Argentinans love camping and the country has sooo many beautiful and varied landscapes that not camping here would be tragic on a long trip. There are established and wild campsites all along the Atlantic Coast of Argentina. We are using local and ioverlander recommendations to find spots.
December through February are the height of the beach season in Argentina which corresponds with school vacations and hotter weather. We are starting our camp travels just in time to celebrate my Birthday and New Years at Nueva Atlantis (a pick from ioverlander), south of Buenos Aires. To those who have been following this journey, we finally were able to pick up our camper trucks!!!! No negativity here, just happy to be on the road!
While waiting for our camper trucks to clear customs in Buenos Aires, we had adventures in Colombia, Uruguay and waiting time in Buenos Aires (other posts cover these stays). An Argentinan friend of ours, Javier, helped a ton with customs in Buenos Aires and let us park our trucks in front of his house in Guernica outside Buenos Aires while we did some final prep for our trip.
Our luck also was that Javier owns a hardware store “Ferriteria de Dalle Piane’s y Hijos” Guernica, in Buenos Aires Provincia. US propane tanks are not legal to fill in Argentina despite reading some travelers experience of success. If you need the set up, contact Javier by WhatsApp or go to the shop through Facebook below:
Here, propane tanks require Argentina certification stickers to allow a fill. Our tanks don’t have these so, we bought a 10 kilo standard Argentinan tank, drained it into our two 8 kilo tanks in Javier’s yard and we were set. Javier gave us the tubing we needed so we can repeat the process down the road. We did the drain and fill outside using gravity and a lot of time. See photo below for set up.
We left Guernica (Buenos Aires area) for Nueva Atlantis 12/29 heading for our first official camping trip in South America. We are 4 months into our year long trip.
To friends and family considering joining us on the road, please just do it. Our itinerary and lifestyle here are very flexible. The exchange rate in Argentina is even better than the “official” rate you will see online. Google “dollar blue” to determine your actual conversation rate. Great time to explore this area. Plus, everyone is super tranquilo having just won the World Cup.
One more recommendation, there are way too many great places to see. Please don’t stress about seeing the most popular places, just pick a place and allow enough time to explore, make happy “mistakes” and meet some great people along the way. The most popular places tend to involve needing more money, spending time in lines and experiencing more stress than necessary. So far, honestly, the most back water places have been the best and unique.