Argentina 12-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 29 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Argentina.

In 12 days you can experience all the highlights of Argentina, from the far north to southern Patagonia and everywhere in between. A scenic highlights tour of the country will not only include stops in the capital of Buenos Aires and wine country of Mendoza, but Patagonian glaciers like Perito Moreno, as well. You could also opt for whale watching and marine-life spotting on Península Valdés on the Atlantic Coast. To cap the trip, you should definitely head north to Iguazú Falls and see the largest waterfall in the Americas.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 12-day trips in Argentina.

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Glacial lake in El Calafate
Map of Best of Argentina: Ushuaia, El Calafate & Iguazú Falls - 12 Days
Best of Argentina: Ushuaia, El Calafate & Iguazú Falls - 12 Days

Experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires, the mesmerizing force of the Iguazu Falls and the spectacular glaciers of El Calafate in a single trip. This 12-day itinerary travels to Argentina's historic capital and then across Patagonia, seamlessly blending urban bustle, outdoor adventure, and small-town charm.

Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro
Map of Highlights of Argentina & Rio de Janeiro - 12 Days
Highlights of Argentina & Rio de Janeiro - 12 Days

This exciting 12-day itinerary combines the best culture and scenery in Argentina and Brazil for a real South American adventure. After a taste of Buenos Aires with a tour and tango performance, you'll fly south to Patagonia to experience massive glaciers. Then, fly to the Brazilian border to hike around hundreds of waterfalls before finishing in Rio de Janeiro for its iconic views and nearby tropical islands.

High-altitude scenery outside of Mendoza
Map of Classic Argentina: Mendoza & Patagonia - 12 Days
Classic Argentina: Mendoza & Patagonia - 12 Days

This 12-day tour of Argentina includes some of the country's most spectacular scenery for an unforgettable adventure. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Mendoza for Malbec vineyards and high-altitude Andean peaks. Then, head to Patagonia's Los Glaciares National Park for access to the Perito Moreno Glacier before finishing in Ushuaia—the southernmost city in the world.

A Malbec vineyard in Mendoza
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days

Experience the best of Argentina's culture, wine, cuisine, and Andean scenery on this 12-day tour. Begin by exploring the vibrant city of Buenos Aires and then fly to high-altitude Mendoza for Malbec tastings. Next, head to the colonial city of Salta—your jumping off point for rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and more vineyards in the country's far north before returning to the capital for horseback riding with gauchos.

Exploring Argentina's Wildlife & Culture - 12 Days
Map of Exploring Argentina's Wildlife & Culture - 12 Days
Exploring Argentina's Wildlife & Culture - 12 Days

This itinerary is ideal for those interested in getting the full Buenos Aires experience while also discovering the famed natural wonders of Argentine Patagonia. Begin in the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires, where you'll bask in the sights and tastes of the city while enjoying your city tour, cooking class, and tango show. Next, head south to Puerto Madryn, a seaside community in Patagonia famous for its diverse ecosystem featuring many unique birds and marine mammals, like whales and penguins. Here, you'll enjoy whale watching and snorkeling with sea lions and penguins before heading back to Buenos Aires where you'll learn all about gaucho (cowboy) culture on a working Argentine estancia (ranch).

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Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days

Over 12 days you'll visit four different regions of Argentina that are known as much for their incredible cities as they are for their gorgeous countryside. In Buenos Aires, you'll not only tour the city but visit a working cattle ranch in the Pampas. You'll also travel to Patagonia, then Mendoza for a wine tasting followed by a trip to northern Salta where you'll visit expansive salt flats and vast gorges.

Entering the town of El Chaltén and the Fitz Roy Massif
Map of Best of Patagonia: El Calafate & Ushuaia - 12 Days
Best of Patagonia: El Calafate & Ushuaia - 12 Days

Experience the natural wonders of southern Argentina on this adventurous itinerary geared toward active travelers. Hike ancient glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park before heading to Ushuaia—the southernmost city in the world—for canoeing, channel cruising, and frolicking with penguins. You'll have many full days of hiking on this itinerary, but you'll still have time to experience the local culture, food, and wines.

Tierra del Fuego National Park
Argentina for Adventurers: Tierra del Fuego, Beagle Channel, Iguazú Falls - 12 Days

Perfect for adventurers hoping to explore Patagonia, one of the last unspoiled regions of the world. You'll discover its splendor over 12 days, beginning in El Calafate with tours of the El Perito Glacier and hikes around the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. You'll travel further south and visit penguin colonies in Tierra del Fuego and cruise the famous Beagle Channel before heading north to visit an altogether different—yet no less impressive—natural wonder: Iguazú Falls.

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Map of Buenos Aires, El Calafate, & Bariloche - 12 Days
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, & Bariloche - 12 Days

Over 12 days you'll embark on excursions in two equally beautiful regions of Patagonia: Los Glaciares National Park and the Lake District. After living it up in Buenos Aires, you'll fly to El Calafate and cruise the waters of Lake Argentino, visiting massive glaciers. Then you'll fly to Bariloche, in the Lake District, where you'll enjoy more lake activities plus go hiking in Nahuel Huapi National Park.

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Map of Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 12 Days
Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 12 Days

In the southern cone of South America lies Patagonia, an unspoiled region home to some of the best hiking and most beautiful national parks in the world. On this 12-day adventure, you'll see these highlights, starting with Los Glaciers National Park and Mt. Fitz Roy, in Argentina. Then you'll cross into Chile for tours of its premier Patagonian national park, Torres del Paine.

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Map of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Iguazú - 12 Days
Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Iguazú - 12 Days

In 12 days you'll get to enjoy many of the cultural activities that define Argentina. This includes seeing a live tango show in Buenos Aires plus embarking on a tasting tour of its most famous wine region, Mendoza. You'll round out the itinerary with some horseback riding, mountain hikes, and a trip to what might be the most beautiful waterfall in the world: Iguazú Falls.

The Perito Moreno glacier
Map of Buenos Aires and Southern Patagonia - 12 days
Buenos Aires and Southern Patagonia - 12 days

This amazing 12-day trip gives you a chance to see so much of what Argentina has to offer: from the cultural richness of Buenos Aires to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, with stops in El Calafate, El Chaltén, and Ushuaia. Sway to the dramatic tempos of tango, sail through the Beagle Channel, gaze out on the icy vastness of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field and hike around the spectacular Mt. Fitz Roy on this spectacular itinerary. 

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Map of Explore Northern Argentina - 12 Days
Explore Northern Argentina - 12 Days

Northern Argentina is an almost otherworldly region abounding with painted mountains, vast salt flats, and rich indigenous culture. You'll discover all this on a 12-day adventure that will take you from the streets of Buenos Aires and Salta to historic adobe villages and ancient archeological sites. Along the way, you'll enjoy horseback rides and wine tours in Cafayate.

Iguazu Falls
Map of Argentina Wildlife & Natural Highlights - 12 Days
Argentina Wildlife & Natural Highlights - 12 Days

This itinerary is ideal for travelers interested in getting the full Buenos Aires experience and seeing some of Argentina's unique highlights. The tour begins in the cosmopolitan capital and heads south to Puerto Madryn, a seaside community famous for its diverse coastal ecosystem. You'll even have the chance to go whale watching and snorkeling with sea lions. Finally, finish off with a couple of days at Iguazú Falls, before returning to Buenos Aires to spend a day learning about gaucho (cowboy) culture on an estancia (ranch).

Take in vistas of glaciers in Argentine Patagonia
Map of Discovering Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 12 Days
Discovering Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 12 Days

Perfect for active travelers, this 12-day itinerary highlights both Argentine Patagonia and Argentina's Lake District. You'll begin in El Calafate, the heart of Patagonia, to explore the region's impressive landscapes, including the towering Perito Moreno glacier. Then, you'll travel to El Chaltén to enjoy day hikes and stunning vistas featuring the iconic Mount Fitz Roy. Top it all off in the beautiful Lake District with a visit to Bariloche, where you'll be treated to tasty hot chocolate as well as hiking and kayaking adventures.

A turquiouse river in Valle de Lobos hiking trail near Ushuaia
Map of Best of Argentina: Buenos Aires to El Calafate - 12 Days
Best of Argentina: Buenos Aires to El Calafate - 12 Days

Over 12 days you will experience a greatest-hits tour of Argentine Patagonia. First, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Península Valdés where you'll go whale watching and visit a penguin colony. After an excursion to Tierra del Fuego and a trip down the famous Beagle Channel, you'll return north, this time to the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Map of Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls, Mendoza, & Bariloche - 12 Days
Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls, Mendoza, & Bariloche - 12 Days

Get ready for a 12-day adventure that will take you to all corners of Argentina. The journey begins in Buenos Aires where you'll dine at a great steakhouse and enjoy a live tango show. Then you'll fly to the north and Iguazú Falls followed by the west and wine tours in Mendoza before ending the trip in Argentina's gorgeous Lake District, where you'll embark on nature hikes and catamaran trips along Lake Nahuel Huapi.

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Map of Classic Argentina: Patagonia & Iguazú - 12 Days
Classic Argentina: Patagonia & Iguazú - 12 Days

This diverse 12-day tour combines top destinations in Argentina for a trip that won't disappoint. Start by experiencing the cosmopolitan bustle of Buenos Aires before you fly south to El Calafate to visit spectacular glaciers on foot and by boat. Then, fly north to the Brazilian border (and warmer weather) to explore Iguazú Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world.

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Map of Argentina Ski Adventure - 12 Days
Argentina Ski Adventure - 12 Days

Over 11 days enjoy an unforgettable ski holiday in Argentina. Before hitting the slopes you'll enjoy tours of Buenos Aires plus river trips up the Río de la Plata and an excursion to a working cowboy ranch. Then you'll fly to Bariloche for a few days of skiing before traveling even further south to Tierra del Fuego where you'll walk among Magellanic penguins.

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Map of Buenos Aires, Bariloche, & Iguazú falls - 12 Days
Buenos Aires, Bariloche, & Iguazú falls - 12 Days

Get ready for a 12-day adventure in three incredible regions of Argentina. The journey starts in the capital with meals at great restaurants, a live tango show, a riverboat trip, and a country BBQ at a working cattle ranch. Then you’ll fly to Bariloche for a kayak trip on Lake Nahuel Huapi and nature excursions followed by a trip to the far north to Iguazú Falls, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Patagonia's Tierra del Fuego National Park
Map of Patagonia Adventure: Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chaltén - 12 Days
Patagonia Adventure: Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chaltén - 12 Days

This twelve-day Patagonian adventure combines a wide range of fun outdoor activities like snorkeling with sea lions, canoeing in Tierra del Fuego National Park, and trekking on top of a glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Start your trip off with a day in Argentina's capital, then head south to Puerto Madryn and its diverse marine eco-system. After that, it's time for a stop in Ushuaia, the "Southernmost City in the World," before a visit to Los Glaciares National Park for hiking through stunning, glacier-filled scenery. 

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Map of Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 12 Days
Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 12 Days

If you want to experience the heart of Argentine Patagonia, come to Los Glaciers National Park. It's not only home to dozens of glaciers but the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy, too. This eight-day itinerary begins with your arrival in Buenos Aires before jetting off to Los Glaciers for trekking around Fitz Roy and even a hike across the surface of the region's most famous glacier: Perito Moreno.

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Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 12 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 12 Days

The desert landscapes of northern Argentina are some of the most beautiful in South America. Before visiting them, however, you'll begin this 12-day adventure with city tours of Buenos Aires plus excursions to a river town and working cattle ranch. Then you'll fly to Iguazú Falls followed by Salta, and from this historic colonial city you'll travel to immense salt flats, painted mountains, and a desert winery.

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Map of Ushuaia & El Calafate Adventure - 12 Days
Ushuaia & El Calafate Adventure - 12 Days

Over 12 unforgettable days, you'll travel as deep into Argentine Patagonia is it's possible to go. First, you'll enjoy a couple nights in Buenos Aires and then venture to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From there you'll fly a short way north to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field where you'll visit the most impressive glaciers in the region, including Perito Moreno and Upsala.

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Map of Classic Argentina: Patagonia, Mendoza, & Iguazú - 12 Days
Classic Argentina: Patagonia, Mendoza, & Iguazú - 12 Days

This escape to Argentina packs the best excursions over 12 days in four beautiful regions. You'll arrive in the capital of Buenos Aires and not only tour this "Paris of the south," but you'll also venture up the Río de la Plata on a riverboat tour. Then you'll fly to Bariloche for nature hikes followed by wine tastings in Mendoza, plus take a trip to the largest waterfalls in the Americas, Iguazú.

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Map of Buenos Aires & Mendoza - 12 Days
Buenos Aires & Mendoza - 12 Days

Over 12 days you'll immerse yourself in two of Argentina's most handsome cities: Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Besides tours of historic neighborhoods, you'll also take day trips to nearby ranches and boat rides up the Río de la Plata. In Mendoza, you'll partake in wine tours of the area's famous vineyards plus travel by horseback into the Andes Mountains and hike up to incredible viewpoints.

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Map of Argentine Wildlife & Glaciers Adventure - 12 Days
Argentine Wildlife & Glaciers Adventure - 12 Days

Many people are aware of Patagonia's unspoiled wilderness and vast steppe deserts, but it's also a haven for exotic wildlife and marine mammals. You'll see these creatures firsthand when you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Península Valdés for a whale-watching tour and visit to a Magellanic penguin colony. To cap the adventure, you'll even hike across the surface of a massive glacier.

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Map of Classic Argentine Patagonia - 12 Days
Classic Argentine Patagonia - 12 Days

Come and enjoy exciting adventures and beautiful scenery in Patagonia over 12 unforgettable days. From Buenos Aires, you'll fly south to the Atlantic coast, where you'll go on whale-watching tours plus visit a penguin colony. After enjoying nature excursions in Tierra del Fuego, you'll head north to El Calafate, where you'll embark on the ultimate adventure: hiking the surface of Perito Moreno Glacier.

Scenery outside Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Explore the Glaciers & National Parks of Southern Patagonia - 12 Days

Spanning the border between Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a land of wildly beautiful landscapes and indigenous legends. You'll see the region's top highlights in both countries on this exciting 12-day tour. After a day of sightseeing in Buenos Aires, you'll fly south to El Calafate and see the magnificent Perito Moreno glacier on a day tour. Then you'll cross over to Chile and spend several days hiking and boating in Torres del Paine National Park. Back-track to Argentina to finish up the itinerary in gorgeous Tierra del Fuego, where you'll cruise down the Beagle Channel, go trekking on a glacier, and explore the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

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