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1. Posted by daintydawnie (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I’m travelling to Argentina with another chicka in Oct (both late 20’s), we’ll spend to spend a week in BA (meeting a local friend there) then heading to Mendoza and down to Bariloche (1 week), onto El Bolson (1 week) and then cross over to Chile and spend another week around the lake district there (is this enough or should more time be spent there rather Argentina?), but don’t know where. Too many places to choose from any suggestions?

We like hiking (not really hard core climbs though, just day hikes), kayaking, horseriding, rafting, waterfalls, hot springs, wildlife... You can do this all over the area, so has anyone had some special experiences, special places, tours, they would share or recommend?

We’ll be staying in hostels and we are on a budget, my Spanish is alright and my mate is Italian, so she chats away fine!... we like things a bit off the beaten track, I know Bariloche is touristy but I thought it might be a good base to explore the surrounding parks, if anyone can suggest other places please do....

Some of the parks seem expensive if you get tours and transport etc, can you hitch there and walk on your own?

We’re heading to Bolivia after so it’s bus vs plane, but we want to see salt flats, so thinking a bus might be better with a stop in Santiago to break it up...

Any tips hints will be appreciated!

2. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 435 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thats plenty of time. Although I didn't care much for Bariloche myself, the surrounding areas were beautiful, especially some of the other towns on the lake and to the north of the city - if I can access the journal with the names of the places we stayed there I'll PM them to you.

A week in El Bolson is a lot of time, and I say that as someone who really loves that area. Its a sleepy town without a lot to do in the town itself - but good hiking and outdoor activities are all around you. Its also a place where you can find a cheap place to stay which is often nicer than the hostels (the tourist info center in the middle of town will have a book with pictures, prices and will call for you if you see a place you'd like. For US $12 a night we styed in an amazing home in the heart of the city.

The lake district in Chile is amazing and I found a week there was rushing it, but thats just me.

3. Posted by daintydawnie (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info!

I think we're going to maybe half it, 1.5 weeks on each side of the boarder. We have ~ 3 weeks in the area, so will prob just go with the flow and chat and try get some recommendations along the way!

I got a bit lost as to where to go in Chlie, a few people have recommended Pucon as a base.