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In two weeks, I’m going to Argentina with my boyfriend aka Won’t Run For Miles.
We’re super thrilled about this trip, but, apart from the flights and hotels, we’ve planned virtually nothing. Yes, we know its the end of winter, and we’ve heard it is “vibrant” and “euro” and “late-night” but we’ve been so busy we haven’t concentrated on the trip – YET.
We need your help!
Guidelines: we like to tour but also like sometimes to take our time and stroll the streets. We don’t mind walking for hours. We like good food, and don’t mind an occasional splurge, but generally would prefer restaurants with local appeal that are not hugely expensive. I always like to find new places to run. I like to shop. Won’t Run For Miles is interested in anything music-related, especially rock music.
In addition to help planning day events, and restaurants, we need your help on matters such as – money, electricity, cell phone usage, how to get to Mendoza and Buenos Aires from airports (is there a reasonable airport bus, or must we splurge on taxis?), how to get around these cities, whether tours are worthwhile, and guides.
Here’s what we do have planned:
Flights on AA/LAN (booked for 40,000 British Airways miles plus about $130 in taxes per person).
We are flying JFK to Mendoza, Argentina (changing planes in Santiago, Chile). By flying to Mendoza first, and Buenos Aires second, we avoid being stung by Argentina’s $140 per person “Reciprocity Fee”, which is only chargeable if your first arrival into Argentina is by way of Buenos Aires.
We will be in Mendoza for two nights, staying at the Park Hyatt!.
We don’t know anything else about Mendoza except that it is beautiful and known for wine. and steak. We like wine. and we like steak. score!
We have two days to plan in Mendoza – what should we do?
We are flying to Buenos Aires – since we are arriving domestically, we will be arriving into AEP, an airport much closer to the city than EZE.
We will have five nights in Buenos Aires. (I am so excited, I could tango!)
We are going to split our stay in Buenos Aires, by spending the first two nights in Palermo and three nights in Recoleta. We’ve read that both neighborhoods are fabulous, so we thought we’d experience a little of each.
In Palermo, we are going to stay at the L’Hotel Palermo. We found this hotel after a lot of research on various websites, such as Tripadvisor, Kayak, etc. This small hotel looks quaint, beautiful and romantic. Most everyone who reviewed it raved about it. We booked the two nights on Expedia.com. Because we found a cheaper rate on line within 24 hours of our booking, Expedia matched the price and issued a $50 credit to our account.
In Recoleta, we are staying at the world renowned Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau. We will be staying in a suite! We hope it will be on the “palace” side of the hotel, rather than the new wing, but regardless, it will be awesome. We have heard the most amazing things about this hotel – its like a fairy tale. I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M GOING THERE! I’m feeling like Cinderella in anticipation of our stay here.
Other than our hotels, we have NO plans. Obviously, we want to see the sights, check out some Tango, eat and drink, etc. Won’t Run For Miles wants to know if the Beatles Museum is a worthwhile visit. I found this online Conde Nast Traveller guide to Buenos Aires, but haven’t looked at it yet.
Help us please!!!
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