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Journey to the bottom of the earth

Written by Eva Stelzer on . Posted in Argentina, Blog, Walking Holidays

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Hiking in Southern Patagonia

The moment my husband and I arrive in El Calafate, an oasis town in Southern Patagonia’s desert, we know that our decision to travel to Argentina’s outback wilderness was right. It is exotic and exciting. Birds dig their webbed feet into the sand to keep from being blown away. Clouds swirl past the snow-capped Andean peaks. We came to explore remote hiking trails, gawk at wind-hewn icebergs, and walk on Perito Moreno—one of the southern hemisphere’s few advancing glaciers.

“That’s Cristina’s place,” announces our driver. He points to sprawling bungalows and an enormous villa. They are surprisingly lavish in this frontier town of slapdash clapboard buildings with corrugated metal roofs.

“Who’s she?” I ask, sounding quite ignorant, I later realize.

“The President. She vacations here. Owns the hotel.” Los Sauces belongs to Argentina’s first elected female leader, the glamorous and tough Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. I hadn’t realized that our accommodations and her private home would be so close together, sharing an elegant décor of British hunting lodge-meets-hearty ranch. The property originally belonged to her late husband and political predecessor, Néstor. The goal to transform the remote location into a premier travel destination is ongoing. Progressing from a one-runway airport to a four-terminal stop opened in 2012, all signs point to their success.

Patagonian supper After checking in, we bundle up for the trek to the hotel bar. Sand hits our faces like shards of glass. There’s an eerie quiet. We are aware of thethings that are missing more than what is there: an absence of city lights and neon signs leaves us in unfamiliar darkness. Because we are traveling off-season, the staff has time to chat while plying us with drinks. Chef Carlos whips up a parilla that includes a lamb chop the size of a rib steak and a steak resembling an entire side of cow. Excited by my limited Spanish, he rambles on about the region’s world-class cattle culture. In Argentina, animals roam great expanses of open land, chewing thick grasses and grey-leaved desert thorns. It takes six years—compared to one year in North America—to bring the meat to market. We savour the results—a reduced-fat beef with melt-in-the mouth tenderness.

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WORLD TRAVEL

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ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA: Patagonia

CAMBODIA: Angkor Wat

COSTA RICA: Volcanoes and Beaches

ECUADOR: Yachting in the Galapagos

ITALY: Amalfi Coast

NEPAL: Anaapurna Trekking

PERU: Trek the Inca Trail

PERU: Machu Picchu in style

PERU: Paracus and the Nazca Lines

 

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TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA

Written by Eva Stelzer on . Posted in Argentina, Blog

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 TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA: 5 REASONS TO TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

  1. Tango is an essential part of any Buenos Aires experience.

It is commonly held that Tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires, Argentina It’s more likely tango started elsewhere but that the brothels of the port area of La Boca is were where people of the upper and middle classes first encountered it. Brothels were major places of entertainment for the working classes. Due to a shortage of women in the early days of the history of Buenos Aires, prostitution became a thriving industry, with long queues forming as men waited for the women to become available. Visit the ever colorful houses of La Boca for a glimpse back into history where tango dancers perform on the streets outside of colorful buildings, maintained as a memory to the this port cities past.

  1. Tango is passion.