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1. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Hi All,
I have been planning a trip to Argentina for a while. Ideally, I would have been there right now but none of my friends could come along this month. Hence, I postponed the trip to next month. Now it looks like next month seems to be an issue for my friends too. Hence, I am considering doing this trip alone. I have never done a trip of this length alone so I do have a few questions and concerns. During this trip, I plan to visit the following places - Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Perito Moreno Glacier, Monte Fitz Roy, Iguazu falls (or Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay). Are some of these places more conducive than others in terms of meeting other travelers? More importantly, do you have recommendations for hostels/budget hotels that facilitate meeting other travelers in any of the places I have listed above? I would truly appreciate your input. Thank you.

Regards,

Pranav

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

This is all beaten tourist track, so safety-wise there will be no problems if you exercise common sense. As to hooking up with other travellers, any hostel will do; you won't be the only one travelling solo.

3. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

o yeah, certainly you will never be alone! i had trepidations, but im actually going to do just about the same thing for over 3 months alone in argi. definately a good choice not to try and wait for your friends, because who knows how long you could get held up for! if you want to go, then go, and youll meet travelers in hostels, and locals in the clubs! argentines are extremely friendly and welcoming, so its possible youll make friends from all over the world and have great insight from argentines! have fun!

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Thanks a lot for your responses. I booked the ticket last night. It's the domestic flight travel that is driving me completely crazy since it is working out to be $200 more expensive than I had imagined. Any tips on that front would be very helpful. Thanks once again for the responses.

Pranav

5. Posted by Brambor (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

If you want to take some flights down south LADE is cheap. aerolingas argentina charges a lot extra for tourists. The problem for the moment with LADE is that two of their planes are broken down but it will be fixed in some time. So flights with Lade are limited now. It is worth the try.

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

You'd be crazy taking domestic flights. Hurts your wallet, not to mention the environment. Stick to overland travel; helps you to meet locals, plus you'd get to see a lot more of Argentina.

7. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Quoting Brambor

If you want to take some flights down south LADE is cheap. aerolingas argentina charges a lot extra for tourists. The problem for the moment with LADE is that two of their planes are broken down but it will be fixed in some time. So flights with Lade are limited now. It is worth the try.

I checked out their website and they do not have any flights that match my iterinary. I read about them a few weeks ago and I guess that made me somewhat optimistic about a lower air fare but I am at a dead end there too. The one flight fare that really makes me mad is the one from El Calafate to Ushuaia - $160 one-way for a 1-hour flight is outrageous. I've also heard Aerolineas Argentina is not a good airline - which only makes this situation more infuriating.

Thanks for your input anyway.

Pranav

8. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Quoting bentivogli

You'd be crazy taking domestic flights. Hurts your wallet, not to mention the environment. Stick to overland travel; helps you to meet locals, plus you'd get to see a lot more of Argentina.

I know. I wish I had that choice. It's just that I have only two weeks in Argentina and I absolutely have to visit Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego. I simply cannot justify this trip if I skip either of the two.

The only sector that I might be able to replace (partially) with overland travel is my journey from El Calafate to Ushuaia. If I could take a bus from El Calafate to Rio Gallegos and then fly down to Ushuaia, that would actualyl save me about $100 in airfare. Unfortunately, I am unable to find a bus schedule for buses between El Calafate and Rio Gallegos. If you have any information on this, please do let me know.

Thank you once again.

Pranav