3 weeks: Buenos Aires → Rosario → Iguazu → Rosario → Mendoza
10.09.2012 - 01.10.2012
Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to spend much time here, so my to do list is bigger than my done list.
DO: A graffiti tour of the city will make you look at street art in a whole new way. Go out and enjoy the city that never sleeps!
TO DO: Eat at a steakhouse. Shop around the Feria de Mataderos. See the Floralis Generica. Check out Buenos Aires Futbol Amigos. Go to a tango show. Daytrip to Tigre riverfront. Drink fernet (mixed with coke).
BY NEIGHBORHOOD: Microcentro: Casa Rosado (Casa de Gobierno)/Plaza de Mayo. See the Obelisco/Avenida 9 de Julio. La Boca: watch a soccer game at La Bombonera. San Telmo: catch up on history at Zanjon de Granados; go Sunday for the most action (market and nightlife). Palermo: enjoy Parque Tres de Febrero (Bosques de Palmero) - make sure to see the Japanese Gardens; smell some stuff at the Fueguia scent laboratory. Recoleta: walking tour, includes Cementario de la Recoleta.
AROUND BsAs: Mar del Plata for beach time.
→ easy jump off point to Uruguay (ferry BsAs → Colonia)
I stayed here for nearly two weeks with an amazingly kind and generous family, so I have a soft spot for the area. That being said, I don't know that much about it considering the length of time I spent there (although it supposedly is a fun, up and coming tourist destination).
It's out of the way, but it's also an absolute must! It can be visited from the Argentinean or Brazilian side. I only visited from the Argentinean because I heard it was more extensive - although I think you can cross over to Brazil to enter from that side with minimal visa hassle. You only need to spend one night here - leave and come on overnight buses (19 hours from BsAs).
DO: Obviously, Iguazu Falls. If you do some hiking through the jungle you will find the hidden waterfall shown to the right. Take some time to walk to Tres Fronteras, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet.
→ easy border crossing to Brazil
People rave about Mendoza and I think I would have too if I had had a bigger budget to spend there. Definitely worth a stop - it's a charming city with beautiful scenery and I enjoyed my time there, but there isn't tooooo much to do if you're on a budget.
DO: Tons of activities - trekking, rafting, horseback riding, paragliding, etc. We stuck with what Mendoza is known for: renting bikes and doing a wine tour. Definitely a fun day out, but it can add up quickly.
→ easy jump off point to Chile ( bus → Santiago)
Jujuy/Salta & Bariloche have been on my list since I left!!
Argentina wakes up at night. Dinner is late by North American standards (8/9pm is considered on the early side) and the party doesn't really start til after 2am. Have fun