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1. Posted by amee (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Has anyone been to Argentina before? I was originally planning a trip to Peru and Bolivia, but would like to save that one for a time when I have exactly that, more time. I have switched my tickets to fly into Buenos Aires in April. I would like to head down to Patagonia for the bulk of my trip, but wouldn't mind heading farther south to Tierra del Fuego or north to Iguazu Falls.
I have a lonely planet guidebook, but haven't found too much on the internet as far as information from people who have travelled there. I would like to do as much outdoor stuff as possible and keep my time in Buenos Aires to a maximum of two days. My total in country time will be 16 days - any itinerary ideas???


2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

Hi Amee,

Argentina is fantastic and you're probably right in saving Peru and Bolivia for when you have more time. The hitch in that plan is that 16 days is going to leave wanting for MUCH more in Argentina as well. That said, you could probably pull off Buenos Aires, El Calafate (Glacier Moreno), Torres del Paine and possibly Ushuaia in that time, and that might be tight. Other things to consider if you're flying around down there and have the time: Iguazu Falls, Bariloche, El Chalten (Cerra Fitz Roy), Mendoza (wine country).

Feel free to PM me, I did all that stuff but with much more time.

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y

[i]you dont think it could be a little bit late for Patagonia??

only 16 days for Argentina? You should fly down to Bariloche,by bus it would take to much time.To go to Iguazu in April I think is not bad,less Moskitos and not to hot anymore.I was there in July last year,it was just fantastic....
I have traveled part of the Chile Patagonia and Bariloche in Feb.and the wind was sometimes freezing cold around Punta Arenas,Puerto Montt and Torre de Paine,but it was worth to go there.
But Argentina has more beautyful aereas like the Valle de Luna,the region Mendoza,Salta with the Train de las Nubes (if the train is working,broke down last year)las Montanas de siete colores and so on....
sunny greetings,

4. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

Marlis is right,

I didn't read closely enough. I was in Patagonia in February, April might be a bit late. You might want to consider some of the more northern places to visit; at the very least look into the conditions down there in April.

5. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

16 Days in Argentina in April......

Spend the first few days in Buenos Aires (truly an amazing city).
Head West to Mendoza then up north to Salta and if time permits also go to Iguacu.

If you wish to go South however, fly down to Patagonia. See San Martin and also Bariloche.

16 days is waaaaaaaay too little for such a vast and beautiful country like Argentina.

6. Posted by amee (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Unfortunately with life's schedulae, I only have 16 days that I can play with right now. Is April too late for Patagonia, because of the weather or because the more touristy stuff is closed. I am not looking for warm weather, in fact just the opposite when I am in Patagonia.

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y

because of the weather,
thats wy some places for sure will close down.
when I was there last year in Feb the where talking about a heatwave,
the wind (between 80-90 km) in Punta Arenas was FREEZING cold.
Puerto Montt and Torre de Paine was a little bit better,but still VERY windy.When I was there a tourist tried to cook,the strong wind toppelt his gaskooker,the result was the biggest fire the ever had.It was not possible to fight the fire because of the if you go there,stay at the campinggrounds.You should check if the park will be open for the time you planed your trip.
I still think that you are to late for Patagonia and recommend other places to visit,like Iguazu,Salta...

sunny greetings,

8. Posted by agnez (Full Member 19 posts) 11y

16 days are the perfect size for a round bus tour including Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Salta & Jujuy provinces, Iguazu and Buenos Aires.
Maybe you can consider a stop to Esteros del Ibera NAtional Park too.

The Salta region is amazing for the Puna, at 4000msl, the salt lakes, the Inca people.
From Salta is easy to reach Iguazu with a night bus, and you can spend a day in San Ignatio de Mini too, the site of the old gesuite mission.

Patagonia is great when you can hike, camp, explore in wide air open: if you are freezed out, I don't know if ot's worth the trip.

In Buenos Aires I've stayed in a very good hostel located in San Telmo, in the very heart of the city:

I strongly suggest it.

9. Posted by Rano (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

I was reading that April will be too late for Patagonia because of the weather....what will the weather be like in July/ it do-able?

10. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

Quoting Rano

I was reading that April will be too late for Patagonia because of the weather....what will the weather be like in July/ it do-able?

A lot colder than in April. Probably better to do it before April or after October.