Final Thoughts: Argentina

by Dave on April 24, 2013 · 9 comments

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Last year, I spent two and a half months traveling in Argentina. From 6 weeks in Buenos Aires to Patagonia, I covered a good amount of ground.

There was a lot to appreciate in the country. Patagonia was by far my favorite region, followed by Mendoza and Cordoba.

If and when I return, it’d be to visit Iguazu Falls, Bariloche, and Salta.

Ice climbing in Patagonia

Ice climbing in Patagonia

Highlights

Japanese gardens in Buenos Aires

Japanese gardens in Buenos Aires

Lowlights

  • My Canon S100 camera broke on the last day of my Patagonia trip, on the flight from Ushuaia back to Buenos Aires. I later learned it was due to a manufacturer defect. Luckily, Eric and Shaun of Overyonderlust had a friend coming to visit from the USA, and he was willing to receive and bring me a replacement S100.
  • Coming back to a hostel to find my storage “locker” ajar, and immediately thinking the other guy in the room (who’d checked out while I was gone) had robbed me. All my belongings, money, and passport were OK, but I’m now much more careful about securing my belongings.
  • I went through avocado withdrawal.
Steak with blue cheese at La Cabrera in Buenos Aires

Steak with blue cheese at La Cabrera in Buenos Aires

Food & Drink

My studio apartment in Palermo Soho

My studio apartment in Palermo Soho

Average Cost Per Day

I don’t have exact figures, but I was surprised at the cost of living in Argentina. It was higher than I expected. I’d estimate 25% higher than Colombia or Peru.

Sample Expenses:

  • $800 – Studio apartment rental in Buenos Aires’ Palermo Soho neighborhood (via AirBnB)
  • $140 – Cost of entry / tourist visa for American citizens
  • $120 – Boca Juniors game (when booked as organized trip through hostel)
  • $50 – Hourly rate for private tango lessons
  • $20 – Cost of a dorm room at a popular hostel in Buenos Aires (old building, average facilities)

By comparison, I found Uruguay to be about 25% more expensive than Argentina.

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