IGLTA’s Consumer Trade Show Fort Lauderdale | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | So YES once again we made it and was AMAZING to see all the local Gay crowd of Wilton Manors and Ft. Lauderdale and the IGLTA’s Consumer Trade show that took place yesterday afternoon at the Wilton Manor City Hall. There I had my own booth representingCM by Carlos Meliaand four of my sponsors. The show was very well attended, from 6 to 10PM and we had the closing Concert in the Park with Kristine W. I want to THANK my Sponsors SAX Chicago A Thompson Hotel, Design Suites Hotels (Buenos Aires, San Carlos de Bariloche, Salta and El Calafate), Tango Porteño Show and Dinner and specially to Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach (picture above with Jorge Collazo, Directors of Sales and Markering) Margarita Balaguer, Sales Manage at Sol Melia Group representing ME by Melia Hotels, one of the official sponsors of CarlosMeliaBlog.com.
IMPORTANT!!!! And now as promised, for the WINNER of the PRIZE (03 nights at the Design Suites Hotel Buenos Aires + Tango Show and Dinner for 02 at Tango Porteño + 02 nights at the Design Suites Hotel Salta). The lucky winner is: JIMMY KUN from Miami. You will receive an email from me with further instructions on how to collect you prize. Congratulations. !!! CM
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.
Customer Feedback by Dan P. ( from United States, New York ) • Hi Carlos! I made it safely to BA and to my hotel. I just finished my city tour with Nicolas which was great! If you have time tomorrow or Thursday I would definitely like to take you out for a drink to thank you for everything you did for me. Dan ( Travel Services provided by CM by Carlos Melia )
(*) During his trip to Argentina visiting Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento and San Carlos de Bariloche.
7 Lakes Route Villa la Angostura and San Martin de los Andes • one of the most astonishing and breathtaking sceneries in all Argentina. A corridor that runs along National Route 234, linking the areas of San Martin de los Andes and Villa la Angostura. You may access this route either coming from San Carlos de Bariloche or beginning at San Martin de los Andes itself. (for those coming to the region by plane). Great panoramic views of the 7 lakes, that from north to south, are the Lacar Lake, the Machonico Lake, the Falkner Lake, the Villarino Lake, the Escondido Lake, the Correntoso Lake (picture above), the Espejo Lake and most famous in the region the Nahuel Huapi. My favorite and suggested itinerary would be of ( 03 days / 02 nights ) departing from San Carlos de Bariloche, to Villa la Angostura bordering the Nahuel Huapi Lake, to get to Villa la Angostura. There spend a couple of hours walking around the area and exploring the pier and port. Jump back into your car ( or BUS for those on a budget. There are connections between towns ) and drive all the way down to San Martin de los Andes. Before getting there stop at the Panoramic View Point to capture some of the nicest shots of this small charming town. Once there PLEASE take my word and do lunch at PIZZA CALA, the best pizza and empanadas (pies) of the area. Not fancy at all but GREAT food. Next stop, and end of your first day of this journey, one of my absolutely favorite hotels in the world, the RIO HERMOSO Mountain Hotel. Trust me once you get there you will not want to leave. The service, accommodation, food and the whole atmosphere will captivate you. A magical experience that you will remember and always want to come back. Good Night. !!!!
The second day begins late, after having a long breakfast at the outside gallery of Rio Hermoso Mountain Hotel, overviewing the Hermoso River. Next comes a long drive to another main attraction of the region, the Lanin Volcano. Lanin is an ice-clad, cone-shaped stratovolcano on the border of Argentina and Chile. It forms part of two national parks: Lanín in Argentina and Villarrica in Chile. It is a symbol of the Argentine province of Neuquén, being part of its flag and its anthem. Although the date of its last eruption is not known, it is estimated to have occurred within the last 10,000 years.
After spending the whole day by water and land trying to conquer the summit of this colossus (which BTW will take you a few more days, lots of effort and training), we head to our hotel for the night, to be honest not expecting much, since we are 3 hours away from anything that you would call civilization. And there it is, as a mirage the Lahuen CO Thermal Hotel and Spa. It took me less than 10 minutes to throw my suitcases (the 4 of them ha ha ha hey one travels a la mode) and get into my bathing suit to jump into the Lanin’s Thermal hot water springs to relax and spoil myself (once again). Last day… and we are now heading back to San Carlos de Bariloche. This time we take the alternative route by Confluencia, this time to appreciate a complete different scenery that, I am still undecided if it was same, or more spectacular than the previous two days. Of course we just wait around till noon, as the perfect excuse to be invited to have lunch at the Lahuen CO Thermal Spa and Hotel. The tour will take you in silence, because you will be amazed by the views once again and the Patagonian extensions and landscapes. All while (if you dare) sipping a local and typical MATE. You will be back in San Carlos de Bariloche by 6PM, perfect timing to either have la light dinner and catch your flight back to Buenos Aires, or to continue your journey. Keep in mind that we can assist you planning this trip or any other itinerary all over Argentina and Uruguay. So if you liked it, do not hesitate to contact me. CM
(*) Keep in mind that next NOVEMBER 2010 we will be hosting a Small Gay Group to this region that will more extensively explore the region of San Carlos de Bariloche, including the 7 Lakes Route. For more information Click Here.
# 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
Carlos Melia visits San Carlos de Bariloche | San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina | During February 2010, I have spent a whole week touring around the south region of Argentina ( San Carlos de Bariloche / San Martin de los Andes / Villa la Angostura / Lanin National Park / Seven Lakes Corridor ). My visit have been covered and commented by many local news websites, radios and TV shows. Here are only some samples. ( Bariloche 2000 • ANBariloche ) CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends (*) Follow me around the world curating the best on Luxury Travel and Lifestyle by subscribing to my Facebook Page Carlos Melia Recommends, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.