• My wife and I got back from Argentina a couple of weeks ago.
• In the 2 weeks we were there, we went to BA, Puerto Iguassu Falls, Salta region & Peninsula Valdes
• The following is a brief summary of our trip
• As mentioned in this forum, bring US currency, if possible
• We got 9.40 pesos to the dollar
• Another couple we met were getting 9.50
• Never had a problem using old, wrinkled, torn/taped pesos- all were accepted
• Counterfeit money- we didn’t know what to look for and didn’t need to know what to look for, no problems encountered- perhaps we were just lucky.
• Never felt unsafe while in Argentina
• Stayed in the Palermo area while BA, walked the streets at night and never felt we had to keep looking over our shoulder
• La Boca – Spent a couple of hours in this area during the day. Stayed in the tourist area and felt very safe
• Took the subway a couple of times a day (mornings & rush hour). No issues.
• Since we brought US currency and exchanged all of it into pesos in BA, we used the B&B safe to lock up our cash and carried with us what we thought was needed for the day.
• As mentioned by so many on this forum, use common sense, research your areas you plan to visit, don’t wear expensive jewelry, use a money belt, etc
• If your going to be in BA for a few day, it’s worth buying a SUBE card (rechargeable card)
>Can be used for the subway and buses
>Saves time and you don’t have to use coins which are hard to come by.
• Used LAN and Aerolineas airlines to get to our destinations
>No problems encountered. All flights left on time.
• Hertz Rental Car (Salta), very good service, however disappointed that we had no choice but to take their insurance
>Hoped that we could decline it and have coverage with our Visa card.
• Avis Rental Car (Puerto Madryn)
>no problems, however when returning the car, the agent was not there
>Had to leave the keys (had to catch a flight) and hope for the best.
>No additional charge was put on our card.
• Driving was no problem, but it's worth getting a good road map
• If your not use to gravel roads you need to slow down (50-60 km)
• Food was great
• As for steaks, let’s just say we don’t think we can ever buy (at a restaurant) or cook a steak again. It was incredible
• Salads were not the greatest but that could be our restaurant selection
• Stayed in the Palermo area at the Palermo Viejo B&B
>the owner, a great host
>He took the time to give us a good orientation of the city
>Provide safety tips and always took the time to answer any questions we had
>Clean, safe with a great breakfast
• Lots of restaurants, cafes and boutiques ( if you’re into shopping
• Walked the areas of la Boca, San Telmo, City Central, Recoleta Cemetery,Calle Florida, Puerto Madero
• All worth visiting
• Iguazu Falls was stunning.
• Arrived in Puerto Iquazu in the early afternoon and immediately went to the falls and walked to Devils throat and then did the superior walk.
• Stayed at the Secret Garden Iguazu B&B
>the owner was wonderful
>Nice and clean place set in his Garden with a great breakfast
• Following morning we did the lower walk including taking the boat to the Island and walking the Island (took about 2.5 hours)
• We would of done some of the other trails but the skies open up and it poured rain
• We did not go to the Brazilian side
• Rented a car at the Salta airport
• Immediately drove to Ticara
• Hertz representative was very kind in taking the time to show us direction to get through the city
• Stayed 3 nights in Ticara. We really enjoyed this town (people were great and lots of restaurants to choose from)
• Used Tilcara as our base to visit Purmamarca, Uqula, Humahuaca & Salinas Grandes
• Purmamarca is incredible, be sure to take the time to walk around the “Hill of Seven Colours”
• Drove to Salinas Grandes on a cloudy day. You have to cross the mountains to get there. We could probably see 5-10 feet ahead. It was pretty nerve racking. We were going about 20-30 km until we got to then other side. Recommend you do this on a clear day.
• Drove to Cafayate, got lost a couple times trying to get through Salta but managed after awhile. Note to self buy a good road map!
• Stayed at the Killa. Very nice place. The owner was very helpful in offering suggestions on what to visit.
• The Quebrada de Cafayate is a must. Try to do this drive in the late afternoon when the sun is setting.
>Every time we turned a corner on the road, we had to stop the car to take in the scenery
• Flew to Trelew but stayed in Puerto Madryn
• Rented a car with Avis.
• Drove to the Reserva Faunistica Peninsula Valdes
• Took a boat tour to see the Southern Right Whale. Incredible!
>Didn’t think we would see that many whales up close
• Tour other parts of the Penninsula which were also enjoyable
>Saw some penguins, elephant seals and Sea lions
• Next day drove to Punta Tombo. Lots of Penquins to see. Can’t help but smile when you see them.
They were great!!!
We look forward to returning to ArgentinaEdited: 4:04 pm, November 17, 2013