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Dec 30th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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What would you do with 7 days in Argentina?

What would you do with 7 days in Argentina?

Hi -
My husband and I are traveling from NYC to Buenos Aires in April and we have 7 days to spend. I would like to stay 3 nights in Buenos Aires and then go somewhere else for the remainder. I don't want to spend the whole trip in airports/on buses so I'm a little overwhelmed as to how to plan the itinerary. Everything seems so far apart in Argentina. Any suggestions?
Aside from Buenos Aires we'd like to see some charming small towns/beautiful countryside. We're late thirties - love food, wine and modern boutique hotels.

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Jan 1st, 2010, 02:04 AM
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hi michelle,
we were lucky and had a 3 week honeymoon in argentina 2 years ago. after buenos aires ( in which spent 10 days ! because it was so wonderful). i would say take 2 nights and fly to iguazu. the park and falls are spectacular. i'd recommend an early flight over and a late one back. we were glad we stayed @ the sheraton @ the park: convenient and easy to walk in to the park after hours. jungle view room fine as falls are a distance from the hotel imo.

enjoy

buen ano
AndrewDavid

ps day trip to the delta from bs as is great
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Jan 1st, 2010, 04:32 AM
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Fly to Iguazu

for a night at Sheraton Falls view room

book on www.sidestep.com

SO worth it..
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Jan 1st, 2010, 09:12 AM
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I loved the falls but for me it would have to be a lightning fast visit to the Northwest. The scenery is spectacular and the foof and wine are great. 4 days is not really long enough but it does have the charming small towns and boutique hotels you seek. With 4 days I would get a guide angie, who often posts on this forum as flintsones gets rave reviews.
Photos of our time in the NW can found at

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog...ai/1/tpod.html entries 74 onwards
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Jan 1st, 2010, 10:47 AM
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7 days is such a short time, you will need to plan every minute carefully to feel that you got to see something.. Buenos Aires is huge, you will definitely want to spend as many days here as you can... how does this sound?
Arrive in BA. See the city for 3 days, fly to Iguazu Falls and stay one night at the Sheraton, back to BA, take the high speed ferry to Colonia for a day trip .. Also think about a day trip to Tigre( the Delta) ..
This way you see a bit of a variety and you won't be wasting sooo much time traveling. This place is huge, the country and the city. It takes time to get everywhere.

I don't think you need a tour guide but if you were to want one, I would do a Lot of research. I just heard about a much recommended guide waiting until the day before the tourist arrived to increase the daily fee by $50 USD. . and added another client instead of keeping it private. So be sure to do lots of research on guides and look in other places than Fodors and TripAdvisor where you can get more names of guides.

Happy planning !
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Jan 2nd, 2010, 07:15 AM
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It Seeks, piggybacking on this thread to try it again...hopefully this time in late April. Happy New Year!
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Jan 2nd, 2010, 07:17 AM
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While I am at it....if I had only one to pick...what is THE BEST tango show in BA? And, should I include the dinner that is usually offered?
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Jan 2nd, 2010, 08:08 AM
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Listen to Crellston... the nw is one of the most wonderfulplaces in the world!!! four days are a little tight to do by yourself but if you have the chance to aqueezew taht time and see CAfayate with an overnight and Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca, and Humahuaca in two days you wikk NOT regret...
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 12:32 PM
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seeksocean:

About Tango, we really enjoyed La Ventana, even the dinner was good (not fantastic, as most of the restaurants we went to, but quite good).

The show at the Faena Hotel, Tango Roja, I believe, is probably the most exquisite and expensive (we haven't been there).

The Tango show of EL VIEJO ALMACEN was totally AWFUL - avoid it !

The show downstairs at the Cafe Tortoni (cafe show, a bit like a cruise ship, but in Castillano) was fun but, really, not for you as you are looking one really good show. Upstairs at the Tortoni, the show is short but quite good. (The cafe itself is charming and interesting and historic...)

This year, we will probably try the Carlos Gordel, but we do know that it is, as they all are, Las Vegas-type tourist shows.

The meals at the better shows seem to be OK - especially if you stick to the steak - but if you can go to the show, have a picatta and drinks, and then have dinner at a good restaurant, you will have the best of both worlds. Have fun.

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Jan 3rd, 2010, 05:20 PM
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Thanks Marnie! I think I will stick to the La Ventana, maybe one other. I can't believe I am planning this trip again. If you have any other ideas for me, I have a thread or two going. I'd love your feedback. Flinstones, I hate to say this, but I think I am going to Iguazu. It's just that I wanted to go there so badly. My friends are there now. Thank you though and I hope I get to the NW sometime!!
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Jan 4th, 2010, 11:19 AM
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Iguazzu Falls is spectacular, seeksocean, you will not be disappointed. If you have a Brazilian Visa, or do not mind paying for one, the Brazilian side of the Falls is also a wonder - and the combination is superior, IMO, to both Niagra and Victoria Falls neither of which is less than awesome !

~Marnie
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Jan 4th, 2010, 05:00 PM
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I agree with the votes for Iguazu Falls -- its spectacular. I loved the NW, but u would really be rushing to see it in 4 days. Save it for another trip. Also agree that u might spend more than 3 days in Ba -- its huge and much to see.
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Jan 4th, 2010, 05:10 PM
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Yestravel Thanks! Please help me with a logistics problem. Go to the thread, NO ENTRY FEE UNTIL JANUARY 1ST and scroll down until you see my questions at the end and very end. I need some feedback. Thanks!
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Jan 6th, 2010, 12:08 AM
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I would spend the whole 7 in Buenos Aires which I did in Dec 2009. I first rented an apartment in Palermo Hollywood which I loved, and then stayed at a hotel In Recoleta the last night. Very nice hotel and area, but I liked Palermo Hollywood a lot more.

Buenos Aires is very spread out and it's not a place to be rushed through, but a place to slow down and absorb. It's not one of those, "If it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium" kind of places. There's more to Buenos Aires than just taking a tour bus and seeing things. Portenos are great as is their lifestyle. Happy Travels!
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Jan 6th, 2010, 05:50 AM
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Guenmaia and others, I am going to be in BA for 5 nights on one side of my trip in late April and 2 nights on the other. These are my hotel choices. Which would you pick for location and comfort. Mine Hotel, Tryp Hotel, or Ayres de Palermo? Thanks!
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Jan 6th, 2010, 03:31 PM
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Guenmai- I am very curious.

Where was your apartment in Palermo Hollywood?

Why did you like Palermo Hollywood a lot more than Recoleta?
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Jan 6th, 2010, 04:01 PM
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Condu-Palermo Hollywood is a down-to-earth, real, neighborhood. Recoleta is very nice,too and the architecture is fabulous. I just found it a bit sterile although beautiful.

If you type in my screen name in the Search box, then my very detailed trip report will pop up. It's the second thread down and entitled,"O.K.Don't Bite My head Off-Guenmai's Trip Report". I explain it all there and there's a lot of very useful information. Happy Travels!
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Jan 6th, 2010, 04:09 PM
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Seeksocean: I haven't stayed at the hotels that you've listed, but read about them all when I was doing my own research. I think they're all in one of the Palermos. There are different Palermos. I was in Palermo Hollywood. There's also Soho, Viejo, and some other ones.

In Buenos Aires, street locations are very important. So, it's best to run the names of the streets that each hotel is on, along with the cross streets (very important), to one of the fodorites who lives in Buenos Aires like Avrooster or Scarlette.(sp?). Street locations can make a night day difference as to noise level, etc. And Buenos Aires is the noisiest city I've ever been in and I've traveled all over the world for over 35 years straight. Happy Travels!
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Jan 6th, 2010, 04:13 PM
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Correction: I was in Buenos Aires in December 2008, not 2009 as I mistyped. Sorry. Happy Travels!
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Jan 11th, 2010, 04:14 PM
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With just one week -- and with what you've stated you enjoy -- and with being in Argentina in April... I'd say:

Buenos Aires for 4 nights then Bariloche for 3 nights... Bariloche is situated in a magnificently beautiful area -- you can get the boutique hotel experience (if you are willing to splurge -- I suggest the llao llao) -- a completely different experience than Buenos Aires -- but, complete with great food and wine - and scenery that will leave you salivating for more...

While Iguazu is a great experience -- it doesn't fit your criteria as you've described it -- and Colonia certainly would be, IMO, an exercise in too much time/effort made for too little of a return.
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