseshoe-shaped gallery features 2,487 seats and incredible acoustics. Even if you plan on taking a tour or catching a show here on another day, it's always breathtaking to pass by its exterior. The Colon's neoclassical facade has been the face of one of the most handsome buildings in Buenos Aires since its opening in 1908.
  • Stroll Puerto Madero, an upscale waterfront neighborhood adjacent to downtown. Puerto Madero may be the "new money" finance center of Buenos Aires, but it's also one of the most pleasant walking areas in a city famous for its walking areas. A romantic stroll involves walking over the canal on the Puente de Mujer ("Woman's Bridge") at sunset. 
  • Dine at an Argentine steakhouse or parilla. When night falls, and dinnertime arrives, do like the locals and enjoy a thick, juicy steak (Argentina has some of the best beef in the world) drizzled with the nation's famous chimichurri (a garlic, herb, and vinegar sauce). Know that Buenos Aires is a culture that thrives after dark, and it's not uncommon for locals to have dinner well past nine in the evening, especially on weekends. 

Day 2: Fly to Puerto Iguazú, Explore

Iguazu Falls
Iguazú Falls

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Buenos Aires airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazú. This city is home to the Argentine side of Iguazú Falls, the world's largest waterfall system. Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazú, you will be transferred to your hotel.

You will have the rest of the day free to relax, visit the Three Borders Landmark in the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, and enjoy a panoramic view of Iguazú Falls from the walking paths surrounding the cascades.

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Day 3: Transfer to Iguazú Falls (Argentina Side)

Touring Iguazú from the Argentine side
Touring Iguazú from the Argentine side

 After breakfast, a driver will pick you up and transfer you to the entrance of Iguazú National Park on the Argentine side of the falls. This is where you will begin the day's adventure. It's a full-day excursion that involves traversing three circuit routes around the falls, each offering exceptional vantage points from which to view this magnificent natural wonder. 

Circuit routes include:

  • The upper circuit (1 hour) is made up of 2,624 feet (800 m) of walkways elevated above the jungle floor to avoid disrupting the natural paths of Indigenous fauna. On this route, you'll see the upper portion of Iguazú, including countless panoramic vistas of the surrounding falls.
  • The lower circuit (2 hours) is 5,250 feet (1,600 m) long and is also made up of elevated walkways, which go directly below and around the falls. This circuit takes you near the base of the falls and right up to the crashing torrents of water. You'll be able to feel the magnitude of the falls from up close.
  • The Devil's Throat (2 hours) is the star of the show. A small tourist train leaves from the Cataratas Station and travels 18 minutes to Garganta Station, where you'll find restrooms, a snack bar, and the start of the path. You'll walk 3,937 feet (1200 m) over the river until you reach the viewing platform. From there, you'll be able to peer 269 feet (82 m) down into the water as the highest of Iguazú's falls thunders all around you.

At the end of the tour, the driver will pick you up and transfer you back to the hotel. 

Day 4: Iguazú Falls (Brazilian Side), Return to Buenos Aires, Tango Show

View of Iguazu Falls from Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
View of Iguazú Falls from Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Now that you have seen the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls, it's time to see the other through a half-day excursion to Foz do Iguacu, Brazil. Admire a sweeping panoramic view of the entire waterfall complex you visited yesterday, giving you an overall sense of the vastness of the Iguazú Falls. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport via regular service for your flight to Buenos Aires, then get a private ride to your hotel downtown.

In the evening, enjoy a scrumptious meal accompanied by free-flowing wine and a tango show, one of Argentina's most iconic cultural highlights. Experience the heartbeat of Argentina first-hand before heading back to your hotel to relax for the night.

Day 5: Depart Buenos Aires

Goodbye Buenos Aires
Goodbye Buenos Aires

Enjoy your last hours in the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires. At the scheduled time, your driver will pick you up and transfer you by private car to Ezeiza International Airport, where you'll catch your return flight home.

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Map of Buenos Aires &  Iguazú Falls - 5 Days
Map of Buenos Aires & Iguazú Falls - 5 Days
Written by Deborah Hayman, updated Jun 28, 2023

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