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We are spending 2 weeks in Argentina in December. We have the
advantage of being squired around by a native Buenos Airian, but
she is asking us what we would like to see. The first week will
be spent in Buenos Aires, and so we are eager about what to see
there? Also, any suggestions as to other area(s) that should be
explored during our 2nd week? We are not adverse to taking a
plane to explore another area--Iguasu, Bariloche, etc. Also,
what is particularly kid-friendly and of interest to children in
I'm a native Argentinian and just returned from a 6 week trip
there with my husband and 13 month-old. I was amazed at how
child-friendly Argentina is, people there truely love children,
they are welcomed practically everywhere (even upscale
restaurants have high chairs) and there are parks and children
activities everywhere. It's difficult to know what to recommend
without knowing the ages of your children. The Buenos Aires Zoo
is certainly a good spot, though of course it can't compare to
zoos in America. There are often shows (clowns, puppets, etc.)
you'll have to check the papers to see what's available when you
are there, but there will be plenty. The parks & cementeries in
Buenos Aires should also be of interest to children - and beware,
there are video-game and ice-cream stores *everywhere*. If your
kids are between 4-10 they may enjoy a visit to the Pams de los
Niqos, in Gonet, near La Plata (about 1/2 hr. from BA).
Outside Buenos Aires, the two most impressive sights of all
Argentina (and perhaps the world, I still haven't seen any
natural wonder that can compare) are the Iguazu falls and the
Perito Moreno Glacier. You need 1 1/2 days to see the falls (one
in Argentina and 1/2 in Brazil), and only a couple of days to see
the glaciers so you could do both. The plane tickets are quite
expensive, however (at least $100 each way), so you may have to
choose between one and the other. I think the falls may be more
fun for kids (make sure to take the boat ride that gets almost
underneath them), though if they are old enough they may enjoy
trecking on the glacier.
Bariloche is really beautiful, but I think all in all of less
interest to kids (I loved it when I went as an adult, didn't when
I went as a kid).
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.
Dear Tango Princess,
I lived in Argentina from 99-01 with my family and we had a
blast. If you want Tango, BA is the place. If you are looking
for an outdoor adventure extraordinaire, you have to get way out
of town. Iguazu falls are spectacular but it's got to be really
hot in December. My advice is to check out the lake region.
(White water rafting, mountain treking, beautiful scenery--it's
like Tahoe with very few people.)
Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes are very beautiful. You'll
have to fly, it's about 17 hours by car. If you have one full
week, I know you can get to the glacier in the far south also. I
never made it down there and it is a big regret. A friend of
mine owns a hotel in San Martin and she is a wonderful hostess.
Contact me if you want that connection.
If you are looking to brush up on your Castellano, I know an
Argentine woman here who is giving lessons. Also my next door
neighbor is living in BA and is a dancer. She could probably
take you to a milonga! Don't forget to bring extra money for
My last trip to bs.as was with my children ages 7 and 9 last year.
Definitely go to Tigre and take a Catamaran to any island out
there on the Delta just for lunch or something. for the kids - up
to 9 y.o. go to Munchi's (a large zoo in the outskirts of bs.as.)
or even to the city zoo where kids can milk a cow and make bread.
In many ways Bs.As is like New York - very theatre oriented -kids
go to shows and movies a lot. The highlight was our trip to the
Iguazu Falls. We loved the place, very kid friendly, loved the
service and the people. Here is website for you to check
e-mail me if you are interested in more.-
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