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Argentina: Summer In Winter - Spring 2019: Pre-Trip


After 6 months without a trip, we are now only 5 days away from my first trip to the southern hemisphere and therefore my first trip to South America!

First of all, while this isn't a full family trip, it isn't a solo trip either! It all started back in October when I found some bargain flights to Buenos Aires. I spoke to my DH who was happy for me to go! But before I could book, our 17 year old son (O) asked if he could come! I was going in the school holidays anyway as otherwise it is too difficult logistically. What was going to be a simple 7 night trip to Buenos Aires became a 12 night tour of Argentina.

So, the two of us are leaving my DH and our 14 year old at home! They are going away too - but only 90 minutes away to a horse competition!

For those of you who don't know me, I am Mel, a 50 year old travel fanatic. I live in the South-West of France and am a Training manager. My partner in crime is our 17 year old son - O. Another one who loves travelling. He will be taking his baccalaureate in June and then off to university in August so this is possibly our last big trip together.



So down to details! O has done a few group trips with other teenagers where they see a lot in a short period of time. His view was that we should see as much as possible...

So it all starts with Lufthansa flights via Frankfurt to Buenos Aires. This cost 450 euros each! We are leaving on Friday evening - so he will go to school and I will go to work for the day. Not ideal but O doesn't want to miss his 4 hours of maths - though he was happy to finish an hour early and miss English! The flight arrives at BA at 8am on Saturday morning.



The trip involves 5 different accommodations - 3 of which are in BA!

The schedule is:
BA - one night
Iguazu Falls - 2 nights
BA - 2 nights
Patagonia - 3 nights
BA - 2 nights

Then there are two nights on each flights. It worked out like this as trying to fly from Iguazu to Patagonia was difficult to plan and apparently flights are often changed at the last minute. The view was it was better to go via BA and stay before moving on! I have chosen three different areas in BA - and trying to increase the niceness of the hotel each time!



So we have three stays in BA! It is probably the bit I am most unprepared for! We have three hotels in three areas - so will concentrate on those areas.

A lot will be taking in the atmosphere, perhaps some tango and eating!

I will probably plan the days on the plane



After one night in BA we have a 9.30am flight to Iguazu Falls. The flight is with Norwegian Argentina - it takes about 1h30.

Once there, we have organised that our Airbnb host, who just happens also to be a taxi driver, to pick us up and take us to the apartment. We will spend the afternoon exploring the town!

The next day we are off to the Brazilian side of the falls! Then the Argentinian side on our final day! The Falls are one of the new natural wonders of the world. It will be interesting to see how they compare with Niagara Falls!

We have a very late flight back to BA. The next day will be another day exploring BA!



Another day, another flight! This time a 3h flight down to El Calafate in Patagonia. I have booked transfers to the hotel.

At 3pm we have a tour which includes a zipline descent - this is a surprise for O!

The following day we are doing the minitrek on the Perito Moreno glacier!



The last full day in Patagonia and we are off to the Petrified Forest. The initial plan was to go to Plain Torres National Park - but travelling with a minor and only one parent into Chile is a nightmare - you need a legally approved authority from the non accompanying parent by the Chilean Embassy. Too complicated so this seemed an interesting alternative - a hike is involved!

The last morning we will explore the town before our afternoon flight back!



The last full day will be visiting anything we still want to see, perhaps some shopping and just enjoying ourselves!

We also have a good 3/4 day before our flight home!

I hope to do a live report - but it will depend on wifi connections

Still need to pack, print out everything, work, have a haircut - plus evenings at the pony! I can't wait!


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This sounds an amazing trip Mel, I look forward to following. I have never considered Argentina for a holiday and know nothing about it but a neighbour has booked to go later this year so it seems to be getting quite popular.
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Originally Posted by DisneyDaffodil View Post
This sounds an amazing trip Mel, I look forward to following. I have never considered Argentina for a holiday and know nothing about it but a neighbour has booked to go later this year so it seems to be getting quite popular.
Thank you! I knew nothing about it either but I am really excited about it! At least I have my Spanish translator with me

I think I am most concerned about the food - being non meat eaters in a beef heavy country could be fun
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Originally Posted by Melbatb View Post
Thank you! I knew nothing about it either but I am really excited about it! At least I have my Spanish translator with me

I think I am most concerned about the food - being non meat eaters in a beef heavy country could be fun
Now as meat eaters, we would love the food as we know Argentinian steaks are outstanding.

It is fun to explore new places, we are visiting Vietnam this year as our son teaches there. We wouldnt have been so brave a few years ago but we are finding we are getting more adventurous now we are in our 50s 😀

This will be a nice break for O before his exams too. Have a great time
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Sounds like a very varied and interesting Mum/Son trip and looking forward to reading along. Enjoy the packing
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Sounds like a very varied and interesting Mum/Son trip and looking forward to reading along. Enjoy the packing
Thank you! O and I are very alike - which may or not work in our favour 😜

I should have done the packing tonight but having been out all day at a pony competition I am shattered (all that fresh air and sun! ). At least while waiting I managed to get a lot of this written up!
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Sounds like a fantastic Mother and Son trip
I will enjoy reading along, have a great time.


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