Time 3 or 4 weeks? Pampas & Patagonia maybe Atlantic Patagonia?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 31, 2012 7:16 AM Last Post By: Bluepoint
May 2, 2012 3:20 AM
Time 3 or 4 weeks? Pampas & Patagonia maybe Atlantic Patagonia?Hi there..
I read a lot about all possibilities. Am heading for BA mid December, gonna stay 1 week in BA for spanish lessons and then want to travel Pampas (horse riding) & Patagonia (Perito Moreno, Bariloche, Ushuaia).
As I have seen many Waterfalls like Victoria in Zimbabwe and many more in Ecuador.. is Iguazu really necessary to see?
As I do not want to stay too long at places that you have seen within 1-2 days how much time is essential to see Patagonia & Pampas, what about Atlantic Patagonia? Are 2 weeks enough for travelling or 3 weeks better (excluding the 1 week in BA).
Thank you for your input!
May 2, 2012 8:05 AM
1Nothing is really necesary to see. That depends a lot on your interests. But Iguazu is quite unique but also a long detour. In Patagonia, focus on southern Patagonia. The best scenery and adventures are there and you won´t have time to do all Patagonia. Ushuaia, Torres del Paine, El Calafate and El Chalten are incredible for outdoor adventures, wildlife and the scenery. There is also good horseriding down there.
May 2, 2012 10:58 AM
2Iguazu is incredible! Personally I would NOT miss it if you can afford the flights there & back.
I would give yourself 3 weeks if you have that option, and do as much as possible!
For riding in the Pampas, I volunteered at http://www.estancialamargarita.com/en/ for 6 weeks over Dec & Jan. It is not a 'luxury' estancia, it is more like a working ranch. The horses are EXCELLENT at all levels, and 1 x 1 hr ride is included each day. However, if you are an experienced rider and looking to do longer / extra rides, you have to pay extra for them. For those without a huge amount of experience 1 hour a day (over 2 days) is usually plenty.
The only shortcoming is that if you arrive by bus (ie, without your own transport) you are 'stuck' on the the estancia as it's in the middle of nowhere - it is a great place for relaxing (swimming, reading, walking etc) but not if you want to be action packed every day. It was a great place to spend Christmas if you are away over that time as there is a big 'family' dinner with all of the guests & staff. PM me if you want more info.
May 2, 2012 12:51 PM
May 2, 2012 1:00 PM
4Agree with 1 and include Perito Moreno. It's the right time of the year for Southern Patagonia. Do you travel by plane or bus? Are you going to do some hikes (1day, 2days?). You easily fill up 3 weeks and haven't been horse riding in the Pampas yet....Iguazu is recommendable but does not really fit.
May 2, 2012 7:13 PM
May 3, 2012 4:22 AM
May 3, 2012 4:23 AM
7Thank u all sooo much for all your precious input:
Torres del Paine, el Calafate with the glaciers, el Chalten with the lakes, Perito Moreno, Bariloche (Lake District)
Do you recommend to fly to Ushuaia or Calafate airport to start my travel? Depends if you think Ushuaia is worth the travel, otherwise ill go direct to Calafate and start with the Torres :)
After reaching Bariloche I am intending to cross the boarder near Bariloche to Chile and go to see the Atacama desert before returning back to Buenos Aires.
I love deserts, but are 4 Weeks travelling enough to do all of it, or would you recommend another route?
May 3, 2012 5:03 AM
May 3, 2012 8:29 AM
9Ushuaia is well worth. Lots of good outdoor adventures, great scenery and very good wildlife. Also very interesting in history. I would consider to skip the Lake District!
Edited by: nahuel
May 3, 2012 8:48 PM
10If you want to go to San Pedro you'll probably want to get a domestic flight in Chile too. Busing from Pucon to San Pedro for example would take over 30 hours which is not something you want on such a tight schedule.
I've just left San Pedro and thought it was great. If you have the time go for it by all means, but you might be squeezing too much in. Perhaps save Chile and northern Argentina for next year.
Oct 31, 2012 7:16 AM
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