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Trip Report Argentina trip report, 16 days (BsAs, El Calfate, Bariloche, Salta, Iguazu)

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Below are the links to our various trip reports for our travels in Argentina, covering Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Bariloche and Salta.

But first a prologue:

The country is safe (more care necessary in the tourist areas), the people are friendly (no hassling and very little bartering compared to some countries), wi-fi is available almost everywhere, and the cost of living is cheap, even for decent hotels, apart from air travel.

Tipping is customary at 10%, some basic Spanish will go a long way and driving is pretty crazy but fun. Make sure you try "mate" (herbal fusion), milanesa napolitana (schnitzel with tomato), dulce batata (sweet potato) and provoleta (baked cheese) with tomato and onions if possible. And of course, Patagonian lamb in the south and everywhere else: steak, steak and...hmmm...steak!

Make sure you read as much as possible about the "dollar blue rate" which allows you to convert USD cash into pesos at a 40% discount for great savings on your holiday. And if you run out of cash, there are other (but limited, and not as favourable) options: http://www.fodors.com/community/south-america/stop-press-near-dolar-blue-rate-with-usd-transfers-into-argentina.cfm

Buenos Aires: http://www.fodors.com/community/south-america/trip-notes-for-buenos-aires.cfm

El Calafate: http://www.fodors.com/community/south-america/trip-report-for-el-calafate.cfm

Bariloche: http://www.fodors.com/community/south-america/trip-report-for-bariloche.cfm

Salta: http://www.fodors.com/community/south-america/trip-report-for-salta.cfm

Iguazu: http://www.fodors.com/community/south-america/trip-report-for-iguazu.cfm

Thanks in particular to avrooster (including the "welcome to Argentina" phone call upon arrival on our first day!), thursdaysd and crellston, all of whom helped greatly with advice and whose posts on this forum are all worth reading, and also to flintstones, laurie-ann and MarnieWDC who swayed our decision between Mendoza and Salta in favour of the latter - a great recommendation indeed (although we haven't been to Mendoza so hard to compare...and therefore on the wishlist for next time!).

It was one of the best holidays of our lives and we'd certainly be returning in the near future! Enjoy reading of our experiences through the links below and feel free to leave feedback.

Good luck all with your travels...you only live once!

H&I xx

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