Argentina Travel Guides for Backpackers

Skiing on the highest: Las Leñas Valley

I had a persistent curiosity about snow. It may have something to do with the fact that was absent during my final year trip to Bariloche in Argentina’s Patagonia, to commemorate our passage to adulthood as well as finishing secondary education. Thanks to global warming, back then it was July 1997 and despite being winter, we left Buenos Aires with 27° C. As we arrived at the student’s recreational city, snow was already melting. Although we make the most of other excursions, such as four tracks or a mountain Land Rover excursion under heavy rain with branches falling in front of us over a barely visible road with some ice on the side, the main activity: skiing class was shortly and dull. We were completely out of luck on that, not yet a snowflake to admire. Reaching Las Leñas More than 20 years after that disappointing first time, I was finally able to take a long weekend holiday to another part of our Andean mountains in the south of another Argentina’s Province: Mendoza, well known for the Malbec wines and also for great ski resorts. The place is known as a high-level valley prepared for snow sports; proudly city hosting winter Pan-American games back in 1990, Las Leñas welcomed me for my first’s baby steps on the sport. The Las Leñas valley is located 1200 km from Buenos Aires (Argentina’s Capital City) and hosts the first Latin America ski resort. The season usually goes from July till September included. Everything is well organized from the restaurants around the base (my level didn’t let me go up high where there are others) and hotels and apart all around it. Naming of hotel and trails are all related to Greek an Roman Gods, or solar signs, so never mind your level, it feels like a being a semi-God, at least as Hercules with the works as you may fall once in a while or twice a class like me, but is all part of the learning process so rise above it and fall again. The mini-week trip We arrived on a bus at 8 am of Saturday, left our luggage on the rooms and take the local van to the base which is 2240 meters above sea level, so 5 blocks are too much of a distance on so steep streets and altitude. Everything was well organized as the travel included lift tickets and the rental of the equipment that was paid separately as well as the lessons. Our boots were waiting for us, and a joke about lying on your weight that may result in you losing the ski in the middle of the mountain. The group class was scheduled for the afternoon and us –beginners- had time to get familiar with carrying our own equipment and move with such rigid boots. A story apart is for the climbing of stairs in the restaurant, we look like ducks, as the bathroom were upstairs. Only coaches knew how to walk in a human manner […]

What to do in Buenos Aires: 7 places that will make you return

Buenos Aires is a great multicultural metropolis located in Argentina. Here you would find many things to do and many places to visit. It is the city that never sleeps, which always offers lots of flavours and colours. To begin with, of course, I recommend you to visit the typical and traditional places such as Recoleta Cemetery, Colón Theatre, Barolo Palace, El Ateneo Grand Splendid library, etc. But I will not write about them, as you should easily find all the information you need in other articles. For this reason, in this post, I will focus on some of my favourite cultural places in the city, which I personally find interesting and attractive. I hope you have time to visit them and have a great time there! Eterna Cadencia: great place for readers and writers The slogan of the place is “house taken over by writers”. It is a beautiful publishing house, a book store and also a cafe, located in Palermo Hollywood. If you are a book fan, this place is a must! You can find exclusive rare books, some of them written by excellent contemporary Argentinian writers, which you will not regret buying. The building is an old house restored to be a nice, calm and cosy bookstore with an inner courtyard where you can sit down and enjoy a good cup of coffee while you read. They also have a nice webpage that you may like to visit here. Notorious Jazz Club This is definitely a perfect site to visit if you are interested in cultural tourism. Notorious is an intimate jazz club, where you can listen to live music while tasting a good national wine from Mendoza or San Juan, and having excellent gourmet food. Although it is mainly a jazz club, the place is usually open in early hours because it is also a record shop, where you may buy specialized albums if you like to. Very talented musicians from the national and international scene have played in Notorious. As if it was not enough, the prestigious American magazine Downbeat has recognized it as one of the best places in the world for listening to jazz music. Despite it is specialized in the jazz music genre, you could listen to blues, soul and bossa nova bands, too. Gaumont Cinema: national films for a very low price A historical Buenos Aires cinema, which was restored a few years ago. It depends on the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (known as INCAA) and it is located in the centre of the city, very close to the National Congress. Here you are able to enjoy specialized programming with exclusive films made in Argentina, some of them very difficult to find in other countries (or even in other cinemas!). To sum up, I would like to emphasize that ticket prices are very low and if you decide to watch a national film, you will also be helping and contributing to the national film industry, which has a […]

Buenos Aires: Architecture, Food, and Soccer

Buenos Aires has been the scenery for an ongoing cultural convergence from the start of its history. A great wave of European immigrants sought towards Argentine territory throughout the 19th century like it was promised land. Crowds of Spanish, Italian, and French populations headed south on the looks to find a better future away from a conflictive Europe. Argentina’s port city, Buenos Aires would soon witness an immigrant influence spread out in all of its cultural spheres. Architecture, culinary tradition and a deep passion for soccer would become the buoyant features of the capital. Classic Architecture Buenos Aires culture is often referred to as the Paris of Latin America; an assumption held due to its beautiful architecture. The past three centuries have added a European flair to the city’s urban landscape. French and Italian architects have provided Buenos Aires with an artistic avant-garde touch, seen distinctly amongst numerous of its buildings. More so with structures closest to Plaza de Mayo, such as La Casa Rosada, the presidential house. La Casa Rosada La Casa Rosada´s neoclassical and Italianate charm is embellished with its distinct color: pink. Popular belief states that at the time of its painting, political parties campaigning for elections were color represented with red and white. And, well, the rest is just plain democracy. For those interested in historical antiques, beyond the building is a museum with objects related to Argentine presidency throughout the years. Kirchner Cultural Center Though the presidential house is usually a feature for most capital cities for Buenos Aires so is its prior postal office; today known as CCK, Kirchner Cultural Center. The remarkable building had its sketches laid out around the year 1888 by the French architect Norbert Maillart. But it´s construction was interrupted on several occasions due to economic setbacks and the start of the first world war. Maillart´s efforts were diminished, and the Argentine postal office was led to his successor, Jacques Spolsky. By the year 1928 the building was up and running and worked as Department of Communications. The structure has been refurbished and used for different purposes throughout the years and is currently in use as a cultural center. The main concert Halls and several venues are used explicitly for musicians, artists, and expositions. The best of all, visits are free. Last to mention though not at all close to being the last to visit, is the Teatro Colón, the city´s opera house. El Teatro Colon         Teatro Colon from inside Its global recognition alongside the greatest opera houses of the world makes it a must on your go-to checklist. Artists such as Igor Stravinsky, Camille Saint-Saens, Gian Carlo Menotti. Krzysztof Penderecki, among many others, have celebrated the prime of their work at El Teatro Colón. Its construction was completed by the year 1907 and inaugurated the year after on the 25 of May. The opera house´s main features are its acoustics and elegant flair. Food Though architecture is a core for cultural development there is nothing like food to bring people […]

Why you should start your trip to Argentina by Iguazu Falls

Argentina is such a vast country with a wide variety of landscapes to explore, so make a decision about where to start to see it is not a simple task. Arrive in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital city with its European architecture and fascinating nightlife, is the easy choice (especially because of flight connectivity), but there are several options.   Some people (especially nature lovers), go straight to Patagonia to see its imponent peaks and trails, where you can get lost for months and never get bored. The colorful and arid landscapes of the Puna or the vineyards in Cuyo are also great attractions for foreign tourist who want to go beyond and explore.   But I am convinced that the best spot to start exploring Argentina is Iguazú Falls, one of the most fascinating places where I have ever been and where I am always happy to return. Located in the Northeast region of the country in the province of Misiones, they are one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, a list of amazing places which also includes Jeju Island in South Korea, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and PP Underground River in the Philippines.    Here are the three reasons why these waterfalls are my favorite place in Argentina:    The Atlantic Forest is a hotspot of biodiversity in the world The waterfalls are located in the Atlantic Forest, one of the hotspots of biodiversity in the world, with a high diversity of species and high levels of endemism, so you can only find them in this place. The wildlife of the region includes tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, and caymans.    The variety of plant species in the area is also amazing and you will appreciate them when you walk through the Iguazú National Park, recognized as a World Heritage by Unesco. Unfortunately, the region has been suffering deforestation in the last couple of centuries and more than 200 species have disappeared due to human activities.    There are more than 200 waterfalls If you walk around all the park, you will get to see a total of 275 waterfalls. Some of them will impact you because of their size, like de famous Devil’s Throat, the highest and deepest of the falls. But my favorite are the ones where you can feel inside the fall, like Salto Bosetti. The endless movement of the streams is hypnotizing and the fierce of water is overwhelming. Don’t forget to take some waterproof bags to keep safe your belongings.    Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay in one sight When you visit the waterfalls, you will be located just on the border between Argentina and Brasil. But just a couple of miles away, you can go to a spot where a third country joins: Paraguay. I strongly recommend watching the sunset from the Triple Border Landmark to have an amazing sight of the confluence of Parana and Iguazú rivers.    One last point: there is not a bad season to […]

A Sunday tour in Buenos Aires City

Sometimes we visit big cities for work, for vacations, for stopovers of long travels, but for different reasons we have a very short time to know the whole city, so we need to take advantage of the really short time that we have in the city. The idea is to guide you to meet the best places in the city and make sure that you’ll enjoy most of it in one day; so, you won’t miss your short time in the city. A tour day in La Ciudad de la Furia, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, one of the cities most visited by tourists from all over the world. Despite the fact that the language handled is Spanish, most of the businesses that have personnel working for the public also handle English and Portuguese due to the proximity of Brazil and the large number of tourists who constantly visit the city. Many like to walk the streets of downtown as well as visit the busy Puente de la Mujer located on the Costanera of Puerto Madero one of the most luxurious neighborhoods, others prefer to have time to relax with nature and know the variety of parks, restaurants and of course You can’t miss the photo in the Obelisco, the most representative monument in the city. As we already know, the city of Buenos Aires is not the smallest in the world, so if you only have one day to get to know it you will have to decide very well your route and destinations to visit because you will not be able to visit them all with only one day, I think that Sunday is the best day to be a tourist (Of course, if you have the option to choose) since it is a day that there isn’t much traffic and there are more sites open to the public. There are many things to do in the city, but if you are short on time and perhaps on a budget, I will tell you which are the places you couldn’t miss. The first thing you should do is eat, a long day of walking requires being prepared so I recommend that the first stop is in a place where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, this can be done around where you have decided to stay in your visit. If you still don’t know where you will stay I recommend you look through the following neighborhoods: Recoleta, Microcentro, San Telmo, Palermo, Las Cañitas and Monserrat. These have a variety of hotels according to your budget so you could find the best option. So remember: Let’s Start the day with a good breakfast! Get up early from 8:00 am and suit your most comfortable clothes. The coffee shops would be open in all neighborhoods, therefore, you could enjoy the cuisine of the city. Then of a good breakfast, you would have the energy for the long day that awaits you. Visiting Caminito street. It is located in the […]

Las Yungas: the wonderful landscape where biodiversity lives in

Las Yungas is a wonderful landscape that breaks through  Salta, a touristic province in the north of Argentina. In general, Salta is known for its arid landscapes with dry weather, but Las Yungas issues imposing with its majestic green and damp scenery and great biodiversity. In this article, you can read more about this amazing place and find some advice about living an adventure there. About the place Mountain landscape Las Yungas is a region of the mountain´s jungle that is born in Perú and end up in Argentina as an extension of The Amazonas. In Argentina, this is located in the north, crossing the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, and Tucumán, where two types of ecosystems, dry and wet, mix up creating amazing biodiversity of flora and fauna. The mountains can reach 4.800 meters high, and you can see the difference of nature when you are on the top because the ground, vegetation, and climate have the characteristics of a forest instead of the jungle that you can see in the plain. The ecosystem In 2002, the Yungas Biosphere Reserve was incorporated into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO (United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Las Yungas’s ecosystem represents 1% of the surface of Argentina, but it has 50% of the country’s biodiversity. You can find here a mixture of different flora and fauna, even unknown to most people. Read more on the web of Salta´s government Las Yungas in Salta Salta is a touristic city of Argentina, well known for its wonderful landscapes. But, in general, the most common destinies are located in the hottest and driest area of the province. Las Yungas appears defiant in the middle of these, with the climate and ecosystem of a jungle. I will tell you the truth, there are few tourism agencies that provide this kind of service, but anyway you can find one not only in the capital of Salta but also in the near localities: Metán and Rosario de la Frontera. In my case, I had to travel by bus from Salta Capital to Metán where I met with the guide that I had previously contacted by phone. You can buy a ticket at Central Bus where you find different travel companies. The trip lasts about two hours. Venture into nature As I referred in the title, it is an adventure trip, so the first thing that you have to know is that you will need a guide to move into the jungle because it is not the most common place for tourist, so it preserves its natural characteristics, and that is a wonderful thing for people who enjoy nature, but it means that you can get into dangerous places too if you do not know the area. I wanted to be absolutely in contact with nature, so in those days, I decided to stay in a place named “El Crestón” that have cabins near the mountains. But you have to know that you will not have […]

Best Things To Do In Catamarca, Argentina

Argentina is one of the best tourist destinations in South America and Catamarca is a region worth visiting. Catamarca is a province located inside the northwestern part of Argentina. Here you will see the works of nature as volcanoes and mountains abound here. Coming to Catamarca is like coming to a well-known tourist destination in Argentina. Tour the cathedral The Basilica De Nuestra Del Valle is one of the finest churches you can see in Argentina. It is a centre of pilgrimage where people come from different parts of the globe to venerate the Holy Virgin of the Valley. This cathedral gets a lot of crowd especially in the December period when the feast takes place. The church has a beautiful architecture with  its windows and design and is a pilgrimage centre.  You will find this cathedral open most of the time and it is just opposite the major square. Groove in the Mayo Park The park is another place for you to visit in Catamarca. Making sugar goes on here. This park has some historic importance. Here you can spend some time with your family and friends. Spend some time at the museum of Adan Quiroga This museum has a simpler fashion that portrays South American history in a most fashionable way. The display shows an object which archaeologists discovered. It shows human evolution from the Stone Age to the Age of Clay and then to the Age of Metal. Have some good time at the Biosphere Laguna Blanca Reserve The reserve is inside the southeastern part of Antofagasta de La Sierra. It consists of a village having up to 180 inhabitants and this is very suitable for excursions in Catamarca. Here you will see many trees offering oasis at the centre of the lunar territory. The houses here have an Andes range background and consists of adobe.  You may reach Volcano Galan, Laguna Grande, Antofagasta de la Sierra and Gomez. Experience El Penon Here you will see the works of nature. The surface of this area is around 155 kilometers and it consists of ochre blocks which are white, huge and yellow. A volcanology laboratory is here and a volcanic eruption happened here too forming a tourist scene. View the rock of Quebradasea Here you see a giant rock having a deep, straight fissure with it. Animal life have developed here including vegetation. There are many caves which have decorations of cave painting including petroglyphs. You can reach it on foot or with ATV. It offers an archeological experience with its fissure. The rock formation here is impressive with its weird forms and elegant colours. Tour the Salar Del Hombre This place extends to below 4000 metres in altitude and has a river coming down from a volcano. Water circulates transporting borate, potassium, sulfate and lithium. The place is known for exporting lithium and this is normally transported using trucks. These trucks move and get to a factory that makes lithium chloride in General Guemes. Explore the goldmine of Mina Incahuasi Here you will  see an ancient […]

San Telmo: historic neighborhood in Buenos Aires

No one should leave Buenos Aires without visiting the historic neighborhood of San Telmo in the southern area of the city, which still maintains the essence of its years of splendor and charm: cobbled pavements, narrow sidewalks, and classic-style buildings. Wandering around its streets is an undeniable and unforgettable trip to the past, where visitors can really feel they are traveling back in time to the colonial Buenos Aires while enjoying the dichotomy between modern and old times. History of San Telmo San Telmo was named after San Pedro Telmo Church, which was built after the foundation of the city in 1580. The wealthiest families of the colony settled down in this area and built aristocratic style houses which are still well-preserved due to the compliance of legislation intended to protect historic buildings. Nowadays, the constructions are a reminiscence of the flourishing city that Buenos Aires used to be from the beginning of the 19th century until the first decades of the 20th century. Visitors can imagine the members of the aristocratic families that inhabited the area going out from their houses dressed in fine expensive imported clothes or traveling on their carriages. However, the opulence of the neighborhood vanished as a yellow fever epidemic, the strongest suffered in Buenos Aires, hit the southern area in 1871 and forced the families to move and leave their luxurious residences abandoned. The houses were soon occupied by poor people and turned into tenements or “conventillos”, as they are frequently referred to in the Spanish variety spoken along the Río de la Plata. San Telmo’s location As previously mentioned, San Telmo is located in the southern part of the city. It is a ten-minute walk from the House of Government in Plaza de Mayo. It is also easy and economically convenient to arrive by public transportation as there exist many buses going along the main avenues surrounding the area. San Telmo´s main attractions Plaza Dorrego Location: Calle Defensa and Humberto Primo Plaza Dorrego is one of the oldest squares in Buenos Aires. It is smaller than the great majority of squares in the city but not less attractive. It is located in Defensa street, where the largest number of antiques shops, restaurants, and cafés lie.  In the past, it used to be an obligatory stop for horse-drawn carriages traveling to the south. On Sundays, a large number of visitors come to the square to visit the famous flea market where you can find from antiques to paintings and photographs. Mercado de San Telmo Location: Calle Defensa 693 This market is one of the most interesting places to visit in the neighborhood. It opened on 14 February 1891 and was an important trade center for the southern area of the city. In the past, there were a lot of stalls where people could buy meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, flowers, and bread, among others. As time passed by, it started to lose popularity and the building structure remained in poor condition for decades. Fortunately, it has […]

The Best of Buenos Aires: Something for Everyone

Buenos Aires: ‘the Paris of South America’. It’s an exciting, elegant, and laid-back city. For many travelers, Buenos Aires is just a pit stop on the way to Patagonia and Antarctica, but the wise ones know that the city has a lot to offer. There’s something for everyone in this dynamic and vibrant city. For the Foodie: Special Treats: For the days when you feel like spoiling yourself, Buenos Aires offers a wide array of wine bars and gourmet restaurants to choose from. Napoles, on Avenida Caseros This is a personal favorite. Napoles is an Italian restaurant in a beautiful corner of Barrio San Telmo, just down the street from the National History Museum. It is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after an afternoon spent wandering the neighborhood’s quaint shopping streets. The restaurant is worth a visit not just for its delicious pasta and long wine list, but most especially for its décor. The large dining room is jam-packed with antique art, sculptures, books, and more. You can even find a collection of vintage clothing on sale against one wall of the restaurant. Napoles is busy for lunch and dinner, especially on weekends so it would be worth reserving a table to be cautious. The Cheap Eats: There are plenty of options for those traveling on a shoestring too! Empanadas They may be small but they can fill you up quick. Bursting with cheese, meats, and veggies, empanadas are the classic Porteño afternoon snack. They can be found on just about every street corner, but my personal go to is the Fabrica de Empanadas on Calle Ecuador near where it crosses with Avenida Santa Fe. Not only is it one of the cheapest empanada shops in the city, but see your order being made in front of you. Careful not to burn your fingers as the empanadas go right from the oven into your hands. As your empanada bakes, sit down on their bench on the sidewalk and take a minute to get to know some locals. I would personally recommend their empanadas de Carne Picante or Espinaca. Media Lunas On your way out of the Fábrica de Empanadas, be sure to take a couple of medialunas for dessert. Theirs are delicious, but just like empanadas, they’re a dime a dozen. A medialuna is the croissant’s stickier, sweeter little cousin and the perfect companion to a hot coffee or tea. The phrase ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ didn’t exactly make it down to Argentina. The first meal of the day tends to consist of just a small pastry and mate, tea, or coffee, and the medialuna is often the star of the show at breakfast time. For the Night Owl: Jobs Bar, on Calle Arenales Want to release your inner child? Jobs Bar is the place to go. Take your pick from their library of board games, or try your hand at pool, ping-pong, or foosball. On the weekends, the bar is […]

The entertaining and tasty part of Pilar, in Argentina

Big cities are attractive because of all the entertainment they offer. Small ones can also be lovely, mostly because when the town is tiny the people are closer. Pilar, on the outskirts of the city (CABA), in the northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a town that has grown so much it turned out to be a city. Wherever you go, you will perceive the proximity between people who live there. In other words, they all know each other. If you happen to be around, here are some recommendations to consider. Restaurants: the yummy places Brasov Grill&Bowl This restaurant offers a very informal but cool style. It’s a family place and has a youthful vibe. You can play bowling for 200 pesos, which is the same as five dollars. Regarding the menu, there’s a variety of plates: hamburgers, pasta, salads, sandwiches, drinks and delicious desserts. You should take into account that here some dishes are suitable for celiac. Tip: I think this is a place a little expensive, but advisable for a night of fun. Entrance to Brasov, located in Colectora Panamericana km 49,5, B1629 Pilar. People playing bowling at noon. Brasov’s diner. It is open from 12:00 to 2:00 am. On the weekends, Brasov is full of clients, so you should make a reservation. Also, if you want to celebrate your birthday in Argentina, you can do it in this place. It’s open all week, from 12.00hs to 2.00hs. Rock&Feller’s Rock&Feller’s has such a personality that you will be enthralled by it. This American themed bar is a museum of music, where you can sit for lunch while you see videos of the best bands of rock, pop and so on. The walls are covered by imitations of iconic objects: from the suits, The Beatles wore for the Sargent Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band album, to costumes Madonna used for some of her video clips. The decoration is well placed, the music of Queen, Kiss and other artists are properly chosen, and the atmosphere is just right to feel that energetic vibe we all experience when we listen to music we love. The food is alright, but a little over the prize. They offer a good variety of dishes: salads, meat and chicken well spiced, sandwiches, cocktails and food suitable for celiac, though it’s not so varied (it only has two options of main course and only a dessert). If you want a cheaper meal, you must ask for the executive menu, which is available from Monday to Friday, from 12.00 to 16.00. It has less variety of food, but the quality is the same. The downside is that this menu has no food for celiac. Tip: you can eat breakfast or a snack here (not advisable, it’s too expensive for a small amount of food). Rock&Feller’s diner. It is open from 10:00 to 2: 00 am. Entrance to Rock&Feller’s, located in Las Magnolias 533 km 50, B1629 Pilar. Main Hall of Rock&Feller’s. The happy hours are every day from […]

Argentina for adventurers, Antofagasta de la Sierra

  From the low valleys or “pampas” in the east, where you can taste maybe one of the best cow meat in the world, to the western lands of good wines, mountains, and lakes. From the southern tale places in Patagonia, to the north of astonishing waterfalls, rainforest, deserts, high colorful giants and llamas. Argentina, in its vast geography, has a wide variety of landscapes, nature, and culture. But far from the most populated urban centers, in the Altiplano (high plateau) of Andean Mountains or “puna”, going to the north, there is a region full of volcanoes, salt deserts, and colors that can make you think you are in Mars…   Feeling like in another planet At more than 3000 meters above sea level, Antofagasta de la Sierra is a village in the puna surrounded by more than 200 actually inactive volcanoes and several salt deserts. “Galan” volcano is one of the biggest in the world. Antofalla salt desert, the most widespread. Residual rocks from eruptions occurred many thousands of years ago alternate black, white/grey and yellow. “Eyes” or holes in the earth filled with water of different colors, pink flamingos, red earth, and adobe houses. A football court (a “must” for every Argentinian place with people), a church, a school, few shops, restaurants, houses and lot of corrals with llamas and vicunas (a special animal of this altitude, smaller, with thinner and warmer hair) fills the scene. And of course, the people, that in northwest Argentina has always special hospitality and timing. At sunset, the colors of rocks and mountains make sometimes an unreal effect of red and suddenly you are in Mars. In the night you can hear a not so common sound nowadays; the silence. Relax, look at the clear sky full of suns. And start counting shooting stars.   How to Arrive Argentina is divided into provinces. Antofagasta de la Sierra is 585 km far from the capital of the province of Catamarca, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca. You can arrive to San Fernando by plane. Or bus from Cordoba or Salta provinces. Then, to Antofagasta you can: -Take the bus “El Antofagasteño”. 6.00 AM, Mondays and Fridays. The trip can last up to 10 hours. A better option, go to Belen and visit “El Shinkal”, pre-Hispanic ruins. The bus to Antofagasta passes at midday. You can check times calling to: Transport “El Antofagasteño” +54 9383 – 4458718 / 4433294 / 4430111 -Rent a 4×4 can be useful later for visiting Antofagasta’s surroundings. -Hitchhiking. The last part from El Eje to Antofagasta has little traffic so you could wait a long time. The author of these lines luckily got a ride from Belen with the Intendant of the city and some workers.   What to see in Antofagasta de la Sierra In the way, I was astonished first by a giant mountain of sand situated in a curvy road baptized “Cuesta de Randolfo”. Not recovering my heart yet from the last beauty, groups of vicuñas […]

The best wine restaurant in Mendoza, Argentina

When we arrived in Mendoza, we’d spent a lot of time eating croissants, Argentinian asados (roast), parilla (grill), and visiting local parks… which were simply the best. However, we later found ourselves short on time to visit what Mendoza is most known for, WINE! Here, I review the award-winning, Casa El Enemigo, an exquisite Argentinian wine bodega and the place to get the best wine and food in Mendoza. We had one afternoon available to visit one or perhaps two wine bodegas (cellar/vineyard). Since we only had time for one or two, I did not want to go to any bodega: I wanted to go to the best. I asked the hotel concierge for the name of the best bodega. I then asked the bicycle rental owner, the hotel receptionist, the doorman. All had given me one name in common: Casa El Enemigo. It is common practice to do wine cellar tours in Mendoza by bicycle, and I had originally wanted to cycle to the Casa El Enemigo, but time was not on our side. The local concierge arranged a taxi to take us to Casa El Enemigo, which in hindsight, was an extremely good idea.  Casa El Enemigo is situated far out from the main strip of wine bodegas, out in where I would call ‘middle of nowhere’, which is why it surprised me when we arrived and the bodega was full of people. The concierge had warned us that people usually reserve a couple of weeks in advance, but we had decided to try our luck anyway. Upon arriving, we were immediately greeted by a warm smile and an offer of wine by the maître d’. She informed us that there was one spot available…after a two hour wait. Not to worry, a bottle of wine and some appetisers could be served while waiting. We sat on a park bench in the vineyard, served with a bottle of their award-winning wine. It was cold outside, so the maître d’ even offered us beautiful, thick blankets to keep us warm while we waited. After a couple of hours of exploring the vineyard, drinking wine and breathing the fresh, Mendozonian air, a table was finally prepared for us. At this stage, we were incredibly hungry, especially triggered by the beautiful aromas of fresh, organic food.  The food: meat, fish, vegetarian The menus were simple, offering two or three options per course: meat, fish or vegetarian. This way, the chefs could concentrate on ordering and working the freshest, local ingredients. The menu changes seasonally since the philosophy of Casa El Enemigo is to offer food and wine of lasting quality and eco-ethos. We were first served with a plate of stone ground bread and dips. There were three types of bread, all from different types of ancient flour and leavening processes. The dips were also extraordinary, all homemade and full of flavour. Following the appetiser, we were served entrees of empanadas, a typical Latin food. I ordered trout as my main, a little […]

What to do in Salta: 3 unmissable experiences

I take shelter in the shadow of a building on the side of Avenida Belgrano, one of the main streets in the center of Salta, Argentina. Salta is a city of over 600 thousand citizens in northwestern Argentina, at the foot of the Andean cordillera which, with its province, exceeds 1.3 million inhabitants. It is nicknamed “Salta la Linda” and, frankly, I think this nickname is due to the enchanting landscapes that surround it, easy to reach thanks to the numerous tours that leave from the city center in the morning, allowing you to return comfortably to your hotel around seven in the evening. When I participated in these tours, I always returned between 6.30pm and 8.00pm. As I wait, I look at the people, the writing, the surrounding buildings: “I’m right on the other side of the world” I say to myself, with a beautiful smile on my face; at the same time proud and a little tense for what is about to happen at times. 1) The Cerro San Bernardo Departing from Buenos Aires after a flight of two hours I have recently arrived in Salta, I am waiting to meet Anita and Tony to go and see the panorama of the city from the Cerro San Bernardo, at 1482 meters high, and to taste for the first time the famous “Mate.” I can not wait! But, you must know that these 2 people have never seen them in my life, even though I have only known Anita virtually for the past 3 years. We met thanks to a language exchange app. She helped me with Spanish and me with Italian. That Anita was a girl out of the ordinary, I had already guessed by now more than 2 years ago, when for my birthday, without knowing me in real life, but with only a video called Skype, she sent me a gift directly from Argentina. Give her heartfelt thanks when she arrived, she told me: “so you will have a little more trust in people.” And in fact I admit it, where I was born and raised myself, in northern Italy, the mentality is more individualistic, instead as soon as you arrive in Argentina, a little less in the chaotic metropolis of Buenos Aires, you immediately breathe a different area: calmer, more tranquility, more sharing and human relationships (to be honest, it is a feature of much, if not all, of South America). And this my assumption was immediately confirmed on that warm December afternoon when we had to meet to go together to the Cerro San Bernardo, a hill located at 1482 meters above sea level on the east side of the town, while the city is located at 1152 meters above sea level. To reach this incredible and easily accessible panorama there are 3 alternatives: car (thanks Tony for the ride), 1070 steps (a beautiful trek that, however, in good company helps you to stay fit and is also pleasant) or through “El Teleferico di […]

Buenos Aires: places you must go to eat good pasta

The city of Buenos Aires has a great variety of cool and fancy restaurants to offer.  The whole country of Argentina provides interesting and exquisite food dishes. From pizza shops located in the suburbs with delicious cheese all over the place to rooftops with beer gardens where you can enjoy jazz bands and a cold pint. Also combines from Indian inspired chefs spread at every neighborhood to the sophisticated French cuisine located in the exclusive palaces. This city is the best excuse to share a tasty meal, enjoy a good music show or simply have a walk and get something delicious from a street chef. We can go on for hours looking for the best places where to eat in Buenos Aires as it’s variety and excellence is spread throughout every corner. That’s why here I will only focus on Italian food, that given the high immigration we had from that region, their culture was inherited and it’s recipes and tasty dishes are appreciated by everyone. This cheesy, handmaid, abundant food, that makes us remember the long Sundays lunches with our family. Where to enjoy and eat the best pasta in Buenos Aires? From restaurants with modern and innovative dishes to the traditional trattorias were abundant plates are served with tons of cream and cheese. Some of them are expensive but its experience is unique and it costs every dollar. Others are wallet-friendly and, as the quality of the dishes and the ambientation of the place are the perfect match. Here is my Top5: Cucina Paradiso: Created by Donato de Santis, an Italian chef born in Milan, at this place you’ll think you’re in Italy. They offer typical Italian gastronomy at a cozy salon with big windows and white furniture, very luminous and chic decoration. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy with the family as the food offer is really big and it combines for every taste. It has colorful dishes and extraordinary flavors combinations and textures. The presence every day of the chef it’s a quality guarantee.   Where? Castañeda 1873, Belgrano. María Fedele Ristorante: A real cozy place where you can enjoy simple but powerful flavors dishes. They use first quality ingredients for their dishes elaboration, and its offer goes from jam and cheese tortellini, salmon ravioli and prosciutto gnocchi. Also, they have degustation dishes, where they choose five different recipes and serve them on a big plate to have a delicious taste. They have the same offer for deserts. It’s located in the heart of the city near the government palace and it’s surrounded by museums and historical places you must visit. Where? Adolfo Alsina 1465, Monserrat. La Locanda Ristorante: It’s the exact representation of Little Italy but in the heart of Buenos Aires. They use the typical Italian ingredients but reinvented them to create modern and exquisite dishes, without losing flavors and colors. It’s situated at one of the fanciest and elegant districts of the city, and the offer for bars and really tasteful food it’s […]

Buenos Aires from a Local's Point of View-Downtown

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s huge cosmopolitan capital city. Holding more than 15 million people, this city has varieties of cultures, people, traditions, and more. There is more than one reason why Buenos Aires is also known as the “Paris of South America”, for example, the European architecture that stands on every corner of the city. The moment you get off the plane you will immediately breathe in the traditions, the passion, the culture, and the astonishing urban buzz that Buenos Aires emanates. It has times, places, and activities for everyone. It is a vibrant city that never sleeps, and even if you are the laziest couch potato in humankind, you will not want to leave until you see it all; and to see it all, you won’t have time to sleep. Plaza de Mayo and Congress Square Plaza de Mayo is the most important square in the city. Tons of historical events took place here, and it is a very frequent meeting point for locals. It is surrounded by the Pink House, the Cathedral (a wonderful church) and the Cabildo, a historical building. A total of 11 streets emerge from the enormous square, 2 being the biggest avenues, that lead to the Congress square and the Plaza de la Republica The Pink House The pink house is where the executive power works. Unlike in America, the presidents only work here and live in another residence. It is said that its pink colour is that way because it was painted with a mixture of ox blood and lime. It is an architectural gem due to its mix of Italianate-Ecclesiastic-Neoclassical styles of architecture. The guided tours are a must since the history and beauty of this place is simply stunning. You can check all the information here. Avenida de Mayo Buenos Aires is a city In which you will frequently forget you are still in South America, and not wandering in the streets of Europe. Avenida de Mayo is a clear example that shows how much Buenos Aires looks like the old continent. You will find many attractions in this avenue, from typical coffee houses to Mazon architecture. Avenida de Mayo connects the Plaza de Mayo and the Congress square. The legislative power and the executive power buildings face each other. The Congress building is probably one of the most beautiful buildings in Buenos Aires, and visits are totally free! You can find all the information on the Government website. Avenida de Mayo leading to the Congress square Café Tortoni This historic Café was founded by a French immigrant in 1858. It was inspired by various coffeehouses in Paris, and it was selected by UCityGuides as one of the 10 most beautiful cafes in the world. It was and is a frequent meeting point for various national and international artists, celebrities, politicians and scientists. Some of these characters include Jorge Luis Borges, Albert Einstein, Juan Carlos de Borbon, Hillary Clinton, and Robert Duvall. Palacio Barolo Mario Palanti was commissioned to design a palace in […]

Argentina’s Cafayate- where vineyards meet the Andes

Nestled in Argentina’s northwest, framed by the soaring Andean mountains, lies the serene town of Cafayate. A thriving tourist hotspot with an array of activities for wine lovers and nature enthusiasts. Shining with immaculate vineyards, that are sprinkled across red rolling hills, and ancient geological rock formations along its quiet roads. Matched by a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere that embraces the town, which is lined with lovingly restored colonial buildings and historic streets. Cafayate is a popular tourist destination, located in the Calchaqui Valley, that manages to keep its small town flair. The region is one of Argentina’s great wine producing areas, manufacturing some of the world’s highest altitude wines at 1683m above sea level. Along the local ‘Ruta del Vino’, visitors can tour the regional bodegas to view viticulture first-hand. While the inviting vineyards are the main attraction of the area, other outdoor activities are also on offer. The unspoiled nature of the province invites to hiking, cycling, and swimming under pristine waterfalls. Whereas the town itself presents history museums, handicraft markets, and pleasant cafes around the verdant central plaza. It is possible to visit Cafayate with one of the many day tours, which leave from the city of Salta and usually include a tour of the bodegas en route and the geological rock formations. But, I heartily recommend to spend a few days in this idyllic town, away from the bustle of the cities, to soak in the tranquility and hospitality of the local people. The best way to explore the town and its surroundings is on foot, by bicycle, or to join one of the local tours that are on offer. These interesting tours, as well as bicycle rental, can be booked at most accommodations or the towns tourist office. The wines and the vineyards of northwestern Argentina Cafayate represents Argentina’s second most important viticulture territory, after the region around Mendoza. The local area is best known for growing the aromatic Torrontés vines, that produces floral, crisp, and iconic white wines. Malbecs are also favoured in the regional vineyards and bring out rich, full bodied, and distinctive red wines. The modern winery of ‘Piatelli’ is not just offering wine, but also features an inviting restaurant with a grand terrace overlooking the town The historic vineyard of ‘Finca Quara’ lures with a stunning setting and an outstanding wine cellar ‘El Porvenir de Cafayate’, produces some fine Torrontes wines right in the town center The organic ‘Bodega Nanni’ offers educational wine tours and tastings set in a charming garden Where to stay in Cafayate The town offers a variety of accommodation options, from camping to hostels and upmarket hotels. Hostels and hotels are located centrally around the plaza and along the main street, in beautifully renovated colonial buildings with lovingly decorated inner courtyards. The Rusty-K Hostel is located close to the central plaza, family owned and situated in an old colonial building. It offers double rooms and cosy dorms, a tour desk, and a shuttle service for its guests. […]

Rosario, Argentina. What to do, where to eat and sleep.

Rosario is one of the biggest cities in Argentina. Actually, it is the third one in population. It is the heart of the province of Santa Fe, even though it is not its capital city. It’s also the birthplace of “Che” Guevara and Lionel Messi. But Rosario it’s more than that: homemade beer, good football, crowded dining districts, “the island”, its endlessness green areas along the coast and its nightlife will make you think twice before you want to leave. Things to do in Rosario Visit the National flag memorial This memorial is known as the first place where the Argentinian flag was raised. The whole structure symbolizes a ship. Besides the highest building which acts as the mast, where you can take a lift to the top, you can also visit the “Sala de las Banderas” and learn some history about all the Latin American’s flags. This is a must see when it comes to Rosario. Sunbathe on the “Florida” beach Do you think you like the summer? Summer seasons in Rosario are really a pain in the neck: terribly hot and humid. The temperature can reach 40ºC and the thermal sensation could be over 45ºC. But don’t worry, if you are a tourist everything is fine. You could ride a bike from downtown to the “Florida”. There are beach volley courts, music, and tasty food. Be ready to pay AR$70. Or You can always enjoy the river from the public beaches. Cross to the beaches on the other side of the Paraná River Wanna go on an adventure? Take a boat from “La Fluvial” Station (right in front of The National Flag’s Memorial) or from the “Costa Alta” Station (between the Rosario-Victoria bridge and “La Florida” beach) to some beautiful beaches and sandbanks on the other side. Here you can find bars and drugstores that provide all kind of services and activities; you can sunbathe while drinking a beer by the beach and enjoy the natural environment just a few kilometers away from the city. You can also rent a kayak and cross the river by yourself. Just be careful because one of the biggest ports is in this area and many big cargo ships are sailing at any time. If you pick this way of transportation, you’ll be able to discover new paths among the different islands and even reach the area where the “Irupé” flower lies. Go for a walk by the coast on a Sunday afternoon Typically, people run away from their houses when they have the chance. That’s why you’ll find so many families and youngsters all over the place. Flea markets, several streets open for pedestrians and cyclists, cultural events such as free dancing, are some of the options you may find on a long 6 kilometers walk, starting on the “Urquiza Park” and finishing on “Puerto Norte”. Following this direction, you’ll find “Ciudad Jóven” (Young City), a four fully restored port warehouses linked to a public walk that takes you to the […]

A Local's Travel Guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

As soon as you get off the plane you will perceive the vibrant energy of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that will defy all your senses. Taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. From the airport to the city you will get into the noisy traffic, see the firsts contrasts of the city, modern – old, humble – luxurious, unmaintained – perfectly clean… listen to music and noise, arguments, exclamations, horns… and, of course, get the smell of food, more specifically, of meat being grilled that will make you realize you are ready for a bite… in one word get ready to SENSE. Welcome to Buenos Aires! Here, my five cents for you to enjoy the city as much as I do. Buildings in San Telmo Top 10 recommendations as a Local As you get more familiar with the hurly-burly of Buenos Aires, you’ll find out there are thousands of things to do every day. Below my top ten recommendations for when approaching this city with all your senses. Get to Know as Many Neighborhoods as Possible Each “barrio” in town has its own folklore. My top 5: San Telmo (the oldest one), Downtown, Puerto Madero ( the newest), Palermo for its nightlife and Soho style, Abasto for a more underground experience. And let’s not forget about La Boca, not only for football fans but also for some art history such as Tango and Gardel. Eat Beef You will notice that meat is all over the place… Argentinians eat 118 kg of meat per capita per year, a lot, I know, maybe too much. However, it’s an experience worth having. As you stroll the streets of Buenos Aires, you will smell of barbecue quite often. Not only in restaurants and homes but also in the street by a construction, where its workers will be grilling some meat. Quite amazing, huh? Some very good options here are La Cabrera or Don Julio in Palermo, La Brigada in San Telmo, Cabaña Las Lilas in Puerto Madero. Go Wine Tasting And I’m not meaning like go into a wine tasting excursion where you drink a little bit of each wine. Implement wine tasting along the trip. Try to enjoy a different Argentinian wine each meal, explore each region, wines from Mendoza, the typical wine region, more floral and rich in taste… wines from Salta, the northern region, less floral and more wood in mouth… or even with from Patagonia, a fairly newer wine region but it’s worth the chance. Get Into a Tango Show and a Tango Lesson You have so many to choose from. I’d say Tango lessons at “La Manzana de las Luces” for an outdoor option at a historic building plan, or La Catedral for more like an underground it-will-blow-your-mind experience. I must insist on taking a lesson, it will make you feel the dance, the music and the culture from Argentina in a unique way. Check the Public Agenda There is a public agenda by the government, which includes always free stuff to […]

Must See Places to Visit in Cordoba, Argentina

The Córdoba Province has a lot of places of interest, to learn about Argentinian history, to enjoy the views, to do climbing, etc. Here are the most relevant ones, in my opinion. 1 – The San Martín Square:   It’s a green square located in the center of the Córdoba, which has a lot of Argentinian History. A monument of José de San Martín, one of America’s liberators, is found at the Square. In the continuous blocks of it, there are two places that are as well important for the country’s history, The Cordoba Cabildo and The Cathedral. If you would like to learn about Argentinian history, you must see this place.   2 – Cerro Colorado: It’s a hill located in the intersection of Río Seco, Sobremonte and Tulumba, it has a natural and cultural reserve which is very attractive for tourists visiting the city. The name of this locality was given by the faint red color of the hills. You must see the expositions of cave paintings and for the fairs that are placed there.   3 – Villa General Belgrano:   It’s located in the Calamuchita department, surrounded by mountain chains. It is a little city with Germanic-typical architecture, merged from its firsts conquerors: German immigrants (that made Villa General Belgrano the biggest German colony all around Argentina), Swiss, Italians, and Austrians. You must see the German typical beer and restaurants around the place.   4 – Paseo del Buen Pastor: It’s a cultural, recreative, and commercial center located in the heart of the Nueva Cordoba Square. It’s one of the nicest places that Córdoba has, because of its numerous cultural and touristic events. It has a commercial gallery and a fountain of “dancing waters” that due to the music and lighting system is very fun for tourists to see. You must see the events and fairs held on there.   5 – Villa Carlos Paz: It’s the most important touristic center of Córdoba, it’s located in the northwest of it, being part of the Valle de Punilla, next to the San Roque Dam. Some of the best things to see in Villa Carlos Paz are: In the centre of Villa Carlos Paz City, there’s a giant cuckoo clock of wood. Rally (car race competition). Some of the best things to do in Villa Carlos Paz are: The chairlift’s very popular at Villa Carlos Paz City because of the great views that someone getting on them is able to see. Some late night casinos, discos and restaurants are very attractive for tourists. You must see the countless things to do in Villa Carlos Paz.   6 – Mina Clavero: DIGITAL CAMERA It’s a town belonging to the San Alberto Department. It possesses natural landscapes, beaches, and late nightlife. A few kilometers away from the town it is possible to practice sports such as climbing and mountain biking, and also to do fishing in crystalline streams that cross the mountains. You must see Mina […]

The Best 9 Places to Eat in Córdoba, Argentina

If only money allowed me… I would eat out almost every day! To be honest, I think it is something we all should do more frequently; not only to eat fast food and get fat but to try different and new things often. I mean, when isn't change a great (if not the greatest) thing? In this article, I will not only talk about places to (literally) eat (lunch or dinner) but about some coffee shops too. Because they are just great enough to be here! Let's get started: 9°: Betos Lomos (Typical Argentinian Sandwiches) If a sandwich is too basic for you, try a “lomito”. I’m sure it will be more than enough! As far as I know, “lomitos” are not a thing anywhere else on the planet, probably they are some of the best things our city and country have to offer (at least when it comes to food). A standard lomito includes bread, cow meat, tomato, lettuce, an egg in an almost omelet way, lots of mayonnaise and sometimes, pickles. Although french fries are not part of the lomito, they are a must, too! I cannot provide any directions because there are lots of Betos Lomos in Córdoba and in the whole country, but I’m sure all of them will have food that will touch your heart (and tummy!). Also, they are more expensive than other things to eat out of your house, but they’re worth it.   8°: Bruncheria  (Brunch & “Merienda”) This place, located in Güemes neighborhood (in my opinion, one of the most beautiful in Córdoba) is really special to me personally. This was one of the places we used to visit the most with my best friend from Greenland before she went back home. I remember we had pizza there at 4 p.m.! If you go there (Street Achával Rodriguez 244) with 200-250 pesos ($5-$6.5), you will get a really nice brunch or merienda (the meal we have by 5-6 p.m. since we have dinner by 10-11 p.m. here)!   7°: Sushi World (Sushi & Asian food in general) This is not the best sushi place in Córdoba yet it’s a really good one, or maybe it might not be so great but I liked it personally! Still, they offer a wide variety of dishes, not only the standard and already famous sushi but spring rolls, special cuts of octopus and many other things that may sound a bit weird if you are a Westerner. Still, they are all delicious to me! Don’t miss trying them because of the fear, none of these dishes will ever kill you! The prices are okay, this place is cheaper than Teppanyaki but the quality of the mentioned one is also higher (as the price escalates!). I recommend the Sushi World local which can be found in Podestá Costa 3293.   6°: María Antonieta (Merienda) Maybe it is a bit too early to add this place to my top 10 since I visited it less than a week […]

Purmamarca, Argentina – The Hill of Seven Colours

How many times have we all heard the old “It’s about the journey, not the destination” mantra? Let me tell you – after 28 hours, 2 buses and a 1.5-hour walk, dragging our suitcases on gravel in the glaring mid-afternoon sun – Purmamarca for me was definitely more about the destination.   Why go to Purmamarca? Purmamarca is a tiny town in Jujuy province northern Argentina, famous for its Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colours). The drive there from Salta or Jujuy (the largest nearby cities) alone is stunning, with dramatic red and purple mountains and giant cactuses surrounding the road. The town is directly at the foot of the famous rainbow hill itself, and it’s almost impossible to find a place in town where you can’t catch a glimpse of it.   Things to do in Purmamarca Cerro de Siete Colores Viewpoints There are a couple of lookouts to give you a good view of the Cerro de Siete Colores. For some of them you are going to need to pay, but it’s only AR$10 (which, at the time of writing this is about AUD$0.50/USD$0.37/EUR0.31, though inflation is a big problem in Argentina so it’s worth checking current exchange rates before you go). From these vantage points, you can see a full panorama over the rainbow hill, town, and mountains.   Paseo de los Colores The surrounding landscape is also stunning, so once you’ve seen the Cerro de Siete Colores from a couple of different viewpoints, I would also recommend doing the Paseo de los Colores, a 3km easy walk through the surrounding mountains. For the most part you won’t be able to see the main hill itself, but there are many other beautifully coloured landscapes you’ll get to see. The whole place is very easy to navigate, though not always well signposted, so just follow the walking trails or roads. also has maps showing all the walks and viewpoints (“Miradors”) so I’d recommend downloading that before you leave, as signal isn’t always great so it’s always handy to have an offline map. After the viewpoints of the main Cerro de los Siete Colores, walk around the Paseo de Los Colores for more beautiful views   Market In the centre of the town there is also a market on every day, which sells all kinds of multicoloured alpaca scarves, socks, and those jumpers that you can find all over the region, and seem to be an obligatory purchase for all travellers. By the end of the day as the sun goes down and it gets colder you can’t see a single person on the street not wearing their newly purchased warm clothing. It’s all very reasonably priced as well, and make sure you ask around, as some stalls are slightly cheaper than others. The Market in the Centre of Town   How to get there Bus Stops: Terminal Purmamarca vs Purmamarca Cruce Aside from renting a car, the other option is to take a bus, which […]

Best rock bars in Nueva Córdoba

If you enjoy listening to rock music and having a good time, meeting new people and drinking some beers with amazing background music, this article may help you to know the best places to visit in Córdoba, Argentina. Nueva Córdoba is a neighborhood where you can find a lot of entertainment and nightlife. The main reason is that a lot (most) of students of the National University of Córdoba live there. That’s why I choose this place, in particular, to write about. It is close to the center of the city too! So, if you are visiting around, don’t forget to go for a beer before coming back home. These are, in my opinion, the best five rock bars in Nueva Córdoba. Vinilo Rock-Bar This place has an excellent ubication because it is located on one of the main avenues of Nueva Córdoba: Chacabuco avenue. In Vinilo you’ll find a wide repertoire of music, it goes from national rock (in Spanish), going by alternative rock, to heavy metal. If you are enjoying a cold beer, it is getting late and it is time for dinner, don’t worry! Here you can get promotions asking for a pizza and another beer. And, I have to say, these pizzas are one of the best I ever tasted. The prices are in accord with the service and with the promotions (which last all night), you can spend an amazing moment for just a few pesos. Great place to sit, chill out and have a nice conversation with friends! Influencias Bar No matter if you choose to sit outdoors (at the sidewalk) or indoors, you’ll get a good dose of great music and fun. In addition to beer, here you can ask for delicious drinks (with or without alcohol) and other food options that make Influencias a bar where you’ll find everything you want. Also, you have the possibility to drink craft beer! Some nights, the bar offers live music. These bands, playing just in front of you, give a good show and grants to the environment a plus. The place is acclimated with rock-themed, pictures of famous rockers on the tables and guitars hanging on the walls. In Influencias, you can choose the way you want to spend the time: sitting and talking, playing pool, table tennis, darts or “metegol”. Yes! you got all these games inside of the same place, it is impossible to get bored, huh? Coming to Influencias is a sure thing, you are gonna have fun in a lot of ways! Zeppelin Growlers I might stop here because, in my opinion, this is the place with the best vibes in the hole city. I recommend you to come to Zeppelin if you are looking for craft beer. They’ll offer you a lot of different types and styles, you can taste them and drink a glass there for a very low price. Also, there’s the option to take away your bottle or growler, and then come back for a recharge whenever you […]

Kayaking! The top activity in Rosario – Argentina

Rosario, well known for being Che Guevara, Fito Páez, Roberto Fontanarrosa and Lionel Messi birthplace is located in the Santa Fe Province, the central region in Argentina. At northwest of Buenos Aires, around three or four hours by bus, it is also one of the home cities of the second biggest river of South America, the sea-like giant Paraná.   What is the most common thing to do? Visiting the monumental complex, “The National Flag Memorial”, is the first recommended activity in all tourist guides. It is a monument erected to commemorate the death of Manuel Belgrano. The creator of the Argentine flag. The story says he raised it for the first time on an island on the opposite shore of the Paraná on February 27, 1812.  Both, the death of Belgrano and the first raising of the flag, are holidays in the country, so it would be a good idea to program your trip to the city on one of this two dates to have a chance to participate in public events.   Enjoy Kayaking along the Paraná River Even though, there are many ways to experience the majestic Paraná River I am going to tell you a brilliant way to know it in depth. Something that might not be for everyone but those with an adventurous spirit will definitely love it. I’m talking about Kayaking. There are some tours that can offer you the service but another option is to find some local friends who can take you to the islands. Every day, a lot of people do this activity from the beach well known as “La Florida”. If you don’t know any “rosarinos” you can easily find someone through Couchsurfing, a travel community on the web that I can’t recommend enough. If you set an appointment to do the kayak trip and no one can give you a lift to La Florida, don’t worry. You can go there by bus, taxi or cycling. During my time in the city, I used to take 30 or 40 minutes cycling from Rosario Centre to the beach, but choose the option that is better for you. As soon as you arrive into La Florida one thing to remember is that you should have: water bottles, snacks, swimwear, a cap, sunglasses and sun protector if it’s summertime (December or January) or a windbreaker jacket if it’s winter (June, July or August). Of course, do not forget to bring your camera and some money to buy a beer. But it would probably be a good idea to put the money inside a Ziploc bag because it is safe to say there will be a lot of water. Anyway, some kayaks have a small compartment to place your things and those that don’t have it are called Piraguas. Try not to carry anything important like your passport, always carry a copy with you instead. If you haven’t paddled with a kayak before, your guide can take ten minutes to give you some tips […]

Argentina: three cities to visit in Patagonia

Patagonia region goes from the provinces of Neuquén to Tierra del Fuego, in the south of Argentina, where you can find landscapes such us wet forests, glaciers, lakes and wild fauna at the foot of the Andes mountain range. My husband and I took a plane to Bariloche. We also visit others cities like San Martin de los Andes and Villa La Angostura. Personally speaking, ten days is perfect for visiting this part of the region. When can you visit this region? There are two seasons to travel: the winter season which is basically for winter sports in the ski centres, the best in this cities: Cathedral Hill in Bariloche, Chapelco Hill in San Martin and Bayo Hill in Villa La Angostura; and the summer season which is the most advisable to do the activities, and I will be describing below. Fall season is beautiful too because of the colours of the tree leaves. Places we visited in Bariloche Cathedral Hill It is located 19 km away from Bariloche and its name is because of its peaks are similar to a gothic cathedral. It’s one of the most important ski centres of Argentina and South America. It has a height of 2388 meters. We went in summer so we used an entire day to do trekking and enjoy the wonderful view of the city and the Nahuel Huapi Lake. At the base of the hill, there is the Cathedral village, with hotels and shops where you can rent ski equipment. Otto Hill A very interesting place actually. On the top, there is an art gallery and the Otto House Music, the only place where you can find a disco on a top of a hill. You can taste some typical food in the rotatory restaurant while you have a 360° view. Campanario Hill National Geographic named it as one of the places with the best views of the world. They are not wrong at all. It’s perfect to spend the day having a drink at the bar on the top of the hill. View of Llao Llao Peninsula from Campanario Hill Tronador Mountain and Black Glacier It has a height of more than 3000 meters. Its name is due to the sound that makes the ice when it falls, that is similar to a thunder (tronador means “that which thunders” in Spanish). At the base, we could see the Black Glacier, which is like this because of the sediments that flow from the mountain through the Manso River and stick in the base of the ice. Likewise, Manso River has its particularity caused by the sediments: it is white like milk. Tronador National Park Tronador waterfalls Llao Llao Hotel The most symbolic hotel of Patagonia and Argentina. It’s worth taking some photos of its gardens, its golf course and, certainly, its architecture. If you like you have the possibility to have some tea with cookies and admire its inside. Llao Llao garden Sailing activities Victoria Island and Los Arrayanes National […]
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