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Shmuel Ungerfeld
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Username: Shmuelu

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 2:32 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Greetings,

I am considering visiting Argentina this comming summer (end of June 06).

I have three weeks to spend, and I have a preference to do the driving myself (and three other family members).

I also would like to visit family members in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Here are my questions, I home you might help with:

1. Is self driving is a reasonable choice for Argentina?

2. Is there a web site or a good book that would be helpfull in planning such driving trip?

3. I am looking for mapping software that will enable me to plan my route. Any recommendations?

4. My family and myself do not like big cities, love nature (and culture) and interaction with it (boating, hiking, skiing, etc.). Any recommendations for an itinerary for three weeks driving trip is appreciated.

Thank you

Shmuel
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Laura Zurro
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 3:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

This link might be helpful. it's sort of a yahoo mapquest type mapping system.
www.guiaypf.com.ar
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Roberto
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Post Number: 336
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 5:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Shmuel, welcome!

Driving yourself could be a meaningful consideration if you are used to, say, american traffic. In Argentina, drivers tailgate and drive fast. Depending on where you travel the conditions of the roads and highways could play a role too. Having said that, a trip to Uruguay should be very rewarding and an easy drive.

Laura's suggestion is the best!
I have all 6 guides for the entire country myself and I use them again and again. Nothing compares to the YPF guides. You will find precise information on all routes across the nation, as well as stops, lodging and attractions along the way. The guides have been created with 'tourists driving' in mind and are very "heavy" on maps. YPF used to run most outposts motels anywhere you could travel domestically so they've done a thorough job mapping the country. Don't look any further.

By June, weather has already turned cold in most of Argentina. Although three weeks is plenty of time weather might limit your choices as to activities and destinations. By end of June you could find nice skiing conditions in Bariloche and Las Lenas. Rafting, horse riding and other outdoor activities may be unpleasant but perhaps you don't mind the weather.

One idea would be to combine some skiing for a week in patagonia with a trip to Iguazu up north. Not sure if this can be accomplished by car. It is a hell of a stretch.
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Shmuel Ungerfeld
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Username: Shmuelu

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 5:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Laura, Roberto,

Thanks for the advice.

Laura, I found the mapping section in that web site, but Argentina is not listed.

Could you send me the actual link where Argentina mapping is available?

Thank you
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Carmen Stigliano
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Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 9:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Shmuel,

That weblink is only about Argentina.

Carmen
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Shmuel Ungerfeld
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Username: Shmuelu

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 1:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Carmen,

When I switch to the English version, the Argentina site is no longer there.

Any idea how to get to the "Argentina" in English?

THank you

Shmuel
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Roberto
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Post Number: 337
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 1:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ok, I checked it myself. You get redirected to their european portal. YPF is actually part of a spanish company (repsol) so the english version only shows information about Europe.

I am afraid that the only way to access YPF guides is going to be in spanish, whether the paperbacks, cd's or online. This could be a common problem when it comes to something so specific as mapping... My guides are all in spanish. Maybe someone knows of an english version?
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Shmuel Ungerfeld
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Username: Shmuelu

Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 1:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Roberto, thank you for your eforts

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