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1. Posted by jazmine (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys. My travel time is limited but here are the places(that I know of), I'd like to check out; Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Iguazu falls and maybe a flight down to Patagonia. I think this might be too rushed. Does anyone have experience with domestic argentinian flights? Any suggestions on the best route? Has anyone taken a bus to Iguazu falls from B.A.?

2. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Personally i would forget Mar Del Plata.Why do you want to go there??

I love Buenos Aires but if your rushed you can see alot of it in say 3-4 days.

Iguazu by bus with Via Bariloche is between $159 and $220 thats Argentine pesos.And it takes between 16 and 20 hours roughly.I travelled first class/super cama $220 with them and the buses are amazing.Like 1st class on a plane.Food,red wine,champagne,movies and a big leather seat that goes flat.

Airlines to Patagonia you have and
but beware there are seperate fairs for Argentinians and tourists and the difference is sometimes double so make sure you put in your country of residence.I got lucky one day when in a Aerolineas office and the woman gave me the Argentinian fare.
LADE are usually the cheapest however these are run i think by the airforce and sometimes dont run on time and flights have been cancelled hours before you are due to fly for sometimes 1 or 2 days.

My favourite places in Argentina are Buenos Aires,Iguazu,Salta,Mendoza,Bariloche,El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier),El Chalten plus many small places i could name.But i was there for 6 months.
And then close by in Chile for Torres Del Paine but im not sure you will have time for that.

To give you a rough time of bus times.
Bariloche - Mendoza 17 hours
Mendoza - Salta 18 hours
Salta - Buenos Aires 19 hours
Mendoza - Buenos Aires 13 hours

And heres some bus companies

3. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

iv been in argentina for the last 3 can do/see loads in that time...

I stayed in BsAs for 10 days (which i felt was too long), then toom a flight to El Calafate, from there i bused it to Peurto Madryn and from there to Bariloche. Im just about to catch a bus to Mendoza.....

I stayed in each place for longer than i needed to tho so you will probably fit in a lot more...

4. Posted by gunther (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would spend 4 days in BA, buss north to Iguazu for 2 days. Then Bus to Salta to see the Quebrada just south of Salta in Cafayate and Tafi del Vallé via car rental and do a loop back to Salta. I would then take a flight to Bariloché if possible for a week, then head back to BA.

5. Posted by Osito80 (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I ´ ve been twice for 3 weeks in Argentina.
If you ve to travel 3 weeks only , I would define a region of Argentina ( North-West : Salta and Yuyuy/ North-East : Misiones and Iguazu Waterfalls/ West : Mendoza and Cordoba/ South : Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego / Buenos Aires) and travel from and to Buenos Aires.
Because you´ ll have from there the best connection and the distances are in my opinion too wide for this time limit. Unless you ´ll travel by plane. And this is quite expensice in relation to the other public traffic.

What I can recommend depends on your interests and the season. e.g. during the summer months it´s very hot in the North East Area. But if you want to see Nature it´s a wonderful region with the famous Iguazu Waterfalls and by boat trips during the Marshlands of "Estero Ibera".
For that season I would recommand you the South with "Valdes Peninsula" and the glacieres.
Or go to Salta ( it´s called "the Beauty") and go for Mountain hiking , Trips to the Salt Lakes and Black Tabacco farmer.
Altough it´s settelded in a tropical clima area , the temperatures are never less than 18 C and more than 28 C. because it´s 2500 -3000 meters above the sealevel.

arrive save and sound

6. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Flights anywhere in argentina run about $100 per segment on Aerolinas Argentina and its a pretty good airline although they did go on strike twice while I was there last year.

See the falls leave 3-4 days minimum for BA (and make sure to visit the Tigre Delta - just about an hour away by train), spend a few days in Mendoza and head into Patagonia. If you rent a car the Baraloche area is really interesting and pretty but if you stay in the city it's not that different from so many resort towns around the world that I'd give it a lot of time. Head down to small towns like El Bolson, or go see the Perito Moreno glacier down in El Calafate and then head to the east coast and the Valdez peninsula for some wildlife viewing.

Tierra del Fuego is very cool and I loved Ushuaia but aside from hiking and camping there isn't that much to do down there.

I think you can see a ton in that amount of time and if you decide to stick closer to BA and not head into Patagonia a quick ferry takes you to Uruguay which is definitely worth 4-5 days.

Hope that helps.

7. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I´m in Argentina right now and it`s outstanding. Not been to many places yet but without doubt Iguasu is worth a 4 day visit. I`d also say you`d be mad not to do both sides. 5 or 6 hours on one of the days will be enough for the Brazillian side.

I have since headed to Cordoba via Posades. Cordoba is an awesome city. Argentina`s 2nd biggest. Massive University influence so plenty young people and great restaurants and nightlife. Eating out for 2 would be around 10 pounds sterling for a very good meal and a bottle of wine.

Arrived in La Cumbre yesterday hich is 2 hours from Cordoba. I doubt I`ve been anyhere more beautiful and peaceful.
Mind you, not been into the bars etc yet but the HI here is awesome and the paragliding is 2nd to none in Argentina.

Mountain biking, Alien landings site, horse riding, treking, golf all to follow in next few days. All cheap as heck too.