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Planning our trip to Buenos Aires and we have 3 nights we need to fill..

Planning our trip to Buenos Aires and we have 3 nights we need to fill..

Old May 5th, 2009, 04:51 AM
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I would either skip Mendoza and spend 6 nights in the NW, or if you have your heart set on Mendoza, do a 2 night/4 night split between Mendoza and Bariloche. I would also reverse my order:

6 nights BA,
2 nights Iguazu
6 nights NW (Jujuy/Salta/Cafayate) or Mendoza/Bariloche split or Bariloche/El Calafate (to see the glaciers, which are amazing)
2 nights BA

I've heard there is now a direct flight between Iguazu and Salta, which would make the NW even easier to visit.

Hope this helps.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 06:22 AM
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Thanks so much and yes, I will consider all of this. We do have our international tickets and of course the scenery is different in Bariloche than where I live. It looks lovely.

The reason that we have the order of our days as we do, is that it includes a birthday and NYE, and I though it would be nice to be in Iguazu for NYE.


I will look into the flight to Salta from Iguazu. I will look into all of it....switching places and times around. Mendoza sounded easy and where we are staying (Casa Glebinias) sounds lovely. So, I think I'd like to keep that.

In fact the way we have it still seems okay to me, except the 3 night gap. There are many fans of the NW and that is not to be ignored. Nobody has been a Mar del Plata or Punta del Este cheerleader, so that says something.

Owlwoman, is the order reversed because of travel pattern convenience? Trying to get a Lan SA Pass that is within budget would be good.

Okay, back to reading some more trip reports. Thanks
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Old May 5th, 2009, 06:46 AM
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Soulskier, could you please tell me a little about Playa Bonita and Playa Serena in early January? That sounds beachy to me. Is it super populated like all the other summertime destinations? Are there some decent hotels, houses or B and B's near it? Thanks!
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Old May 5th, 2009, 07:19 AM
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Playa Bonita and Playa Serena are both small communities along the lake, at km 8 and 12 respectively. Here is a good map of the area to help with reference. http://www.barilochehouse.com/images/bigmap.jpg

January is high season and will be busy. Some of our homes are very private and peaceful, such as Casa Sol y Lago and Casita del Lago.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Yes, for travel pattern convenience, but the way you have it planned is fine too.

We've never done the beaches in AR since we live in NY and have great beaches here. Plus, my DH is not a beach person. Our R&R for this trip was Villa La Angostura, and it was really relaxing.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Villa La Angostura looks wonderful. I'll have to re-read all your past posts and reports and educate myself a little more about the area.

We are beach people in the sense that we love the ocean, sand, sound of the waves. We are not beach people when it comes to crowded beach scenes. We live near beaches in the summer and usually travel to a beach sometime in the winter.

Thank goodness that it's just 3 nights I am concerned with.

So far we have the bus to Mendoza from BA. And the Lan SA Pass is looking like $421 including all fees to fly from Mendoza via BA to Iguazu and back to BA. That just doesn't seem so bad considering we save many many hours of land travel and can take 23 kilos per bag on the plane.

Maybe I/we will also look into extending the Iguazu stay and head north by land and check it out. Or..... So much of the fun is in the planning. Thanks to all you!!
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Old May 5th, 2009, 05:58 PM
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Seeksocean, the Casa Sol y Lago, http://barilochelakehome.com/ is on 2.5 acres, gated with it's own beach and a dock. Not sure how much private you can get than that.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 04:01 AM
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just wondering if you really need 8 nights in BA, especially if you are now considering adding a fourth destination to your trip. If you only have three nights extra, that doesn't leave much time in the fourth destination, accounting for time spent on travel around the country. If you want to add the fourth place, IMO you should cut back on your time in BA by at least a night and make the fourth destination at least four nights, especially if you're expecting R&R.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:32 AM
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Skatedancer visited the NW some time ago. She became a fan of the area. I would better hear her advice...
Do not hear to me as I could be partial. But Skatedancer, Crellstone, and many other who are now members of the NW fan club!
Flintstones...
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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:43 AM
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The NW is really cool, go there too!
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Old May 6th, 2009, 06:14 AM
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You guys are too funny and really sweet. I will consider all of this. I/we will also consider spending one last night in BA instead of two, because in reality, we have a third day as our flight doesn't depart until 11:30pm and we were renting one of the rooms for an extra day just to have a hang out place for the six of us. I do want to keep the original first six nights in BA.

So, far it's just the expenses of traveling throughout the country that I am trying to manage. Flying Pluna BA to Punta del Este is $235 RT including taxes and BA to Bariloche is a bit more. But, in keeping with the idea of hauling our luggage with us, it's probably about the same, since Lan has a liberal luggage policy.

Soulskier, loved the house. I will visit you at TA for more info. Thanks
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Old May 6th, 2009, 06:30 AM
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I am having trouble figuring our what the baggage weight allowance is on Pluna between BA and PDE. I can see there is a $20 fee.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 01:32 PM
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Hi, back again on the search. Has anyone heard of Grand Hotel Santa Teresita in Mar del Plata? It looks lovely and has a lot to offer. The website is www.puntaplaza.com.ar It's within our budget as well. It's an option.
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