Thinking of visiting Buenos Aires for two weeks, alone...
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 30, 2012 10:36 PM Last Post By: samiedurnford
Sep 23, 2012 3:24 PM
Thinking of visiting Buenos Aires for two weeks, alone...Hi guys,
I'm traveling alone for two weeks and was thinking of just sticking to Buenos Aires. I was originally planning to pack in two countries but some friends have said it wouldn't be enough time to enjoy my trip.
I've previously done 21 days in just Brazil and I've seen the Falls already.
I'm just wondering if I will get bored? Is there lots to see and do? Should I try to go to Argentina then leave from Chile or Bolivia?
If you think two weeks in BA is great, where should I travel to? I'm definitely looking for some adventure (hiking, etc.), meeting people, relaxing... a big mix of things. I've been saving up for this a looooong time!
Thanks so much!
Sep 24, 2012 8:07 AM
1Bear in mind that in Argentina the official rate of exchange for the American dollar is 4.50 pesos while the black market pays about 6.10 pesos. Some people must be doing great business by buying official and selling black market.
Sep 24, 2012 9:39 AM
2Your friends' advice that 2 countries in 2 weeks is too much is right on. You would spend a good number of days just moving from one destination to another, thus limiting the amount of time you would have to get to know and truly enjoy a place.
If, in addition to meeting people and relaxing, your travel plans also include great food, excellent wines, tons of pastries, and unhurried afternoons spent people-watching, relaxing, and/or catching some sun while roaming coffee shops, bookstores, plazas/parks, museums, etc., then yes, Buenos Aires has plenty to keep you busy for 2 weeks. Palermo is a great place to meet a mix of locals and other travelers.
For a touch of adventure you can take day-trips or plan an overnight stay in: Tigre, the river delta community about 1hr from BA; Colonia, a small sleepy town in Uruguay, accessible by ferry from BA; San Antonio de Areca or another estancia where you can ride on horseback, hike, etc.
For more adventure, I would also recommend combining BA with an 3 or 4-day escape to Mendoza. Ride a comfortable overnight bus from BA, arrive in Mendoza, enjoy the Andes scenery, arrange hikes to Aconcagua or one of the other mountains. You can also whitewater raft, mountain bike, or join a bike tour to the wineries.
If you are still considering 2 countries, you could do BA to Mendoza to Chile (Santiago, Valpo, Viña del Mar) or BA to Mendoza to Salta to Bolivia. I would recommend Chile over Bolivia, both for proximity and for ease of travel within the 2nd country. Bolivia at the moment is experiencing workers' strikes that can result in travel delays - not ideal if you are on a tight travel schedule. In addition, Bolivia is a beautiful country and you need at least 3 or 4 weeks alone to see the best (Uyuni, Sucre, La Paz, Copacabana...). The destinations I mentioned in Chile can be done in 3 or 4 days.
If you have more specific interests, let me know and I'll happily make further suggestions!
Happy travel planning!
Sep 27, 2012 7:09 AM
3Places near BsAs worth a day trip include Delta/Tigre. You can get one train out a train from a different station to return. You could add San Isidro as a stopping point on your return.
You could also go to the attractive cathedral city of Lujan. Train from Once station, changing at Moreno. There is also a bus but I don't know where ir leaes from
Sep 30, 2012 10:36 PM
4Thank you! I read your advice and bought my ticket to BA that afternoon :)
Very much appreciated!
Quick question- What's the best way to get from airport (arriving at 1AM) to hostel? Book an airport pick-up from hostel?
And.. what night do I book for if I get in at 1AM? The day before or the day that it's now 1AM in? (Silly question, but it's a bit confusing!)
(1 star Hotel)
From US$8.67 per night
(2 star Hotel)
From US$37.00 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$153.60 per night