Barreal, San Juan

Introduction to Barreal

Barreal might be far away from everything, but it is one of the most beautfiul towns in the region. The proximity to the Cordillera de Ansilta leaves it with outstanding views views of the Andes. The climate is dry and the town can be visited year-round, but note that in the winter it can get quite chilly, especially at night
Orientation
There is really only one major road, Presidente Roca which is really just Route 149.

Where to stay in Barreal

Hotels in Barreal

Since many streets in town don’t have names, many hotels in Barreal don’t have a real address. List of hotels in Barreal (in Spanish)

How to get to Barreal

Buses run from Barreal to San Juan (4 hours) via Callingasta.

Services

The official internet site of San Juan

Things to do in Barreal

  • La Pampa del Leoncito and the observatory
  • Las sierras del Tontal
  • Valle de Calingasta

Azul

Introduction to Azul 

Smack in the middle of the province of Buenos Aires, Azul is more of a half way (300kms) point between the capital and Bahia Blanca. But it does make a good place to break up a long road trip. Nearby there is a decent park . The city center also has a decent peatonal, Paseo Bolívar.

in 2007 Azul was declared Argentina’s “City of Cervantes” by UNESCO, only the second city in Latin America to acheive the honor. Since then they have held a Cervantino Festival every year in November and while it is not as popular as the one in Guanajuato, Mexico, it certainly is worth seeing if you are near the city during that time.

Where to stay in Azul 

You can find an official list of hotels here (in Spanish)

How to get to Azul 

By Bus

The bus terminal in Azul (tel. (02281) 424532) is located at Av. Mitre 1003. The following companies offer bus service to Azul:

Andesmar
El Cóndor
El Pinguino
Expreso Río Paraná
Ko-Ko
Plaza
Plusmar
Pullman General Belgrano

By Train

Azul in connected to Buenos Aires and Bahía Blanca via train.

Train Schedule

towards Bahia Blanca

Frequency: Tuesday to Saturday 01:21 Hs.

towards Constitución

Frequency: Wednesday to Saturday and Monday 04:12 Hs.

Distance from Bs.As.: 289 Km.

Services 

 

The official internet site of Azul

Things to do in Azul 

Bahi­a Blanca

Introduction to Bahía Blanca

Bahía Blanca sits on the Atlantic ocean at the very bottom of the Province of Buenos Aires. It is the biggest city in the area and serves as a gateway to the Atlantic Coast of Patagonia. If you plan on taking a bus from BA to Patagonia, you might pass through Bahia Blanca. Due to the large amount of services available in the city, it makes a good place to rest a night.

Where to stay in Bahía Blanca

To comprare prices and read reviews of hotels in Bahía Blanca on Expedia, click here: Hotels in Bahía Blanca

How to get to Bahía Blanca

By Air

Flights to and from Aeroparque airport in Buenos Aires four times daily with Aerolineas Argentina and Lan. Check prices on Travelocity The Comandante Espora airport (BHI) is located to the east of the center. For more information on Comandante Espora airport click here.

By Bus

The bus terminal in Bahía Blanca (tel. (0291) 4819615/4559616/4573171) is located about a mile from the center on Brown 1700 and the corner of Estados Unidos. The following companies offer bus service to Bahía Blanca:

Andesmar
Don Otto
El Cóndor
El Pinguino
El Valle
Expreso Quebus
Plaza
Plusmar
Plusmar La Plata
Transportadora Patagónica
Vía Bariloche
Vía Tac

By Train

Bahía Blanca has train service 5 days a week to the Constitución train station in Buenos Aires. Arrivals Tuesday Thursday and Saturday 09:41 Hs.

Wednesday and Friday 09:50 Hs. Departures Returns to Constitución Tuesday Thursday and Sunday 19:40 Hs.

Wednesday and Friday 19:35 Hs.

Towards C. Patagones Saturday 10:40 Hs. Note: this service may currently not be available

Services

Spain, Italy, France and Chile all have consulates in Bahía Blanca.

Things to do in Bahía Blanca

The city is centered around Rivadavia Plaza, which is an attractive enough park to spend a few hours. If you are there on Saturday, you will be able to see the crafts fair in the plaza.

There are also some attractive buildings in the center, such as the city hall. In the center there are a few musuems that are worth mentioning: the History Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum.

Outside of the city there are two zoos and a nature reserve. Unfortunately there no beaches worth visiting nearby.