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Natalie from Miami asked

Domestic travel around Argentina, then to Uruguay

What's the best way to get around domestically in Argentina?  We are looking to go from Buenos Aires to Mendoza and are then going to try and add in a few days in Uruguay.  Any recommendations or suggestions?

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Argentina   Uruguay   Buenos Aires   Mendoza

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Julia from Brooklyn

You have a couple options for getting from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, and how you go will depend on how much time you have. You can take an overnight bus that leaves from Retiro -- there are options that range from just a regular coach bus, to the full "First Class" experience (hot meals, seats that recline to almost flat bed, free booze). It's fun to wake up and look out the window at the incredible countryside as you cross Argentina. However, sometimes it's actually less expensive to fly. LAN Argentina and Aerolineas Argentinas both have daily flights from Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery into Mendoza. Aeroparque is great because it's right in the city, so it'll take you very little time to get there (as opposed to the international airport, Ezeiza, which is about an hour outside BA). 

Mendoza is one of my favorite cities in Argentina (I lived in Buenos Aires for 2.5 years). I recommend calling ahead to reserve tours at the wineries that you want to visit. I also highly recommend either renting a car (with GPS, and also real maps in case the GPS signal drops, not an uncommon thing there) or getting a driver. Doing the whole thing by bus/bike is really exhausting, and you don't get to see as much. My favorite winery by far is Bodega Ruca Malen -- the wines are amazing, and the lunch there is absolutely out of this world. Bodegas Salentein are also worth a visit for their beautiful facilities, including an on-site museum. Carinae Winery is a smaller producer that has some lovely wines as well. Our favorite meal was at Anna Bistro in the city of Mendoza. Nothing fancy, just straightforward, delicious food, excellent service, and a lovely setting (we ate in the garden). Francis Mallman's restaurant 1884 Francis Mallman is gorgeous, but the service is hit or miss. 

You also have options for traveling to Uruguay. It's very common to take a ferry across the Rio de La Plata to Colonia (Uguguay), a quaint colonial town that is setup for day trips. If you decide you want to go to Montevideo, some ferries continue there, or you can take a bus from Colonia (sometimes included in the price of the ticket). You can also fly. There are usually many ferries that make the trip every day. The most reliable ferry companies are Buquebus, Seacat, and Colonia Express. My favorite restaurant in Colonia is El Buen Suspiro, and if you have a couple meals in Uruguay be sure to try the local special, the Chivito sandwich!


 


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Ryan from Canmore

Argentina has really nice bus lines that are all pretty affordable depening on what class you book. There are multiple companies but I liked FlechaBus the best. On the bus you can get semi-cama seats which are close to normal, cama, which are big seats kind of lazyboy like that recline almost all the way back, or suite cama, which actually recline all the way back to be like a bed. The long distance busses all meals and movies and good service on board. I actually found riding around on the super nice busses to be on of my favorite parts of travelling Argentina.


Flights, from my experience were quite expensive on the normal airlines, but the is a state run airline http://www.lade.com.ar/ that offers really affordable flights mostly around the southern part of the country. I don't think they fly to Mendoza, but if you were also considering Patagonia, or Bariloche it is a great option.


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Mateo from Montevideo

Natalie, 

It's important to know when you are travelling, whether in South America changes a lot during seasons and depending on that the atractions you should visit. 

Buenos Aires and Montevideo are very close and are well connect through two ferrys: Buque Bus & Colonia Express. 

You could go from Buenos Aires to Montevideo directly using BuqueBus, this trip is more expensive and last about 3 horus. Or you could go from Buenos Aires to Colonia (Uguguay) using Buquebus or ColoniaExpress, here you have trips that last 40 min 1 hour. Colonia is the oldest city in Uruguay and very beatuiful. Like a colonial city. From colonia you could take a Bus to Montevideo, it is a 2 and a half hour journey. Montevideo is very beatiful and much smaller and quiet than Buenos Aires. 

So may suggestion is that if you are in Buenos Aires, adding a few days to Uruguay is very simple and cheap. 

Here are some sites you should visit for more information:

http://www.buquebus.com/BQBPreHome.html

https://coloniaexpress.com/ar

http://www.cot.com.uy/site/

And if you want more more information on south america you could visit: http://voia.travel/?=m


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Romy from San Carlos de Bariloche

Honey it's better start with Mendoza, then Buenos Aires, and then Uruguay... from Buenos Aires to Uruguay you just need to cross the river... from Mendoza to Buenos Aires you can take an airplane... sometimes you don't have so much difference in the price between  the airplane and the bus... and from Buenos Aires to Uruguay you take the ferry!


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Mathaios from Monemvasías, Lakonia, Greece

Take the river boat to get into Uruguay. Also, visit Iguazu Waterfalls it is very nice. 


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