I enjoyed BA, it is a beautiful place, but I found it frustrating as well. I liked the Santiago human rights tour. It has made me feel as if Chile has come to terms with their history much more openly. I had been eager to compare the two.
I am leaving Buenos Aires still confused about it. I loved it, I would like to come back. The prevalence of the tango stuff really surprised me. The complete lack of historical tours was a grave disappointment. I spent all of the 29th looking for a tour similar to what I did in Santiago, to no avail.
I arrived in Buenos Aires last night. I had a terrible Spanish conversation with the cab driver on the way to the hotel. (Saved 60 Pesos!) I am stoked to have a private room! I also have TV, a private bathroom with hot water and wifi! It is the actual trifecta of awesome by Latin American standards!!!
I have been disappointed with the Patagonia leg of the tour. Mostly because of the disorganization. We visited Pucón, Chile where the entire group climbed a volcano. That was the only activity and I was so exhausted I didn’t go. But I had this awesome view from my room.
We have been in Mendoza for 2 days now. The first we spent exploring. It’s very European, I don’t feel like I am in South America anymore. I have noticed that it is very hard to get change here, though. Even if you ask for it they will sometimes tell you no.