Experience the highlights of Patagonia in just a little over a week on this action-packed trip. After a day of sightseeing in Buenos Aires, the real adventure begins with a trek across the surface of a glacier near El Calafate. Explore the dramatic scenery of the south with hikes around El Chaltén and the iconic Mount Fitz Roy. You'll then travel to the Lake District, basing yourself in the picturesque alpine town of Bariloche, renowned for its artisanal chocolate shops. Finish the trip at a more relaxed pace with a kayak trip and a nature hike.


  • Discover Buenos Aires on a walking tour
  • Walk along the surface of Perito Moreno on a glacier hike
  • Hike around El Chaltén and enjoys views of the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy
  • Visit Bariloche, the largest city in Argentina's beautiful Lake District
  • Kayak on Lago Mascardi and finish the day with a nature hike

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires & Sightsee Buenos Aires
Day 2 Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate El Calafate
Day 3 See Perito Moreno Glacier El Calafate
Day 4 Enjoy a Scenic Drive to El Chaltén El Chaltén
Day 5 Hike to Laguna de Los Tres El Chaltén
Day 6 Discover the Charm of Bariloche  Bariloche
Day 7 Kayak on Mascardi Lake Bariloche
Day 8 Depart Argentina - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires & Sightsee

The Obelisco in Buenos Aires
The Obelisco in Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! The capital city of Buenos Aires is known as the "Paris of South America," thanks to its mix of European architecture and Latin American culture. When you arrive at the airport, a driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, and you'll have the chance to see tango dancers performing to live music as you explore downtown. Head south into the neighborhood of San Telmo, walking along cobblestoned streets — this is a great area to soak up the city's historic charm, stop in a traditional café, browse through the antiques at the elegant Mercado San Telmo marketplace, and sit down for dinner at a classic parrilla (steakhouse).  

Day 2: Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate

The city of El Calafate, Argentina
Lakefront El Calafate, Argentina

After breakfast, you'll head to the airport for a three-hour flight south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. Known as the gateway to Argentina's glaciers, the city is located on the shores of Lago Argentino, the nation's biggest freshwater lake. If possible, select a window seat to enjoy stunning views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field along the trip. You'll transfer from the airport to your hotel for check-in. You can then spend the rest of the day relaxing or strolling around town and visiting its charming cafés and boutiques. Learn about the region's glaciers at the Glaciarium, a multimedia center featuring an ice museum, interactive displays, and educational information. Then enjoy a drink at the museum's Glaciobar BrancaIt, Argentina's first ice bar — be sure to bundle up, as it's chilly inside!

Plan your trip to Argentina
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

Day 3: See Perito Moreno Glacier

Hiking Perito Moreno, Argentina
Hiking on Perito Moreno

Get ready to explore Los Glaciares National Park. As you enter the park, you'll catch your first glimpse of the majestic glacier known as Perito Moreno. This expansive ice mass flows from the Andes Mountains into the waters of Lago Argentino, ending abruptly in a great wall curving around the lake. View the glacier from one of the park's many viewing platforms, accessible via a network of catwalks that run along the shores of the lake, offering the best vantage points. With a little luck and patience, you may witness "calving," the inspiring sight of ice breaking off the glacier's edge and crashing into the calm waters below.

Believe it or not, you'll be trekking on top of this glacier today! Your excursion involves walking over the ice, fully outfitted with crampons and an ice ax. Traversing Perito Moreno is an amazing adventure, and a perfectly safe one, as you'll be accompanied by certified bilingual guides who know the terrain. Enjoy the thrill of crossing over deep blue ice crevices and hiking over meltwater streams as you see the glacier up close. 

Day 4: Enjoy a Scenic Drive to El Chaltén

Welcome to El Chaltén with views of Mt Fitz Roy
El Chaltén's welcome sign framed by views of Mt Fitz Roy

After breakfast, head to the bus station in El Calafate to board a bus to El Chaltén. Grab a window seat and get ready to enjoy the incredibly scenic northbound journey that covers 124 miles and takes around three to four hours. You'll ride along Ruta 40, the famous Patagonian highway that cuts through great expanses of barren steppe and reveals views of snowy peaks on the horizon. El Chaltén sits at the foot of the iconic Mount Fitz Roy and is nicknamed "Hiker's Paradise," due to the abundance of mountaineering options around. Tomorrow you'll get out and explore, but for today, just relax in town and have a beer or a meal in one of several cozy restaurants and bars that cater to outdoor enthusiasts.

Day 5: Hike to Laguna de Los Tres

Laguna de los Tres
Aquamarine waters at Laguna de los Tres

Put on your hiking boots this morning — it's time for a full-day, 16-mile (26 km) excursion into Los Glaciares National Park. El Chaltén is the perfect starting point, as there are a number of trailheads just outside of town, many of which lead to Mt. Fitz Roy. Your destination today is Laguna de los Tres. This glassy body of water earned its name — which translates to "Lake of the Three" — because it offers prime views of three peaks. In addition to Fitz Roy, you can see Poincenot and Torre from here. You'll follow a trail that leads up through alpine forest. At the top, take in views of the valley below and Piedras Blancas Glacier. Hike back to El Chaltén for a relaxing evening.

Day 6: Discover the Charm of Bariloche 

Civic Center in downtown Bariloche
A square in downtown Bariloche

In the morning, you'll leave your hotel in El Chaltén and transfer to El Calafate by bus. From there, you'll catch a flight north to San Carlos de Bariloche, the main city in Argentina's Lake District. This region is home to some of the most impressive scenery in the country. Founded in 1902, the city of Bariloche is located on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi, part of the larger Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. (The name comes from the Mapuche indigenous group who originally inhabited the area.) The lake straddles the Chilean border, with the city of Bariloche located on the southeast shore.

After checking in at your hotel, go for a walk around town, enjoying its alpine architecture, waterfront plazas, chocolate shops, and upscale restaurants, many housed in chalet-style buildings. If you have the energy for another activity, ride a cable car to the top of Cerro Campanario. Located just outside town, the view from atop this mountain is nothing short of breathtaking. Enjoy panoramic views of Lago Nahuel Huapi and the snow-covered mountains surrounding it. Alternatively, visit the five-star Hotel Llao Llao, one of the finest hotels in Argentina. The grand hotel, sitting on a small peninsula overlooking the lake, is the embodiment of mountain luxury. Stop in for a full afternoon tea service with decadent desserts!

Day 7: Kayak on Mascardi Lake

Enjoy lunch on the shore of Lago Mascardi
A gourmet lunch on the shore of Lago Mascardi

Today is a special day featuring kayaking on Lago Mascardi, a nature trek through the forest, and a gourmet picnic served on the lakefront. The adventure begins with a pick-up at your hotel, followed by a 45-minute drive south along the famed Ruta 40 to get to the lake. Your first destination is a lakeshore campsite owned by the local indigenous community. Here you'll get into your kayak and begin paddling for Playa Leones, a beautiful pebble beach on Mascardi.

Once you arrive at this tranquil beach, you'll be able to relax on shore and enjoy the surrounding wilderness. Afterward, you'll embark on a hike through native forest until you reach a secluded lagoon. Then it's time to head back to Playa Leones, where you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch with water views. Finally, you'll kayak back to the starting point and return to Bariloche in the late afternoon. The evening is yours to enjoy — many excellent restaurants, chocolate shops, cafés, and bars await!

Day 8: Depart Argentina - End of Trip

Aerial view of Bariloche

Today the trip comes to an end. Head to the airport to make your way to your next destination. Safe travels!

More Argentina Itineraries

Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Argentina? Check out these other Argentina itineraries, with outdoor adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights. 

Or, describe your ideal trip and we will connect you with a local specialist to make it happen.