I'm planning a trip to Argentina for 2 weeks in May/June. I'd like to spend at least a week in Buenos Aires, and then take a side trip to Iguazú for a couple of days to see the falls. I was also thinking about going to Mendoza to do some wine tasting or to Salta.
I've recently heard some mixed things about Mendoza. Is it worth the trip? How about Salta? I'm a city girl, so I wouldn't mind spending more time in Buenos Aires.
I'm also hoping to take the ferry over to Colonia for a day while in Buenos Aires. Would you recommend Montevideo at this time of year?
Any feedback/suggestions are welcome.
You can easily spend at least a week in Buenos Aires, if you like going out, living in a city, eating food in cafe´s and restaurants that are littered everywhere then BA is for you.
Iguazu is something that if someone had the chance to go there then i would slap them if they didnt (obviously not if they were a girl!!). It was the best thing that I have ever seen in my life, the weather will be GREAT and its just amazing.
Im off in 2 hours on my bus trip to Mendoza so if you watn i can report back about that.
I also took the ferry straight to Montevideo for about $75 US. Quite expensive but i had to due to time limits with my bus in BA. Montevideo is an awesome city, very small in comparison to BA but has lots of charm if you are into that sort of thing? Colonia takes longer as you need to connect with a bus tha takes 3 hours to reach Monte.
Any more questions please ask as i have been to these places very recently.
Thanks for the suggestions. Can you recommend any budget hotels/hostels in BA, Iguazú, and Montevideo where you stayed?
Did you go to the Brazilian side at Iguazú? How long did you stay?
I'd be interested in hearing about your experience in Mendoza.
I've heard that there are a number of budget packages to Mendoza and Iguazú that can be booked once you are in Argentina. Have you found that to be true?
If you like cities, you'll love Buenos Aires. I hate cities and I loved Buenos Aires.
My suggestion would be if you only have two weeks, leave out Mendoza and spend more time in BA, Uruguay and Iguazu. Mendoza was cool enough, though I had a lot more than 2 weeks to spend in South America. Outside of Mendoza you have the wine country and I did a trek up to the base camp of Aconcagua (tallest summit in S. America), but Mendoza itself doesn't have anything to offer that Buenos Aires doesn't already have, and it's on the other side of the country (if I remember correctly, something like a 20 bus ride). Just my two cents, others might disagree.
I also did the day trip over to Colonia, and had a great time. I'm not sure if things have changed in the year since I was there, but I was able to take the ferry straight there, no bus involved, and I don't recall it being as expensive as US$75. The company is called Buquebus, and they ran ferries to both Montevideo and Colonia.
As for Iguazu, yes you should go there. My recommendation would be to just stick to the Argentinian side. The town is small, easy to navigate and pretty fun. The Brazilian side is a chaotic city. The difference in the Falls is that on the Argentinian side, you're right up close and personal, whereas the Brazilian side you get a good view of the entire falls. Ideally, you should see both sides, but as an American I believe you are required to purchase a visa for I believe $100 or $150. It's kind of a pain as well, and they require you to be photographed and fingerprinted, a la US Customs. Again, this may have changed over the last year, but my suggestion is that unless you are planning to travel in Brazil for a good period of time, you stick with Argentina. Whether there is a provision to go over for the day to see the falls, I do not know.
Well hope that helps! Travel safe and have fun!
Oh yeah, and in Buenos Aires, I would definitely recommend V&S Hostel on Viamonte and Suipacha. Good location, awesome staff and top notch facilities. One draw back during the summer, there are some dorm rooms without outside ventilation, and they can get damn hot.