Destinations
Trip Types
  • Travel Style
  • Interests and Activities
  • Tour Ideas by Month
  • Continents and Regions
Covid-19 An important update from Evaneos
Desert tours in Argentina

Desert tours in Argentina

Design your perfect desert tour with a local expert in Argentina
Either customize a tour idea below, or send a general inquiry by clicking 'Start designing my trip.'
I plan to travel
As a couple
in
Departure date
Customize a tour idea created by one of our local agents based in the destination.
I plan to travel
All profiles
in
All durations

Desert tour ideas in Argentina

  • Adventure
Iguazu Falls tours and Northern Argentina hikes
Length 7 days Approx. $1,880
  • Off the beaten track
Off the tourist track Patagonia
Length 13 days Approx. $4,600

Few countries can match Argentina's seductive combination of off-the-map escapes, culinary vacations and whistle-stop city breaks. This land of waterfalls, glaciers, and vineyards doesn't just impress with its grandiose scenery but its wildlife, ancient ruins, and culture. Even if you've visited Argentina before, you'll find something new to discover each time you return. Bordered by Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay, Argentina is also a great ... Few countries can match Argentina's seductive combination of off-the-map escapes, culinary vacations and whistle-stop city breaks. This land of waterfalls, glaciers, and vineyards doesn't just impress with its grandiose scenery but its wildlife, ancient ruins, and culture. Even if you've visited Argentina before, you'll find something new to discover each time you return. Bordered by Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay, Argentina is also a great place to combine with another South American country on a multi-destination tour. See more
See travel guide

Reviews from our travelers about their trip to Argentina

4.6/5
21 traveler reviews
Ready to design your own locally-made trip? Get your proposal

Start planning your desert tour in Argentina

The largest Spanish speaking country in the world, Argentina is also the eighth-largest nation on Earth, occupying almost half of South America. Its capital city is Buenos Aires, and beyond the urban sprawls the country features diverse climatic areas, from polar regions in the south to dense rainforests as well as arid deserts. 

What makes Argentina's desert landscapes unique? 

From unique geological formations to major paleontological centers, Argentina’s deserts have all manner of intriguing assets. There are alkaline lakes, vast salt flats, and tall volcanic mountains. See frontier towns, oases, stone fields and rocky gorgeous throughout the country’s deserts. 

The best desert tours and excursions in Argentina 

Argentina has plenty of activities for desert expedition seekers, and there are a variety of desert landscapes to explore, each unique and exciting in its own way. These are some of the best desert excursions for travelers to Argentina. 

Be awe-inspired by the Arizaro salt flats and salt lake 

The Salar de Arizaro, or the Arizaro salt flats, is an extension of the arid Puna de Atacama. It's a spectacular, mineral-rich expanse of salt-weathered rocks on dry lake beds. This area is so rich, minerals like salt, iron, onyx, marble, and copper are mined here.

Hike the Conchas gorge 

This fascinating, cavernous landscape offers a glimpse of what is happening beneath the surface of Argentina’s desert. The layers of red rocks visible on the Conchas gorge are striking, and hiking here is a real highlight. The gorges begin around Salta city and continue up to the Quebrada de las Conchas at Cafayate, where you’ll find deep sandstone and clay formations of around 50 million years old. 

See pre-Incan Ruins of Quilmes

This pre-Columbian settlement dates back to AD 850, once the largest settlement of the ancient Quilmes people. Renowned for their fierce resistance of the invading Incas during the 15th century, the Quilmes also repelled Spanish armies for 130 years. The ruins are vast and fascinating, and best explored with an expert guide. 

Visit flamingos at the Laguna Grande reserve 

The Laguna Grande is a saline lake inside the crater of the Galan volcano. In spring, hundreds of small Parina birds, also known as Puna flamingos, reside here. The southern and Andean flamingo species also congregate here for the summer and during nesting periods. When numbers are at their peak, it can be an astonishing sight.

Quench your desert thirst at Antofalla 

Between the high-altitude desert and the low-lying salt flats, Antofalla is a green oasis where pure mountain spring water flows in abundance. This majestic valley is peppered with molles and alamos trees, with the majority of residents here keeping and shepherding llamas.  

Tips for planning a desert tour in the destination 

The northwest and Puna regions of Argentina are accessible all year round, so get an English-speaking guide or take a self-drive adventure, but the best time to visit is from October through December, or April through June to avoid the crowds.

Other destinations that might interest you

Experience added!
You can add more experiences to your trip itinerary before sending it to a local agency
View my trip itinerary