How Many Days Do You Need In Argentina?

How Many Days Do You Need In Argentina? 4 Great Itineraries

How many days do you need in Argentina? It's such a big country that it can be hard to plan for. Use the expertly planned itineraries below, from 7 days to one month, to help you work out how any days you need to see the very best of Argentina.

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How Many Days Do You Need in Argentina?

In my opinion, you need two-three weeks in Argentina to see everything it has to offer; with a two-week itinerary being a slightly pacier schedule and a three-week itinerary being more relaxed.

 

In two-three weeks in Argentina, you can see highlights such as Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and Patagonia.

 

If you do this, you’ll leave the country feeling like you’ve seen and done a lot.

 

However, I would recommend a whole month for a deeper dive into the country.

 

With a month, you can see Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Patagonia and then parts of the wine country like Mendoza, all at a slower pace that you can enjoy even more.

How Many Days Do You Need In Argentina?

Is 7 Days Enough In Argentina?

7 days isn’t enough to see the whole of Argentina, but you will be able to see Buenos Aires and Iguazu in this time. Or Buenos Aires and another part of Argentina a short flight away.

 

Here is a suggested one-week itinerary for Argentina:

 

  • Day 1-2 – Buenos Aires
  • Day 3-4 – Iguazu
  • Day 5-7 – Buenos Aires

I always recommend slower paced itineraries as I hate feeling rushed. However, you could easily fit another stop into this itinerary and have less days in Buenos Aires.

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Can I See Buenos Aires And Patagonia In A Week?

Yes, you can see Buenos Aires and Patagonia in a week but you’ll be moving around a lot, lose a couple of days to travel and won’t see much of Patagonia.

 

To see Buenos Aires and Patagonia properly requires two weeks in total.

 

However, here is a suggested one-week itinerary for Buenos Aires and Patagonia that can work:

 

 

  • Day 1-2 – Buenos Aires
  • Day 3-4 – El Calafate
  • Day 5-6 – El Chalten
  • Day 7 – Buenos Aires

 

With this itinerary, you’ll get a full day at Perito Moreno Glacier on day 4, and then one full day of trekking in El Chalten on day 6.

 

On Day 3 you’ll be taking a 3-hour flight from BA to El Calafate. On Day 7 you’ll be taking a 3 hour return bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, and then a return flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires.

 

I personally wouldn’t recommend this itinerary as you are losing two days to travel and getting only one full day of trekking in El Chalten.

To see this one-week itinerary and 3 other suggestions for how to spend a week in Argentina, head to the post below:

 

 

Iguazu Falls (Argentina) / waterfalls in Argentina with lookout points

How Much Does A Week In Argentina Cost?

A week in Argentina that includes a return trip to Iguazu or Patagonia should cost you around $750.

 

Here’s a rough breakdown of what you should expect to spend your money on:

 

  • Food – $200
  • Accommodation – $200
  • Internal Flights – $150
  • Activities – $200

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Is 10 Days Enough In Argentina?

10 days isn’t enough to see the whole of Argentina, but you’ll be able to see Buenos Aires, Iguazu, and some of Patagonia in this time.

 

However, it will be a busy 10 days and you will be on the move constantly. I would personally recommend two weeks if you can find the time.

 

Here is a suggested 10-day itinerary for Argentina:

 

 

  • Day 1-2 – Buenos Aires
  • Day 3-4 – Iguazu Falls
  • Day 5-6 – El Calafate
  • Day 7-9 – El Chalten
  • Day 10 – Buenos Aires

 

Day 5 is a full day of travel, flying back to Buenos Aires from Iguazu and then down south to Patagonia. Day 10 is another full day of travel, taking the bus back to El Calafate from El Chalten, and then flying back to Buenos Aires.

 

Again, I would personally recommend two weeks so that you can spend more time in each place and not feel like you’re on the move constantly.

To see this 10-day itinerary and 3 other suggestions for how to spend 10 days in Argentina, head to the post below:

 

 

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How Much Would 10 Days In Argentina Cost?

For 10 days in Argentina, I would budget $1000-$1200.

 

This might seem like a lot but if you plan to visit Iguazu and Patagonia in this time, most of your budget will be spent on internal flights.

 

Here’s a rough breakdown of what you should expect to spend money on:

 

  • Food – $250
  • Accommodation – $250
  • Internal Flights – $250-450
  • Activities – $250
Perito Moreno Glacier Boardwalks (Argentina)

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Is Two Weeks Enough In Argentina?

Yes, two weeks is a great amount of time in Argentina to see the highlights.

 

You can spend a few days in Buenos Aires and get to know the city, before heading north to spend a couple of days in Iguazu. In the second week, you can fly down to Patagonia and spend a week here trekking.

 

Here is a suggested two-week itinerary for Argentina:

 

 

  • Day 1-3 – Buenos Aires
  • Day 4-5 – Iguazu Falls
  • Day 6-7 – El Calafate
  • Day 8-12 – El Chalten
  • Day 13-14 – Buenos Aires

 

Day 5 and 12 are full travel days. However, with this two-week plan, you have 12 days to yourself.

 

You’ll get 3 full days in Buenos Aires, and 3 full days in El Chalten to complete some of the best treks in the world such as Laguna De Los Tres trail.

To see this two-week itinerary and 3 other suggestions for how to spend two weeks in Argentina, head to the post below:

 

 

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How Much Will Two Weeks In Argentina Cost?

I would budget $1500 for two weeks in Argentina. This works at $500 for a weekly budget, and then $500 for flights.

 

You’ll need return flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazu which can be anywhere between $150-250.

 

You’ll also need return flights from Buenos Aires to El Calafate which can cost between $200-250 depending on the season.

The Road To El Chalten (Argentina)

Is Three Weeks In Argentina Enough?

Three weeks is the perfect amount of time to see most of what Argentina has to offer.

 

With three weeks you can see Iguazu, Buenos Aires, and Patagonia all without having to rush.

 

Instead of just visiting southern Patagonia (El Calafate and El Chalten), you’ll also have time to visit the northern lake district area where Bariloche is. This is one of the most beautiful regions of Argentina and can’t be missed in my opinion.

 

You may also be able to get in a quick visit to Mendoza or Salta to see the wine country as well.

 

Here’s a quick breakdown of how three weeks in Argentina could work:

 

 

  • Day 1-3 – Buenos Aires
  • Day 4-6 – Iguazu Falls
  • Day 7-9 – Mendoza
  • Day 10-14 – Bariloche
  • Day 15-16 – El Calafate
  • Day 17-20 – El Chalten
  • Day 21 – Buenos Aires

 

The only downside to this itinerary is that you’ll need to take a lot of single flights. One from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, then from Mendoza to Bariloche, then from Bariloche to El Calafate. And then one final one to return to Buenos Aires.

 

This will cost you more as firstly, it’s a lot of flights, and secondly they’re all single flights which are more expensive than returns.

 

It’s also 4 days of flying which may not be for everyone.

To see this three-week itinerary and 2 other suggestions for how to spend three weeks in Argentina, head to the post below:

 

 

How Much Will Three Weeks In Argentina Cost?

Three weeks in Argentina, with an itinerary that takes you from Iguazu Falls To Patagonia, will cost you approximately $2000.

 

As of January 2024, the peso is at an all-time low and the blue dollar exchange rate (read my post here to understand how this works) means tourists get double the number of pesos for their money.

 

The biggest cost of this itinerary is all the internal flights. As you’ll need to take single flights, they become a bit more expensive. Here’s a rough estimate:

 

 

  • Buenos Aires To Iguazu (return) – $200
  • Buenos Aires To Mendoza (single) – $100
  • Mendoza To Bariloche (single) – $150
  • Bariloche To El Calafate (single) – $150
  • El Calafate to Buenos Aires (single) – $200

Total estimated cost of flights = $800

 

 

So, overall, with a budget of $2000, this gives you:

 

  • Food – $450
  • Flights – $800
  • Accommodation – $400 (rough estimate of $20 a night for a hostel)
  • Activities – $350 (mostly trekking in Argentina so you won’t need as much for activities)
Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires

Is A Month Enough In Argentina?

Yes! A month an ideal amount of time to see everything Argentina has to offer.

 

If you want to see the best parts of Argentina which include Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, the wine regions, and the north and south of Patagonia, then four weeks is a must.

 

A full month also allows you to move at a slower pace and incorporate rest days for a more relaxed trip.

 

Here’s a complete breakdown of this one-month itinerary:

 

 

  • Day 1-4 – Buenos Aires
  • Day 5-7 – Iguazu
  • Day 8-10 – Mar Del Plata
  • Day 11 – Return To BA
  • Day 12 – Fly To El Calafate
  • Day 13-14 – El Calafate
  • Day 15-19 – El Chalten
  • Day 20 – Return To El Calafate / Fly To Bariloche
  • Day 21-25 – Bariloche
  • Day 26-29 – Mendoza
  • Day 30 – Buenos Aires

 

The only downside of such an itinerary is that it’s going to be expensive.

 

Argentina is a big country, and the popular places are spread out so either need flights or overnight buses to reach. This means most of your budget will be going towards flights.

To see this itinerary along with an alternative one that covers a slightly more budget friendly option following the wine route in the northwest, head to the post below:

 

 

Cerro Torre, El Chalten (Argentina)

How Much Will A Month In Argentina Cost?

A month in Argentina that takes you from Iguazu Falls To Patagonia will cost approximately $2500-3000.

 

You could easily survive on $500 for the whole month for food. Yes, it’s that cheap here (as of Jan 2024). However, as accommodation and flights are usually booked online, you won’t be getting things as cheap.

 

That leaves you with $2500 which should be enough for your flights, accommodation, and activities for the whole month.

 

Here’s a quick breakdown:

 

    • Flights – $800-$1000
    • Food – $500
    • Accommodation – $600-$800
    • Activities – $600-$700

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Argentina?

Argentina is blessed with sunny days and ideal temperatures most of the year, especially from November-March.

 

The best time to visit depends on your preferences:

 

  • If you want the best weather, go between Dec-Feb. However, this is the summer and these are the busiest months as kids are on school holidays. This means tours will be busier, and prices for food, accommodation and activities will increase.
  • If you are a budget traveller and want to reduce the cost of some of the itineraries outlined above, visit in the shoulder seasons. The shoulder seasons in Argentina are November and March. These months are great to travel as its still warm, prices are cheaper and you’ll also avoid the big tourist crowds.
  • I would personally, avoid visiting Argentina in winter months from June-August if you can as it will be cold and wet, unless you wish to go skiing, then it’s the perfect time!
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