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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 26, 2016
From Iguazu to Peru  (4 Answers)

I'm planning a 3 weeks trip in South America next year, in mid March. The itinerary includes Urguay, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. At some point we'll be visiting Iguazu Falls then we need to get to Peru (Lima).

The problem is that the flights from Iguazu Falls to Lima are very expensive so we tried to find an alternative rout for getting to Lima.
One route that I have in mind is to fly from Iguazu to Salta, then to go by bus to Calama, where we'll take a flight to Santiago then Lima.
This way we have a chance to visit some of the Atacama main attractions. This segment was not planned and I don;t want to spend too man days because it will shorten our time allocated for Peru.

In this case what would be the minimum number of days to spend for getting from Salta to Calama? And what is considered a must to see in this area?

Are there other viable alternatives for getting from Iguazu Falls to Peru?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 05, 2016
Transport in the north  (4 Answers)

We want to explore the following regions in Argentina next year in May: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Talampaya NP, Salta,Puna, Tolar Grande/Salar Rio Grande/ Antofagasta de la Sierra, esteros del Ibera, Iguazu falls. Most agencies advise us to do a self drive due to the fact that private transport (with driver ) is very expensive. Has anyone done self drives in this region? Is this doable as a foreigner?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 17, 2016
Best time of year  (5 Answers)

Is there a best time of the year to visit Iguazu Falls. We are flexible so can travel anytime. Regards

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 17, 2016
Iguazu Falls  (10 Answers)

2017 we WILL be visiting The Iguazu Falls. Is there a best time of the year to do them. We are flexible so can go anytime.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 13, 2016
Working Visa in Argentina  (3 Answers)

Hello All,

I would like to find a job in Argentina, particularly in Buenos Aires. But first, I will need to travel there.

1) What are the precautions I should take if I wish to find a job there? I can understand Spanish.

2) Can a tourist visa holder find a job in Argentina?

Thanks so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 22, 2016
Camp stove fuel

Can one buy propane canisters for jet boil back packing stoves in El Calafate? Or Ushuaia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 19, 2016
Which places to visit in 3 weeks  (3 Answers)

We plan to travel to Argentina next year in May. Seen the time of year that rules out the Southern part of the country. We're interested in nature, culture, people watching, visiting wine estates and spotting capybaras. We plan to go 3 weeks so what should definitely be on our itinerary?
In the Mendoza area are their agencies that organised trips to wine estates? We really do not want to drive ourselves since we want to sample the wines. When we were in Chile (Colchagua area) we stayed at one estate and got picked up each morning to visit 2 or 3 estates, we would also take lunch at an estate at noon. We really loved that and hope we can do a similar 2 full days in Mendoza.
Is Ibera a good place to visit and spot capybaras? Any suggestions for that area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 27, 2016
Traveling Argentina for 2 weeks in the summer  (5 Answers)

Hi all,

I'm going to travel Argentina for 2 weeks in the summer by myself. Starting in Buenos Aires. What do you think? Any recommendations for a route?

Thanks a lot guys!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 18, 2016
Iguazu falls visit!  (7 Answers)

Those of you who have visited the falls, please help! I' ll be around end August. Do you think I should spend more than 2 full days at Iguazu falls, the Argentinian side? Or maybe make it 3, considering the period? Is the Brazilian side such a must-see? What activities can one engage in? Thanks for considering answering!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 13, 2016
North Argentina tour  (9 Answers)

Well, we are planning to visit Argentina for 2 weeks, starting as of August 19, 2016. Flight tickets already booked! We have ended up focusing on the northern part of the country. We are therefore thinking of spending 5 days in Buenos Aires (maybe 1 of them to Montevideo), 3 days in Iguazu falls, 4 days in Salta and the surrounding area (road trip to Jujuy, Purmamarca, Humahuaca, San Antonio de los Cobres, Cafayate) and 2 days in Cordoba. Transportation between the major cities is to be done by internal flights, to gain time. We have worked out our itinerary based on browsing around the net, so any advice upon first-hand experience would be very much appreciated. Do you find our plan and time allocation attractive enough? Have we omitted any significant places in the area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 06, 2016
Nice Pampa Landscapes around BA or Mendoza  (2 Answers)

Dear Friends,

Argentina is known for its endless green pampas and crystal blue sky. Has anyone of you perhaps been to such a nice place around Buenos Aires or Mendoza. It should be safe and accessible with public transport. Overnight in a neighboring village or town is an option.

Please share any such experience, you can even link to your photo galleries or travel journals.

Many thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 28, 2016
2 weeks trip to BA, Puerto Iguazu, El Calafate, and Ushuaia in August. Is it recommended?  (3 Answers)

We plan to visit Argentina mid August for 2 weeks. It’s our first visit ever in Latin America. We are landing and departing from Buenos Aires. Already thinking of spending some days in the capital (about 5 days), and then visiting Puerto Iguazu (1-2 days), El Calafate (4-5), and Ushuaia (2 days) via internal flights.
Probably inappropriate period for travelling south, but would still be more keen on seeing those places even if excluded from certain activities at the time.
So, is Patagonia worth visiting in August since we are not skiers or would you recommend another route?
Are daily trips to El Chalten (from El Calafate) and Montevideo (from BA) actually recommended, provided our time is short?
How many days would you suggest that we spend in each place?
We would very much appreciate any practical tips on such a trip.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 21, 2016
Tours in the north west, possibly from Salta  (7 Answers)

I plan to be in Salta - Jujuy area sometimes next july or august. Without a car, so travelling to small places may be very time consuming.
I have found a number of smallish travel agency, local or national, doing small group tours from Salta or BA...Any recommendations, or experience of a group tour in the area? It could be a week long tour, or less (day tours are also an option, but better, longer time).
I can manage with spanish guided, but I would prefer english...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 16, 2016
Buenos Aires to Bariloche  (3 Answers)

Which are the good, safe, comfortable options for this trip in early September? Is there a reliable, train option? Flying? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 15, 2016
Bus ride from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu  (4 Answers)

Has anyone traveled this way to Sao Paolo from Buenos Aires? I am told that the bus is excellent and that the seats recline 130 degrees, called semi-cama. They provide blankets, pillows, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Is this safe? Comfortable? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 18, 2016
Travelling to Argentina - Bs As  (3 Answers)


Hope you can help me. I have been saving money to fly to Bs As and then start a road trip around La Patagonia.
I found this page called Sherpals () where shoppers from Argentina pay to the travellers to carry cheap thing like cellphone or baby clothes.
Have you evere tried it? do they really pay you?
That money will make a big difference on my trip!
thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 24, 2016
Peso for euro users?  (3 Answers)

I am in the first steps of planning a (north hemisphere!) summer trip to Argentina...Using euro, not especially willing to change first to US dollars, what is the actual situation of euro/peso, street changers, ATMs, banks? Is euro accepted by changers, if they still are on business after the new regulations?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 20, 2016
Public Transport IGR Airport Argentina To IGU Airport Brazil OR a Taxi & Costs Please  (1 Answer)

Public Transport from IGR Airport Argentina to IGU Airport Brazil & the Costs Please .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 07, 2016
My itinerary first time to Argentina. How does it look?  (10 Answers)

Aloha everyone
Booked my tickets to Argentina arriving may 11 2016
How does my itinerary look to you who have been?

5/11-5/20: Buenos Aires staying in Palermo

5/17 day trip or overnight in Montevideo

5/20: fly to Iguazu Falls arrive 3:30 pm

Check in to Sheraton and do a tour

5/21 fly to Salta

5/24 fly to Mendoza

5/27 bus to Santiago de chille

6/1 fly to Córdoba

6/4 fly to BA

6/6 return to hawaii

What do you all think?

I took Bariloche out which is such a bummer but from my understanding it's not worth it in mid to late May

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 09, 2015
How to travel to Argentinan's patagonia  (1 Answer)

Hello, with some friends wr are planning on going to El Chalten in Argentina; However, it is difficult for us to find the cheapest way to get there from Buenos Aires. We were thinking about going by bus, but is it worth it? Because flying it cost like 300 euros and on the bus websites it says that it is almost the same prices..
Does someone know wich one is the cheaper and practical?
And is it easy to do stopping? or is it unrealistic?

Thank you :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 20, 2015
Car rentals to go to Chile

I am planning to go to Central/South Argentina moving by car, crossing into Chile in different points. I am not afraid to drive long hours, and I prefer to be able to stop when and where I like for taking pictures or just because I am tired, or to take the less beaten roads. I have been already twice to Argentina and took the rental car out to Chile a few years ago.

However, now I see this in Europcars conditions:

Cross border is only available into Uruguay at 82,64 USD and should be requested 72 working hours before the pick up day to [email] with a copy of the drivers passport and licence. This is only available to Uruguay. If the permit is not requested before this time the driver can request it at time of rental; however they will need to wait 72 working hours and will need to collect the permit from one of the Europcar offices (it is not possible for delivery of permit). CROSS BORDER INTO CHILE IS NO MORE AVAILABLE DUE TO NEW LAWS IN ARGENTINA

Is this true? Other rental companies seem still to offer this option, or are the web sites not up to date? Thanks for any recent info and experience.

Also, any cheap rentals you might advice? Fiat Palio or similar, or if not too costly, Idea or small SUV/pickup, five weeks (is it possible to bargain on a long rental?)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 31, 2015
what to do in Bueno Aires.  (3 Answers)

What are the top 10 most important thing to do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 17, 2015
Dual citizenship question  (7 Answers)

Hello travelers,
I am dual citizen now (EU and USA) I want to go to Argentina. I don't need visa for my Europe passport and for that I wanna use it. I traveled many places without any visa with my EU passport.

But now dual, My question is when and how I use my passports?

I am confused, what part of my trips I use what passport . Do I exit USA with US passport, enter Argentina with Europe? Or not ? How about the return?

I heared so many different answers. I appreciate if someone gave me correct answer as they had this experience and used dual citizen throughout their journey.

I like to know so I can use for other trips as well, ex Cuba, Africa etc.

Many many thank you'd in advance for help
Cheers :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 05, 2015
Best time of the month  (3 Answers)

when is the best time to visit and for nice weather and climate ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 01, 2015
form to pay reciprocity fee

Thanks, everyone, for the info about getting to the correct travel site to pay the reciprocity fee. I'm confused!
I entered the Provincia Pagos website and registered.
Then I received an email verifying that my account has been created. No entry code was included, as per the directions. The only info in the email was my user name and password. There's an X'ed out picture, so no clue as to what that's about...
The directions tell me to click "continue" to complete the process, however when I click on it I loop back to the same directions page instead of a form described where I input my personal and credit card info.
Has anybody been through the process that can help? I am beyond frustrated.
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 27, 2015
Paying reciprocity fee  (11 Answers)

I'll be visiting Buenos Aires for two weeks this summer and need to pay my reciprocity fee. There are so many sites on the web that I don't know which one to choose to make my payment. Can anyone point me to the correct website?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2015
Safety around the country  (3 Answers)

Hi all,
after 5 years I'm about to go back to the gorgeous Argentina. I understand the economic crisis led to an increased level of crimes especially in B. Aires so I guess I'll use "extra" common sense going around the city. I'm wondering how the situation is around the country, specifically in the north and during bus night trip. Five years ago I travel the whole Patagonia by bus and never had even a single moment I feelt unsafe... In B. Aires last time I stayed in Palermo and honestly I had no big issues going around the city by myself.
Thanks for any advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 26, 2015
Transportation from Rosario to Buenos Aires  (3 Answers)

What is the best transportation to use to get from Rosario to downtown Buenos Aires?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 01, 2015
Best side of the Andes  (2 Answers)

I am planning a trip by car in October-November in Argentina and Chile, and I am thinking of arriving to Cueva de las Manos from Peninsula Valdez and then drive north to Atacama, passing by Barilloche et Mendoza on the Argenitina side and Puerto Montt and Santiago on the Chilean side.
The doubt is whether it is nicer to drive between Cueva de las manis and Barilloche on the Argentinean side and then cross in to Chile, or to cross into Chile south and then enter Barilloche area and tour it.

Then I have the same doubt, i.e. is there anything worth seeing between Barilloche and Mendoza, or is it better to go back to Chile and drive to Santiago and then go to Mendoza from there.

I am quite experienced in driving in Argentina, having already driven more than 10.000km there in the north and extreme south, and given the cost of car drop-off, I am not interested in using planes or other means of transport, except maybe to cross the lakes (but is it possible to take the car across to Chile that way or is it only for pedestrians?)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 10, 2015
Holiday travel  (2 Answers)

What is open and what is closed throughout Argentina during the Christmas/ New Year holidays?
Interested in both tourist attractions as well as restaurants shops etc.
Please advise...

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