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What are good cities to see? what's the best for transportation short and long distances? Where are good/cheap places to stay? Are hostels a good option? What should a tourist be cautious of while flying in to Buenos Aires and traveling around the country? Is it easy to get transportation to the Patagonias and a place to stay? Are there buses or other ways of transportation from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro that's relatively cheap and safe?
Hiring a car would be the easiest way to travel around the country, if you don't want yo hire a car there are long distance buses that will take you from one cities to another, but it can be a long journey between places
We flying to BA have a few days in the city, three days later we have a car which was book in advance before the trip. We hadn't book our accommodation in advance we want to be flexible during our trip we just search a hostel on the spot. Hostels are cheap and relatively good in Argentina, we stay most of our trip in a hostel
Patagonia region is one of our favourite, Bariloche is a beautiful place. We took a domestic flight to Iguazo with Aerolinas, perhaps check their website, is not so expensive if you book well in advance.
BA is a wonderful city, just be careful with your valuable while walking on street and avoid dark alleys at night. Do not walk at night in La Boca area, for the rest we didn't notice anything dangerous in BA, the same as any cities in the world just take some precautions
VT members have shared their experiences and information that would be along the lines of the questions youve asked here, in their travel pages on Argentina or locations/destination pages and would recommend that you have a read around them.
Also getting a good guide book so you have the logistic side of things at hand and as pre reading. I used the Footrprints guidebook for my travels around South America in 2012 but when looked at the latest LP for my recent travels around the Guianas i liked the coverage it has. Theres a new edition of their guidebook for South America coming out in October
Hey Twtp73 - Have you already made it to Argentina yet? You may already be in Rio if the goal was to be there for the Olympics, but, just in case you’re still needing Argentina info...
Compared to other Latin American cities I think Buenos Aires is quite safe. The two safest neighborhoods/most frequently trafficked by tourists are Recoleta and Palermo. My top tips are these:
1. Minimize bringing your smartphone out of your pocket when walking around or on the subte/buses.
2. If you speak Spanish, try to speak it when you're out in public.
3. Be aware of your surroundings. It's still South America and there is no place that is 100% free of petty theft and robberies. Google Maps is super helpful and works really well in the city!
When I lived there, I completely relied on buses to get everywhere in the country. I visited Mendoza, Bariloche, and Iguazu (I recommend all of them, and visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu, too!) and loved the overnight buses. I also visited El Tigre and San Isidro via public transportation, and never had any issues. However, my suggestion for getting to Rio would still be by plane. I bet it’s somehow possible by bus, but I haven’t heard of anyone doing it. (If you made it to Rio by bus, I’d love to know how!)
Definitely go the hostel route, especially if you’re traveling alone! I always had good hostel experiences in Argentina, and in South America in general. If you decide to not do hostels, Airbnb is a good option.
If you have any other questions, please reach out; I'm always happy to chat about my experiences! If you are interested in doing more authentic activities and tours while you're in Argentina, I have lots of recommendations and tips as well! Have an awesome trip!