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Advice on driving in Argentina

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Advice on driving in Argentina

We are planning a 21 day trip to Argentina in February 2007.We are independant travellers and after a couple of days in BA plan to fly down to the Lake District specifically Bariloche.Has anyone any advice or experience of driving from Bariloche up to Mendoza and on to Salta , from where we plan to fly back to BA.Is this a practical proposition re time and the state of the roads.

Also does anyone know how to buy an Argentina Air Pass in the UK. Flights into BA are already organised with British Airways (i.e Not Aerolineas Argentinas).

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1. Re: Advice on driving in Argentina

rent a car in Bariloche and drive around the lake district...take an overnight bus to Mendoza, much better than driving...and the drop off charge of the car rental will be expensive

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I agree with alecpatagonia, and my advise is: be very carfeul when driving in the Argentinean rutas (wanabee highways). People drive very badly here, the rutas are not well lit, there are no banquinas (side of the road to pull over) people pass on the wrong side, get really close to you, it's a bit stressing, but to dirve around in Patagonia is not so bad.

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I've driven BA to Salta, but not the route you're talking about. General advice: roads vary from fine pavement to pretty bad pavement to dirt. There are very few stretches with more than two lanes (one each way). No doubt you can figure out a reasonably direct route between the places you want to visit that stays on pavement, but it will be hard to know whether there's a bad stretch along the way. Also, you're talking about a route that will be in or very close to mountains virtually all the way, which means the distances on the maps will be deceiving; it will probably take longer than you think, as some roads twist and turn through mountains. Bottom line: think hard before driving it, and plan the route before you go. There's a web site that will give you detailed alternative routes between any two spots, as well as places to stay, sights to see, etc. -- www.ruta0.com.

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I'm an Argentina fan, but people in Argentina drive like maniacs, specially cab drivers. They have no respect for lanes, for pedestrians, red lights, etc. Yield signs in Buenos Aires are non-existant. I never saw one.

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traffic signs in Bs As are purely a form of street art, they have no other purpose.

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