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First time to Argentina. Are my travel plans realistic?

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1. Posted by _martijn_ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi fellow travellers,

In Februari I plan to go to Argentina with 2 friends. I'd like to know if our plans are realistic, or if we should reconsider them. Hopefully someone can give me some advice on this.

We plan to go about four weeks. Because we only have four weeks, we don't want to see too many places, so apart from Buenos Aires, we only go to Patagonia, Mendoza and Iguacu. We don't want to fix the schedule too much, so we only want to book the flights, and maybe the first day of accommodation in each place. Is it possible in this time of the year to get accommodation one day ahead? Our budget for this is about 20 to 25 US$. We are also considering the option of buying camping gear in Buenos Aires and go camping everywhere. Does anyone have any experience with this?
After one or two days Buenos Aires we want to stay twee weeks in Patagonia, and then move on the Mendoza for a few days, and Iguacu for a few days.
Is it adviced to rent a car in any of these places? Or should we do anything by bus and taxi?

Any advice appreciated.


2. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Martijn,

I was in Argentina Mar-Jun 2010. Something you have to be awared. If you are using lonely planet, the prices are all out, or double!!!

Hostels in most Patagonia little towns (even Buenos Aires) are plenty and easy to find, shared dorm (3 or 4 person) is ranging from 30-60Peso a night. Except Ushuaia! Prices in Ushuaia are much higher and good hostel is hard to find.
I personally do not think you will need camping gear.

Buses in Argentina got different tier, to me, the price is quite reasonable. An example, the 1st class (really like the flight 1st class), from Bariloche to Mendoza, with hot dinner provided, around 18hours, cost around 300Peso.

Keep in mind, Patagonia is wide. Buenos Aires to Ushuaia is closed to 3800KM. So, one place to another is always with long distance and normally a bus ride is easily took >10hours.

I am not sure where are you from. My personal opinion is if you don't have enough time, you can skip Mendoza (especially for Australian, Canadian, or anyone who came from wine country). I personally think it is a waste of time, nothing much in Mendoza, except you can get really cheap wine there.
Instead of Mendoza, Salta was a big surprise since you are heading to Iquazo Fall.
It is not just beautiful. It is not word to describe. Salta, Cachi, Cafayate (the wine here is stronger, tastier and more flavor than those in Mendoza), Purmamaca, Humahuaca, Iruya. All these places are hardly advertised, not as commercialize as Patagonia, but so nice to visit. I didn't got much detail before I go and spent too much time in Patagonia. I wish I could have spent more than 1 week in the north.

Car rental in Argentina is expensive, could easily cost upto USD50 a day.

Till then, enjoy and good luck.

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5. Posted by Cecibastos (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Im a female traveling solo to Argentina in January for 18 days. I loved your comments and I would like to check if my plans are ok.

So the cities I chose :

Buenos Aires - 5 DAYS ( including Uruguay - Sacramento)
Bariloche - 4 days
El Calafate - JAN 4 days
Ushuaia - 5 days

Is the number of days in each city reasonalbe for what they offer?


6. Posted by BowenH1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

4 weeks is very realistic, perfect for arg.
One condition, you will need one flight included, to avoid travel weariness on massive bus journeys. Though the buses are comfortable, too many will inevitably spoil your mood.
Since you don't seem to be hitting the pampas or rio chubut area, I suggest a flight from calafate to buenos Airies, or vice versa.
Cheap ones are available if booked in advance from aerolinas argentinas website. Good company, I would trust them.
Thisll give you time in each place, and youll still have some mammoth bus journeys on your hands.
Renting a car is a no go on this budget.
Camping would be good, but requires planning. I didn't bother, but then again it was mid winter when I was there.
Ps - buenos Airies is great, if you plan 3-4 days there, double it!

7. Posted by marky2010 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

You can do loads of stuff in 4 four weeks in Argentina. Buenos Aires, Trelew, Ushuaia, Calafate, Mendoza, Salta and Iguazu can all be covered. This maybe a little rushed though but, hey, be ambitious!!

I would definatley say visit BA, Ushuaia, Calafate and Iguazu are the musts!!

8. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


Sorry, I was out in Thailand. Ya, I think your schedule is fine but not included the traveling time. Keep in mind Argentina is a very big country, if you are going to travel by bus for example, Ushuaia to Calafate, take 20 hours.

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