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The rough-and-tumble big sister to Cordoba, Rosario just does not have the same pleasing vibe. While there are pretty girls around, especially on the tiny river beach and at the clubs at night, this is a working class town, not a university one.
Chance Of Hooking Up Rating: 3 out of 5 ?
Go up the Monumento Nacional a la Bandera for mediocre views of the city. Then catch bus 153 on the corner of Cordoba and Corrientes to the river beach (get off around Av Puccio), where you will find girls in bikinis and families swimming in the filthy water. Mundo Gym awaits your pecks on San Lorenzo between Entre Rios and Mitre.
For pizza and sandwich fare try Pizza Piazza at Maipu and Cordoba. El Cairo at Sarmiento and Sante Fe has a gigantic menu of budget pleasers.
Rosario doesn’t have a pub or club street like other cities. You will have to do a lot of asking around when you arrive to find decent spots, but don’t expect much before Thursday.
The two clubs I recommend are Listen! and MDM. See my Rosario Nightlife post for more.
I have a feeling this club used to be a factory judging by the huge chimney stack in the back. It’s now a pussy factory, with more hot girls in one place than entire U.S. cities. Unfortunately there are more guys to match them and the girls here have an attitude problem, especially after 3:30AM or so. Continue Reading
Che Pampas (Rioja 812)
$10/night for dorm room. Very plush hostel that reminds me of a European hostel with all the annoying timed lights. Not much of a scene here but you will run into some Argentine travellers. Staff is extremely helpful. This is the only hostel I’ve stayed at where on departure they will wait outside with you until you get a taxi.
Other Cities In Argentina
If you're only going to visit only Argentina then I recommend you get this guide, which is far more detailed than the continental guide below, with options that cater to a range of budgets instead of only the shoestring backpacking crowd. Also it gives more respectable treatment to small cities and towns that the larger guide breezes over with a paragraph or two.
South America On A Shoestring Guidebook
This is the guidebook that I used in my six month trip in South America. The maps are excellent, the information is complete and thorough, and the reviews are accurate, which is why it's often called "the bible" by many travelers. The only problem is that everyone else has this book so if you are the type of person that wants to hit the isolated small towns you will be disappointed. My advice is to use this book for its maps and information on getting from city to city, but talk to the locals and other travelers for those isolated gems that Lonely Planet for some reason didn't find worthy to include.
Spanish For Beginners
My copy of this book is so beat up and weathered it's disintegrating before my eyes. I took it with me to South America because I loved how it was organized in a logical way that kept me motivated to keep studying. Lessons start short and easy and increase in complexity as you tackle frustrating readings that help take you to the next level. The only downside of this book is that it was originally published in 1957 so some of the vocabulary is very dated. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern equivalent of this book whose teachings approach the same quality. Last time I checked you can grab a used copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.