05 Great Outdoor Tours ARGENTINA

# 01. Iguazu Great Adventure ( Iguazu National Park, Iguazu Falls ) • With motor-boats, visitors are taken 6 km through the Canyon of the Iguazu River, until the falls, from these total, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely. Get ready to get wet. !!  Continue reading 05 Great Outdoor Tours ARGENTINA

La Cabrera Restaurant Buenos Aires

La Cabrera Restaurant | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Is to my point of view one of the best spots of the city of Buenos Aires to taste the local and worldwide renown Argentinean Beef and a typical ” Asado ” or barbecue. Located at the charming neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood • Cabrera 5099, Tel. 4831-7002. Chef: Gaston Rivera. ( www.parrillalacabrera.com.ar )

Small corner space, always frequented by locals and foreigners. Booking in advance is strongly advised. Professional and attentive service by old school waiters. Try it and let me know. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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El Aguamiel Hotel Rural Mendoza, Argentina

El Aguamiel Hotel Rural  |  Mendoza, Argentina  | El Aguamiel is found in Lunlunta, a small town in the Maipu district. Only at 20 minutes away from Mendoza City. The zone is responsible for most of the wine making in Argentina, olive oil farms and some honey production. El Aguamiel is situated in a 5 acre property surrounded by organic Malbec vineyards and a cherry garden. The resort is gifted by a singular view of the Cordon Del Plata in the Andes mountain range.

 The hotel resembles the old European warehouses that were first constructed in the zone. Having the Andes Mountains as a background setting, the project generates a relation between nature and the unique personal experience through the diverse existing materials that shape the resort.

 Concerned in respecting the environment and by our interest in the traditional constructive methods that can add to this vision, wood was chosen as the predominant building material. Wood is ecologically sustainable due to the fact that originates from renewable and native plantations found in the area and needs the smallest amount of energy to manufacture in comparison with others options like concrete, steel or aluminium. When exposing elements in the simplest and clearest way, they appeal directly to the senses.

Cafe – Restaurant, Outdoors Pool, Satellite TV, Individual Air Conditioner – Heating Unit per room, Golf  Two 9 hole courses in adjacent La Vacherie Country Club, Relaxation Therapy, Excursions, Visits coordination.

 Luxury is measured more by its quality standards than by quantity. This is the way of thinking that is behind el Aguamiel. A hideaway world located in a singular environment were every detail is  characterized by the will of simplification in a functional and conceptual way, Resulting in spaces that offer more than a bed where to rest after a long trip. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

 

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Rendez Vous Boutique Hotel Buenos Aires


Rendez Vous Boutique Hotel Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argenitna Rendez Vous Boutique Hotel, is a brand new French Style Petit Hotel  option in the city of Buenos Aires that has opened doors only 2 month ago. By the hand of Frederic Dubois – former french model and actor – expert in the arts of Feng Shui, concept that he has applied to the overall design of the hotel.

 Modern styles, tribute to the cultural and natural beauties of Argentinean all mixed with the original construction of this former palace. 11 Rooms concieved to maximize guests pleasure and well being.

Rooms are classified into 4 room types Standard Room, Superior Room, Deluxe Room and Junior Suite. All rooms offer Free WiFi access, Plasma TV with cable, AC/Heating, Safe Box, Bathroom Amenities. Breakfast is included in the promotional fare.
 The neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood is an area surrounded by restaurants, designer shops, furniture boutiques and antique shops. The district of Palermo, in between Recoleta and Belgrano, is now subdivided into three major neighborhoods Palermo – Palermo SOHO and Palermo Hollywood. This last owing its name for hosting many TV and Cinema production companies. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Rio Hermoso Mountain Hotel

Rio Hermoso Mountain Hotel  |  San Martin de los Andes, Argentina  |  Rio Hermoso Mountain Hotel is definitely one of my favorite hotels in the whole world. Located approx. 15 minutes from San Martin de los Andes and 50 minutes from Villa La Angostura. From the first moment you walk in, you feel relaxation, warmth and the feeling of being welcomed. (photo: view of Rio Hermoso Mountain Hotel from the garden)

 Comfortable and warm design that will make you feel like home. The hotel offers free WiFi Access, AC/Heating, great health and beauty amenities at each room. And of course my favorite feature… no TV in your rooms, who cares about TV when you have such a beautiful view to enjoy. (photo: my suite during my stay at Rio Hermoso )

The hotel and rooms have been designed and conceived in such a way that you can enjoy the intensity of Patagonia’s natural wonders and the comfort of a boutique hotel. Rio Hermoso has 6 comfortable rooms divided into Deluxe Suites and Deluxe Suites with Terrace with excellent views of the river.

Amazing views of the Rio Hermoso for the rooms and suites. At the terrace or outside at the garden, enjoy the sound of the water running, the birds while you taste the best wines and smokes from the are. Also you may watch some guests that have flown from all over the world to try Fly Fishing. (photo: the view from the terrace of my suite at Rio Hermoso)

When the sun goes down, the lobby and the living of the house becomes alive. The meeting point where all guests congregate to share their origins and mingle. Drinks, local delicatessens, and home made dishes. ( photo: ME at the Living room of Rio Hermoso ) CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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El Tigre, Delta of Buenos Aires

El Tigre, Delta of Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  One of the last remaining growing Deltas in the world. Located only an hour away from the city of Buenos Aires, introduces a completely different experience, environment and option for those visiting. Situated in the north of Greater Buenos Aires 28 km from downtown Buenos Aires. The town sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers and was founded in 1820, after floods had destroyed other settlements in the area, then known as the Las Conchas Partido. Tours by Carlos Melia to EL TIGRE.

The area’s name derives from the “tigres” or jaguars that were hunted there, on occasions, in its early years. The area was first settled by Europeans who came to farm the land, and the port developed to serve the Delta and to bring fruit and wood from the Delta and ports upstream on the Paraná river. Tigre is still an important timber processing port. The “Puerto de Frutos” (fruit port) is now a crafts fair located in the old fruit market by the riverside. The Naval Museum is also nearby. Antiques shops, riverside restaurants and pubs, the casino and Parque de la Costa, an amusement park and its renowned natural beauty make Tigre a popular tourist destination throughout the year.

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El Tigre is a destination I would recommend either to spend a Full Day exploring or an Overnight to relax and truly absorb the spirit of what the locals call the Islands. Experience a complete different Buenos Aires… Check the full Photo Album (here)

El Tigre Estacion Fluvial, the neuralgic point of El Tigre and port of the Delta. One of the busiest spots in this district and the starting point for any of the activities you might want to take once here. This is also the arrival/departure point for the Water Taxi. From here the options are multiple and I will introduce only a few of them to you:

El Tigre Paseo Victorica, a promenade that runs along the Parana River with restaurants and bars with beautiful views of the Delta and the European heritage expressed by the architecture of buildings such as the La Marina Regatas Club or the Villa Julia Hotel. Paseo Victoria is name in honor to the famous plastic artist. Here I would suggest visiting the Art Museum Tigre, Museo Naval and not least the MATE Museum.

Art Museum Tigre, former hotel and casino. Declared National monument, with both permanent and itinerant expositions. Here you’ll be able to know the work of local eminences such us Victorica itself, Quinquela Martin, Butler and Fader… among others. All icons of the plastics art of Buenos Aires. There is a small cover fee to access the Museum, which is worth paying to not only enjoy the art exhibitions, but also the magnificence of the building and the views of the Parana river from the terrace.

El Tigre
How to move around the channels. There are a few options available that adjust to every wallet/budget and choice. Private Boats, Water Taxis are great and allow you to enjoy El Delta at your own pace. Please let me know if this is your choice to assist you with info and bookings. The way most locals do it is by Public Boats. The main lines are “Jilguero”, “Interisleña” and “Delta”. You will see that locals and tourists use this as a bus. Easy to find due to their characteristic looks of dark wood and white or beige roofs, usually crammed with bags full of groceries, bottles of water…

El Tigre
Other attractions are: Parque de la Costa (amusement park) opens SAT/SUN and Holidays from 11AM to 7PM.  Casino Trilenium (for those that love gambling, located across the Delta Train Station of the Tren de la Costa ). But with no doubt, the star is the Puerto de Frutos ( Port of Fruits ) open daily, but I would recommend visiting either SAT/SUN to get the real vibe and feeling of it. A local flea market where you will find everything from fruit, vegetable, local homemade products, artisans and more…

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Posada la Escondida • Island Boutique Hotel.( video )A small hotel located 2o minutes away from the Estacion Fluvial of El Tigre. Access either by public boat “Jilguero line” or by private boat (provided by the Posada). A rustic, basic but full of charisma boutique hotel, with only 7 rooms, a private bungalow and a restaurant. Full relaxation, great local food and the personalized and friendly service of their owners. Spend the day enjoying outdoors activities such us: kayaking, trekking, water skiing, fishing… or just relaxing by the pool. WiFi access, Direct TV. TIP: do not stay longer that 01 night and ask for the Corner Room or the Private Bungalow. For bookings do not hesitate to contact me Carlos Melia

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Villa Julia Hotel & Restaurant • located facing the Parana river, this Masion was built in 1906 by Engineer Maschwitz as his summer residence. It has been carefully restored and preserves it picturesque style of the early century even when other decorative elements were incorporated. The mansion is surrounded by a lavish garden with swimming pool. If your plan is to spend only the day at El Tigre, save some time to either do lunch or tea at their restaurant.

El Tigre Where to Eat.? My top recommendations are the following: Villa Julia Hotel and Restaurant ( Paseo Victorica. Breakfast/Lunch/Tea/Dinner ), Maria Lujan del Tigre ( Paseo Victorica, one of the only restaurants in the continent offering an outdoors terrace to the Parana River. See picture above ). El Gato Blanco ( www.gato-blanco.com – getting there will take most of your day, but you may consider it a full tour since you will have to take a public boat to get there sailing across the channels ).

El Tigre

Outdoors Activity are a must in this area. You may opt from many of the available options from Windsurfing to kayaking, trekking, biking, water skiing, fishing…. among others.

How to Get there. ? Getting there from/to the city of Buenos Aires is very easy and not expensive. There are several options:

(1). Water Taxi ( 1 hour 30 minutes approx. ) from/to Downtown Buenos Aires ( Puerto Madero / Darsena Norte ), to/from Estacion Fluvial El Tigre. With some of the best views of the city of Buenos Aires, Rio de la Plata and channels of El Tigre. ( USD 10 Round Trip x person ). Picture of the boat above.

(2). Regular Train + Tren de la Costa ( 1 hour 15 minutes approx. ) USD 3 per person each way. Take the “Mitre Line ” train at Retiro Train Station downtown Buenos Aires. Get off at Av. Maipu Station to combine with the Tren de la Costa to Delta. A nice touristic ride that will take you along the stream of Rio de la Plata, showing you different public and residential areas. With your train ticket you have the option to hop in/off at each station to better explore the region. Same instructions apply for your return.

(3). Bus + Tren de la Costa ( 1 hour 15 minutes approx. ) USD 3 per person each way. Best for those staying around the areas of Palermo, Recoleta and Belgrano. Take the bus line # 152 that runs along Santa Fe Av. Get off at the train station of Av. Maipu. The bus stop is right after the President’s Residence. There same as explained above connect with the Tren de la Costa.

(4). Taxi ( 40 minutes approx. ) USD 30 each way. For those less adventurous. I would not do this… but hey it is an option.

El Tigre My recommendation is to mix it a bit taking the the Regular Train + Tren de la Costa ( from Buenos Aires to El Tigre ) and then the Water Taxi ( from El Tigre back to Buenos Aires ). (*) Check the full Photo Album EL TIGRE, Delta of Buenos AiresSpecial THANKS to: Ines Mooney ( Posada la Escondida ) – Queco ( Directo of the Tourism Office of El Tigre ) – Sturla – Villa Julia Hotel and Restaurant. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Buenos Aires Jewish Tour

Buenos Aires Jewish Tour |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |   The Buenos Aires Jewish community is one of the largest in the world and its heritage remains very much preserved. Specialists guide this very comprehensive tour that introduces us into the unique features of the Buenos Aires Jewish culture. We explore the traditional Jewish neighbourhood, “Once”, the new AMIA building (mutual fund organization whose previous head office suffered a terrorist attack in 1994) and the institute of Jewish studies. We also visit the outstanding Ashkenazi and Sephardic temples as well as the site where the Israel Embassy used to stand prior to the 1992 attack.
Length of the tour: 03 hours daily. Sites to visit: Embassy of Israel Square, Libertad temple, Teatro Ift, Instituto Científico Judeo (IWO), “Once” streets, Paso and Lavalle temples and AMIA. Check my FULL Buenos Aires Photo Album on Flickr.CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Buenos Aires Architecture Tour

Buenos Aires Architecture Tour |  Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires holds a valuable, striking and suggestive architectural heritage. Inspired by international patterns and combined with the local tendency of free reinterpretation, Buenos Aires architectural scenery results in a wide and eclectic building legacy. This tour highlights the most outstanding features focusing on the descriptions and how they are related to the city’s history. The sites to be visited are: The financial city (from colonial times, passing by monumental bank architecture from the belle époque, to the Banco Hipotecario, impressive brutalist jewel from the 1960s). The second area to be visited is Avenida de Mayo (seeing, among other buildings, the former headquarters of La Prensa newspaper, café Tortoni, Barolo palace, Chile hotel, former headquarters of Crítica newspaper, National Congress). We end the tour at the postmodern and controversial area of Puerto Madero, seeing the buildings by some of the most important international architectural celebrities, such as Calatrava, Pelli, Foster and Viñoly.
Important note: although the tour focuses on façades, we always enter some of the buildings to see distinctive features (La Prensa building, Barolo palace, Faena hotel; and, depending on the time, a few of the banks, too).
The transport leaves us at Microcentro, where we walk for about half an hour. Then we drive along Avenida de Mayo, stopping for a one-block walk. Then we take Belgrano Avenue, with one small stop to see the Otto Wulf building, into Puerto Madero. Once in the area, we stop at the Faena hotel, then driving along Juana Manso Avenue, stopping again at the Fortabat Museum and walking two blocks along the river coast with excellent views of Catalinas towers, the Yatch Club and the brick old storehouses. Length of the tour: 03 hours daily Tour Class: Private.  Check my FULL Buenos Aires Photo Album on Flickr.CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Bohemia Boutique Hotel

Bohemia Hotel Boutique |  Mendoza, Argentina | another option for those on a tight budget but still looking for a full service, style and comfort hotel. Bohemia Hotel Boutique is located in one of the most elegant neighbourhoods of the city of Mendoza, “the fifth section” where business, tourism, culture and history converge with breathtaking views of andes.
11 rooms distributed in two floors in a relaxed environment with the comfort and warmth of a family house. Each room has been individually designed and decorated. Each room features FREE WiFi access, cable TV. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Villaggio Boutique Hotel

Villaggio Boutique Hotel Mendoza, Argentina |  One of my favorite options, when on a tight budget, and looking for a very reasonable price without risking great location, boutique style/concept and comfort. Located in a privileged area of the city of Mendoza, one block from Independencia Square and a few blocks from the main commercial and tourist points of the city.
Two types of rooms: Classic / Superior ( 26 rooms in total ). All featuring Flat-panel televisions with cable channels. Complimentary wireless Internet access provided along with phones and in-room safes. Refrigerators. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, bidets, and complimentary toiletries. Minibars, air conditioning, and climate control are also included. Housekeeping is provided and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Rollaway beds are also available. Rooms are accessible via exterior corridors.

Villaggio Boutique Hotel offers a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. In addition to a full-service spa, Villaggio Hotel features a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. For a surcharge, an airport shuttle is available to guests. This Mendoza hotel also offers a casino, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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