So it is finally time to wrap up my time in Argentina. Almost four months in this country, the longest I’ve been in any one place for quite a long time. It’s been fun but I am more than ready to move on!
But not before I recap the past few months…
Total Days in Argentina: 99
Amount Spent: (I’m only counting the first and last week to give a better view on travel versus LIVING in Argentina. So this is for 2 weeks, one in Buenos Aires and one traveling the country) $862
Amount Per Day: $61.50 a day. This seems pretty accurate to me. Argentina is NOT a value destination by any stretch, particularly in Buenos Aires.
Places Visited: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Mendoza
Favorite Places: Rosario (where I should have lived) and Mendoza
Least Favorite Place: Cordoba. I was so uninspired I didn’t write a word.
Most Memorable Moments: Wine tasting in Mendoza, catching a major protest in downtown BA, hosting dinner parties in our lovely top floor apartment.
Biggest Misconception: That Argentina is a budget destination- prices are on par with Europe these days! In Buenos Aires we were hard pressed to get a (non self-catered meal) for less than $7 a person and even crappy dorm rooms in hostels are $15+.
Best Meal: Too many to choose! Many steak dinners at La Cabrera and the asian fare at closed door Cocina Sunae.
Worst Meal: Nothing was bad per se, but my goodness did I ever get tired of eating the same things over and over and over. Variety is not the spice of life in Argentina.
Most Annoying Thing: The crazy inflated price of groceries and the constant craving for fresh veggies.
Most Visited Attraction: I ended up at La Recoleta Cemetery three times! I know I said I love cemeteries but this was entirely unintential I swear.
Best Wildlife Shot: Look at those parrots from Temaikan zoo. They totally want to rip my face off.
Best Advice: Don’t just visit Buenos Aires, get out and explore the rest of the country! Also don’t come in Jan/Feb unless you like the sensation of being roasted alive.
Biggest Regret: Not making it to Patagonia. Sigh. Hopefully it will be in the budget next time….
Would I Come Back? Definitely, although I’ve had my fill for a little while at least.