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Argentina Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Argentina vacation


chinch1153
Patagonia 1 stars
Hey have any of you fellow Cosmotourists been to Patagonia yet? When do you think is the best time to go and what area gives you the most for your money?

Cynthia


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PandaTravel
Choosing your beef in Argentina 4 stars
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I know every body says a must when visiting Argentina is eating meat, and believe me I love beef, but when I you got to a restaurant I encounter an almost endless list of possibilities. Bife de chorizo, lomo, vacio, asado de tira, etc, etc. I personally recommend that if you’re clueless about your meat cuts go for the Bife de Chorizo because it is juicier. But if you want to taste a wide range of cuts and discover your personal favorite order a Parrillada. You’ll have a chance to eat more than just beef, you’ll have a serving of chorizo, morcilla and sausages. Buen provecho!

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soulchaser
Approaching the Chilean border 3 stars
Towards the border things became interesting again. A Peruvian family made a daylight raid on my fruit rations which were so blatant that all I could do was stare quizzically before I realized that I couldn't take fruit across the border and they were helping me eat it all before it was thrown away. Introduce torture method number 17 in disguise. I conversed with them in my broken Spanish and they were amazed when I told them I was English. This has nothing to do with my Spanish, I hasten to add, but has become a frequent occurrence among Latin Americans who simply refuse to believe my insistence on being British! They asked if I was American to which I replied "Por favor!" in a mocking tone. They found this hilarious and imitated my exclamation with much exaggeration and hilarity over the next hour or so. And later, when they found out that I was single, they offered me a condom! I can only imagine that it was some sort of modern day fertility gift! I became very touched by these people.

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soulchaser
The Andes come into view 3 stars
With fresh hope and sunshine warming the bus I caught my first few hours of sleep before waking as if from a premonition just in time to see the Andes appearing in the distance. Nothing I can say can describe this sight. The road leading up to them is surrounded by completely flat, arid desert, and with no foothills to ease you into this sensation and they rise from the earth and drive into the sky as if some giant creature has taken a huge bite of the Earth and it's lower jaw has punctured the surface. They are dark, almost black against the blue sky and dirty plains and then brilliantly white at the shark teeth peaks. Driving towards them it feels like you are not only about to enter into another country (for the Andes from the border between Argentina and Chile), but into another world of myth and fantasy, where giants sleep and nomadic trolls ride flying dragons in search of magical treasures that lie in the depths of the valleys and on the crests of the mountains. Whoever dared ask Sir Edmund Hillary why he climbed Everest.

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soulchaser
The future begins to look bleak 1 stars
The temperature plummeted to close to the 0°Kelvin mark and the stalactites growing from my nose were about to start merging with the stalagmites growing from my feet, locking me forever in a fetal position which was certainly not comforting, before the bus driver stopped and gave us permission to get some water. I caught the water from my melting icicles to save some money before approaching my tormentor with more urgent pleas for my sleeping bag. He assured me that at the border, in a few hours, my bag would be available. Foolish in my desperation, I trusted him, and obeyingly returned to my seat.

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LucyHB
Iguacu Falls - cheap accomodation on the Argentine side 4 stars
Visitors to Iguacu Falls - the truly amazing waterfalls that straddle Brazil and Argentina - should make sure they have enough time to visit both sides, as you´ll get a better close-up view from the Argentine side, and better panoramic view from the Brazilian side.
However, even if it means crossing the border several times in just a couple of days, the best place to stay is without doubt the small Argentine town of Puerto Iguacu. Cheaper prices here that you get much more for your money in terms of food and accomodation - and not the mention the great wine that is so cheap in Argentina and so expensive in Brazil! It´s also a good idea to visit the supermarkets in the town and stock up on treats that are pricey over the border. Puerto Igaucu has lots lof good places to stay for very little money, and lots of good places to eat and drink for even less. It´s not the most exciting of towns, and it can get cold at night, but it´s a perfectly pleasant place to while a way a couple of evenings while spending your days marvelling at the waterfalls.


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