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Elise Thomson
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Username: Elise

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Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 3:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Roberto -
I've been reading through the information on your site - it's very helpful! A mate & I will be in Chile at the start of July, and are hoping to backpack through Argentina for 2 weeks at the end of the month. We have a few ideas, and would like to run them by you to see how plausible they are.

1) We will definately be going to BA. My mate doesn't want to spend too much time on buses (or travelling at all, for that matter), and so we're thinking of spending 4-5 nights here. Are there cheap hostels in BA that are in social areas, or centralised?

2) We'd like to stay on a ranch for a few days - is this possible at this time of year? Is it expensive?

3) We are also going to Iguazu falls. We have the option of booking flights from Santiago (Chile) to BA or from Santiago to the falls. I've read that the trip by bus is very long - is it easier to work your way up or down the north half of the country?

3) I'd love to visit Mendoza - for the wineries, but have read that it's not its best at that time of year. What are your suggestions?

4) A lot of people have mentioned going to Cordoba - is July a good time to go?

5) We need to get back to Santiago at the end of our trip through Argentina. Would it be best to go back to BA and fly out of there? With this in mind, we're considering flying from Santiago to Iguazu, then taking buses along the way back to BA.

Any suggestions and advice you may have would be fantastic.

Thanks-
Elise
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Julieta Durante
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Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 4:29 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Elise: I recommend to rent an apartment to spend your time in Buenos Aires. They are cheaper than a hotel and full of amenities and well located.
check this URL out www.justba.com.ar
You can visit a ranch at any time of the year. They are not expensive (a gaucho party is U$100 per night more or less, with meals & drinks)
If you are going to take a flight from Santiago to Iguazu falls, you have to know that the way back to BA is really long (14 hours or so)
Mendoza it´s an excelent choice (i dont know if it is the write season to visit wineries, but its perfect to practise sky

If you have any questions write me julietadurante@hotmail.com
Hope you find this information usefull!!!
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Roberto
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Post Number: 1119
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Elisa, in addition to Julieta's comments someone else posted here that renting apartments can be cheap and a great option, even for a few days.

#3. Lots of flights to Iguazu all the time, so easy to get there.
#4. You can still visit wineries at this time of the year but don't expect to see collection of crops or similar.

You can visit Cordoba all year round. Warm weather would have been better because it has so much outdoors. But still worth visiting.

You can do a 1 way Santiago-Iguazu and then return south by bus and then unto Santiago. But as it was mentioned > very long trip. In the end, you will find out that a roundtrip Santiago-BA-Iguazu-BA-Santiago is the best option. Alternatively, you can fly back to your country out of BA without having to return to Santiago if you arrange this with the airline company.
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Elise Thomson
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Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 5:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Roberta & Julieta -
Do you suggest that we fly to Mendoza and Cordoba as well? From what I've read, that would mean flying back to BA in between. Or are those two provinces close enough to take a bus?

Do you have any information on ranch stays?

Thank you again,
Cheers
Elise
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Walter Aleman
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Username: Wallas

Post Number: 3
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 9:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Elise,
All you need about Mendoza, only tell us. We are not travel agency. We are only fanatical of Mendoza.
We live here, and we love to share ours experiencies.
Im Laura, specialist in biology and outdoors activities, and Walter my husband, is my partner :-).
We like alternative tourism for really know the naturals places of this wonderfoul province.
Just contact us if you need any information.

Cheers

Laura and Walter
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Elise Thomson
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Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 12:49 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Laura & Walter!
We'd love to go to Mendoza for a few days either at the beginning or the end of the period of July 6 to July 13. We'd like to visit the wineries - what other activities are there to do in Mendoza? Is it easy to get around without a car, or should we try to rent one? Are most of the wineries in the same area? What accommodation options are there? We are on a budget though.

Thanks for your help,
Elise
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Walter Aleman
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Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 1:44 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Elise,
You have many activities in Mendoza.I can to guide for many wineries close the city.
Yes, you should rent a car.
Tell me haw many persons you are. Childrens ? ( We have two daughters. 13 and 9 years old.
If you can, send us more information about you.
Where do you from ?

Cheers

Walter
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Elise Thomson
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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 1:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Walter,
There are four of us all in our early 20s from Australia. We're all students (ie we have a budget) but we don't want to miss out on anything!

Also, our dates have changed - now we'll be in Mendoza for 2 nights/3 days from Thursday July 12 to Saturday July 14.

Thanks for your help!
Elise
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Aegir Kristinsson
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Username: Aegir

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 3:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello
I’m new here and like to thank you for this forum.

I will be staying in Bariloche for one month, 30th of June to July 24th.
The plan is to take a trip for 2 weeks in Argentina and end in Mendoza before I go to Santiago, Chile.

This is how I see my trip:
Bariloche -> Santa Rosa -> Córdoba -> Salta -> Mendoza.
Would you recommend some other route?

I like all kinds of outdoor activities, culture and history.

Is the road from Mendoza to Santiago open all year long?
Or does the road close because of the snow?

Regards
Aegir
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Walter Aleman
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Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 12:21 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Aegir,
The road to Mendoza is open all year. In July some days there are problem for cross the border for a snow.
I live in Mendoza. I can guide to you in some activities, no problem.

Regards,
Walter
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Lisa Gillota
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Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 - 9:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am planning to travel to BA from Ohio in early June with my daughter as a high school graduation present. We are not the type to push to see too many destinations, but prefer to take our time, choosing to stay mainly in BA, venturing by ferry to Colonia and perhaps including a couple of day trips to leisurely enjoy the sights, culture, food, etc. Should we be concerned about cool weather hampering our sightseeing? Our stay will be 10 days. Please comment on suggested itinerary; neither of us ski, but want to visit museums, tango, venture into various neighborhoods, etc. Open to suggestions, but am convinced after scrolling through this site, that apartment rental is the way to go. Flights from (CLE)Ohio to EZE are about $1,000. Wow-
I'm eager for tips.
Lisa
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MIchael Calero
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Post Number: 60
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 - 11:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lisa,

I was there for two months this past fall and yes you are right about apartment rental. I went through a agency and found a great apartment duplex of 50 sq meters (kitchen,living downstairs , bedroom upstairs, with the bathroom, queen size bed) right on the corner of Charas and Guise in the Palermo area very safe area but remember just like anywhere in big cities keep an eye open. Great location everything is closeby and just a short taxi trip to everything. I overstay my reservation and instead of dealing with the extention with the agency I dealt directly with the owner which turned out great for both of us. I saved on the agency fee and he rented his apartment longer. His name is Fernando, young professional and will do anything to make a tenant feel at home. The cleaning lady was wonderful also. His email address is fernandovuteff@fibertel.com.ar I am sure he will direct you in the right direction and also send you photos of his apartment.

Hope this info helps.
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MIchael Calero
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Post Number: 62
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 - 11:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lisa,
Sorry, lefted out the c , Charcas. It's a nice blvd with trees , people walking all over the place. Everything you want is right there, two blocks from Sante Fe , where the Bulnes station, "D" Line is located and Alto Palermo Mall is right there also just a few blocks.
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Roberto
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Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 4:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Michael, is that Guise or Guido street?

Lisa, I just checked the average temperature for Cleveland. Buenos Aires does not get as cold and it doesn't snow either. In addition, in the last few years winters have been warmer than usual. There is a lot to see in 10 days and Buenos Aires will cover may of the attractions you are seeking (museums, tango, neighborhoods). Yesterday, I spent some time in the park of Costa Rica and Gorriti (Palermo viejo) and was shocked to see so many nice, little bars, pubs and great restaurants with plenty of recycled houses.

This is a good time (June) to visit the falls in Iguazu but you can also consider Carlos Paz in Cordoba with a visit to Merlo in San Luis (sierras) for a less traveled path.
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MIchael Calero
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Post Number: 63
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Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 6:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Roberto,

Guise one block from Col. Diaz...
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Dolores
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Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 11:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Just returned from an incredible stay at the Estancia La Margarita,Tapalque,in the Buenos Aires province, offering unlimited horseriding, suites with fireplaces and a working ranch (cows, sheep and 40 hect ranch and 1000 hect of riding possibilities). I can not begin to state what an incredible stay this was. I stayed for four days and rode each day with Annie, an English speaking host and had delightful meals, with Racquel heading up the Kitchen staff. All in all, very difficult to describe all the beauty and serenity of this Estancia (Ranch) but definitely worth a visit or two. Good Luck, Dolores

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