One of the most beautiful landscape countries in the world. Similar to New Zealand, in Argentina you will find vast vineyards, dramatic mountains, massive glaciers, and the biggest tropical waterfall system of the world, Iguazu falls. No wonder it is one of the most popular destinations for travelers around the globe. From climbing the Andes, to swimming in the famous Lake District, to drinking world class wine in Mendoza, or dancing your night out in the sexy Buenos Aires, Argentina will steal your heart. Hiking Glacial Park’s Perito Moreno has been one of the most beautiful experiences that I have had in my years of traveling. Follow this travel guide and I will take you by the hand into discovering the magic inside the land of tango, wine, and steak.
The region that most travelers fly into. Including the Argentinian provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Santa Fe and Cordova, the capital of tango will make you dance till sunrise. The best nightlife of the country, shopping, and restaurants are in the romantic city of Buenos Aires, better known as the Paris of South America. Don’t leave without taking a free Tango dance lesson in one of the public plazas.
Pretty much the most beautiful place I have visited on earth so far. Land of powerful landscapes, you will feel as though you are in a Lord of the Rings movie. With gigantic glaciers coming all the way from the top of the Andes to your feet, the majestic size of these natural monuments will make you feel like a small grain of sand. El Calafate is a must for all those adventurers that want to explore Perito Moreno’s Glacier. Chile’s iconic Torres del Paine are just a short drive from here.
Santiago de Bariloche is famous for their winter skiing and for being the access town to the Lake District, a beautiful area of glacial lakes, emerald forests, and dormant, snow-capped volcanoes. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and the largest city in Tierra del Fuego. This is a very popular town for travelers coming to the end of their South American trip, or for those traveling to Antarctica.
Wine country and home of Mendoza and La Rioja. A must for all those wine lovers. Get a bike and hop from vineyard to vineyard and treat yourself with world-class red wine. Cuyo has some of the most popular tourist attractions in Argentina and the highest mountain massifs in the Andes, including Aconcagua itself, the highest peak outside Asia, and the Ischigualasto Provincial Park.
This is the region that holds the striking Iguazu falls, the largest and most impressive waterfall system in the world. No words can describe the power and energy that is generated in this place. It is a top bucket list experience for any world traveler. If coming to the south continent, do yourself a favor and let yourself be moved by one of the biggest and beautiful wonders of the natural world.
GAY CITY GUIDES
- Luxury Hotels The best rated rooms in luxury hotels can be found for $250 USD
- Budget hotels ,you are looking to spend at least around $80-105 USD for a double room, private bathroom, TV, and breakfast.
- Hostels can start at $15 USD per night for a dorm room, though they can get as high as $50 when traveling south to la Patagonia. Private rooms with a double bed and a shared bathroom in hostels range between $45-75 USD per night.
- Airbnb best option when traveling with big groups. An entire apartment for 6 in Buenos Aires can be found in the Gay neighborhood of Palermo on a best rate of $300 USD a night. A single room for a solo travel can be as cheap as $20
- Camping Camping is widespread in all the natural parks, including all of the Patagonia region. If you have a tent, campgrounds are available all around the country for around $60-120 ARS ($4-8 USD).
- Couchsurfing There is a big and reliable community of Coachsurfers in cities like Buenos Aires and Bariloche. Nothing better than staying for free, hey!
Food prices are very confusing in this country. You save more money by eating in the expensive fancy restaurant than in the “cheap” one. A regular cafeteria place costs around $12-18 USD depending on the area you are in, but a fancy, tasty restaurant with great wine and steaks goes for $20-30. Almost every entree costs around $15 USD or more, so you might as well treat yourself and go for the high culinary experience.
Argentinian cooking is one of my favorites around the world, it is highly influenced by Italian cuisine. Don’t be surprised if you have the best pizza of your life here. Street food is tasty and good for those long days out exploring. If you’re on a tight budget you can live just from the incredible empanadas. Empanadas go for around $8-15 ARS (less than $1 USD), choripán for $2 USD, and pizza and burgers lunch specials for around $3 USD.
If you cook your meals, expect to pay $25 USD per week for groceries. This option is truly the cheapest, meat and vegetable markets are incredibly cheap with great quality products. Grab and go places cost around $6-10 USD for sandwiches or Kebabs. Fast food is around $10 USD for a meal. Please don’t eat any fast food!
Argentina boasts an outstanding short- and long-distance bus network. It is common to have food served on board, as well as wifi and alcohol on long distance buses. As an example, the bus ride from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes about 14.5 hours and tickets begin at $660 ARS ($44 USD). Trains are experiencing something of a revival, and there is rail service between the country’s three largest cities: Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Rosario.
A train ride between Buenos Aires and Cordoba costs around $300 ARS ($20 USD). The Train to the Clouds, a scenic tourist train that begins in Salta and passes through the Andes, is one of the highest railways in the world, costs $2,600 ARS ($175 USD). Inner-city travel is pretty affordable. In Buenos Aires, a one-way trip on local transit is about $5 ARS ($0.35 USD). A bus between Buenos Aires and Mendoza costs about $800-1400 ARS ($50-95 USD). A bus from Buenos Aires to El Calafate (Patagonia) is $2,400-4,250 ARS ($160-280 USD).
Any Patagonia tour or experience is going to be expensive, the best deal you can get on a 3-4 day tour starts at $260 USD, but most will be around $450 USD and up. In the wine country of Mendoza, a day wine tour will be around $90-120 USD. But museum entry ranges between $1-4 USD in Buenos Aires. National Park entrance fees range from $3-20 USD) per person. Depending on what kind of travel you’re interested in doing, the amount of money you will need varies. In case you can’t afford tours, my advice here is to spend all your money on dancing, drinking their local wine, and eating their magnificent food!
MONEY SAVING TIPS
The best and cheapest drink of the country. Let me share a story…I went to Vegas after my first trip to Buenos Aires and the same bottle of wine I just drank a week ago for $3 USD was selling in this Italian restaurant for $500 USD. That bottle came in first class and they were charging me for the wine’s plane ticket!
Buy a Moto
If staying for a longer period of time and wanting to explore multiple cities, this is an incredibly cheap investment. You can buy a Motorbike for $200 USD and it will take you anywhere. You will save hundreds of dollars on buses and air flight. Flights are incredibly expensive in Argentina because they put high taxes for all tourists.
If not able to afford the expensive tours, hiking is free. Therefore, go to one of their National Parks where the entrance fee is around $3-20.
AIRBNB and COUCHSURFING
Cheaper than most hostels and sometimes a better, and more comfortable, experience. This a great way to meet locals and get to those places you will never be able to discover on your own.
Get flights ahead of time
If flying domestically, get your tickets in advance to secure the best price. If you wait until the last minute they can sky rocket up to $600 for a 2 hour flight :/
(For gay city guides and more tips, see specific city destination guides)