Mendoza is famous for its endless vineyards, beyond which stand the towering Andes. Few locales in Argentina offer such diverse opportunities for both wine tasting and mountain hikes. On this quick four-day itinerary you'll land in the European-inspired capital of Buenos Aires then head east to Mendoza for a city tour followed by an adventurous trekking excursion in Aconcagua National Park.

Highlights

  • Take a city tour of Buenos Aires and visit its most iconic sights
  • Stroll the wide boulevards of Mendoza, ground zero for wine in Argentina
  • Hike around Mt. Aconcagua, the largest peak in the Americas

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Buenos Aires - Explore the City Buenos Aires
Day 2 Fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza Mendoza
Day 3 Full-Day Tour & Trek in Aconcagua National Park Mendoza
Day 4 Mendoza to Buenos Aires - Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires - Explore the City

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.

Day 2: Fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza

Plaza Independencia, Mendoza
Plaza Independencia, Mendoza

After breakfast, a driver will meet you and you'll transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Mendoza. This western region of Argentina is a wild expanse of fertile land that's ground zero for the country's booming viticulture industry. A seemingly limitless number of vineyards abound here, with many producing Argentina's flagship varietal: Malbec. Originally a French import, the Argentines took this largely ignored berry and ran with it. The result is one of the most robust wines in the world.

Mendoza also features some breathtaking scenery and opportunities for outdoor activities. With the Andes Mountains looming over the area's vineyards, travelers can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting. Of course, vineyard tours and wine tastings are also popular activities in the region. 

Upon arrival in Mendoza, you'll transfer to your hotel for check-in. You'll then have the rest of the day to relax and explore the city at your leisure. The center of Mendoza features expansive plazas and wide boulevards shaded by canopies of bushy green sycamore leaves. In stark contrast to Buenos Aires, people here move at a relaxed pace, making this the perfect city in which to enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Day 3: Full-Day Tour & Trek in Aconcagua National Park

Viewpoint of Mt. Aconcagua
Viewpoint of Mt. Aconcagua

Get ready for some spectacular scenery, because today you're going to enjoy a full-day driving tour through the Andes. After breakfast, you'll meet a bilingual guide and embark on the first part of the drive, which passes through small mountain villages such as Uspallata, Puente del Inca, Penitentes, and Horcones.

From here, the drive continues uphill where you'll stop for a short trek that reaches the viewpoint of Mount Aconcagua. Standing a whopping 22,837 feet (6,961 meters), this the highest peak in South America. Be sure to savor the views and snap plenty of photos. At the end of the trek, you'll return to the car and drive back to Mendoza where you'll have the evening free.

Day 4: Mendoza to Buenos Aires - Departure

Goodbye, Argentina!
Goodbye, Argentina!

Today you'll transfer from your hotel in Mendoza to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you'll hop in another car to the international airport for your flight home. Buen viaje!

Map

Map of Buenos Aires & Mendoza - 4 Days
Map of Buenos Aires & Mendoza - 4 Days