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1. Posted by xcapeSA (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

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Hi. 4 of us from South Africa are hoping to visit Argentina in Dec 2008 for about 10 days. We want to experience some of the main attractions Argentina has to offer. Realisticly we know we cant see everything, but what would be the "MUST DO" options?

We have no clue what things like accommodation, food, transport, etc costs. Perhaps someone could advise us on an itinerary? What kind of costs are we looking at? In terms of accommodation, my husband and I would rather pay a bit extra to have our own room, clean facilities, in a central location.

What would the weather be like in BA over this time of year?

Any advice is welcome!

2. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

you are fair planning in advance there for a 10 day trip!
Weather in Bs As in December is perfect summer weather. I will be there this December and through to early January.

You will get good double (marriage) rooms for a good price. Maybe 15 or 16 US dollars per night per person incl breakfast.

10 days does not leave a huge amount of time to travle around and I would reckon you could fill all those days in Bs As itself.

You don't want to be wasting time at airports and you certainly don't have time for buses to Iguazu or Bariloche or Mendoza.

I would reckon a boat trip to Montevideo in Uruguay could be an option though. Some nice places to stay there too and from what i have read you can see quite a lot there in 2 days.

Happy holidaying.

3. Posted by artdealer (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

ello XcapeSA

Thanks for your post.
Argentina like South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so for December you have to expect summer weather. BA limits to the River Plate, so the weather is a bit humid. Summers are usually filled with sun and warmth, so bare in mind bringing sunglasses, sun screen and a lot of light clothing...

The best way, in my opinion to take advantage of 10 days in Argentina is to stay a couple of days in BA when you arrive and another couple of days before departure, and use the remaining 6 days for two other side trips. The best way to go is by plane, for distances are very long in such a large country, and though flights are much more expensive than bus rides, this will allow you to see much more...
Options for side trips by plane range in these two: south Calafate to visit the Glacier and enjoy the Patagonia -or else, San Martin de Los Andes, by the Andes mountains is also a great option...
An other option is the North West of Argentina, Salta is a gorgeous location in the Argentine rich valleys of altitude featuring vineyards and lots of cultural attractions.
If you feel that so many side trips are too much, may be you would like to consider staying a bit extra in BA and one other location and may be take a day trip to Colonia in Uruguay which is only 40 minutes boat ride across the River Plate.

As to costs in BA, well hotels range from $USD 25 per person in a private room to whatever you wish in 5 star hotels... My advise would be that you choose a cozy B&B in San Telmo or Palermo Viejo the two hottest neighborhoods for locals and visitors and very well centered...
As to food the options are also broad, but a fix lunch menu is about $12 pesos aprox 4 dollars... Parrilladas -local bbq- for 2 can go for something about 30-40 pesos...
Public transport -bus and subte (underground) are very inexpensive 80-70 cents of peso, less than 30 cents of dollar and would take you everywhere...
but cabs are not expensive either, the flag goes down for 2.60 adding 60 cents per mileage...

Let me know your thoughts on this and I would gladly guide you thru the whole process...

Warm regards from lovely BA, Bob Frassinetti

4. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

For your Budget check this link where the rates are in Pesos: Tips for Buenos Aires

5. Posted by xcapeSA (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I think I have a rough idea on where to go. Does anyone know of a nice B&B or hotel in Palmero?

6. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

BED & BAIRES in Malabia 1935 I liked the place last week when I visited a student there.
It´s in a nice and famous Palermo Viejo close to many cafes and resto.

7. Posted by artdealer (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

I would go to the Bobo Hotel, Palermo. Some thoughts on its "meaning"..... Bobo. The world of "bobo"

It's funny for a Spanish speaker to begin to write an article about the controversial term BoBo- reference term to Bourgeois and Bohemian-, for in Spanish Bobo means silly, when in these modern days, Bobo is a reference to sophisticated, trendy and successful individuals. It's a way of life, a way of approaching each and every facet of our daily tasks, from fashion to food, from lodging to music and readings, Bobo's are those who have developed successfully and in stead of spending loads of money in meaning less items, do spend important amounts of money in what's been considered as more "meaningful" objects.

Recently the New York Times has published an article on Bobo fashion, taking the Olsen twins as role Bobo Models.

As Ruth La Ferla describes their new fashion horizons were the new and expensive blends with the "old baggy lady" style, and becomes BoBo New York style. She points out this new style can be understood as a reaction to the excessive materialism in American society, as a reaction to the state of things, as a subversive aesthetic form through means of which one can mutate from Park Av to East Village, blending in all the time.

Beyond fashion, BoBo is a way of approaching life's pleasures, transforming shallow materialism into lifetime experiences that can be easily achieved if money is spent in a clever sort of "intellectual" way. Say for example, all inclusive Cancun vacations are completely out, but meaningful trips to Southern Argentina, hunting antiques and living the ultimate Bohemian Latin way in trendy San Telmo is way in. It's sort of a wake up call for those who can take the best out of their present situation and have been looking the wrong way. Don't be a fool, take advantage of your social standard to delight yourself with life's greatest pleasures, great food, fabulous wine, tremendous cultural trips around the wold, outstanding clothes.

Take the best out of the things that you're passionate about. It has arose some eyebrows the fact that this new term is believed to be the reference name to a new social standard.

The debate has been going on for a while already, and nothing seems to clear up. To me this is not a new social standard, but a new orientation well positioned individuals have chosen to give their success and wealth.

The world is a wonderful place to miss on it being to busy, BoBo's aim to be successful, but to enjoy the best things this world has to offer.

Bob Frassinetti, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

8. Posted by xcapeSA (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Well, Im certainly starting to get excited about this trip to Argentina. Everyone I have spoken to totally recomends visiting Buenos Aires, then Iguazu and then Calafate. What are the traveling distances between these places (Hours) if we were to start in Buenos Aires (4 days) then move to Iguazu (2 days) then Calafate (3 days) and then back to Buenos Aires to catch flight home? I suppose catching a flight is the easiest way to travel between these places but also the most expensive. With a tight budget we may need to catch a bus...not sure how long that will take. Are there any trains that travel these routes?

9. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

In just 10 days, I'd recommend choosing either to go north or south in Argentina; doing both in such short time is only feasible by plane, which is not only expensive, but also terribly polluting... it being december when you travel, I'd opt for the south, if you like trekking of course. You could do smt like this:

  • Day 1,2,3: BsAs (which is WAY too little)
  • (night)bus to Bariloche
  • Day 4,5: Bariloche and surroundings (there's several day-hikes through gorgeous scenery; Nahuel Huapi is one of the best national parks of SA)
  • Day 6: Bariloche - El Calafate via ruta 40. This should be possible in december. Ruta 40 runs parallel to the Andes, and allows for splendid panoramas. Don't do this by night; the scenery is not to be missed
  • Day 7: El Calafate; Perito Moreno
  • Day 8,9: bus back to BsAs - 30 hrs

Even this is pretty tight, but I think it's doable, and at least you get to see smt of the country besides just two of its highlights, which I think would be kinda a waste of gas.

Alternatively, you could opt for going north;

  • Day 1,2,3: BsAs
  • Nightbus to Iguazu
  • Days 4,5: Falls (Bra/Arg side)
  • Day 6: Bus to San Ignacio - 6 hours & visit the Jezuit missions
  • Day 7: Bus to Posadas, then Paso de los Libres (excellent scenery!)
  • Day 8:Bus to Colonia (Uruguay)
  • Day 9: Visit to Colonia & take ferry to BsAs
10. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Hm,if I would have only 10 days to spend in Argentina I would take the first recomended tour from bentivogli,not that this means the second is not good,but as he says you will see spectacular scenery.
But as he says,3 days in Buenos Aires is far to short,you will see why when you are there.