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Trip Report Trip Report - Argentina/Chile - Short Version

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Well, I am finally back from my solo journey through Argentina and Chile. Thanks to the people who responded with very helpful tips for me!
How I felt about the trip surprised me and apologies in advance if I offend anyone but this is how I truly felt...

Buenos Aires - I found to be overwhelming, very spread out, overly polluted/noisy, not so clean.
I think from hearing the rave reviews from so many people my expectations were simply too high. I also think since I am on a budget (lost my job), I would have enjoyed the city more if I sprang for some higher price activities, such as the good tango shows.
My hotel was in the Microcentre and if to do it over, I would stay near Recoletta, as that area is much more quiet.
The Calle Florida shopping area - too crowded and too much junk. Santa Fe Avenue had some good shops. Definitely brought back some bottles of Malbec from the Winery.

I live in NYC and have traveled to many large cities alone. I never considered doing a city tour. If I were to do it over again, I would definitely do a guided tour of BA. I met a couple in the airport who said they were also overwhelmed by the city and very glad they did a guided tour for only 30 bucks.
Really, I was surprised/let down by the fact I didn't enjoy BA as much as I thought I would have. I didn't even like the dulce de leche (wayyy too sweet -- just melt caramels and it comes out better), and the ice cream (Freddo) - what is so great. 14 pesos for a large and was one of the worst ice creams I've ever had. La Bianca (ice cream shop in San Telmo, if I remember correctly) was very good.

Am VERY glad I spent 4 days in Bariloche to get some quiet relaxation. The Bariloche area is beautiful - definitely worth it to see and go to the Lao Lao resort.

The other week I spent in the Chile Lake District, where it rained every day. The food was terrible, the people grumpy. Luckily Santiago was an easily manageable, very nice city and sunny!

I am glad I experienced South America for 16 days. I wish I found the people friendlier. In Chile everyone walks around looking so glum and I found the people in BA to be rude. (yes, and I'm from NYC!) I seriously walked around for many days without seeing one smile. I didn't feel that 'joie de vivre' I have felt in other cities.
Once is enough - glad to have seen Argentina (and Chile) but will not be returning.

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