When you mention Argentina, a few things spring to mind: Buenos Aires, Lionel Messi and The Andes. This gigantic country in South America is much more than these few things: it is the 8th largest country in the world and is a popular tourist destination for all kinds of vacations – an adventurous backpacking tour, a short budget holiday or a relaxing luxurious stay. It has a lot of stuff to keep you enthralled: from the cozy café culture of the capital Buenos Aires, to the sublime beauty of the Iguazu Waterfalls and the Perito Moreno glacier. And yes, its food is some of the best in the world. This Argentina Travel Guide will make you get most out of your trip to this country.’
There are lots of hotels to choose from. The price starts at 75-90 ARS (1 US dollar = 9.24 Argentinian Pesos). Hotels in the more posh areas like Mendoza and Patagonia cost upwards of 415 ARS/night. A popular living option is a homestay with a local family – it is done for a week minimum (at least the payment is made for this length of time) and includes 3 meals a day, check out Home Stay Web and Craigslist for more information.
With Inflation rampant, food prices are on the rise, thus it’ll be tough to find good food without paying a decent amount. Even cheap places will cost you around 90 ARS, a good meal such as a steak complimented with nice wine – 320 ARS. If you decide to cook your own food, groceries are 370 ARS weekly. 14 ARS gets you water, 36 ARS gets you bear and 30 will get you coffee.
The short and long distance bus network in Argentina is exemplary. The long distance bus services have Wi-Fi, food and drinks. There is a rail network connecting all the 3 largest cities of Cordoba, Rosario and the Capital. There is a bus service known as the ‘Train to the Clouds’ which gives a scenic route beginning in Salta and passing through the Andes. At 1695 ARS, this day long ride is totally worth the cost.
They generally cost more than in other countries in South America. A 3-4 day tour in Patagonia can cost around 3660 ARS and a Mendoza wine tour (day) around 1500 ARS.
Now this Argentina Travel Guide turns its attention towards the places to visit and things to do. Firstly, you should visit and travel around Buenos Aires – it has fantastic nightlife, food and shopping as well as culture. The inflation can be a joy kill though. Visit the majestic water falls of Iguazu which are higher and twice than Niagara Falls (do find out their unique nickname). We’ve already mentioned the train ride which you should take. Argentina is one of the world’s top wine producing regions so you must visit a winery. Our Argentina Travel Guide also recommends Cerro Aconcagua, Perito Moreno Glacier and Valle de la Luna.