Travel in Argentina
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2012 8:59 AM Last Post By: bamemory
Oct 20, 2012 4:15 AM
Travel in ArgentinaHi fellow travelers! :-)
I have never been to Argentina before but would LOVE to go!!! I'm trying to figure out what to do next year travelwise and Argentina is definately one of the possibilities! :-)
My main question is: how much money do I need on a daily basis. I have read about it and it appears that it is quite expensive compared to other countries in the region!
Basically, I want to stay in ordianry hostels (nothing to expensive), eat at street stalls, visit the ocasional highlight and travel around as much as possible (by bus). Any tips or advice???
Also, obviously everyone has their own opinion on the matter but... what is DEFINATELY not worth missing in Argentina??? :-)
Thanks again! Cheers!
Oct 20, 2012 4:57 AM
1A realistic budget is $60(US) per day, it will be struggle to do it for less. Plus inflation in Argetina was crazy when I was there so it may be even more expensive. Of course the whole economy could collapse again before you go then it will be dirt cheap again..........
Highlights? For me:
Salta and region (Cafayate)
(Torres Del Paine circuit)
The last three are just over the border in Chilean Patagonia.
Oct 20, 2012 5:10 AM
Oct 20, 2012 5:17 AM
3I was in Argentina/Chile for Jan, Feb and March 2011.
It is really hard to suggest a time frame. I could easily spend 4 months just in Patagonia but I am really in to outdoors activities and there are endless opportunities in Patagonia. I could have spent another week in BsAs (I spent 1 week there) and again I could have done with more time to explore NW Argentina. I wasn't very taken with the Mendoza region but others loved it.
All in all 3 months was reasonable for both countries.
Oct 20, 2012 7:46 AM
4The problem now is the parallel market for exchanging money. It is both risky and illegal to exchange on the black market but some places will give you the unofficial rate, which makes things cheaper. US$60 might do it now, next year you might need more or the bottom could fall out and you will need much less. There are always ways to go where you want to go. You just adjust your time there and how you spend your money when there. We have been to Argentina when we were able to take everyone out to dinner and when we couldn't afford a coffee in a café. It is a great destination anyway.
Oct 20, 2012 1:44 PM
5I was there Jan/March 2012, and as a backpacker I spend on average US$50 per day. This budget was too restrictive in Patagonia but very manageable in the cheaper North West. You will find most of your cash is spent on buses as travel distances are huge and the buses are expensive.
In total I spent 10 weeks which was enough to do all that I wanted in the country. A keen trekker could spend longer or you could visit just the highlights in much less.
Oct 21, 2012 12:44 AM
Oct 21, 2012 8:59 AM
7It is both risky and illegal to exchange on the black market but some places will give you the unofficial rate
It is not risky if you ask the man at the front desk who knows where to contact the black market. Of course he does not pay as high as the direct dealer but you get more than the official rate. Hotel owners and employees
are making big money doing this business.
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