Real Honeymoon: Argentina

I’m a huge fan of South America, so I was very excited when my friends Christine and Tommy decided to go to Argentina for their honeymoon.  Since they were planning on traveling in December, they made the right choice to go to the southern hemisphere where it was sure to be nice and sunny.  The details of their trip throughout Argentina and a couple of their beautiful photos are below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

Tommy and I left for our honeymoon in Argentina in December of 2012.  We went to Buenos Aires, Patagonia/Bariloche, and Iguazu Falls.

Bariloche

Bariloche, Patagonia

How long was your trip?

Our honeymoon was 12 days.  We felt like we could have had a couple more days, but you can easily spend time in two places versus three, and have plenty of time to see everything.

Kayaking in Argentina

Hi Christine!

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

We got married in December and wanted to go somewhere warm for our honeymoon, so we were looking in the southern hemisphere.  Since we got married in Hawaii, we didn’t want to do a beach honeymoon.  We’d heard great things about Argentina, so we decided to give it a shot!

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

The best part of our honeymoon was….

The boat ride at Iguazu Falls.  The falls were unlike anything I’d ever seen.  You only need to go for a day and you can see all of the falls and do the boat ride.  We stayed at the Sheraton on the Argentinian side, its definitely not a luxury hotel but its super convenient.

I’d also recommend going to a tango show in Buenos Aires, we loved the one that we went to!

We also used a travel agency called Jacada.  They were amazing in terms of recommending hotels, restaurants, and taking care of all of our transportation to and from airports.  All of their employees spoke English (which was great for my husband and I who don’t know much more Spanish than, “Gracias.”)  In addition, included in their package is a one day personal tour of the Buenos Aires which we loved.  We really felt like we got to see the city and since our tour guide grew up in Buenos Aires, she was able to fill us in on the history and politics of the city.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

We spent 5 nights in Bariloche, which was too long.  I would have considered either skipping that leg and going to Mendoza or cutting it down to 3 nights.

Also, we didn’t expect to have safety issues in Buenos Aires.  Someone tried to mug my husband and it was the middle of the day in a “safe” neighborhood.  I’m not sure who we would have changed this, but it would have been good to know that it’s not the safest city.

Looking back, we probably would have just stayed in Hawaii for another week.  It required alot of flights to travel around the country, and after planning a wedding, what we really needed was to relax.  However, if we weren’t coming straight from our wedding, I think that its a good place to visit if you want to do go to South America.

Llao Llao

Bariloche

How much planning did you do in advance?

We booked our flights before our honeymoon and we used Jacada to book the rest of our travel.  They are able to get us pretty good rates and we were upgraded to suites in every hotel.

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

We stayed at the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires which is renovated mansion and a beautiful hotel.  We also stayed at Llao Llao in Bariloche, which was right on the lake and had unbelievable rooms and views.

Llao Llao

Hotel Llao Llao in Bariloche

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

Italy or Paris!

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