Experience Argentina's top sights—and wildlife—on this unforgettable family getaway. Kickoff in vibrant Buenos Aires, where you'll take guided excursions on foot and by bike. Then, head to the shores of the Valdés Peninsula for whale watching and to visit the largest Magellan penguin reserve in the world. You'll also ride a Zodiac boat in search of dolphins before returning to Buenos Aires for some street markets and a river cruise to finish the adventure.


  • Let a local guide show you and the kids the historic barrios of Buenos Aires 
  • See enormous southern right whales swimming by on a whale watching tour
  • Waddle with the locals at the world's largest Magellan penguin reserve
  • Learn about ancient dinosaurs that once walked the earth at the MEF Museum

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Guided Tour Buenos Aires
Day 2 Bike Tour in Buenos Aires' Parks & Gardens Buenos Aires
Day 3 Transfer to Puerto Madryn, El Doradillo Beach Adventure Puerto Madryn
Day 4 Explore the Valdés Peninsula with Penguins & Whale Watching  Puerto Madryn
Day 5 Dinosaur & Dolphin Adventure Puerto Madryn
Day 6 Return to Buenos Aires, Free Afternoon  Buenos Aires
Day 7 River Delta Boat Tour, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Guided Tour

Take a tour of the colorful neighborhoods in southern Buenos Aires 
Welcome to Argentina! South America's second-largest country is home to a rich history and an abundance of natural wonders—perfect for a family adventure. Your flight lands in the capital city of Buenos Aires, and a private driver will collect you from the airport to transfer you to your hotel. After you and the kids have had a chance to rest and regroup, head out on a guided tour to start your exploration of this vibrant city.
You'll see some of Buenos Aires' main landmarks, starting at Plaza de Mayo, where you'll find the National Government Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. This historical, political, and foundational epicenter of the city is a great starting point for the city tour. From here, continue to San Telmo, one of the city's oldest districts, with historic buildings that still sport their original facades and décor, creating a lovely bohemian vibe.
Your next stop is La Boca, known for its brightly-painted houses and coventillos (communal housing tenements). Soccer fans in the family will be thrilled to know that this is home to the legendary Boca Juniors Football Club, where the great Diego Maradona played. Afterward, head to Puerto Madero, which sits along the banks of the Río de la Plata. This major gastronomic and business hub was once an industrial district but now features elegant bars, casual eateries, and offices. Grab a bite to eat here with the family before heading back to your hotel for the evening. 
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Day 2: Bike Tour in Buenos Aires' Parks & Gardens

Cruise through the manicured parks and gardens of Buenos Aires on this memorable bike tour

Today you'll tour some of the beautiful parks and gardens in Buenos Aires on two wheels! You'll first meet with your guide in the morning, and after a brief orientation, you'll begin your ride. This fun, family-friendly excursion is appropriate for all ages, but parents should keep in mind there may be limited bike sizes for younger children. 

The tour first takes you to Parque Tres de Febrero, which happens to be Buenos Aires' oldest park. This nearly 1,000-acre (400 ha) green space in the Palermo neighborhood features tree-lined pathways and peaceful lakes, shaded benches, and a giant carousel. Let the kids take a spin on the carousel while you enjoy the beautiful gardens. Continue cycling along the designated bike lane, passing the Parisian-style mansions of Palermo Chico and Barrio Parque, most of which have been converted into embassies, then enter the neighborhood of Recoleta.
Next, ride by the University of Buenos Aires, the National Library, Plaza Evita, and Recoleta Cemetery. See the extravagant display of mausoleums where some of Argentina's most famous residents are buried, including the actress and former first lady Eva "Evita" Perón. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional empanadas in the Palermo Soho, then bike back through the picturesque areas of Plaza Guemes and Plaza Serrano before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Transfer to Puerto Madryn, El Doradillo Beach Adventure

Search for whales cavorting just offshore from El Doradillo Beach

This morning, your driver will take you and your family to the airport, where you'll fly into Trelew, located in northeastern Patagonia. From here, take a private transfer to Puerto Madryn, a drive of approximately 50 minutes. The city is considered the gateway to the magnificent Valdés Peninsula, home to an important breeding population of the endangered southern right whale as well as southern elephant seals and sea lions. Your wildlife adventures begin right away with a whale sighting tour along El Doradillo Beach.

The beach, which sits just a few miles from Puerto Madryn, is visited annually by southern right whales and their calves. The unusual coastal depth here attracts the whales close to the beach, making for perfect conditions to see them right offshore. Your guide will take you on an easy hike along the nearby cliffs, treating you and the kids to sweeping views of the sea and surrounding countryside. At the beach, watch the whales swimming and breaching the surface as they forage and play, then enjoy some snacks and hot beverages before heading back into town. 

Day 4: Explore the Valdés Peninsula with Penguins & Whale Watching

Say hello to southern right whales in the Valdés Peninsula

There's more wildlife in store for today! Immerse your family in the beauty of the Valdés Peninsula with a full-day land and sea tour. After visiting the Istmo Ameghino Interpretation Center, you'll head to Puerto Pirámides, where you'll board a ship and set sail along the coast. Your guides will share information about the region and take you to the area where southern right whales can be found. See these giant specimens in their natural habitat (at a safe distance, of course!) alongside other wildlife like sea lions and orcas. 

After the boat tour, you'll visit Estancia San Lorenzo, a working sheep ranch, where you'll have a traditional Argentine lunch of lamb on a spit, and the kids can see demonstrations of some of the farm activities, such as herding and sheep shearing. The highlight of the ranch, however, is located a short drive from the farmhouse: the largest Magellan penguin reserve in the world. There are more than 600,000 penguins here, and your kids will love getting up close to these curious creatures, watching them play along the water, and seeing them interact with each other. 

Day 5: Dinosaur & Dolphin Adventure

There are more than 30 dinosaurs at the MEF Museum

It's all about the kids today, starting with a visit to the Paleontological Egidio Feruglio (MEF) Museum. This is a scientific research center where students, scholars, and researchers collaborate to learn more about South America's geological eras. Exhibits here include approximately 30 dinosaurs, 2,000 fossils, and activities and educational programs that both adults and children can enjoy. See fossils from the Mesozoic era, a dinosaur skeleton that is nearly 150 million years old, and the bones of an ancient turtle that lived 60 million years ago!

Later today, visit Playa Union, located near Rawson City, for a dolphin and wildlife tour. At the docks, you'll board a Zodiac boat and head across the mouth of the Río Chubut, where you'll see sea lions lounging along the shore. From here, the boat heads out to sea in search of Patagonia's Commerson's dolphins, nicknamed panda dolphins for their black and white markings. These small, energetic creatures are quite curious and will often put on quite a show for visitors, diving and swimming around the boat. Afterward, return to Puerto Madryn for the evening.

Day 6: Return to Buenos Aires, Free Afternoon

Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs in the markets of Buenos Aires

Transfer back to Buenos Aires today for your last full day in Argentina. Your driver will take you to the airport, where you'll board your flight back to the city. This afternoon, you're free to see any of the sights you might have previously missed. 

For some educational fun, take the kids to the Museo Participativo de Ciencias (Science Participation Museum), which has interactive displays that encourage kids to participate in scientific activities and learning. There are several themed rooms with different focuses that include electricity, sound, technology, and even food. Older kids and teens might also enjoy a visit to Museo Evita, dedicated to the history of the famed Eva Perón. Fashion buffs will love the displays of Perón's stunning gown collection, and you can learn more about her life and legacy. 

If you want to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, and it's the weekend, there are several markets worth checking out. You can head to San Telmo's Sunday Market, where you'll find antiques and vintage goods, as well as fun trinkets for the kids. Or, make a farther trek to Feria de Mataderos, a weekend market located in the western suburbs, which has traditional handicrafts and tons of food stalls. Palermo's Feria de Plaza Serrano market is another great spot, with funky jewelry and handmade clothing items galore.

Day 7: River Delta Boat Tour, Depart

End your trip with a bang by taking a fun boat trip before departure

Take advantage of your last morning in Argentina with a boat tour of the Tigre and San Isidro River Delta. Your guide will collect you and the family from your hotel, and then you'll board a boat that takes you cruising through the labyrinth of streams, canals, and islands of the Tigre. You'll pass by a large fruit market, catch glimpses of cathedrals and bridges, and watch the various boats that make up the daily traffic of the river. Get one last family photo in Argentina before deboarding!

Then it's time to say adiós. At the appointed hour, your driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels! 

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