I live in Buenos Aires, was born here and know a lot about this country and Uruguay .
Hey there! I'm travelling to Argentina and beyond in November. I'm flying into Buenos Aires and planning on seeing Rosaria, Cordoba, Mendoza and the Salta region. Any other must-sees? Even smaller towns off the the beaten track. I'd love to get to Patagonia but unfortunately I don't think it's a possibility with my schedule.
Any help would be great
Hi Luke! Are you travellng alone, with friends or couple? Do you have budget for flies or you will travel by bus?
Martin: My wife and I will be in BA in Feb for 2 nights then 2 nights in Iguazu and then 2 nights BA. We like dance and classical music and are planning on a tango show. But which one and, would you eat the food there if dinner were included?
No I would not eat there for sure! Unless you are thinking about the most expensive ones that may cost 200 dollars per person. What I would do is having dinner before or after the show in a good restaurant!
me and a friend are backpacking to south america starting in Argentina in june 2011, we love the great out doors, wanted to head south to Patagonia.....whats the best budget way to get around. buses and trains im hoping....
any advice would be great
many thanks Ben
Hi Ben, there are no trains. The best budget way is to travel by bus, bus as we don´t have highways you will spend a lot of time in a bus so the cost/benefit is very bad because you are loosing time. So maybe the best way is to combine buses with one or two fligths, or if not I would take buses during the night and try to sleep there :-)
Hola, Im currently in BA and looking for a bit of travel around, my thoughts are to head up to Iguazu falls then on to Mendoza and over to the coast in Mar del Plata where i have friends living, so i can see mountains, winerys, escantias, and surf all in the next 3 weeks. DOes this seem like a sensible plan? To give me a good over view of the northern half of Argentina? I have been told to visit Mendoza as it is very pretty, but im not too sure what there is to do when i get there. Is it worth it? I am a solo female traveller. Any information on the best places to stay on a backpacker budget in these places would also be very useful! Thanks, Kate
The Plan is ok, but I suggest you Salta instead of Mendoza, better prices, good wine too, and nice landscapes. It´s also a little bit more near Iguazú. Have a nice staying!
I'm looking for a town to spend a month or two between March and September in Argentina or Uruguay. Air pollution in poorer countries gives me lung infections so I need a smaller town (< 250,000) without heavy industry and not in a valley that traps the air. I'd bet there are any number of small towns that would meet my requirements but I also want some culture, some businesses aimed at tourists / foreigners / Argentine middle class and where a foreigner spending $2000 - 2500 a month isn't considered rich. Ideally it would be a college town or a place that fills up on weekends with big city residents getting away or a place that is a resort town in the summer and gets quiet the rest of the year. I speak enough basic Spanish to get by. Be nice if it was within 4 hours by bus from a big city or regional center.
Thanks in advance.
You don't really need to stay in a small town in order to avoid pollution while you're visiting Buenos Aires, you can stay somewhere in the north of Buenos Aires province (San Isidro, for instance, has excellent air quality) and still be 30 min away from the heart of Buenos Aires, close enough to all the historic sited and cultural offers. As for the budget don't worry about it, in San Isidro nobody would be considered rich for spending $2000-$2500, so it's all good. Have a nice time visiting my country, feel free to contact me if you need further assistance or advice.
The BA metro area has 13.5 million people, no catalytic converters for cars and diesel powered buses that most travelers report as spewing vast clouds of exhaust. Granted, the flat terrain and winds help the pollution situation, but there is no way the air in the suburbs would be acceptable for a person with respiratory health problems.
There are no catalytic converters for cars and diesel powered buses in Argentina, so if the priority is health for you, the we have to leave culture in the second place.
Try to look at:
Villa de Merlo, San Luis province
La Cumbre / La Falda/ Cosquin/ Villa Maria , Cordoba province
In our summer:
Puerto Madryn, province of Chubut
Las Grutas, province of Rio Negro
I'm heading to Argentina from Iguazú Falls in October. I'm looking at staying two months in Argentina to learn to speak some Spanish and immerse myself in Argentina's culture.
I don't necessarily want to stay in a big city, but aren't against it either if that's what you recommend. But I'd like to stay somewhere where I can get private Spanish lessons relatively cheaply as well as be somewhere within close proximity to see some beautiful places in Argentina by bus.
My schedule is very flexible so that I can see as much as possible without having to rush. I also realise it will be summer, so what are the best places to see, including off the beaten track during summer in Argentina?
Argentina is a rather vast country with many beautiful things everywhere (from N to S almost non stop). But if you want to find cheap Spanish lessons, they you should go to Buenos Aires, mostly because you can get pretty much anything you want there, but also because you can go everywhere you'd like from there.
Take under consideration that the summer is Argentina is extremely hot, so when booking a place to stay aim for AA.
My name is Michael. I'm an irish man screaming to get over to S.America with my girlfriend! Budget wise the trips/tours from companies this side are seeming like daylight robbery! Really i have a range of questions......sorry!! First is will it be possible to get from BA to Rio via Uruguay and Igacu by ourselves on bus?....with rough estimates of price if possible? And what would you say to expect pricewise for hostels/hotels along the way, nothing grand just clean and good locations for fun? Finally my route will be starting in BA-Colonia-Montevideo-Florianopolis-Foz do Igacu-Sao Paulo-Paraty-Rio anything you could recommend along the way would be excellent. If you can help it'd be absolutely brilliant, even the smallest thing would be huge as i'm starting with nothing.....ANYONE!!!!! Cheers.
Hey there, My name is Michael. I'm an Irish man screaming to get over to S.America with my girlfriend! Budget wise the trips/tours from companies this side are seeming like daylight robbery! Really i have a range of questions......sorry!! First is will it be possible to get from BA to Rio via Uruguay and Igacu by ourselves on bus?....with rough estimates of price if possible? And what would you say to expect pricewise for hostels/hotels along the way, nothing grand just clean and good locations for fun? Finally my route will be starting in BA-Colonia-Montevideo-Florianopolis-Foz do Igacu-Sao Paulo-Paraty-Rio anything you could recommend along the way would be excellent. If you can help it'd be absolutely brilliant, even the smallest thing would be huge as i'm starting with nothing.....ANYONE!!!!! Cheers. I dont ask for much haha.
I wouldn't recommend trying to get to Rio via Uruguay, via Iguazu seems better (with the triple frontier and all). You can check bus services and fares here: www.plataforma10.com
How long are you planning to stay, by the way?
We're planning on a week in BA and Rio each. Allowing around 15-20 days travelling between the two. Then flying to peru from either 1 to see the the Machu Picchu. Probably do a four day trek for that and spend a couple of days in Lima. Why not Uruguay? I've heard it's quite nice there and after looking at maps assumed we'd get some sort of ferry to Montevideo from BA. Why do you think we'd have a problem getting to Rio? Even with the next stop being Florianapolis and others between there and Rio i didn't think it'd be too hard? Alot of driving but i thought straigh forward!! Thanks for the website i'll check that out now. Any other info anytime Martin would be excellent. Cheers for the advice buddy. Catch you later.
Please, don't get me wrong, Uruguay is very nice, and I think you should definitely go there. What I meant is that I'd be easier to get to Rio via Iguazu than via Uruguay, that's all. Plus, if you go via Iguazu, then you'll get to see the falls from both Argentinian and Brazilian side; but either way you choose, it is really quite easy to get to Rio, so don't worry about it.
As for you week in BA, if you want to make the most of it I'd suggest you take a private city tour. As far as I know there's only one company that does them, but their fares are not high at all, and for all I heard it's totally worth it. The mane of the company is Cultura Cercana.
If you need anything else, just write!