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kciDAtaE
Member since Apr 2017
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Argentina recs requested
ETA - trip was a success. Thanks to all. I’ll submit a trip review soon.


Have a trip to Argentina to celebrate my 40th next month. Itinerary is set as far as where we staying.

4 nights in BA
3 nights in Bariloche
2 nights in Iguazu

But we haven’t scheduled any excursions, meals, points of interest, etc. Any recs in any of those place would be cool. Any can’t miss experiences? Not soccer or polo season so sports do not look like an option.

Specifically, we trying to decide on helicopter ride or boat trip in Iguazu.

And restaurants in BA

TIA
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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Argentina recs requested
Check the sticky, sir.


kciDAtaE
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re: Argentina recs requested
I did. But the gentleman with the only Argentine review went to those locations in the ski season. And gave a thorough review of the hotels.

My accommodations are already set and I won’t be skiing. I took note of the restaurants in BA but most of his review isn’t applicable to my trip

I’m guessing someone here went to Iguazu Falls. His review didn’t touch on that
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GOP_Tiger
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re: Argentina recs requested
When in Iguazu, you're likely going to want to go to the Brazilian side of the falls, so go ahead and get your visa to enter Brazil online before you go. After June 17th, Americans won't need a visa at all to enter Brazil.


kciDAtaE
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re: Argentina recs requested
quote:

When in Iguazu, you're likely going to want to go to the Brazilian side of the falls, so go ahead and get your visa to enter Brazil online before you go. After June 17th, Americans won't need a visa at all to enter Brazil.


That was the toughest decision. We originally wanted to stay on the Brazil side. But bc of the Visa situation and length of stay, we decided on Argentina. Mainly bc of logistics. Flights available and only having one full day in the park. I hope we don’t regret that decision. But thanks for the input.


lagniappe14
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re: Argentina recs requested
I stayed on the Brazilian side of the Falls at the Wish Resort (friends picked it). I only saw the falls from the Brazilian side despite trying my best to squeeze in the Argentinian side.

With 1.5 days, you can spend 1 day on Argentinian side and the half day on the Brazilian. The Brazilian side only takes about 1.5-2 hours. Buses drop you off right by the falls unlike on the Argentinian side where you have to either hike or take a train.

For BA, I enjoyed wandering around the Japanese Gardens and the Recoleta Cemetery. Great ice cream at Freddo's right outside the entrance to Recoleta.

I had a great food tour with Parrilla Tours. As a solo traveler, it was a nice way to enjoy an outing with others and to learn more about the food and local culture. We had a choripan from an old established restaurant where the retirees hang out. We then moved on to soccer bar to try Torrontes wine and split empanadas. Lunch was a full-on parrilla. The guide was excellent. She ordered blood sausage for us at no extra charge after we expressed an interest. Texture is the consistency of potted meat. :) For the finale, we stopped for ice cream (go for the liqueur flavors). Quite enjoyable way to spend half a day.

I stayed in Palermo Soho and loved the neighborhood. Lots of good restaurants to try. Highly recommend Don Julio's for a parrilla. Meal was superb from start to finish with great wait staff.

Visit the San Telmo market if you are in BA on a Sunday. Good place to pick up souvenirs. (Tip: Bathroom located in the market building.)

The Evita Museum was a fascinating retrospective on her life with lots of memorabilia, and there is a lovely restaurant on site.

If you do visit the Japanese Gardens, the Rose Gardens and Planetarium are nearby. The Planetarium reminded me of the Jetson cartoons. 60s vision of a futuristic space ship... or home to a cult.


kciDAtaE
Member since Apr 2017
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re: Argentina recs requested
Thanks. Great tips. We are staying in recoleta so some of those ideas should be easy to make happen.


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LSUsuperfresh
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re: Argentina recs requested
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But the gentleman with the only Argentine review went to those locations in the ski season.


People go on vacation and don't ski? This is news to me . I'm headed to Chile in July for more.

I can probably touch on Bariloche a little more. El Boliche de Alberto (there are like 7 locations in Bariloche) was a really good parilla if you're looking for steak and wine. Also, we also ate at a really good restaurant right on the lake with an excellent view. Let me get you the name.

Edit: El Patacon . They have a nice den area for post dinner drinks as well. Would definitely recommend
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kciDAtaE
Member since Apr 2017
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re: Argentina recs requested
Thanks. We are going in May which is a little to early to ski. I have to go their for business and decided to make a vacation out of it.

We are staying at Llao Llao in Bariloche which is a little further out of town. Will probably schedule one day to visit the town. El Patacon looks legit. About 30 minutes from hotel. Thanks


LSUsuperfresh
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Be sure to hit the Centro Civico area, maybe walk down Mitre Street post dinner if you're looking for a good walking district and to get dessert (lots of chocolate stores).

Also, be clear with the server on how you want your steak cooked because you may have to send it back and don't want them arguing "I thought you said you wanted well done?" It seemed to be a common theme that the cook would get distracted and overcook the steak. They always got it right the 2nd time though.
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Palmetto08
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re: Argentina recs requested
quote:

stayed in Palermo Soho and loved the neighborhood. Lots of good restaurants to try. Highly recommend Don Julio's for a parrilla. Meal was superb from start to finish with great wait staff


Will be in BA end of summer staying at Miravida Soho and have dinner reservations at Don Julio. Can’t wait.

Do you have any Palermo Soho lunch recs and specific places to walk/sightsee in that area? Unfortunately we only have one day. Thanks!



lagniappe14
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re: Argentina recs requested
Nearby tourist attractions are the Japanese Gardens, Rose Gardens, Planetarium, and the fabulous Evita Museum.

Palermo has some good, local shopping. For handmade shoes, check out Correa (men shoes) and its sister store, Correa Mujer (women's). The owner recommended Nola's for lunch. I had the red beans and rice with a side of cornbread. The beans were well seasoned albeit a bit undercooked by Louisiana standards. Still, I cleaned my bowl.

A quick casual lunch spot is Chori. It specializes in gourmet choripans (lamb, wild boar, Asian-inspired, veggie etc.). This was the best choripan I had in Buenos Aires. Staff is super friendly, and lots of locals eat here. If I only had a day, I'd go here for lunch.

Nearby Chori is Dulce de Leche & Company. The store offers tastings. They also sell alfajores of all kinds. Buy the homemade alfajores in wax paper to eat while in BA (fragile). The locals told me the triangle shaped alfajores (long box) were the best mass produced ones.

Sample one-day itinerary: Japanese Gardens in the morning followed by shopping and lunch in Palermo Soho. Drop off any souvenirs at Miravida on the way to the Evita Museum (open until 7pm). Afterwards, head back to Miravida to freshen up/change/have a glass of Torrontes/Malbec before your dinner at Don Julio.


Palmetto08
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re: Argentina recs requested
Great stuff lagniappe. Thank you!


lagniappe14
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re: Argentina recs requested
Happy to share my tips, Palmetto08! You'll have a great time. Have some wine for me.


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GulfCoastPoke
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re: Argentina recs requested
BA - Floreria Atlántico speakeasy with great cocktails. Good food too.

Algodon maison for wine and apps.







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kciDAtaE
Member since Apr 2017
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re: Argentina recs requested
On the last leg of 10 days in Argentina for my 40th bday.

Buenos Aires
Patagonia
Iguazú Falls

Been a great trip and thanks for all the advice given. A few challenges with airline strike, cancelled flights and weather. Once I return, I’ll post a review with pics and tips I’ve discovered to pay it forward.

First trip with the GoPro and I may need some advice on how to post videos. Haha

Thanks Travel Board!


lagniappe14
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re: Argentina recs requested
I have yet to download my pics from my camera. Lol. Please post yours.

Happy Birthday, kciDAtaE!

Oh yeah, my pals had an issue with an airline strike while I was there. Apparently, it was advertised in Argentina, but the airline sold tickets anyway. Thought it was a one-off...

Looking forward to your trip report.


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DaBeerz
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re: Argentina recs requested
Watch the BA somebody feed Phil episode on Netflix, he’s the guy who made everybody loves Raymond and travels around the world eating. He made google Argentinian restaurant menus

Never mind didn’t know you were there already
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kciDAtaE
Member since Apr 2017
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re: Argentina recs requested
Thanks. I’ll update OP


Palmetto08
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re: Argentina recs requested
Looking forward to reading your BA review. I'm going this fall and staying in Palermo Soho area. Eating at Don Julio one night


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