ARGENTINA IS HUGE
Argentina is huge. It is the eighth largest country in the world. There is literally a lot involved.
The biggest mistake I see passengers make is underestimating the journey time and the time it takes to see things. Last month a woman asked about the possibility of a day trip to Patagonia from Buenos Aires.
Spend time exploring Argentina. You can only explore Buenos Aires for weeks, let alone see the rest of the country.
In Argentina alone, Patagonia has a variety of areas: the Atlantic coast in Chubut, the lake district in the north, the glaciers and Argentina’s best excursions near El Calafate and deep in the snowy south.
Then consider whether you also want to try a wine tasting in Mendoza and visit the world famous Iguazu waterfalls. Or even walk further from the evil path to Jujuyi or northwest of Salta. There is a lot to see and none of them come close. What if you have limited time? I understand that it is not always possible to walk through South America for months. Who has time?
My advice is to choose fewer travel destinations and see them properly instead of flying around Argentina and spending just a few days in each location. Buenos Aires and Iguazu deserve more than a short tour day before heading to Mendoza.
THE ECONOMY IS A QUANTITY
Argentina’s economy is an eternal rollercoaster. Since living here it has been a costly reconstruction, cheap, expensive and cheap (foreigner with a dollar perspective).
My advice is to check when the article you are reading was written or updated. I see so many old blog posts written in 2011 that lament Argentina’s duration, when really there is no better time to visit (financially). What is the current situation? Read the Buenos Aires City Guide, which I update regularly!
Some things are expensive, others are incredibly complementary
In a related note, if you’re traveling from North America or Europe, you’re likely to find some things very affordable. That steakhouse? An entire table meal will likely cost what you spend on one steak in the United States.
wine? You can buy a good bottle of wine in stores for as little as $ 3. When you’re ready to really cheer up and use the equivalent of $ 10, drink great wine that costs $ 40 at home.
But everything that is imported is very expensive. Things like clothes brought to the mall cost a lot more than in the United States. Or I just saw an OXO plastic container for pasta storage, which costs five times more than Amazon pays. So pack well! Don’t plan on picking up clothes for a walk in Patagonia while you’re here. Take everyone with you.
But get hungry and prepare to enjoy this wine. Luxury experiences such as dining, unique excursions (horseback riding in the Andes Mountains?) And wine tasting in Mendoza … You will find these things very affordable.
Spicy empanadas are never spicy
Argentines can’t handle the heat. Don’t expect spicy food here. My favorite Taco shop in Buenos Aires, La Fabrica del Taco actually has three tiers of hot sauce. Sweet has the appropriate title “para los Argentinos”. You’ll see empanada menus with two versions of meat empanada: spicy (spicy) and soft (soft / sweet). Spoiler alarm, they are all cute.
If you think you’re tired of boring food (I do, yeah), act like Beyonce and mix the hot sauce in your bag. These little bottles of Austin Yellow Bird sauce are perfect. They are my absolute favorite and I always take their big bottles home to Argentina!