Hello there, any hints advice on this travel idea?
Jan 05 Buenos Aires - Santiago - Buenos Aires by car.
Must see Aconcagua, Lake District, winery's, country side and experiance local delicacies.
Duration one month.
Purchase 2nd hand vehicle in Buenos Aires. (Any advice on 2nd vehicle web sites/makes/models/values/insurance/licences?)
Cross the border into Chile. (Can this be done? What may be required?)
Return to BA and sell the car.
Would a medium sized 4cyl car suffice?
Security? (Exercising caution can this trip be undertaken without to many risks?)
Maps&Road/Street directories. Is this region well explained in such publications?
Language. English is the current extent of communication. Is relative body language, friendliness and english sufficient to drive between these two countries?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated - thanks.
As a local I will reply phase by phase:
Must see Aconcagua, Lake District, winery's, country side and
experiance local delicacies.
You can cross to Chile from the Mendoza province, where you will have wineries that produce 80% of argentine wine. Then, from Santiago go south till Osorno, and come back to Argentina, and you will arrive to Bariloche, the head of our lakes area.
Purchase 2nd hand vehicle in Buenos Aires. (Any advice on
2nd vehicle web sites...
See this site http://www.segundamano.com/resultados/asp/automotores/autos/venta/? But you will need some Spanish knowlegde.
Cross the border into Chile. (Can this be done? What may be
required?). Return to BA and sell the car.
Two questions againt this idea:
1- if you have some mechanical problem (usual in an used cars), you must pay the repair, will lose time, and will have problems to understand with mechanic.
2- You need extra time to spend for buy and mainly to sell the car, and think to sell it for less money. How much you will less?
It depend how many time you will have to sell it.
In this moment more people want to sell than to buy goods...
At least you will spend less than renting a car.
That why is a good idea to leave Bs. As. visits for the time you sell it (the end of the trip), This method was used with sucess for some guests of mine. To buy it, I can help you and in 2/3 days you can begin the trip.
Would a medium sized 4cyl car suffice?
YES. planned roads are very good.
Robbers you will find as in many othar countries.
Mainly in this moments with many poor people, and if you looks as a typical tourist with money... an small unknowledge of Spanish can help you.
Some small locations (ussually the most beatiful places) have not more than a path, but they are not dangerous and you will have no problem if you have common sense to drive.
In BA, you must be a very adventurous person (or have a good life insurance) because you it is a 2 millons crazy drivers city... and you must learn our jungle rules to manage our corrupted traffic.
Maps&Road/Street directories. Is this region well explained in
Yes. see http://www.aca.org.ar/servicios/cartografia/atlas/index2.html
Maps 11, 17 and 25.
Language. English is the current extent of communication.
NO. English is only used by people of certain level; professionals, etc.
Think: people need English in a country surrounding of other Spanish spoken countries?
Is relative body language, friendliness and english sufficient
to drive between these two countries?
Maybe you will have no problems, but you will lose 50% of possibilities to know palces and people.
email to me if you need some specifical info.
As an argentian, I think juanka remarks are quite good.
You may lose some days waiting for the car´s license; you can´t expect nothing of Argentina´s burocracy.
You can visit this page, where they sell and buy used cars
ah...there are some new excursions they offer you to pass trough the Andes by horse; they may interest you.
Write for any help,
You can visit my web page, I have some photos, most of them or Northern Argentina.