Back to La Bamba de Areco

La Bamba de Areco by www.carlosmeliablog.com

Back to La Bamba de Areco  |  San Antonio de Areco, Argentina  |  Because you should ALWAYS return and shared with loved ones, the best things in life, I chose to take Rubin to Estancia La Bamba de Areco, during our last visit to Buenos Aires. This is my second time at this Estancia, and believe me I have seen and experienced many, during my childhood and adult life as a native Argentinean, and this one is the one I choose to visit over and over. San Antonio de Areco, is one of my favorite retreats when visiting Buenos Aires, back to the Cradle of Gauchos culture and roots. Continue reading Back to La Bamba de Areco

Buenos Aires The Silver City

Buenos Aires The Silver City by www.carlosmeliablog.comBuenos Aires The Silver City  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  This morning after 10 hours flight, I landed in Buenos Aires. Photo above is of the sun coming out over Buenos Aires, while landing at EZEIZA International Airport. The silhouette of the city with the Rio de la Plata behind shinning silver as the sun came out. Buenos Aires the “Silver City”. Argentina = Argentum (Ag) = Silver. The paradigm traced back to the first voyages made by the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors to the Río de la Plata which means “Silver River”, in the first years of the 16th century. But the sad truth is that La Plata Basin does not have any sources of silver, the only source can be found as far as I know close to Peru. Just sharing some Etymology. Anyhow, excited to spend the next two weeks here in Buenos Aires and surrounding areas. Gay Planning Mode is back and next week I am full hands on planning my 6th International Gay Wedding. All to be posted at www.carlosmeliablog.com — at Rio De La Plata.

 

Gay Planning mode is back, June 7th, to plan a Gay Wedding, once again, this time for a lovely couple from the Republic of Guayana. But in the meantime, as I always do, I will take sometime off to explore new and traditional options. This time I will be reviewing the following hotels and services, some of them I have tried before, but since I am taking my boyfriend, Rubin Singer, for his first visit to Buenos Aires, I want to show him the best the city has to offer: HUB Porteño Buenos Aires and their private tours “Experiences of the City”. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires and their new look after their big renovation. The iconic and traditional Alvear Palace Hotel and their brand new sister property the Alvear Art Hotel. Two days getaway to one of my favorite spots close to Buenos Aires as it is San Antonio de Areco, to show Rubin the true heritage of Gauchos and the Pampas at Estancia La Bamba de Areco and some intimate dinners at Tarquino Restaurant and ROJO Tango Show & Dinner. As usual all to be posted and featured here and at my Social Network. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Connextions Magazine Issue 11 is OUT

Connextions Magazine Issue 11 is OUT  |  Coup de Coeur  |  The new issue of Connextions Magazine is out and online. Read my Coup de Coeur collaboration of this month including San Antonio de Areco, Argentina – Stockholm, Sweden and and Saint Barthelemy, West French Indies. Connextions Magazine Summer – Issue 11. Check Page 11. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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NEW Coup de Coeur by Carlos Melia

NEW Coup de Coeur by Carlos Melia  |  Connextions Magazine |  My new column Coup de Coeur / by luxury travel curator Carlos Melia for Connextions Magazine is ready and the image above shows a teaser. For this next upcoming issue, three of my favorite destinations in three different locations BUENOS AIRES – South America, ST BARTH– The Caribbean and STOCKHOLM – Europe. Want to read more about Experiential Global Travel Tips, Reviews & Recommendations, you will have to check the next edition of Connextions Magazine. Till next adventure in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Estancia La Bamba de Areco  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |  I have been to San Antonio de Areco multiple times in previous visits to Buenos Aires, but I must say that never before in such style and sophistication. Ideally located only 120 km from Buenos Aires and close to San Antonio de Areco in the heart of the Pampa, one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, recently renovated with great care as a boutique hotel, successfully combines luxurious comfort and colonial elegance. San Antonio de Areco, is one of my favorite gateways, when I visit the city of Buenos Aires. Continue reading Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco

Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Over the weekend on my search for off the beaten path luxury experiences outside Buenos Aires, I came to the rural area of San Antonio de Areco, known by many as the cradle of the Guacho culture, right in the heart of the region known as La Pampa. For this I visited and stayed overnight at Estancia La Bamba de Areco, located approximately two hours from the city of Buenos Aires.  Continue reading Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco

GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Argentina

GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Argentina  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  GPS Carlos Melia, heading to back to Argentina in two weeks, planning a new Gay Wedding for a Groom+Groom couple from San Francisco. During my stay I will be reviewing and staying overnight at the following hotels in Buenos Aires: Hotel Club Frances (www.hotelclubfrances.com.ar) Recoleta. El Casco (www.hoteldelcasco.com.ar) San Isidro. La Becasina (www.labecasina.com) Delta del Tigre. Legado Mitico Buenos Aires (www.legadomitico.com). Also if time permits I would be visiting Estancia La Bamba (www.labambadeareco.com) and Estancia La Fortuna (www.estancialafortuna.com). Finally a full day in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay having lunch with a group of six tourist from the US I am bringing to Buenos Aires along with me, by the expert hands of Marcial at Casa Los Jazmines(www.casalosjazmineshotel.com). Busy stay in Buenos Aires this time. Working late getting all ready and finalizing details to secure a Haute Experiences. And MORE GPS Carlos Melia.!!!! Upon my return from Argentina, Guess where I will be celebrating my Birthday this year…. and spending almost half of the month of March and beginning of April. ????? Well where else than in my beloved Thailand. !!!! Cannot wait to finalize my dates and get going. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Customer Feedback Chris & Christine

Customer Feedback Chris & Christine  |  Trip to Argentina  |  This is the email I got yesterday from two of my clients which spent a few weeks touring around Argentina, under my bespoke supervision and travel services. Two friends traveling together, one for the United States and her from the UK. Read through their feedback and recommendations. Always striving for better service and true Haute Experiences.

 

Hi Carlos:

Sorry it has taken me weeks to get back to you on this, but I’m finally resettled, back at work, and have time to do it properly. I’ve copied Christine in the event that she has anything to add.

Bayres Cars and Drivers in Buenos Aires – One driver shuttled us numerous times, and though his English was limited, we were able to communicate quite well. He was always prompt, polite, and helpful with bags. We did have a delay with our pick up from Iguazu. He arrived half an hour late.

4 hour private tour of Buenos Aires – This was a great activitiy for our first afternoon in the city and allowed us to figure out where we wanted to return and do some further exploring. The young woman who was our guide was great (I don’t remember her name, but maybe Christine did). Rather than use a rehearsed script, she was able to tailor some of her commentary based on our knowledge of the history of the city and country (or lack thereof), and was able to answer all of our questions.

Rojo Tango Show and Dinner – I have to admit I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy the evening, but it was far better than I could have anticipated. First off, the food and the service was fantastic, particularly the part where the wine glasses were constantly refilled. I’d seen some brochures for other Tango show venues, but found this one to be far more intimate, which made it much easier to take it in and not feel like it was a mindless Disney-like production. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the town.

Iguazu Argentina Side tour and Adventure Ride – Great guide….I wish I remembered his name, but I thought he did a great job of getting us through the park and crowds without too much difficulty. The trip into the falls was the highlight of the day and I think both of us would do it again given the opportunity.

Iguazu Brazil Side tour – Didn’t seem to be quite as smooth as the Argentine side, but enjoyed the views we got from the other side….and the close encounter with the coatis.

Iguazu Hotel Orquiedas – Good location, and being in a freestanding cabin made the visit very quiet. The location next door to the animal rescue facility allowed us to see lots of bird species and other animals up close that we may not have seen otherwise.

Estancia visit and San Antonio de Areco – We really enjoyed the time both in San Antonio de Areco, which Christine was thrilled to discover was the largest Irish population in Argentina. Guillermo went out of his way to show the commemmoration of the Irish President’s visit, and Christine took many photos of Irish names like O’Malley showing up in a sea of Martinez, Sanchez and other local surnames. The estancia was very nice, and the hospitality shown was fantastic. At least for me, lunch was the highlight.

Mendoza – Winery Tour – We were very happy that the staff at Hon Travel were able to arrange to meet us at the airport when the general strike disrupted our plans. Francisco was an excellent driver and guide and even arranged for us to visit a fourth winery which wasn’t on the original agenda. I think we both enjoyed the Piatelli winery the best, as it seemed to be a much smaller, intimate environment. I know we purchased the most wine there, and the guide provided an excellent restaurant for our Thanksgiving Dinner (Azafran) which was spectacular.

In addition, the restaurant recommendations were great, not a bad one in the lot. We can also recommend for you to check out Azafran in Mendoza and Aqua in Iguazu for your other clients.

Overall we were very pleased with all of the activities and arrangements. We were both too busy to plan our time in Argentina, but in turning over our itinerary over to you we ended up at places and doing things we would have never even thought were available, like the trip out to San Antonio de Areco. We also appreciated your availability and support when the driver in Iguazu didn’t provide us with our pick up times, and in particular getting the winery tour saved while we enjoyed the effects of an Argentine general strike. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your service to anyone traveling to Argentina, and would call on you again for areas you’ve been to and have experienced.

We both thank you very much for the experiences.

Again, sorry for the feedback delay. ¡Feliz Navidad!

Chris

 

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My Chronicles of Buenos Aires at 429 Magazine

My Chronicles of Buenos Aires at 429 Magazines  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  Hi there my dear followers, my weekly column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429 Magazine at dot429 is OUT and Online. This week on my chronicles of Buenos Aires. Check it out. Till next week in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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My day exploring San Antonio de Areco


My day exploring San Antonio de Areco  |  San Antonio de Areco, Argentina  |  Located only 90 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires, you can immerse yourself into the deep cradle of traditions of Argentina and the Gaucho culture. See my previous post on San Antonio de Areco HERE. A day with great food, wine and ranch activities.  Continue reading My day exploring San Antonio de Areco