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Eight Amazing Activities for a Family Vacation in Argentina

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Written by
Jennifer Richt

Published on: September 29th, 2017

Last modified: July 28th, 2023

Argentina’s dramatic landscape and sheer size may make it seem challenging for family travel.

A wealth of exciting activities to choose from, though, make this South American country a rewarding spot for all the family.

From wildlife adventure to foodie heaven, here's our pick of the best experiences for a family vacation in Argentina.

Wonder at nature
Iguassu Falls
Trek a glacier
El Calafate
Spot the wildlife
Misiones Rainforest
Buenos Aires Morning

1) Go on a taste tour of the capital

As a prime culinary destination, it would be a shame not to sample the ice cream, dulce de leche, submarinos and many more sweet treats on offer in Argentina’s capital. We can tailor your tour to include a stop-off at a famous cafe or ice cream parlour.

Buenos aires food tasting tour, Argentina

And if you want to get more involved, we’ll arrange a cooking lesson, for you to make anything from the tasty empanadas to impressive seven-course meals, in a restaurant, the private home of a chef or with a culinary guide.

Food, Roux Restaurant Buenos Aires

2) Spot whales on the Patagonian coast

Connected to the mainland by a thin strip of land, Peninsular Valdes is known as one of the world’s top whale watching destinations, but that’s not the only draw for visitors to the peninsula, as the crystal clear waters and pristine coastline are also home to sea-life such as sea lions, penguins and elephant seals.

Whale watching, Peninsular Valdes, Argentina

Whale watching trips and visits to penguin colonies are on offer, although many of the sea creatures can be seen from the Peninsula’s shores.

Humpback whale, Baleine à bosse

3) Explore lakes, mountains and valleys in the Lake District

Snow-capped peaks, forested slopes and crystalline lakes and rivers, along with the region’s cool climate and fresh mountain air, make the Lake District the ideal location for kayaking and taking boat trips.

Kayaking in the lake district, Argentina

There are also many other outdoor activities on offer, best done with Bariloche or one of the more secluded villages as your base.

Boating past hidden waterfalls, Lake District, Argentina

The best of the rest

4) Experience Iguassu Falls

On a trip to see the impressive falls, take the chance to get up close (and get drenched) with a speedboat trip to the base of the giant cascades, before exploring the maze of walkways that cut through the rainforest, connecting the many waterfalls.

Boat Iguassu Falls

5) Trek the Perito Moreno Glacier at El Calafate

See the justifiably world famous sight of Perito Moreno Glacier, as huge chunks of ice fall into the icy water. Trek across the top of glaciers, then take a boat trip on one of the nearby lakes, explore the steppe on horseback and visit a traditional Estancia to make the most of this incredibly scenic part of the world.

Trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina

6) Seek out wildlife in the Misiones Rainforest

Close to Iguassu Falls, this extraordinary forest is within the Iguazu national park, boasting a vast array of mammal and bird species. All ages can enjoy exploring the jungle wilderness while spotting the resident animals and birds on guided nature walks.

Girl in the rainforest, Misiones Rainforest, Argentina

7) Ride horses across the plains in the Pampas

The grassy plains of the Pampas, which stretch all the way from the Atlantic coast to the foothills of the Andes, showcase Argentina’s traditional gaucho way of life, with ranches where the whole family can learn how to horse ride gaucho style, watch polo and indulge in Argentinean asado.

Three children watch a polo match, The Pampas, Argentina

8) Cycle through the foothills of Mendoza

This popular destination isn’t only known for its wine production, but also as a stellar setting for outdoor adventures, of which mountain biking is a popular choice, with year round sunshine, fresh mountain air and the exceptionally scenic mountainous backdrop.

Woman cycling through vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina

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