I have 3 weeks to explore argentina in teh month of august and i would relaly appreciate some advice. i am thinking that i wont be going south of BA because of the wqeather and time, but stick to the north. my ideas so far are mendoza, salta, BA and cordoba. i iwll be coming into argentina via iguacu from brazil.
does anyone have any suggestionn these places or can tell me what they are like, what there is to do, how long i need in each places, cheap nice places to eat and stay and any optehr ideas about places to go between them all!
I've been in Argentina last week.
This are my advices:
Mendoza: vist the mountains, the places were they make the wine, give yourself sometime to enjoy the landscapes.
Take confortable clothes! the night life is not so good, so there you can relax, drink a nice wine, listen to some music. 4 or 5 days will be OK.
I've never been neither to Cordoba nor Salta, so i can´t tell.
Buenos Aires: minimum, 7 days. It's one of my favourites cities.
Visit the parks, go to La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, Puerto Madero, practice some tango in "La Viruta", the night life is really cool, lots of bars and night clubs.
I stayed in a really nice hostel, it's new so it's very cheap. It''s located in San telmo so you will be very close to everything. The name of the hostel is Pax Hostel, look for them on Google (look for "Pax Hostel buenos Aires", so you wont have any trouble). I reccomend it a lot, i enjoyed staying with them.
Buenos Aires is full of cheap places to eat. If you come with dollares, everything will be 3.82 times cheaper. But don't leave Argentina without eating an asado! I had a great one in a place called Spettus, in Puerto Madero.
Anything else you nedd, just let me know!
Have a look at my trips: I did a little loop in north-western Argentina half a year ago, in more or less the same time frame. Besides in Buenos Aires and Iguazù, we came across precisely 2 foreign tourists the whole month.
Oh! If you ever decide to go to Buenos Aires and are interested in going on a shopping binge, try Palermo Soho; it has lots of trendy boutique shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and has quite a fun night life, if you're interested in that kind of thing. My friends and I stayed at the Synergie Hotel Boutique; a little pricey for us to be honest, but it's worth it, it's right in the heart of the place so it's very convenient. If you have the luxury to splurge a little, why not, right?
San Telmo is also interesting; I didn't get to see the place, but my friends who were able to go there loved the Old World feel of the place with the cobblestone streets and well-preserved colonial buildings and churches. Lots of eateries there too, you'll easily find one that will fit your budget. My friends booked at the Telmho Boutique Hotel there, and enjoyed their short stay, could be worth checking out... anyway, you can always do a quick Google search of these hotels.
Hope you enjoy your trip like we did!