10 days in Argentina: A digital nomad’s adventure through Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and the wonders of Salta

10 days in argentina - 2 weeks in argentina

Argentina, the land of tango, gauchos, and breath-taking landscapes, isn’t just a travel destination for me; it’s my home.

After 13 years of exploring its diverse regions, from the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the turquoise waters of Bariloche, I’ve fallen head over heels for this captivating country.

And let me tell you, there’s no place I love more than North-West Argentine (NOA) region. I’ve been there twice, and each time it has stolen a piece of my heart with its colonial charm, breath-taking scenery, and warm hospitality.

This 10-day itinerary is designed to give you a taste of Argentina’s magic, drawing on my own experiences and insider tips.

It’s a carefully curated journey that combines the must-see sights of Buenos Aires, the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, and the hidden gems of Salta, my personal favorite.

Buckle up, and get ready to experience Argentina in 2 weeks through the eyes of a passionate local and fellow digital nomad!

10 days in argentina - 2 weeks in argentina

Days 1-3: Immerse yourself in the magic of Buenos Aires

Your journey begins in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital that pulsates with life.

Start your days with a cafe con leche and medialunas (crescent-shaped pastries) at a traditional porteño cafe, soaking in the atmosphere.

Explore the charming cobbled streets of San Telmo – a historic neighborhood known for its antique shops and colorful houses. Watch some passionate tango dancers on Plaza Dorego and grab lunch at one of the many cafés on the plaza. In the afternoon, wander around the lively Plaza de Mayo, the heart of the city, and learn about Argentina’s rich history. 

There are many coworking spaces in Buenos Aires so if you need to do some work, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from. Most cafés and bars also have wifi so you’ll never out of connection in the city. If you’re planning on staying longer in Argentina, check out my article on why so many Digital Nomads apply for this new visa

Must-see sights:

  • Teatro Colón: One of the world’s most renowned opera houses, offering guided tours and occasional performances.
  • Recoleta Cemetery: A unique necropolis showcasing elaborate mausoleums and the resting place of Evita Perón.
  • Ateneo Grand Splendid: One of the most beautiful library in the world, a grandiose theater turn bookstore – A must see.
  • La Boca: A vibrant neighborhood known for its colorful houses, tango dancers, and Boca Juniors stadium.
  • Puerto Madero: A modern waterfront district with trendy restaurants, bars, and a stunning view of the Rio de la Plata.

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Where to stay:

Buenos Aires offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxurious hotels to charming boutique guesthouses. For a truly local experience, consider staying in a San Telmo tango house or a Palermo Soho apartment.

What to eat:

Argentina is a foodie paradise, so indulge in the local delicacies even as a vegan or vegetarian. 

    • Savor plant-based empanadas: Many restaurants in Buenos Aires offer vegetarian and vegan versions of this Argentine classic. Look for fillings like portobello mushrooms, lentil and walnut “chorizo,” or spiced vegetables.
    • Indulge in vegan pizza: Argentina boasts a strong pizza culture, and countless places cater to dietary preferences. Try a “fugazzeta” with caramelized onions and mozzarella made from cashews or a veggie pizza loaded with roasted peppers, eggplant, and zucchini.
    • Delight in vegan dulce de leche: You can find delicious vegan versions made with soy, coconut, or other plant-based milks, perfect for enjoying on alfajores, pancakes, or simply by the spoonful.

Days 4-5: Witness the grandeur of Iguazu Falls

From Buenos Aires, hop on a flight to Iguazu, home to one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world – the Iguazu Falls.

Spend two days exploring both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls.

On the Argentine side, embark on a thrilling boat ride beneath the falls, feeling the spray on your face and the thundering roar in your ears.

On the Brazilian side, enjoy panoramic views from the walkways and marvel at the breathtaking immensity of the falls.

Must-do activities:

  • Boat ride under the falls: Get up close and personal with the power and beauty of Iguazu Falls on a thrilling boat ride.
  • Garganta del Diablo: Hike down to the Devil’s Throat, the largest and most powerful waterfall on the Argentine side.
  • Macuco Trail: Walk through the rainforest on the Brazilian side, getting closer to the falls and spotting diverse wildlife.
  • Bird watching: Keep an eye out for colorful toucans, parrots, and other native birds inhabiting the rainforest.

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Where to stay:

Iguazu has a variety of hotels and lodges near the falls, offering stunning views and easy access to the national park. Choose from luxurious options with spa facilities to more budget-friendly guesthouses.

What to eat:

    • Sample regional specialties: Look for restaurants offering dishes like “locro vegano” (a hearty stew with vegetables and legumes) or “humitas” (steamed corn dumplings typically filled with cheese, but easily made vegan with plant-based alternatives).
    • Enjoy fresh fruit and salads: The markets near Iguazu are brimming with colorful fruits and vegetables. Pick up a selection for a refreshing and nutritious lunch or snack.
    • Indulge in artisanal vegan chocolates: Treat yourself to delicious vegan chocolates made with locally sourced ingredients. Several shops in Puerto Iguazu specialize in these decadent treats.


Days 6-9: Discover the charm of Salta and the NOA region

Fly from Iguazu to Salta, the vibrant capital of the Salta province, and embark on a journey through the wonders of the North-West Argentine (NOA) region.

Explore the city’s colonial architecture, visit the majestic Salta Cathedral, and wander through the colorful markets overflowing with local crafts and souvenirs.

Must-see sights:

  • Cafayate Valley: Explore the vineyards of this renowned wine region and sample the local torrontés wines.
  • Train to the Clouds: Take a scenic train ride through the Andes Mountains, reaching dizzying heights and breathtaking views.

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Where to stay:

Salta offers a variety of accommodation options, from historic haciendas and boutique hotels to charming guesthouses. Choose a location that suits your interests, whether it’s the heart of the city or a tranquil setting closer to nature.

From Salta, venture out to discover hidden gems like the Humahuaca Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning rock formations and colorful villages, and the Salinas Grandes, vast salt flats offering otherworldly landscapes.

Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots for exploring the Quebrada de las Conchas (Shell Ravine), a dramatic canyon filled with unique rock formations shaped by wind and water.

Remember, exploring diverse terrains and engaging in adventurous activities comes with its own set of considerations.

Having travel medical insurance like SafetyWing provides peace of mind throughout your trip. Their flexible, subscription-based plans offer comprehensive coverage for as low as $40 a month, ensuring you’re protected against unexpected medical needs, from minor injuries to unforeseen illnesses.

With SafetyWing by your side, you can fully embrace the adventure and immerse yourself in the wonders of the NOA region without worries, focusing solely on creating unforgettable memories.

Must-see sights 

  • Cabra Corral Dam: Take a boat tour on this turquoise-colored dam, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.
  • Purmamarca: Explore this picturesque village known for its colorful “Hill of Seven Colors.”
  • Cachi: Wander through this charming colonial town known for its traditional adobe houses and vineyards


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Where to stay:

When choosing where to stay in Purmamarca, consider your budget, your desired level of comfort, and your proximity to the sights you want to see. If you are on a tight budget, some several hostels and guesthouses offer affordable rooms. If you are looking for a more luxurious experience, there are a few boutique hotels that offer stunning views and amenities like swimming pools and spas.

What to eat:

    • Embark on a vegan empanada crawl: Salta is known for its incredible empanadas, and many places offer delicious vegan options. Ask around for recommendations and savor different flavors and fillings.
    • Dine at vegan-friendly restaurants: Salta has a growing number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants offering innovative and flavorful dishes. Explore the options and discover new culinary gems.
    • Explore the local markets: Stock up on fresh produce, legumes, and other plant-based ingredients at the vibrant markets. Whip up your own healthy and delicious meals in your accommodation.

Day 10: Farewell, Argentina!

On your last day, fly back to Buenos Aires for a final farewell to this captivating country. Savor a delicious porteño lunch or even better an asado with Argentineans, do some last-minute souvenir shopping, and reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had.

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As you board your flight home, take a piece of Argentina’s magic with you, knowing that this is just the beginning of your exploration journey.

Remember, this is just a suggested itinerary. Feel free to adapt it to your interests, time constraints, and budget. Most importantly, relax, embrace the adventure, and let Argentina’s charm captivate you!

If you’re looking for a place to stay for a few months,  check out Argentina’s digital nomad visa.  Before coming to Argentina, you’ll need to apply for a visa. It will be valid for 180 days and extendable for a year.

Recently ranked second in Conde Nast‘s top 10 digital nomad visas in the world in 2024, Argentina isn’t just a place to visit; it’s an experience.