DOME Hotel – Bariloche, Argentina

DOME Hotel, rustic boutique mountain hotel ( San Carlos de Bariloche, FREY Mountain Refuge, Catedral Mountain ). I was amazed by this hotel, not only by the obvious breathtaking views… but by the unique of its concept. A rustic mountain themed hotel/tent located on the stream of the lagoon of FREY Refuge.

After walking for almost 4 hours from the base of Catedral Mountain to the top at FREY Refuge, you would never expect or believe to find a hotel there. Well YES there it is…. !!! And on my next trip to San Carlos de Bariloche, be assured that I expect to spend a night there, enjoying the clear sky views and bonding with the local people.

Prices are very low, including diner and breakfast. Bookings in advance are EXTREMELY suggested, since at the moment there is only one tent available. Plans to add extra rooms are in the near future. For bookings do not hesitate to contact me.

Seattle Gay News features Carlos Melia

Seattle Gay News features Carlos Melia  |  Press  |  Carlos Melia and CM Boutique Gay Travel has been featured, reviewed and recommended by Seattle Gay News by  Eric Andrews-Katz after spending a week at both destinations Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls. The article has been titled BUENOS AIRES the Latin Big Apple, and this is his full review including Carlos Melia and CM Boutique Gay Travel as one of the highlights of his trip.
You may download the full PDF of this article and the June edition of Seattle Gay News with the following link Click Here. I continue working together with the International Gay and Mainstream Press promoting Buenos Aires, rest of Argentina and Uruguay. If you are Editor, Journalist of Free Lance Writer, please do not hesitate to contact me to assist you planning your press trip. Cheers. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Carlos Melia member of the IGLTA

Carlos Melia member of the IGLTA  | Antwerp, Belgium  |  The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is a great tool to find LGBT travel businesses and destinations. Please use the map and links below to find welcoming hotels, cities, countries, travel agents and tour operators around the world. Check out my profile as a member of the IGLTA.

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.

Buenos Aires

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…

El Tigre

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

El Tigre

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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Carlos Meliá, pionero del turismo gay en América Latina

Carlos Meliá, pionero del turismo gay en América Latina  |  International Press  | ( Article published on the blog Gay Como Tu. Picture at El Calafate, Argentina ) Carlos Meliá, ex Mr. Gay World Argentina y Mr. Gay International 2008, se desempeña como Director para América & Caribe para Mr. Gay World y maneja su propia empresa CM (Carlos Meliá) dedicada al turismo gay. Su vida transcurre entre Buenos Aires y Nueva York  y el avisón es ya como una oficina o su casa, Carlos es un pionero del turismo gay en Argentina y porque no decirlo en América Latina. Dinámico, súper pilas, energético y audaz, así es Carlos Meliá un hombre de negocios que habla en exclusiva para GAY COMO TU. ( read more: Gay Como Tu ) CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Customer’s Feedback APR 2010

Spring Barry Stephen – Canada – Destinations: Buenos Aires + Mendoza + Colonia del Sacramento + Iguazu Falls  ( picture: Spring Barry Stephen. Canopy in Mendoza ) You are by far the best travel agent I have ever had the pleasure of working with Carlos. Thank you, have a great weekend. I have fallen in love with Argentina…
Am so happy with everything that you are doing for me Carlos, you obviously are very good at discerning the best from each destination…

Richard Naylor • Australia • Destinations: Buenos Aires + Mendoza
Carlos. Wineries were amazing. We both had an excellent time.
Thanks for your help. Richard

Thommas Wood • US, Atlanta • Destinations: Buenos Aires + Mendoza
LOVING THIS TRIP!!!!!!   The men here are astonishingly gorgeous!!  I may never leave.  thank you so much for all your help.

 

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LADEVI & CM Travel Experts

LADEVI & CM Travel Experts |  Buenos Aires, Argentina | The main travel publication of Argentina LADEVI and South America has featured CM Boutique Gay Travel and our last visit to the northern region of Argentina ( Salta / Jujuy / Tucuman and Mendoza ). The main purpose of this trip this AMAZING destinations was to review and promote hotels, and other travel services… and put together the logistics for the four Gay Groups planned for 2010 to this region. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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