In early May, my girlfriend and i will be travelling from Buenos Aires to Mendoza to do a spanish lesson. I want to be in Mendoza for either the 12th or the 19th, and i will be leaving on the 10th.
So my question is this - should we haul a** to Mendoza over a couple of days, or should we take our time getting across, seeing the sites as we go (remembering we will be in Mendoza for a week to do day trips from there too). If you suggest taking it easy (around 9 days in total) can you give me some good ideas for places to visit. Im aware of Cordoba but not much else. Could we fill around 9 days getting from Bs As to Mendoza?
After Mendoza, we will be heading up to Igazu falls. Any suggestions for places to stay on the way up there?
Thanks heaps for your suggestions and input.
You can visit Rosario (where I live). It's about 4 hours from Buenos Aires, to the north, which gets you closer to the latitude of Córdoba and Mendoza. From there you can go west to Córdoba in about 6 hours.
Rosario is a fairly large city, but much more laid back than Buenos Aires. It's beside a river and (unlike Buenos Aires) you can actually see it and walk along it. Now I don't know what you prefer. If it's nature and nice landscapes, you won't find much besides the river and its islands (you can do boat tours). If you like old architecture, historical sites, museums, libraries and cafés, you'll find plenty. Night life is good, too. And it's all much cheaper than BA.
In case you're interested, check out Rosario, Santa Fe in Wikipedia, Rosario's tourist office, and pictures of Rosario on Flickr (that's my amateur photographers' group - we do tours and may walk visitors around).
Instead of taking the straight route via San Luís, you could go
- via Cordoba and San Juan (the northern approach)
- via Cordoba, La Rioja and San Juan (making a further detour up northwest, taking the northern part of ruta 40)
- via Santa Rosa and San Rafael (the southern approach)
I would go for the second option, although this involves taking a number of short-distance busses and a lot of changing. But, if you would like to spend less time on the road and more time in cities, 1 or 3 would be more suitable.
Generally, the mid-western part of Argentina is wonderful. The scenery is worth the trip, and the hills around Cordoba make for a nice bit of hiking if you like that kind of thing.
Some good suggestions there.
My one tip for Mendoza would be staying at the Lao. Book in advance. Recently voted 2nd best hostel in Latin America.
Also some superb trips to do from Mendoza. Hydro speed and kayaking come highly recommended.
As Bent says, a fair few options. I did similar to his no.2 option. Very good and excellent if you fancy seeing some football on top.
Been to Rosario. Met the nicest Argentinian people so far on my trip there. River is ok. Some nice beaches if weather is good.
Rather than 9 days in Mendoza itself, try 6 or 7 and a few days in about the wineries 20-30 km-s outside the city. Time and money well spent imho.
thanks heaps for the replies and great suggestions, you've all been very helpful!
thanks tricky for the mendoza hostel suggestion, that looks perfect!
pablodf - i had a look at your flickr group, and theres some good shots in there. im a keen photographer, so if we make it to Rosario, ill try to join one of your tours.
And thanks for the alternative routes bentivogli, that gives me some good options.