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Valley
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Trip report

Trip Report

• 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

Money

• 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.

Safety

• 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

Transportation

• 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

• 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

BA

• 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

Puerto Iguazu

• 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

Salta Region

• 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

Peninsula Valdes

• 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.

People

They were great!!!

We look forward to returning to Argentina

Edited: 4:04 pm, November 17, 2013
7 replies to this topic
Vienna, Austria
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for Vienna, Austria, Innsbruck
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1. Re: Trip report

Thanks for taking the time to report your experiences! I am preparing a trip to Argentina and thus highly interested in the stories of travelers who have been there recently.

Argentina
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for Buenos Aires, Argentina
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2. Re: Trip report

Lots of useful data, thank you very much!

Singapore, Singapore
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3. Re: Trip report

<<If your going to be in BA for a few day, it’s worth buying a SUBE card (rechargeable card)>>

We used the subte or subway a lot and once tried to board a bus but after waiting 15 min. for the bus, the driver told us that we need coins.. and we never bothered with buses again.. lol..

Valley
posts: 32
4. Re: Trip report

That's interesting you couldn't use your SUBE for the bus, we used it 3 or 4 times on the bus with no problems. Perhaps there are different types of SUBE cards?

Singapore, Singapore
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Oops sorry, I meant we never bought a sube card, didn't know it can be used in both subway and buses.. we didn't know also that local buses use coins and don't accept notes.. hopefully this will benefit others who will be using public transportation a lot.. good tips!

Italy
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for Livigno, Lombardy
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6. Re: Trip report

Thanks for sharing your experience, we also enjoyed the Salta area we never imagined the scenery would be so stunning.

Valley
posts: 32
7. Re: Trip report

Just wanted to say thanks to those who got something out of our trip report.

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