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Martha Valdez
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Username: Valdezm

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 - 2:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

We are planning a trip to Argentina on Nov 12th arriving on the 13th. We'd like to stay in B/A for 2 nights then take a plane to Mendoza, spend 2 nights in Mendoza. From there we'd like to fly to Trelew for 3-2 nights, then return to B/A for 1 night and fly back home.

Questions:
Is this too much to do?

Can we book our flights from the US? or is it cheaper to book them in Argentina? How about hotels?

Do we need to rent a car at any of these places?

Should we scrap Trelew and instead go to Bariloche or the Falls?

I thank you in advance, this is a great site!!
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Tom Woodson
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Username: Diverdown48

Post Number: 231
Registered: 6-2006


Posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 - 3:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Martha
where is and what is in trelew. I have seen it mentioned here several times. So, since I am lazy, can someone fill me in por favor.
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Roberto
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Post Number: 787
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 - 4:06 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome Martha,

For the Trelew question (TW)... basically it is a beach head. From there you can visit Puerto Madryn 50 miles away. Planes arrive at Trelew so it's a mandatory stop but most people will make it to Puerto Madryn and sleep there.

Your itinerary looks fine as:
3 nights in BA
2 nights in Mendoza
3 nights in Puerto Madryn (better)

If anything, it may be a lil' short in the Mendoza dpt. You will depart feeling you have left attractions on the table. Renting a car for such short stays and having no experience driving around locals will make your vacation very stressfull. I'd go with guided tours for these destinations, specially Puerto Madryn. Lots to see.
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Tom Woodson
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Post Number: 232
Registered: 6-2006


Posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 - 4:22 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Roberto
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Martha Valdez
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Username: Valdezm

Post Number: 2
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 - 5:25 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you Roberto.

How can we book our flights within Argentina? Also are there any hotels you can recommend? We are a group of 5, 2 couples and a single woman. We'd like to be where is convenient to all, rest, metro, etc.

Also, are there any activities that we should not miss?

Thank you again. I this forum is fantastic. I have learned quit a bit about Argentina.
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Roberto
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Post Number: 788
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 6:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Martha, if you want an estimate for the whole enchilada -accomodations, flights, tours, transfers- you can always email Erna at erna@travelsur.net and she will prepare something so that you can compare. Then, you could shop around... If you want to book hotels on your own, I am only familiar with the ones in BA and any 4 starts would do... Wilton, Conquistador, etc or many of the ones mentioned in this forum. They are all conveniently located, safe and within a reasonable price range. But what is not clear is if you have already gotten a head start with your booking...
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Martha Valdez
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Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 10:39 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you Roberto, you have been very helpful. I will contact Erna today.
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larry Rogers
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Username: Larryr30

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Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 6:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Can someone out there give me (as usual...good info) on taking a bus to Mendoza, Is it a safe trip? Is it not wise to take a bus? Maybe point out some overall things.
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Roberto
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Post Number: 820
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Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 7:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Tom may chime in. He is a fan of buses in Argentina and has had some good experiences.

It is safe.
It is cheaper.
It is efficient since you can do an overnight trip.
It can be comfortable if you travel on the executive class or semicama. Not sure about 180 degree beds... Ask about dinner and breakfast services.


Andesmar
Chevallier
El Rapido

...all have good coaches. Average night trip goes from 20:20 departure from Retiro to 10:40 arrival.

You must come by the bus terminal and check the different companies and coaches to make sure you are happy.
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val kay
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Post Number: 13
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 9:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Roberto, do you happen to know if EL Rapido has service from Mendoza to Santiago with semicame seats.Is it as safe as Andesmar ?

Andesmar and Turbus do not have semicama for their Mendoza to Santiago route.
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Roberto
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Post Number: 823
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, November 03, 2006 - 6:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

They do Chile but I would not know what kind of buses they use. This is a shorter distance though, so not sure about semicama. You can email them here info@elrapidoint.com.ar
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Tom
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Username: Diverdown48

Post Number: 265
Registered: 6-2006


Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 12:58 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I like riding the buses in Argentina.

they are safe,
they are convenient,
they are inexpensive,
and if you choose the top of the line buses they are very comfortable.
My only beef which is they usally travel long distances by night which takes away sightseeing which I enjoy. On the other hand you can go to sleep in the evening and wake up at your destination in the morning.
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larry Rogers
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Username: Larryr30

Post Number: 12
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 9:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Tom or Roberto,
The amounts or prices to get to Mendoza on a Cama or SemiCama seat. Since I don't feel like walking to Retiro, than might one of you or someone else take a stab at the cost of a ticket might be (I know dependent on factors), just a guess?

Thanks
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Roberto
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Post Number: 827
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 10:22 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

You have several daily departures and the trip is about 13 hours.

SEMICAMA: 120 recline
CAMA: 120 recline (better seats and more services)
EXECUTIVE: 180 recline

Roundtrips (approx)
-------------------
semi usd $72
Cama usd $88
executive usd $100

CAMA AND SEMICAMA
semi

EXECUTIVE
cama

(Message edited by admin on November 04, 2006)
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Tom
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Username: Diverdown48

Post Number: 266
Registered: 6-2006


Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 1:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Larry, I have traveled as far as 650 kilometers to Pique, Buenos Aires province on Nandu del Sul which operates a very comfortable sleeping style bus for 53 pesos one way in July 06.

That is the best I can do for you.

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