Would you go to Bariloche or El Calafate

Old Apr 10th, 2006, 07:00 PM
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Would you go to Bariloche or El Calafate

I'm having a hard time deciding about these 2 places. I've been to New Zealand and drove a lot, climbed a glacier-wasn't that large. I don't have enough time to see both places.And I don't think I can go to El Chalten-so much time involved. We are going to Salta (how many days should I spend here) and Iguazu (one night only) and I want to spend at least 3 days in Buenos Aires (16 1/2 days in Argentina).Is the Delta worth a visit. My son may come with us and he hasn't been anywhere. We enjoy the outdoors. Thanks fo ryour help. Alana
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Old Apr 11th, 2006, 10:10 AM
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We just came back from AR, spent two nights outside of Salta, very lovely city, two or three days would be enought if you are staying in the city. Between Bariloche or El Calafate, depends on what you want, Bariloche is like a mini-Switzerland, lots of lakes and hiking, absolutely beautiful. El Calafate is where the glaciers are, we have not been there yet, our third trip to Argentina will be next year and we will be including El Calafate on that one. The Delta is definitely worth a day trip from BA, as well as Colonia in Uruguay. We enjoy the outdoors as well and always limit our time in BA to one or two days so we can take advantage of all the beautiful places.
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Thanks for the reply. I was thinking about 3-4 days in the Salta area. I would also like to go to the Delta area. Regarding El Calafate-do I need to make reservations for Perito Moreno -minitreking and the Upsala Explorer before I arrive. I'll be there the 2nd week in November. Thanks. Alana
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Old Apr 12th, 2006, 10:24 AM
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When in Salta, it's worth it to do a day trip (or overnight) to Pumamarca. We found the area fascinating and the scenery amazing.

Regarding reservations, we always have our tours lined up before we leave, why waste time booking when you get there and what if it's something you really want to do and everything is sold out! So, my advice it yes, book your tours before you leave. I know we will when we go.
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Old Apr 12th, 2006, 10:32 AM
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Thanks owlwoman for your reply. Do you have names of company in El Calafate for the Perito Moreno-minitreking and the Upsala Tour of the glaciers. Thanks. alana
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the company that does the minitrekking is called Hielo y Aventura.
http://www.hieloyaventura.com/
that was one of the most unforgettable things ive done. if you are in good shape i understand they are starting to offer more advanced treks inside the glacier.

I cant remember the company that did the 5 glaciers tour by boat (rios de hielo was the name of the tour)
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Old Apr 28th, 2006, 01:52 PM
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If you decide on the most complete one, Upsala, it includes trekking and horse riding and what not. But, you will have to make at least a short visit to the Perito Moreno the following day.

If you have little time dont go to Chalten for a day. If you cannot stay overnight, dont go.

The Company that does the Todo Glaciares is Fernandez Campbell and the tickets can be bought in any good agency. It is half the price of the Upsala and it is quite complete though it doesnt offer so much as the Upsala does.

If you are interested in trekking do it the day you visit the Perito Moreno.

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For the people who go to Salta, Colonia will not give them more. Salta is the most beautiful and different to all places in ARgentina. 3 nights is the minimum just to wet the appetite.

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Bariloche resembles many places in Europe. The glaciers are amazing and unique.

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Iguazu: one night is enough. try to take the earliest plane. and come with the last one the following day. If you cant afford the Sheraton, stay in the city where prices are a lot lower.
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3 days in Buenos Aires is Ok. But a ranch day is a must. Touristic probably but the area, house, the friendliness the locals show there are genuine and it is worth spending a day there.


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