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Three Weeks in Argentina

Three weeks in the beautiful Argentina

by willowAbout Me:i’m an 18 year old who grew up traveling and just recently started backpacking solo in south america after graduating high school. i’m a super creative person and love to try new things and get out of my comfort zone read more

South AmericaArgentina, Chile18 days / January - February 2022

Highs & Lows

Mendoza bike wine tour

Spent pretty much all of my time in cities

Itinerary Overview

Argentina was my very first stop of my solo travel experience and so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was so nervous and scattered and quite honestly expecting failure but I was pleasantly surprised. The first hostel I went to in Cordoba was the most perfect place to start my journey and plant my feet for a week. After I felt comfortable, I moved North to Salta and then to Mendoza. I was shocked by the gorgeous landscapes all around the country and even more shocked that the cities were able to be both so beautiful and yet so busy all at once. I ate tons of empanadas and took in the sights. It was such a great place to start my travels, especially as Argentina is a quite a bit more Western than other South American countries and so the shock wasn’t quite as extreme as it could’ve been. However, I will say, I was completely alarmed when I first heard natives speaking Spanish. As somebody who has studied Spanish for 8 years, I barely got a few words out of each sentence due to their thick accent. Be prepared for this and don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t understand. In my experience the locals were more than happy to slow down or enunciate more when I expressed interest and lack of understanding. Last thing to note is the money exchange rate here is horrible. Never use your credit card (it automatically doubles the price) and avoid using ATM’s. Instead look into using the online banking app Western Union which gives you a much better rate for your money!

  • 8 Nights: Córdoba
    Lots to see in Cordoba
  • 2 Nights: Salta
    My friend dragged me to Salta
  • 8 Nights: Mendoza
    Wine and Mountains in Mendoza

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have gone to the South and seen Patagonia but I unfortunately didn’t have time

  • How was the food?

    El Mercadito Friendly and Fresh. Super yummy food and super reasonably priced as well

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    try to avoid staying in all of the cities. I think it’s great to get a mix of city life and town vibes which is not what I did


  • Hostel Cordobés. Highly recommend, best hostel environment i’ve ever had. I especially recommend the BBQ dinners they offer, great way to meet and spend time with others. Facilities are sub par but the social environment and hostel owner, Eric, make up for it completely

  • Hostel Prisamata. Totally fine. Nothing to write home about but I loved how they had so many bathrooms and the outdoor space was nice as well

  • Hulu B & B. I had major problems with booking this hostel. I accidentally booked it twice because there was a problem with my credit card and I practically had to beg them not to charge me twice until they listened. They have great breakfast and facilities but it’s a horrible environment for meeting people. Nice if you just want a chill time in a nice spot and great area