Wild Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Ibera Wetlands, Buenos Aires, Peninsula Valdes, El Calafate
12 nights private tour from $6,900 per person

Wetlands and whales await on this Argentinean adventure, taking in some of the country’s best wilderness areas. From the thundering Iguazu Falls to the vast but little-known Ibera Wetlands and the rugged coastline of Peninsula Valdes, you’ll delve into Argentina’s wildest regions and meet creatures great and small that reside in these areas. We’ve picked out unique retreats and lodges that will put you at the heart of the action, while providing a comfortable base to explore these habitats.

Wild Argentina
At a glance
  • Dive into Argentina’s best wilderness areas and come face to face with a plethora of wild species that you wouldn’t encounter by only visiting the country’s main highlights

  • This trip takes you far from the tourist crowds and allows you to soak up spellbinding destinations with few other people around

  • Spend three days immersing yourself in the second largest wetland in the world, Ibera Wetlands, exploring on foot, horseback and by bike

  • Witness incredible wildlife phenomena such as migrating southern right whales and nesting penguin colonies on the rugged Peninsula Valdes

Journey highlights
  • Dive into Argentina’s best wilderness areas and come face to face with a plethora of wild species that you wouldn’t encounter by only visiting the country’s main highlights

  • This trip takes you far from the tourist crowds and allows you to soak up spellbinding destinations with few other people around

  • Spend three days immersing yourself in the second largest wetland in the world, Ibera Wetlands, exploring on foot, horseback and by bike

  • Witness incredible wildlife phenomena such as migrating southern right whales and nesting penguin colonies on the rugged Peninsula Valdes

  • Wild itinerary:Our Wild Journeys focus on wildlife encounters in their natural habitat, with expert guides and premium accommodation
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Buenos Aires and the Iguazu Falls are year round destinations, with pleasant temperatures. January and February are usually the hottest months whilst the winter months (June and July) tend to be cooler (and wetter in the city). With fairly tropical conditions all year, it's the water levels at the Iguazu Falls that can vary depending on rainfall in the surrounding area - December to February tend to be wetter, compared to the driest months (June and July), however, you'll be rewarded with stunning vistas regardless of the season.

The Iberá Wetlands in the North of Argentina experience the most rain fall between October and April, with temperatures fluctuating between about 20°C in July and 30°C in January. Although wildlife can be viewed throughout the year; bird watching is most rewarding in the drier months (April - October).

Wildlife in the Peninsula Valdes is prevalent all year round (sea-lions, elephant seals, dolphins, and plenty of birdlife). Southern Right Whales visit from around June to December (breeding occurs from September to November. Large numbers of penguins can be found on the beaches between September and March. Rain typically falls from March until July, which coincides with a drop in temperatures - from to 30°C in summer to about 15°C. Visitors to this region should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time.

Patagonia is best visited from November to March when temperatures are milder, but visitors should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time. It is worth considering travelling outside this time, especially rewarding in April or October as winds can drop significantly and there are far fewer visitors in the National Parks.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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May $6,900 $1,700 plan your trip
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July $6,900 $1,700 plan your trip
August $6,900 $1,700 plan your trip
September $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
October $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
November $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
December $7,400 $1,900 plan your trip
January $7,400 $1,900 plan your trip
February $7,400 $1,900 plan your trip
March $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
April $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
  • May
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    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,900
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    $1,700
  • June
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    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,900
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    $1,700
  • July
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,900
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    $1,700
  • August
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,900
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    $1,700
  • September
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
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    $1,800
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • December
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
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Itinerary

Fly to Iguazu via Buenos Aires
Day 1-3

Iguazu Falls

Get your trip off to a flying start with a big bucket list tick – the dramatic and life-affirming spectacle of Iguazu Falls. Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil and stretching for almost three kilometres, the sheer scale of this thundering wall of water defies the imagination. Argentina is blessed with about 80% of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades, and an intricate network of walkways means you can navigate the whole thing accompanied by one of our expert local guides. Stand still and feel the spray on your skin. Shut your eyes and soak up the deafening sound of the water crashing down beneath you. Appreciate the power of nature in all its glory. Your base for the next two nights is the Loi Suites, located in a peaceful jungle setting. With views of the jungle canopy from every room and an atmospheric swimming pool shrouded by the forest, it provides a wild retreat in which to relax away from the roar of the falls.

Accommodation: Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

Ibera Wetlands

Travel deep into the heart of the Ibera Wetlands, a drive which can take up to eight hours. As the long journey suggests, you’re entering one of Argentina’s most remote reaches. Prepare for the call of the wild. Tucked away in the northwest of the country, the Ibera Wetlands are the second largest wetlands in the world after Brazil’s Pantanal. You’ll spend three nights at Estancia Rincon del Socorro, a former cattle ranch and a driving force in the conservation project that sought to restore the pristine wilderness of these vast wetlands. This Rewilding Project is at the core of many of the lodge’s activities. Throw yourself into the sprawling wetlands on foot, bike or horseback and discover the myriad of wildlife that call these swampy marshes home, many of whom have been reintroduced in recent years. Navigate the endless network of channels or streams by boat or dugout canoe, and keep your eyes peeled for alligators, pampas deer and endearing capybaras. As night falls, this vast ecosystem comes to life with all manner of nocturnal species, so wrap up warm and head out on a night drive under dark starry skies. This wet and wild wonderland is sure to capture your heart.

Accommodation: Estancia Rincón del Socorro ( 3 nights )
Day 6-8

Buenos Aires

Today you will be transferred to Posadas for your flight to Buenos Aires, where you’ll be thrust into the frenetic energy of this cosmopolitan city. Spend two nights at Hotel CasaSur Palermo, a chic hotel with an enviable location in the heart of the Palermo district. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this fast-moving city at your own pace, but we’ve included two experiences that we think will enrich your stay. On your first night we’ll book you a table at Café de los Angelitos where you’ll be dazzled by the passion and precision of some of the city’s most esteemed tango dancers while you devour a delicious three-course dinner. The following day, delve deeper into the streets of Palermo and discover the history of the Argentinean food scene on the Chimichurri Walking Food Tour. You’ll stop at five different food shops or restaurants and savour more than 30 tastings, including of course, a succulent serving of steak.

Accommodation: CasaSur Palermo ( 2 nights )
Day 8-11

Peninsula Valdes

Fly to Peninsula Valdes to continue your exploration of Argentina’s wildest frontiers. Windswept beaches, sheltered bays and crumbling cliffs define this eco-wonderland, home to a profusion of rare and unique fauna. Your base for the next three nights is the charming Norman-style El Pedral Lodge, a remote and rustic estancia. With limited Wi-Fi and no electricity between 10.30pm and 07.30am, it’s all about getting off the grid and immersing yourself in nature. Choose when to travel based around the wildlife calendar. From August to December the peninsula is home to a breeding population of endangered southern right whales, who seek shelter in the bay and swim right up to the beach. From September to April, one of the largest colonies of Magellanic penguins come to the beaches to incubate their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration. El Pedral’s expert local guides will put you in the perfect spot to witness these epic wildlife phenomena and their fount of knowledge will enrich your experience tenfold.

Accommodation: El Pedral Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 11-13

El Calafate, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

Swap the wildlife-rich water of Peninsula Valdes for the hostile yet strikingly beautiful environment of southern Patagonia. Fly to El Calafate where you finish your adventure with two nights at the cosy boutique Hotel Esplendor El Calafate. The jewel in the region’s crown is the mesmerising splendour of Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll have a full day to lean into its captivating spirit. Your guide will meet you early and drive you through the eerily spectacular landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park towards the vivacious blue hues of Perito Moreno – one of the world’s only advancing glaciers. Jump on board the Safari Nautico catamaran and embark on a lake navigation to the south wall of the glacier. Revel in an unrivalled perspective on this immense wonder from the water and absorb the drama as huge chunks of ice calve off into the lake below. Returning to shore, you’ll tuck into a picnic lunch on the walkways, with the glacier an ever-powerful backdrop to your feast.

Accommodation: Esplendor El Calafate ( 2 nights )
Fly home via Buenos Aires
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Buenos Aires and the Iguazu Falls are year round destinations, with pleasant temperatures. January and February are usually the hottest months whilst the winter months (June and July) tend to be cooler (and wetter in the city). With fairly tropical conditions all year, it's the water levels at the Iguazu Falls that can vary depending on rainfall in the surrounding area - December to February tend to be wetter, compared to the driest months (June and July), however, you'll be rewarded with stunning vistas regardless of the season.

The Iberá Wetlands in the North of Argentina experience the most rain fall between October and April, with temperatures fluctuating between about 20°C in July and 30°C in January. Although wildlife can be viewed throughout the year; bird watching is most rewarding in the drier months (April - October).

Wildlife in the Peninsula Valdes is prevalent all year round (sea-lions, elephant seals, dolphins, and plenty of birdlife). Southern Right Whales visit from around June to December (breeding occurs from September to November. Large numbers of penguins can be found on the beaches between September and March. Rain typically falls from March until July, which coincides with a drop in temperatures - from to 30°C in summer to about 15°C. Visitors to this region should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time.

Patagonia is best visited from November to March when temperatures are milder, but visitors should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time. It is worth considering travelling outside this time, especially rewarding in April or October as winds can drop significantly and there are far fewer visitors in the National Parks.

Wild Argentina
Wild Argentina

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
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