Argentina 8 or 9 weeks, too long?

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1. Posted by driggi (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My wife and I are thinking of a trip to Argentina from mid Jan to mid March and would like suggestions on itinerary. Flying to BA from USA. Would like to hit the highlights and will probably travel by bus I suppose. Seems to be the most economical.Is 2 months too long and is bus transport available everywhere and economical. We are budget to midrange travellers with some splurges now and again. Is there anything like a travel pass on buses?
Would like to hit the falls, lake region, BA, beaches if it's worth it,do some hiking, drink some wine, the whole gamut. Would appreciate input.
Thanks in advance,
David and Joan

2. Posted by hahaha2000 (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

it´s not too long, you will have time go all over argentina. accomodation is cheap. food cheap, transport cheap.

3. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

2 months will give you the chance to visit many places, although it's not enough to cover the whole territory, remember that distances in Argentina are huge.
I don't know which is your starting point, but roughly, from north to south, these are the places you shouldn't miss:
Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Mendoza (best wines!), Bariloche, Puerto Madryn, El Calafate and Ushuaia. In between those places there are many more amazing locations.
There are plenty high quality buses, for all those cities. There isn't any sort of travel pass because you'll be travelling with different companies, but they are really cheap and comfortable (some names: Via Bariloche, Flechabus, Crucero del Norte y del Sur).
If you want details on any location just let me know. You'll love Argentina!

4. Posted by driggi (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Tony,
Perhaps you'll be hearing from me for more specific info.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I concur with Tonya; 2 months is a decent amount of time to see most of Argentina without rushing.

Best start out in the south, as it tends to get pretty chilly down there in March. A feasible itinerary would take you around clockwise from Buenos Aires. And, if you need tips on the Bonairese tango scene, let me know.

Cheers, Niels

6. Posted by BobFrassinetti (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello David and Joan,

Thanks for your post... I hope I can help you with some insightful tips on Argentina. You're right, bus rides are very inexpensive in Argentina and will take you to every single town in the country.
The bus rides will help you save enough to splurge every so often... and while Buenos Aires and some major cities are not expensive, many of the small towns are really inexpensive for lodging and eating great!
There's no travel pass thought...

Iguazu is very hot this time of the year, ranging 30-40 C so make sure you splurge there with a hotel that has AC!
The lakes are awesome, San Martin de los Andes and villa la Angostura are two of the must visit places...

As to the beach, it will depend on what you're looking for... Pinamar, Villa Gessel and Mar del Plata together with Carilo are the finest places..
however there's a lot of tourism there... Some argentines also prefer Uruguayan coasts such as Colonia or Punta del Este...

For Wine and great food, you shouldn't miss Mendoza or Salta, two great places with awesome sites... but for me the best bet is the South, a combination of Argentina and Chile. Take a trip to Barilcohe cross to Chile by the lakes travel then South and back across around Esquel you wills ee some great sights.

Hope I've been of help, please feel free to email me with any further questions or comments,

Bob Frassinetti