I want to go on honeymoon to argentina for two weeks.
I would like to have 4 days of relaxing at some nice beach area.( I never read anything about beaches, while there is a huge coast line).
The other 10 days I want to travel to see parts of patagonia or other beautifel area´s. It seems like I can not visit everything. Do you have any tips about places I really need to see.
Hoi Maarten (guessing you´re dutch...),
Skip the argentinian beach; it´s a waste of time, esp. since you have only two weeks. Instead, devote more time to seeing patagonia´s highlights, and maybe dip into tierra del fuego as well. One all-time high would be to go hiking in the El Chaltén area, although others would probably also recommend Torres del Paine (I didn´t find it very attractive when I visited it three years ago).
I don´t know in which season you consider going, but if it´s in European fall (until november), make sure to check on the whale mating season around puerto madryn; at any other time, it is a place that you can safely skip.
And why not spending some time in ever-so-romantic Buenos Aires? Maybe taking a few tango classes, eating out for no money at all, visiting music and theatre...
enjoy your trip,
I agree with Niels, the beaches cold water and the colour is not precisely nice... You should have chosen Brazil for that. For us Argentines our beacher are ok, we grew up with them... but not for foreigners.
There are a lot of attractions at Patagonia mainly on the argentine side (Puerto Madryn's whales, the Perito Moreno Glacier at Calafate, Tierra del Fuego as suggested by Niels, but may be you cross to Chile as well get your passport ready). Others may choose San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche.... Of course those are typical tourist destinations and therefore more expensive than the rest of the country.
The city of Buenos Aires itself is very big and hectic, certain places are charming of course... interesting blend for those who love cities... try to avoid January or extremely warm seasons, anyway the temperatures vary a lot from one week to the other...
A lot of tourists, specially germans, choose the nothern provinces instead of the south... such as Salta (more arid and colourful, warmer and closer to Bolivia) or the Iguazu waterfalls (you can see them from Brazil or Argentina). Of course the landscape is totally different.
When are you going? Earlier than December and it will be very cold if you head south. Buenos Aires is delightful during the(ir) springtime; the trees burst with incredible blue flowers. And the city has so many delightful neighborhoods. Give it four days at least. Iguazu is great but there is little else to do in that region. Salta has a delightful climate year-round and really gives you the flavor of life in Latin America. There are also a host of terrific excursions available into the varied landscapes of the region -- from Andean highlands to lush cloudforests, all within a day or so of the city. You can find more information at websites such as http://www.saltatravel.com
Two friends of mine spent their two-week honeymoon with me in Argentina last January. They flew into Buenos Aires where we spent a few days visiting the highlights (any guidebook can give you the details).
We then took an 18-hour bus ride south to Peninsula Valdez and Puerto Madryn (PM) where we visited the wildlife park, penguin colony and took a boat ride to see dolphins. Read in your guidebook, there is a part of the year when whales feed off the coast and they are supposed to be magnificent to watch (I was there in January, we didn't see any).
My friends then flew back to Buenos Aires and spent a few days in neighboring and very friendly Uruguay. If you want beaches but can't get to Brazil, the beach towns of Barra de Valiza and Cabo Polonia are amazing (at least they were in early January); the water is cool, but the people are warm and friendly.
If you want to get any further south than PM, may I suggest the following: FLY, FLY, FLY. The distances are enormous, you think 18 hours from BA to PM is long, how about 36 hours by bus to Tierra del Fuego? Even if it stretches your budget, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND flying from BA to PM, and then fly again down to Tierra del Fuego if that is one of your destinations. You can then fly from Tierra direct to BA on your way back home.
That said, in my opinion, Tierra del Fuego is an amazing place and worth spending the time, if you have the time. I had a year, you have two weeks. You may enjoy closer Bariloche, which is, as someone said, touristy, but for good reason. Or check out Calafate and its neighboring Perrito Moreno glacier. The glacier is a magnificent day trip, and there are reasonably-priced flights from PM to Calafate.
Thanks all off you. I am going in the beginning of march.
I am going to look into all your tips.
The best beaches I can remember seeing in Argentina were in Mar Del Plata (3 hours south of Buenos Aires by coach). Nice beaches, but nothing really to write home about, and although I was there during winter, I was informed that they are waaaay touristy in the Summer Months.
Spend some time in Buenos Aires and see some theatre and Tango Dancing there.
Go down south to San Martin De los Andes and up Northwest to Salta ans Hamahuaca and northeast to Iguazu. another good city to check out apart from Buenos Aires would be Mendoza - Tvery tranquil at the foot of the Andes in West Argentina. I loved it!
p.s. You don't happen to live in Sydney now? I know a Maarten who has moved from The Netherlands to Sydney and he is your age. I used to work woth him until I took off for South America a few months back. He is getting married at about the same time next year to an Australian girl he met when she traveled to Amsterdamage. If you are the same Maarten you will now know who I am!