Good evening. Can you please help us figure out our itineary? We are trying to sort out our July trip to Argentina (17 nights). We have narrowed down our trip to Esteros del Ibera (~3 nights), Salta (~6 nights) and Buenos Aires (remainder of stay).
Our problem is that costs for flights and accomodations are much more than we expected--more so than many other countries in Central and South America including Costa Rica. So, it doesn't appear that Argentina is the "bargain" that it used to be. We were hoping to keep our expenses at an average of $200 or so a day for the two of us. But, we are getting rather expensive quotes from travel agents--even those highly recommended by this board.
What are folks REALLY paying for their trips to Argentina?
We were thinking of the Cocker in San Telmo but are being discouraged by one travel agent because of safety issues. She is suggesting staying in Palermo, Ricoleta etc. instead at a hotel that would be about $150 per night--almost twice as expensive as the Cocker. Is safety really a concern in San Telmo? We are not late night folks.
She also suggested that we take long-distance buses to help bring down the costs. Given the poor performance of Aerolineas Argentinas, and the limited schedule for LAN, we are thinking this is a good idea.
Right now, we are thinking of the following:
--night bus to Esteros del Ibera
--3 nights at posada in Esteros del Ibera
--night bus to Salta?
--6 nights in Salta area
--fly back to Buenos Aires
--remainder of our stay in Buenos Aires
Should we go to Salta first, or Esteros del Ibera?
How is the bus transportation between Esteros del Ibera and Salta? It looks like a 13 or so hour trip--there don't appear to be regular flights in between.
Thanks so much.