We are visiting Argentina between late October and mid-November for about 3 weeks. This will be our first time. The country is big, so we have scaled back our expectation to Buenos Aires, Iguazu and then to the south (Bariloche, El Calafate, Ushuaia and Valdez peninsula) after talking to a local agent recommended on this forum (Isabel, thanks folks). This gives us about 8 days in B.A. Here are my questions:
1. Will 8 days be enough in Buenos Aires? If we give Valdez peninsula a pass (we have seen whales before), will we be missing a feel of Patagonia? We really want to relax a bit and enjoy the city.
2. Since Iguazu and Patagonia are in opposite directions, does it make more sense to break the stay in B.A. in two discreet chunks
3. Assuming we manage to spend a week at a stretch in Buenos Aires, does it make more sense to rent an apartment. We are not looking for high end luxury, but being senior citizens, do want safety, convenience etc. I speak some Spanish but my partner does not.
Thanks for any suggestions.