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Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

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Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

We (me and girlfriend) arrive in BA on the 18 March and fly out on the 11 April from BA (leaving it a bit last minute aren’t we!).

So far we have planned (and not booked) to stay in BA for a few days before going to Mendoza via Cordoba. Then we would go over the mountains to Santiago, head down the Chile side to Bariloche for a few more nights. Then head further down to El Calafate for a few days, fly back to BA and spend the remainder of the time in Igazu falls before heading home.

This is ultimately what we want to achieve:

• Futbol (BA)

• Wine tours (Mendoza)

• Hiking & Fishing (Bariloche?)

• Stay on a ranch and ride horses (in El Calafate?)

This seems to be the obvious route and concerns me that it might be very popular? We have done a far bit of travelling before and always enjoy a combination of popular and off the track stuff. With that in mind we thought that getting a car would allow us to see a bit of the ‘real’ Argentina as it has done when travelling around other places? Should we hire a car and drive this route or is that a bit to ambitious? How much are cars to rent per day? Is it normal to pick up/drop off in the same place?

Also are we missing out by not heading up to Salta and the North West? We don’t want to rush the trip but are concerned that this is a must see?

Any advice on a good route to combine ‘real’ and popular would be greatly appreciated.

Rob & Pip xxx

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1. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

Unless you have a particular Estancia that has been recommended in mind, El Calafate would not be my choice for an Estancia stay. Since you are going to both Cordoba and Mendoza you could look into estancias in these areas or even in the general Bariloche area. Here are a few suggestions in each place: Bariloche general area, Estancia Arroyo Verde or Estancia Peuma Hue, Cordoba Hills area, Estancia Dos Lunas, Estancia Ongamira, Estancia Los Potreros and Mendoza Estancia Rancho e Cuero, or a T/a recommended estancia in Mendoza I have not personally been to is Estancia El Puesto in Tupungato.

You can combine some hiking in El Chalten for a couple of days with your visit to El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier).

There is great hiking in Bariloche and the lakes areas, and this could be combined with your estancia stay perhaps. There is also great hiking in Cordoba.

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2. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

Don´t be afraid of mass tourism in March/April. Also know that April can be quite cold / off season already for the Patagonia part, so I would recommend to start with the South and then head further North (Mendoza/Córdoba). And yes, Salta is a lovely region, but you will have to make choices......in 24 days you are able to see/do quite a lot though, just take some domestic flights in between places....

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3. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

Brilliant thank you anna00747 and Heart-of-Argentina I will take a look at those Estancias and, I really like the idea of going south straight away.

We are now thinking of:

• Fly into BA (2/3 days)

• Fly down to El Calafate and explore El Chaten for some trekking etc (3/4 days)

• Bus to Bariloche for Horse riding (3/4) days

• Over to Villarrcia (1/2 days) (Not event sure if this is possible?)

• Up to Santiago (1/2 days)

• Over to Mendoza (3/4 days)

• Estancia in Mendoza/Coroboda (3/4 days)

• Back to BA and Igazu

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4. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

I would look at flying El Calafate to Bariloche as it is a very long bus ride from El Chalten to Bariloche. The bus takes over 30 hours.

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5. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

I agree with anna, since the bus ride between Bariloche and Calafate is very long.

Probably, in terms of maximizing your experience, I would suggest the following order of things, respecting the destinations you want to visit;

Buenos Aires

Cordoba

Mendoza

Santiago

Villarica (I guess you want to stay in Pucon to explore the volcano from here)

Bus Pucon/San Martin de los Andes

7 lakes road to Bariloche

Bariloche

Fly to Calafate

(bus to El Chalten if you want to add this)

Fly to BA

The journey between Pucon and San Martin de los Andes is very popular with locals, but not that much explored by tourist. San Martin de los Andes is a lovely mountain village at the shores of a lake, not so far from Bariloche (about 3 hours).

I hope this helps!

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6. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

Was just in BA about two weeks ago ... used TANGOL for the River Plate home match ... At first I wasn't sure it was the best thing to do (paying more $ to a company to escort me to and from a soccer match) but it was really really worth it.... So many people, so much security and street closures, so much craziness (and fun!) was totally worth it ... plus had great seats.

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7. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

Hi, I saw that you might head off as soon as possible. With one of the things on your list of things to do being football it is good for you to know that Argentina will play Venezuela on the 22nd of March. This is just brilliant to watch. There are lots of football tours, most very expensive and better to stay away from. I went to a match that I found out about through Buenos Aires Football Amigos, they don't actually organise tours but they will lead you in the right direction.

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8. Re: Help with itinerary please, 30th birthday trip!

Hello

If you like football.

Take the opportunity to see Messi (the best player in the world) and company in the game Argentina vs. Venezuela in the River Plate stadium.

Tickets available from 08/03/2013 to: ticketek.com.ar/Deportes/Futbol/ELIMINATORIA…

I do not miss it

regards

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