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Camping in Argentina?

  • With the crazy prices of hotels/hostels, not to mention quality standards vs price, I'll probably camp on my way down to Puerto Madryn, once I've found a decent tent and some other bits and pieces.

    In fact, I've always loved camping and the freedom it gives you, not to mention being out in the fresh air. My main hurdle is persuading Adri that it's a good idea because she's not a very outdoors type.


    This is a very useful guide and I'm waiting for prices to come through.

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    The prices vary wildly, so I'll keep adding info as and when:

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  • We set off for Cordoba on Sunday in that stifling heat and stayed the night at a friend's in La Calera and on the Monday headed for Los Cocos which is near La Cumbre.

    The Eco Camping campsite ($1200 per person per night) was easy to find being opposite the police and fire stations and up a dirt track, with showers and bathrooms. The hot water is solar heated and there were electric points at every pitch where the parrilla was.

    Most of the time we were the only campers and often visited by harmless stray dogs. We also cooked all our own meals including choris, bacon and eggs, rice, pasta etc.

    One of the other reasons for going was to look at properties which are considerably cheaper than BA. We're toying with the idea of buying a house with a couple (or three) of cabins (cabañas) to rent out. We explored the area including Capilla del Monte which is the area where most UFOs are sighted at Cerro Uritorco but we didn't spot any :alien:

    The area is also home to many spiritual/mediation centres because of its tranquillity so there are hundreds of little shops of that nature.

    I didn't care much for Carlos Paz and Cosquin, but La Cumbre and Los Cocos are quiet, having not been overrun by tourists. Most of the roads are excellent with all side roads being dirt tracks which really need 4x4s for driving down, so I had to be very careful...

    We had to cut our holiday short because the clutch on the Honda was slipping badly and the last thing we wanted was to get stuck with a car we couldn't drive. In the end we opted for the long 770km hike back home which in the end took us 11 hours because I was having to play the clutch, trying not to over rev. We were both completely knackered when we got back and that's the last time I drive that car further than a few kms before we sell it. It has to go as it's now 16 years old.

    But anyway, I was so glad that Adri was game for the camping and she improvised just like I hoped she would. Not even the massive thunderstorm at 0300 on Thursday morning fazed her, not to mention that it was a great water test for the tent, which it passed with flying colours. Having said that, the rain wasn't torrential as we expected, but I did see other vacant pitches which had small trenches dug around them :light-bulb-2-smiley-emoticon-emoji:

    We used every bit of kit that took with us - mini gas cooker with cartridge, torches (vital), plastic mugs, can openers, Sony Walkman with tiny speaker for local radio, inflatable beds (horrible) etc etc.

    I also bought a so-called electric cooler box (12v), but it was utter crap and I'm getting a refund so we had to buy bags of ice every day, which was better anyway because we could add chunks of ice to our drinks ($500 for 2.5kg)

    The local shop, although obviously expensive, had everything we needed like bread, ice etc and stayed open every day till 1100 pm.

    It's also handy to know that the Cordoba traffic police are all over the place and there are checkpoints EVERYWHERE! I made sure we had a new fire extinguisher, reflective coat jacket, spare bulbs, first aid kit and rocket launcher (RPG) just in case, but of course we weren't stopped once, as per Murphy.

    All in all, a fun camping holiday and we picked up a few tricks and hints along the way.

    Some pics:

  • Looks good to me. :thumbup:

    I've still got all my 1 man gear from the many years of all season camping in the wilds. Still have the large tent from the times me and the missus used to go 'posh' camping in the UK. We were chatting about it the other week funnily enough. She says she would still do it but I no longer have the desire for it.

  • Your tent looks comfy! What was the temperature?

    On Monday it was very hot and stayed that way day and night until Thursday morning when the storm arrived, which is when it dropped significantly. From 20c min to about 12c, at night.

    I was very impressed with the tent which is modern and easy to erect as opposed to my old one which was a traditional design with two tent poles and a crossbar.

    Great pix!

    You couldn't have slept out tonight - its bloody cold...

    I never did enjoy being wet and cold and I know Adri wouldn't have enjoyed the colder weather.