two females looking for an affordable BA getaway this winter - suggestions wanted
In a few weeks, I'll be visiting my girlfriend who lives in BA. We'll have a total of 8 days to explore BA and check out another city/town. We're young, adventurous, frugal, not incredibly outdoorsy, and we like to eat, drink, make friends and take lots of photos. We planned on flying to Mendoza for winery tours and restaurant hopping, but heard it will be dead in the winter. Where should we go? What is Salta like in the winter? Is it too hard to get to Patagonia within that time frame, given potential road closures? Thanks for your help!
Ah Christen! There is no place other than Bariloche in the winter! The resorts there are affordable (especially if you are running on the dollar) and offer a lot of high quality skiing and snowboarding, If you have gotten to check out any travel books, they will tell you this is where it is happening in Argentina, but let me just confirm that it is some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. The Burton team practices here (atleast they used to, as well as teach lessons, but you might want to check if that info is still accurate..)
Otherwise I would suggest a tour to Tierra del Fuego and def. bring your camera.
The southern most place in the world: http://www.patagonia-argentina.com/i/content/parques/parques9.php
Why did you choose to go in winter if you don't mind me asking?
Patagonia is kind of do-able in the time frame if you do most travelling overnight, but with the devastation caused by the ash from the Volcano in Chile, there is going to be no ski season, and I can't see there being much happening as most towns are trying to recover and rebuild.
Salta is lovely at this time of year, not to cold during the day (although very cold at night). Another option is to go to the Iguazu falls, slightly further than Salta but definitely worth a visit
Because we only had a couple of days for a trip outside of BA this winter, we opted to fly to Iguazu Falls. The weather was much warmer than BA and although it was more humid, it was very nice. Two days was plenty of time for us to see the falls, take pictures, have some delicious parilla and shop.
Thank you for your suggestions - someday I would like to go to Mendoza, Patagonia, Bariloche and Salta!