We visited Arg between 10-24 Feb this year and have to say it is the best place we have ever been to. While we are not globetrotters, we are getting about and Argentina will take some beating. We like to try new places but this is the first time we are giving serious consideration to returning...if only the flights from Britain weren't so expensive!!!
We paid £750 each for the flights with Air France who were excellent.
We changed money at Bank de Nation on passing customs
( thank you TA reviewers )and then took a remise for 120 pesos to Hotel Mine in Palermo.
For the remise simply go to the desk of any of the companies which are right in front of you, pay the set rate and a young lad shows you to your taxi.
Our accomodation was
Mine Hotel - 5 nights:very good hotel,excellent staff
Panoramic Hotel - 3 nights:very good hotel
Los Dos Hermanos estancia - 2 nights:Fantastic!
Home Hotel - 4 nights:very good hotel,excellent staff
We wrote reviews for LDH and Panoramic as LDH did not have a review since Dec 08 and we had to tell people how great our time there was. Panoramic has had mixed reviews and I dont really understand why.
Mine and Home are well represented on the review front and we wouldn't be adding anything new ie the staff make the hotels.
We loved staying in Palermo with the cafes, restaurants and boutique shops on every street, almost to the detriment of the rest of BsAs as we didnt see all the barrios we had planned.
We had a walk around the Microcentre and as others have mentioned, Florida and surrounding streets are perhaps worth an hour of your time just to see it but wouldnt hang about as there are so many far more interesting places to see.
Puerto Madero was really nice and we caught the tail end of the San Telmo market on the second Sunday. Bought some momentos there and we were annoyed that we didn't make it earlier in the day.
With the help of Scarlett, I managed to arrange a restaurant for Sat 14th, Valentines Night when I was going to pop the question to my better half, however, the Argentine FA had the cheek to move the Boca/Newells game forward 24 hours, meaning it clashed with my big romantic moment!
Thankfully, the restaurant changed our booking to Friday...the 13th!...Claire got her ring, I got to see the football, everybodys happy!! Who said romance was dead...Us Scots love our footy too!!
Anyway, we arranged the Boca game through the hotel and it cost 250 pesos each, about £50 each. Was a ripoff but beggars cant be choosers and I was not leaving Arg without seeing Boca or River.
Boca were not very good but the atmosphere was great even though it wasn't a full house, and the support the Boca fans gave their team even when getting beat was something that just doesnt happen over here.
I will repeat what others have said YOU CANNOT BUY TICKETS FOR A BOCA GAME FROM A TICKET OFFICE.
The season tickets are a swipe card issued to members, but members who cant make the game let out their seat via friends etc as happened with us.
A very decent bloke Sebastian took us to the game and dropped us after and it was his brothers tickets.
We flew to Iguazu with LAN, and here is my one major gripe...We were charged £200 each for these flights which are the equivalent of flying from Glasgow to London, which you can do for less than £50
Charging foreigners way over the odds(3x more than Argentines I believe) for these flights is a bit hard to take to be honest, however we still payed it so I suppose its our own fault...anyway, the Falls are fantastic and were worth every penny so I will stop moaning.
Our flight was cancelled on the return and despite a few nervous hours to see if everyone would be put on other flights that day it worked out not too bad, though we were 10 hours late getting back to BsAs.
Then it was the estancia and I have reviewed that on TA, suffice to say it was fantastic.
Back to Palermo and Home Hotel and more great restaurants. The ones I can remember were
Sette Bacco - Scarletts excellent recommendation. Great food, very romantic, perfect for a special occassion even if they didn't have the two most expensive champagnes on their menu..thankfully! Green Bamboo - Chilled out, laid back, great cocktails and the food wasn't half bad either
Don Julios - Excellent parrilla, rustic relaxed restaurant
Divine Patagonia - very small menu but beautiful food and another very nice restaurant with terrific staff
Bar Uriarte - great lunch and a cool trendy place
Cafe Chez - San Telmo restaurant we stumbled upon which I hadn't heard of at all beforehand. We absolutely loved it. French based but the steaks were terrific and once again the staff were brilliant, a recurring theme.
I have to go now as I'm late for 5-a-sides and want to wear my new Boca strip!
But just to say a big thank you to Karma, Dawgy, Soulskier and especially Scarlett for your their great advice and help and all the other BsAs residents on TA. Those of you who stay in Argentina are lucky, the people are so friendly and helpful and I really hope to return some day soon