Just wanted to get some advice. My friend and I are planning a ten day trip to Argentina in March. We would like to see as much of the country as possible but we are unsure of how to plan. Should we book a place in B.A. for the whole ten days and take day trips or should we plan on moving around and staying in different places? How far is Patagonia from B.A.? I it realistic to see alot but keep our home base in B.A.?
Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world at a size of 2,776,890 square kilometers. It's not realistic to keep a base in Buenos Aires and see the other parts of the country. Patagonia, the lake district, Salta and Iguazú Falls are all quite a distance away. In fact, if you are only there for 10 days, you should really probably think about flying between places. If that is not affordible, then you should cut down your iternery to see just a few areas (say B.A. and the Falls, maybe Salta or B.A. and the lake district (Mendoza or Bariloche)).
Here's a link that might give you some suggestions of what to do for 10 days: Moon Travels suggested 10 day iternary.
Argentina is a great country. Very inexpensive.
If you plan to be only 10 days in Argentina, don't expect to get to know it all, even using planes. To give you an idea, from Buenos Aires to the northern tip of the country there are around 1700 km, and to the southernmost part around 3000 km.
Patagonia is to the south, and depending on which part of it you want to visit the distance will vary....
Let's say you allocate 3 days to the city of Buenos Aires, but then you need 7 for the various and scattered landscapes and cities of Patagonia.... Then you will be missing the Iguazu waterfalls, Salta (to the north of the country) or Mendoza, to name a few places.
thanks for the input! Do you have any suggestions on where to stay while in BA. As long as it's clean and safe, were not too picky.
I stayed at a hotel called the Hotel Hispanico on Avenida to Mayo. It's right downtown and you can easily walk to Santa Teresa, the obelisk, Recoletta, Puerto Medira and most of the major tourist places. It's very unassuming out front but it's beautiful inside. Cost is about $30 per night for a double room with private bath and breakfast. I would highly recommend it and would definitely stay there again when I go back to Buenos Aires.
Tee hee - I planned to stay just a week in Argentina and now I am not moving until at least mid January - I would stay longer but I have to see the Rio Carnival which starts at the beginning of Feb in Brasil. Anyhow when I arrived I had not booked anywhere and have managed to grab a nice bed in the Hostel Inn which is in the San Telmo area. This is a lively area and very beautiful but to be honest there are lots of hostels and hotels everywhere. I had asked at the airport and they offered information on a number of hostels available. As for using Buenos Aires as a base - no I wouldnt recommend it cos it will work out twice as expensive (although it is cheap to travel around)! Buses are readily available to all sorts of places such as Patagonia, Igazcu Falls, Mendoza etc. and then when you arrive you should have little trouble finding a decent spot to spend a few nights!! There are tourist information places in Buenos Aires - maybe them or the place where you decide to stay in Buenos Aires can offer more information on hostels- hotels around Argentina.
Do you dance tango?? Because if you do, you can take a few dance lessons in Bs-As. But if not, there are often shows around, and it is REALLY worth it!!
i am staying at che largato hostel - honestly the coolest hostel i have stayed in - san telmo area. very very cool - a wicked bar, rooms are cool. really recomend it. it is on venezuala 845 - wicked! getting a bit stuck here though as so fun - a lot of drinking!! - have fun
I have never tried to dance tango, but would definitely give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestions - any more info in general would be greatly appreciated. Im confused as to what we want to see and what we should skip, since we cant do it all!!