Backpacking in Argentina

Backpacking in Argentina

Experience the whole of Argentina! Whether you travel as a backpacker or glampacker, it is nice to have the trip booked. Flights, overnight stays and buses are pre-booked and ready!

Experience the best of Argentina – explore the country’s many contrasts. The big city feel and tango in Buenos Aires, the unique wildlife of Punta Tombo and the Valdé Peninsula, see the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, hike in the Fitzroy National Park, explore the many lakes at Bariloche in a kayak, try wine and the like in Mendoza, feel the atmosphere of the locals markets in Salta and see the impressive Iguassu Falls. See calculatorinc for culture of Argentina.

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Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia to Buenos Aires, where you will arrive the next day. One or two stopovers will be added depending on which airline you travel with.

Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will travel to your hostel on your own.

Day 3-4: On a voyage of discovery in Buenos Aires

During these days you can discover Buenos Aires on your own. Everyone loves Buenos Aires and rightly so. Here the cafés are visited by coffee-drinking bohemians, the streets are teeming with loud football fans and the dance floors are filled with passionate tango dancers. Argentines are both a relaxed and temperamental people and at the same time they are formal and relaxed. Buenos Aires is also a dynamic city. You can easily retreat and reflect on the day’s experiences at one of the countless cozy cafés in the city or visit one of the many green areas. In the artistic district of San Telmo, part of the charm of the colonial era is preserved in the cobbled streets and the low buildings. Here you can buy unique souvenirs at the Sunday market from various art and antique stalls. The city consists of many different districts that can be discovered separately, so set aside plenty of time to go exploring. In the center is the pedestrian street Florida which has many trendy shops. In the evenings, the street becomes full of life. Street vendors try to sell their wares by spreading them on carpets on the street and you can also see and hear many street musicians playing music. You can also visit the modernized port area of ​​Puerto Madero where the renovated warehouses now house modern restaurants. San Telmo’s narrow cobbled streets are especially interesting on Sundays when the antique market takes over almost the entire district and people dance tango and play music. La Boca is a major tourist magnet with its colorful houses. The colors used are remnants of paints used to paint ships. This is also where the famous football stadium La Bombonera is located. It’s the home arena of Diego Maradona’s old club, Boca Juniors, and is an arena that can offer exciting football matches. Check out the tournament schedule and take a tour of the stadium. South American football is a real experience. Retiro and Recoleta are also modern neighborhoods with many beautiful houses. The large cemetery where Eva Peron is buried is also here. We can highly recommend a bike ride around the city. It is a good way to get an overview of the city and the guide can tell you about the city and its history along the way. Going to see a tango show is also a must in Buenos Aires. Tango was invented towards the end of the 19th century and is a mixture of different rhythms that were danced in poor neighborhoods. From the beginning, the tango was banned due to its sensual style, but today it is not only a large part of Buenos Aires’ musical history but also an important symbol for the whole country. Enjoy a special ”

Day 5: Night bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn

Today you take the night bus to Puerto Madryn. This is the traditional way to travel around Argentina and the buses are very comfortable. Bring a packed lunch and something to drink for safety, even if the bus stops from time to time.

Day 6-7: On a voyage of discovery in and around Puerto Madryn

In the morning you will arrive in Puerto Madryn and find your hostel. Puerto Madryn was originally founded by Welsh and it is still visible in the cityscape. Another tourist magnet in the area is the unique wildlife on the Valdé Peninsula. The area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are penguins, sea elephants and seals. During the election season (June-November) you can also see whales in the area. During the election season, it is possible to go on a whale safari. You can also visit the penguin colony in Punta Tombo, where South America’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins is located. From September to April, between half a million and a million penguins gather here to incubate their eggs and feed their offspring. The penguins are fun to watch, with their rocking gait and costume-like colors. It is easy to get close, so be careful where you put your foot.

Day 8: Night bus from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate

Departure by night bus from Puerto Madryn to Calafate in Patagonia.

Day 9-10: On a journey of discovery in and around El Calafate

You spend the days in El Calafate just the way you want. We recommend that you take a day trip to Perito Moreno which is one of the only glaciers in the world that does not decrease in size. You get quite close to the glacier and there is a good chance that you will see the calf. It is also possible to hike on the glacier itself. It is an absolutely fantastic nature experience! You can also take a horseback ride in the stunning countryside or perhaps visit one of the area’s remote “estancias” (farms).

Day 11: Bus from El Calafate to El Chaltén

As you begin to approach El Chaltén, you get a first glimpse of Mt. Fitz Roy. What an amazing sight! The high Andes tower on the horizon and are a sharp contrast to the otherwise fairly flat landscape that you go through.

Day 12: El Chaltén and hiking in Fitz Roy National Park

El Chaltén is the “hiking capital” of southern Argentina. The city is small and easy to get an overview of. All popular hiking trails start almost in the middle of the city and the routes are well marked so that you can easily go on day hikes all on your own. Visit the small center in the national park on the outskirts of the city and get a good map of the various hiking trails.

Day 13: Night bus from El Chaltén to Bariloche

On this day, the journey continues by night bus to Bariloche.

Day 14–16: On a voyage of discovery in and around Bariloche

Bariloche is perhaps Argentina’s most beautiful city. The city is surrounded by lakes and mountains and the landscape is therefore a bit reminiscent of Switzerland. There are a variety of excursions and activities you can take part in. For example, you can kayak in one of the area’s many lakes, go mountain biking in the large forests or hike in Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Day 17: Night bus from Bariloche to Mendoza

The journey continues by night bus to Mendoza.

Day 18-20: On a journey of discovery in and around Mendoza

Mendoza is Argentina’s wine capital. Over 75% of all wine produced in Argentina is produced here in Mendoza. You can rent a bike and discover some of the area’s many vineyards in an active way or go rafting, take a horseback ride to the Andes on horseback, hike or just relax in the city’s large park with mountain views.

Day 21: Night bus from Mendoza to Salta

On this day, the journey continues by night bus to Salta.

Day 22–24: On a journey of discovery in and around Salta

Just like in the other places on the trip, there is nothing planned for the days in Salta. You have time to do what you want on your own. Salta has a lively city center with many cozy restaurants and small markets. You can e.g. go on a day trip to the wine region of Cafayate, to the impressive ravine Quebrada de las Conchas or visit the charming Indian villages and the barren nature of Purmamarca.

Day 25: Night bus from Salta to Iguazú

On this day, the journey continues by night bus to Iguazú

Day 26-28: On a discovery trip in Iguazú National Park

There is nothing planned in Iguazú so you can do exactly what you want. We recommend that you see the waterfall from both the Argentine and the Brazilian side. The Brazilian side gives you a better overview and on the Argentine side you get closer. On the Argentine side, you can even get so close that you can almost reach out and touch the water. If you think it is not close enough, it is also possible to hop on a Zodiac inflatable boat and go right into the heart of the waterfall.

Day 29: Departure from Iguazú

Departure from Iguazú to Scandinavia.

Day 30: Arrival in Scandinavia

Overnight stays

Twenty-one nights in a hostel in a shared dormitory
Six nights on a night bus

Backpacking in Argentina