Buenos aires with kids - 12 days
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 12, 2013 5:45 PM Last Post By: marksoc
Apr 17, 2013 12:43 AM
Buenos aires with kids - 12 daysHello.
We are a couple with two small kids, 4 and 2 year old by the time of the trip.
We are considering to spend 12 days in Buenos aires. Last week of august and first of september.
We realize it is still winter but due to their school is impossible to go later than this.
1) Is this end of winter bearable? I've seen in weather webs a 17 / 7 degrees average but it seems quite optimistic in the sense that in june it also says 15 / 5 which doesn't seem winter at all...
2) Concerning these 12 days. Is it ok? Not too much I guess. We usually go at a slow pace because of the children.
3) Are there any extra point relatively close to Baires? Even with plane. We have discarded Iguazu because of yellow fever vaccine and I'm afraid that the southern part of the country will be too coldy.
Thanks a lot for all your comments.
Apr 17, 2013 2:03 AM
11. We were there in April last year, so in autumn really, and the weather was still really nice (sit outside in short sleeves etc). I don't think it gets really cold in BA in winter.
2. You won't be bored, there's plenty to see and do.
3. You could quite easily pop into Uruguay (Colonia or Montevideo) by ferry for a day or 2. If you're happy to travel farther, then Salta and the surrounding area are stunning.
Apr 17, 2013 2:10 AM
2I didn't quite get the yellow fever vaccine thing. If you stay on the Argentine side of the falls you shouldn't need one? IguazÃº would be pretty amazing, although your kids are pretty young I suppose - they'd like the butterflies! Ignore this if there's another reason.
I agree with #1 that Salta is a good option. The kids are likely to get to see llamas or vicuÃ±as, too. Take care with altitude though - Salta is fine but if you decide to explore there are pretty high-up towns. In 12 days you may well not have time though!
Buenos Aires has had snow in years gone by I'm told, but not in April...I hope!!
Have a good trip.
Apr 17, 2013 12:30 PM
I'm not too sure about the weather as I went in the Autumn but it was warm - between 18 and 25 degrees, so winter could be around 10 or 8 degrees?
I think 12 days is quite alot in BA. It is a great city with lots of lovely parks and exciting neighborhoods (be careful of petty crime, especially in La Boca and on the subway etc), but with caution and a money belt you will be fine. With kids you may want more variety and you could get out of BA for a bit...
We did Mendoza - the sunny desert city with is fame in the wine industry. It is a beautiful city and felt really safe. The surrounding Andean countryside is stunning, with views of Aconcagua. There are excellent warm springs pools in the hills about an hour away by bus called Cacheuta - kids love it there, (most are pretty shallow) and there are lots of excursions into the mountains to do various outdoorsy trips like rafting, kyaking and cycling. You can also rent bikes for about about 35 pesos each (about £5) in the Maipu area of the city to tour the wineries etc..
Mendoza is easy to get to by air or comfy overnight bus (company Cata or Andesmar).
Hope that helps!
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Apr 18, 2013 1:19 AM
4Even for winery visits, the area around Salta (Cafayate) is a lot prettier than Mendoza. Mendoza itself is an ok city, but nothing too special. The cycle tours around the Maipu valley are a great way to get drunk on the cheap, but again nothing too special, and all that cycling along a major road wasn't very scenic at all. If you want to cycle from winery to winery, do it in Lujan de Cuyo (also close to Mendoza, just the other side of the highway), or go to Cafayate, where you can walk around town and visit them all.
Apr 18, 2013 1:34 PM
5I think 12 days is plenty, me and my 4 year old daughter spent 5 days there. I would not recommend a trip to Mendoza, 14h on the bus is not the best thing for kids even on comfy cama seat ( we were travelling up to Lima so had to do this part ). But as someone mentioned, ferry trip to Uruguay can be nice, we didnt have so much time. If there is something I wish I had done in Buenos, its probably graffiti tour - but I think that if you like the graffiti art ( and kids usually do ) it might be better to do a research before the trip and do it on your own, in a slow pace. We just came back from our trip and will be putting photos on my blog in a week or so, here www.vamasworld.com. But if you still haven't decided about the place, I would rather suggest going to Peru or Chile, at least my daugher had more fun there.
Apr 21, 2013 4:44 AM
Plenty of time for the main parts of the city. There is plenty to see there and for the children too.
Not sure about your children's interests but this place is very popular.
You could go to Tigre/Delta. Trains leave from Retiro station. You could get a different train back that takes a different route. You could also spend time in San Isidro which is on that rail route.
Lujan is an attractive cathedral city. Again you can get there by train from Once station changing at Moreno.
Plus you could get a ferry to Montevideo for a day or two. Then get a bus from Montevideo's main bus terminal at Tres Cruces and go to Colonia. The bus stops right outside the ferry terminal for Buenos Aires. Colonia is a good day trip.
Apr 26, 2013 2:38 AM
May 12, 2013 5:45 PM
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