An Argentina tour has plenty to offer everyone. We suggest some of the most popular day excursions to enhance your vacation in this wonderful country. You could start with a city tour of the cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires where most people will arrive in the country. From the same base you could explore the Tigre Delta and finally how about the power and beauty of the Iguazu Falls , choose from some of our excursions to enhance your Argentina tour.
Tour Buenos Aires
Begin with a visit to Plaza Lavalle, which is bounded by several impressive buildings including the Legislative Palace. Continue to Avenida 9 de Julio, one of the widest boulevards in the world and home to the Obelisk, an emblematic symbol of the city. On to the Plaza de Mayo, enclosed on three sides by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Town Hall and the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace from whose balcony Juan and Eva Peron addressed impassioned throngs of Argentines.
Head along the Avenida de Mayo towards the Plaza del Congreso, where a monument commemorates the abolition of slavery and the declaration of independence.
The tour continues to the colourful bohemian barrio of La Boca, which was settled and built by Italian immigrants and has streets lined with brightly painted corrugated iron houses.
Drive north to Palermo, an elegant neighbourhood of wide avenues lined with colonial mansions. The city zoo, the botanical gardens and racetrack are all here. Finally, visit the artistic district of Recoleta, stopping at the cemetery where generations of the Argentine elite have been buried including ‘Evita’ Peron.
Shared excursion to Montevideo – Uruguay
Transfer to the port by 7.15am. Depart by Buquebus fast ferry at 8am for the three-hour journey to Montevideo. It is not only capital and principal port of Uruguay, but also its unchallenged political, economical and cultural heartbeat. It is a city of contrasts – visit the old city which has different styles of crumbling colonial architecture, and after lunch, the new city, a bustling modern metropolis.
The tour takes in the capital’s main points of interest including: the seafront avenue of Rambla; the Cathedral; Plaza Matriz, the port’s market; the pedestrianised street of Sarandí; and Plaza Independencia.
Drive down the main commercial street of 18 de Julio to the Legislative Palace. This immense building is the pride of Uruguay. It was constructed with local marble of 52 colours and 12 types of wood. Inside visits are only possible on weekdays (weekends and holidays closed), depending on Parliament activities.
Other sights on the itinerary include: Barrio del Prado; El Rosedal; the Botanical Gardens; Church of the Carmelite Sisters; Suarez Residence; Paso Molino; Belvedere; the viewpoint at Cerro Montevideo; Carrasco; Punta Gorda, Pocitos and Punta Caretas shopping mall. At 6pm, return to the port for the 7pm ferry back to Buenos Aires, and then on to your hotel.
Shared Tigre Delta tour
A pleasant sojourn from Buenos Aires and a popular weekend jaunt for Porteños, Tigre is a pretty town on an island in the Paraná Delta, just 30km (19 miles) away from the city.
The focus of activity is at the River Terminal -the Estación Fluvial – from where visitors take a boat trip on the waterways of the Paraná Delta.
Trains leave from Buenos Aires’s Retiro Station (Linea Mitre) regularly, and the journey takes 45 minutes. For more of a scenic ride you can change at Olivos and take the Tren de la Costa for a pleasant journey through the parks and wealthy suburbs near the riverside.
Iguazu Falls Tour
The Iguazú Falls are probably the most spectacular in the world; an average of 1700m3 of water flows every second over a 70m cliff, along 275 falls spread over a 3 km crescent on the border of Brazil with Argentina. Almost all the falls lie on the Argentine side, where there is a series of catwalks, although the most impressive panoramas can be seen from the Brazilian viewpoints. The sub-tropical Iguazú National Park in which the falls are located is renowned for its variety of tropical flora, birds and butterflies.
The falls are a memorable spectacle at any time of the year. During the December to March rains, the volume of water over the precipices is at its most impressive and the sound of its impact with the river below could easily be mistaken for thunder. With the onset of dry weather, the clouds of spray disperse to reveal an unforgettable panorama across the falls, which gleam in the brilliant sunlight. The peak of the dry season is August to October.
Full day excursion to the Argentine side of the Iguazu falls
You will be collected and taken to the National Park. From the National Park Visitor Centre, a little natural-gas-powered train runs to where the Upper Walk begins. The excursion visits two areas: the Upper Walk, linking dozens of tiny basalt islands, and the Lower Walk, closer to the falls below.
A series of walkways and bridges twist and turn above, below and even behind the vast system of mesmerising waterfalls. The train later continues to Devil’s Throat Station. From here, a kilometre-long walkway leads you across the river to the thunderous Garganta Del Diablo, which offers a spectacular vantage point peering into the thundering vortex below. Light clothes and trainers are recommended.
Half day excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls.
After departing your hotel, cross the bridge which spans the Iguazu River and links the cities of Puerto Iguazu in Argentina and Foz do Iguazu in Brazil. At the entrance to the National Park, there’s a visitor centre with displays of the biodiversity of the rainforest – as well as some shops. Continue by road to the falls themselves. There’s a walkway of about a kilometre, with viewpoints at strategic intervals – you get a panoramic view of the whole sweep of the cataracts – an entirely different experience from the Argentine side.
Towards the end of the walk, there’s an observation tower adjacent to the falls, and a walkway at the bottom takes you out for a closer and much wetter (plastic macs on sale) experience. Finally you end up at the cafeteria at Puerto Canoas, where there’s a view over the upper part of the Iguazu River – the main fall of the Devil’s Throat readily identifiable by the cloud of spray that hangs above it.