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Old Nov 1st 2011, 02:44 AM
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Concur with Donkey on Buenos Aires. If you've been to any major European city, you've seen everything that BA has to offer, and much that it doesn't. However, I wouldn't say that Argentina is something to pass on. Mendoza and Bariloche are both beautiful - Bariloche is awe-inspiring but rugged, and Mendoza is fine, relaxing, and affordable wine country, with the Andes standing right over you. Both are well worth visiting, and Argentina's a great country.

I've done a long-distance bus in Argentina. It was OK. A couple of Ambien and I slept most of the night (or if I didn't, I don't remember it - nice thing about Ambien). Much of South America lacks good rail service, especially Argentina. It's air or bus. Bus isn't ideal, as it does eat up a lot of time, but it's not the worst thing I've ever done.
Mendoza was one of the places I was thinking of spending some time. My initial shot at an itenerary was Montevideo for a couple of nights, Buenos Aires for a couple, somewhere between BA and Mendoza for a night, Mendoza for 2-3, and Santiago for 2 or 3. But, that's all kind of up in the air at this point. I figure whatever bus riding I'm doing I'll look to portion out into segments that are somewhat manageable and try to enjoy the view. The thought of renting a car inside of Argentina occurs to me, but I'm not sure whether that's worth doing or not.
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Old Nov 1st 2011, 01:19 PM
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Mendoza was one of the places I was thinking of spending some time. My initial shot at an itenerary was Montevideo for a couple of nights, Buenos Aires for a couple, somewhere between BA and Mendoza for a night, Mendoza for 2-3, and Santiago for 2 or 3. But, that's all kind of up in the air at this point. I figure whatever bus riding I'm doing I'll look to portion out into segments that are somewhat manageable and try to enjoy the view. The thought of renting a car inside of Argentina occurs to me, but I'm not sure whether that's worth doing or not.
I think that sounds great. I had a great time in Mendoza - some great wine, wonderful food - they do overcook their beef, though - and really neat people. There's an airport in Mendoza that should be able to get you to Santiago (air travel is weird - it's why we had to take a bus to Bariloche). It's a big ass country, for sure.

As far as driving - I wouldn't drive in BA if you paid me. In the countryside? Eh, maybe. Could be very interesting. How's your Spanish?
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Old Nov 2nd 2011, 02:09 PM
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My Spanish is quite rusty, but I would be able to communicate. I'm thinking I might brush up a little bit. I was fluent when I was younger, so it probably wouldn't take much to get back up to speed to some degree.

I meant to ask how important it was to be able to speak the local language.
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My Spanish is quite rusty, but I would be able to communicate. I'm thinking I might brush up a little bit. I was fluent when I was younger, so it probably wouldn't take much to get back up to speed to some degree.

I meant to ask how important it was to be able to speak the local language.
If you're staying on the beaten path, not too important.
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My Spanish is quite rusty, but I would be able to communicate. I'm thinking I might brush up a little bit. I was fluent when I was younger, so it probably wouldn't take much to get back up to speed to some degree.

I meant to ask how important it was to be able to speak the local language.
I know enough Spanish to be able to get food & drink, and maybe a room for the night. Granted, I was with a grad school group, but I also wandered quite a bit. I think you'll be OK.

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I know enough Spanish to be able to get food & drink, and maybe a room for the night. Granted, I was with a grad school group, but I also wandered quite a bit. I think you'll be OK.

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