Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 8:15 am: |
Hello. I am an 22 year old from Australia travelling alone in Argentina for nearly four months until the end of June. I am arriving at Buenos Aires next week.
My original idea was to spend a month in four different areas - Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza and Cordoba - and go to Spanish language school. I read from somewhere a few days ago that March is a popular time in the Pantagonia region, and that transport/trips to and within the region will become scarce and more pricey post-March.
My plan was to slowly travel down the country but now it seems Bariloche in June is a silly idea. Should I then fly there straight away from Buenos Aires once I'm there next week?
Post Number: 1018
|Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 11:21 am: |
The answer to your question depends on many factors... Patagonia is very vast (5 states) and has different climate throughout. If you enjoy snow, snow sports and cold weather Bariloche is not a bad idea in June. Some places may see less activity but that will be usually confined to deep patagonia or places like Calafate where local ranches may stop offering accomodations for a few months. The only difference you may see after March is domestic tourism dwindling but that does not mean higher prices or less services. In fact, prices could be even better and some services may be even more enjoyable as crowds may diminish.
To really assess what is and what is not available you should have a precise plan (where in Patagonia) and specific services/accomodations to gauge availability but I would be surprised if you can't find good deals.
Alternatively, yes, you could initiate your trip in Bariloche and then go north Mendoza > Cordoba > BA. And later on, explore other areas in southern patagonia.
Post Number: 31
|Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 12:09 pm: |
Thought I would give you alittle tip for visiting Bariloche in June and July...there are many Brazilians that come over for ski session, so have your accomadations planned ahead. Also, if you do start in Bariloche and head north...don't miss Salta, it would be ashame to head back home without that city in your backpocket!
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 7:47 pm: |
Thank you so much for the info. I am okay with cold weather, but there is a limit to how many winter clothes I can manage in my backpack. I am just bringing with me a thick jacket and a couple of long sleeves, and they probably aren’t very suitable for snow! And yes, I will be going all the way down to El Calafate. I am interested in seeing the glaciers, lakes and rocks – I’ve never seen them before, they look so breathtakingly beautiful, and this would well be my only opportunity to see them in a long time coming. I think I will probably start there then, fly from Buenos Aires straight away and gradually work my way up North for the remaining four months.
I am just concerned now, that flights and tours in the region might be fully booked out for March, and that my hardly potent Spanish will not be of much help getting around. This was why I wanted to start from BA, but oh well!