I am planning a trip with my husband, parents and brother to Argentina at the end of December, 2007. We are traveling independently (i.e. no tour), and flying between the destinations to maximize time. Right now, we are thinking:
- Bariloche (2 nights)
- EITHER El Calafate OR Punta Tombo / Penninsula Valdes (2 nights)
- Ushuaia (2 nights)
- Mendoza (3 nights)
- Buenos Aires (3 nights)
We are having a really tough time deciding whether we should go to El Calafate or Punta Tombo / Penninsula Valdes. We're not sure when / if we will make it back to Argentina, so we want to get a good feel of the Patagonia, but not duplicate the experience we will have in Bariloche or Ushuaia. What do you recommend? It seems like El Calafate is mainly focused on the glacier, which seems neat but far from town, and my husband has been before... Do you get a decent feel for the Patagonia being in Punta Tombo / Penninsula Valdes? Which city / hotel do you recommend staying in Punta Tombo vicinity? This is our Christmas holiday, so we are looking for nice hotels but a good value (i.e. Llao Llao, Eolo - type - but not Nos Otros!).
Any help / input on this question or the rest of our itinerary (activities, restaurants, etc.) would be greatly appreciated!!