The travel bug bit me (again) and on a whim I just booked a week and a half trip (darn US companies give us no vacation time!) to Argentina – Chile in mid January (01/13 – 01/24). I plan to go to BA, Mendoza, Santiago and Valparaiso. I’m an easy going guy who likes to go with the flow of things while traveling. I won't have much time to travel, so I'm just looking to meet and exchange stories with some interesting people.
I am booked up for my RTW trip which starts in Buenos Aires, Argentina - leaving the UK on the 17/01/07.
I have planned to visit Gualeguychu first - as there is a carnival on the weekend I get there. I will be in Argentina/ Chile for four months.
So in answer to your question, if you would like to meet up that would be fab.
Let me know.
Well if i only had a week and a half firstly i would forget Santiago and Valparaiso.
Of all the fantastic places you can visit they would both be at the very bottom of my list.
Ive travelled around Chile and Argentina for the last 4 months and i cannot recall anything that i liked about those 2 places.
Mendoza on the other hand is awesome.
Thanks for your thoughts, Reece. Is there anywhere in Chile you would recommend visiting?
Pucon is nice and hiking up Volcan Villarica is definetly worth it.With the short amount of time you have i would consider anywhere else in Chile.
What you have to consider is you could be spending some of those days you have on buses,unless you are flying of course.
It also depends on what interests you.
And also maybe find places where you can do several things that interest you.
For instance in Mendoza you have
Great hostels with swimming pools
Hang Gliding/Para Gliding
Fantastic scenery and mountains nearby
I did some amazing tours from Salta as well and the salt flats out there are a must see as well.
If you want to see lots of photos then let me know and i can send you some.Or i can send you a link via your email address.
I'm Chilean and even though I live now in Santiago, I used to live very close to Mendoza some years ago (in the Chilean border). I worked in Valparaíso for 6 months this year, and I travel very often to Buenos Aires, so I can tell you something about it.
I agree with reece that Mendoza it's a nice city, but I wouldn't recommend it at this time of the year, it very hot and humid (over 40º degrees celsius, or 100º fahrenheit), and besides outdoor sports there's not that much. The food is good and cheap, and there are wine tours, but I don't know anyone who goes there at this time of the year, you would have to be all the afternoon in a swimming pool.
Buenos Aires is amazing, I have travelled a lot and still it's one of my favorite cities. It has a lot of nightlife, culture, amazing monuments, excellent food (very cheap), museums, etc. It's very european, and there's so much to do that you won't need to get out of the city.
Chile has a beautiful landscape, and Pucón it's very nice, but it's very far away from everything (which is not convenient for a short period to come). Santiago it's not nearly as nice as Buenos Aires, but it's location has some benefits, it's right next to the mountains (which means lots of outdoor sports), there's a glacier right one and a half hour away from here (el morado), and the beaches are just one hour and fifteen minutes away. Valparaíso it's very beautiful and unique, and right next to it there are a lot of beaches (the water is freezing, though).
So I recommend, for one week and a half of vacations either:
- Buenos Aires and maybe crossing the Mar del Plata to some cool other little cities, or
- Santiago, Valparaíso and surroundings, there are a lot of wine tours, beaches, and beautiful landscape.
No way Mendoza, too hot, that's for another time of the year
Thank you so much for the detailed recommendations! I think I will check out El Morado when I am in Chile. Chile looks like such a beautiful country...I wish I had more time to see it all.
One more question: I know they charge a $100 entry fee for US citizens at the airport. Do you know if they charge the same fee if you travel via bus into Chile?
You have to pay the $100 dollars fee only if you get to Santiago's airport, if you arrive in any other way, you don't have to.