12 days in Argentina Itinerary

12 days in Argentina Itinerary

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12 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Iguazu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Buenos Aires
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Salta
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Iguazu National Park

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park online travel planner .

Houston, USA to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in May, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

3
nights
Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Family-friendly places like Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo de los Ninos will thrill your kids. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, browse the exhibits of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires driving holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Iglesia San Francisco and Museo Historico Jose Evaristo Uriburu will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Mercado Artesanal Tradicional and Kikiriki. Take a break from Salta with a short trip to Parque Nacional Los Cardones in Cachi, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, pause for some photo ops at Virgen del Cerro, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro San Bernardo.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Salta route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Salta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Buenos Aires in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salta, with highs around 66°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Salta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Los Cardones
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Parque Nacional Los Cardones ©
Parque Nacional Los Cardones
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta

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