Hunting and Tradition

After the Dallas Show we start a new season. January is a hot month in Argentina, with temperatures of about 35 C. We have had a few days of rain but luckily, the beginning of the season is going great so far. Plenty of birds are coming to the shooting area in Las Sierras. The roads are in a good state despite the rain.

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The abundance of water in our rivers and creeks is good because it makes the birds move around the area.

Our guests are Bruce, Ted, Rick, Delbert and Nathan. They come from Huston, Texas and it’s their first time in Argentina. They’re friends and a great group of people. They are staying in our lodge Plaza Real, located in a great spot for dove hunting. Plaza Real is second to none in terms of facilities and the hunting experience.

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We get to the field at lunchtime and Federico, also called Fefe, our master chef, is ready to let us savor a delicious Argentinian asado (BBQ). Before we begin, we offer our guests ice cold Quilmes beer and dove tacos.

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After that, we are ready to offer our variety of Benelli and Beretta shotguns.

Our clients prefer a light and fast gun, and for that we have the Benelli Montefeltro cal. 20

In this group, two of our guests have specially asked for an over and under Beretta Silver Pigeon. All of them were satisfied by their gun’s performances.

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After a great lunch, we’re ready to begin. Our head guide says well, well, well and we are ready to check the shooting spots.

We see that everything’s going well so our bird boys Emanuel and Tata go for more ammunition. We’re having a fantastic day. By the end of the day, our guests are very thankful to our birdboys for their outstanding work.

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The first guest comes to our camp. He is surprised at the amount of birds shot down and flying over his head, too. After a few minutes, the rest of the group comes. They’re all happy with the results. They can’t believe the amoun of birs flying. Sometimes, they even stop shooting just to see them fly! We start our way back to the lodge where they are going to enjoy a few hours of relaxation. We know that there delicious appetizers and our guest’s favorite cocktails are waiting for them.

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We went to a different field each day, and in all of them our guests enjoyed their distinctive scenery at a great time of the dove season.

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This is a special group because during this time of year a very important folklore and rodeo festival is happening in Jesús María, a town just 20 min. away from our lodge. In this unique festival, the best folklore singers and dancers and the best horse riders compete in the rodeo. This festival has been part of our culture and tradition for more than 50 years and is well known abroad.

Horse and bull rodeo is very popular in Texas, where our guests come from. That’s why we have a VIP place in our festival so that they can have the best views of the show,  and enjoy the best wine and meat from Argentina. Attending this festival is a very interesting experience for our guests since Ted is a rodeo champion himself in Texas and he’s a vet as well, together with Bruce. Our guests were fascinated by the show and they enjoyed the experience very much.

Attending our Doma and Folklore festival is another option for guests coming to Argentina in January. We really hope more and more clients can enjoy our services and our tradition.

Regards,

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

Testimonial

Pablo,

     I’ve been a little busy since I got back but had to take time today to share my thoughts on our hunting experience with Pointer Outfitters. I know Rick, Bruce, Ted and Delbert feel the same. Our trip was purchased through the CCA banquet here in Brenham, Tx. I have always wanted to hunt doves in Argentina and have had a handful of friends that have gone multiple times and I have heard their experiences which was always, you got to go just once you won’t believe it! Not knowing anything about Pointer Outfitters prior to purchasing the trip other than visiting your web site. I know their are quite a few outfitters in Argentina that do these type of hunts as I have heard about several from my friends and most of their experiences were very enjoyable and most talked about all the doves which is hard to explain to people unless you witness it yourself.

     Let me say this, that yes there are many outfitters in Argentina and this was my first experience but there is absolutely no way that you could have a Outfitter with better experience than Pointer Outfitters. Pablo, I have been in the retail and restaurant business for 36 and everyone could learn something from your customer service. The guys who coordinate the daily trips, the bird boys (and I hate to call them that so lets say hunter helpers), the chef we had prepare our meals, the lodge staff from front to back and last but not least Miadell what a wonderful person, she and all the staff made the trip with doves or no doves. You should be very proud of the job Miadell and her guys run your business, I just can’t say enough. I feel I have made some lifelong friends that week. Our hunter helpers were Ta Ta and Gabriel. They were all good but these two guys were amazing and so much fun to be with. I will never forget them. The hunt, the food, the lodging was all over the top but it was the PEOPLE at Pointer Outfitters that made the trip. I told a friend the other day that I have been in 5 star Westin hotels and never got treated like that and did not come there to get waited on like that but everyone did so with such pleasure. You just don’t see that much anymore. So I thank you for a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten and I can’t wait to return to Pointer Outfitters.

God Bless,

Nathan

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Great Hunt and Great Time

We went to Cordoba’s airport to pick Lloyd Voigt and his friends up. They arrived at 1 pm and, once we got their luggage inside the van, we left the airport to go straight to Jesus maria in order to have lunch and then take them to the field to start the afternoon hunt.

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That day, we finished the hunting at 6.30 pm and went to the lodge they had chosen; Plaza Real Lodge.

Let me tell you something. Plaza Real is one of the best options for dove hunting in Argentina. It is located in the province of Cordoba, in the center of Argentina, 50 miles (100 km) north of Cordoba’s International Airport. The driving time from the airport to the lodge is one hour. Smack dab in the middle of the main capital of dove hunting in South America. It is close to Totoral City, and this totally renovated and stylish hotel surrounded by farmland, provides excellent and new accommodations to make your trip special. Argentina dove hunting reviews mention this unique place as a great option for wingshooters from all over the world. The rooms are big and comfortable, all with private bathroom, king and queen size beds, in single or double occupancy; and special suites.

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The next day, they woke up at 7am and had an amazing breakfast at the lodge. Fruit salad, scrambled eggs, bacon, cereal, and, of course, a lot of coffee, daily basis for a hunter.

I went to the lodge, picked them up, and left with the group to La Para, which is a small town located 100km away from Villa del Totoral, where the lodge is.

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If you ask me about the hunt, oh God! It was excellent. Doves were everywhere, it exceeded everyone’s expectations. They just could not believe their eyes!  

Because of the great day they had, everyone was feeling a little bit tired so they decided they wanted to go back to the lodge, and so it was. At 4.30 pm, the hunting for this group was over. We arrived to the lodge at 6 pm, and the girls at the Plaza Real were waiting for the group with a glass of fresh orange juice. 

After arriving to the lodge, they decided to take a shower and maybe have a massage session.

Dinner was ready at 8.30 pm and, after enjoying the fire pit, they went to bed to prepare themselves for another great day.

On the third day, we decided to change the hunting zone and went to the highlands of Cordoba.

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The morning was a little slower than how we are used it to be, but it was because of the weather, that was windy and cloudy.

After an amazing lunch with doves in red wine and the incredible Asado Argentino as a main dish, we went back to the hunting spot and we knew it was going to be a great day.

The weather got better and our clients were really excited about this afternoon.

On their last day of hunting, we decided to take them to Jesus Maria, since that is one of the best zones to go hunting because of the quality of our fields there.

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The day was sunny and so that made everything easier, helping our new friends to get to the 1000 doves Club !

very happy about this whole trip, they went to the city for their last day in Cordoba.

A brief city tour was done and, after lunch, they were taken to the airport for departure.

Doves everywhere, amazing meals, great people and a group of friends; that’s what made their trip so incredible.

I hope to see you next time !

 

Federico Silva

Hunting Guide

Pointer Outfitters

The Best Hunting Experience

A new group came and we are very happy to have them here with us. They arrived in Buenos Aires and decided to spend a night there before coming to Cordoba. After a 45 minutes flight, they arrived in our beautiful city, in which we were waiting with our van to take them to La Loma Lodge, located 50 minutes away from the airport, in north direction.

 

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Once we got to the lodge, Chris, Jason, and Allen, are ready to start the hunting.

At 7.30 am they are woken up by Paola, the lodge manager, telling them that their breakfast is ready. Scrambled eggs, bacon, yogurt, coffee, tea, cereal, everything you need to start the day with energy.

Before leaving to the field, we told them about the zone towards we were going for our hunting day. At this time of the year, we have great fields located only 25 minutes away from La Loma lodge. We prepared our Mercedes Benz truck to make our guests feel as much comfortable as we possibly can.

Arriving to the field, we saw all our staff waiting for us, ready to help our new friends and make them feel at home. Gaby, Fran, and Ema are ready to start the day.

 

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We like recommending our guests to use shotguns like Beretta 400, a new release from Beretta, Benelli Montefeltro cal 20, and Beretta Urika cal 12, which were the most used these past days since those shotguns are perfect for dove shooting.

Our shooting zone on this time of the year shows us the biggest amount of doves around the prickly pears and on other fields that we strategically have, in order to see millions of flying doves.

As usually, our guests have two shotguns each, which are constantly reloaded by our professional field assistants that are always aware in case anyone needs something.

 

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At around 12.30pm it’s time to finish the morning hunt. Some of our new friends had a great morning achieving great numbers, close to their target; the 1.000 doves club !

Now, it’s time to talk about the one and only lunch at the field. Our chef, Fede, has many specialties, but the best ones that he likes preparing at the field, are the doves in red wine, doves with exquisite herbs, and, as a main dish, our traditional Asado accompanied with the best red wine of Argentina; Malbec.

We like bringing to our guest the best thing on the market, and this is not an exception in terms of wineries. Just in case you did not know, let me tell you a little bit more about Argentine wines.

Known for its plump dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, Malbec wine offers a great alternative to higher priced Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. However, there’s more to Malbec than just value. The main fruit flavors in a glass of Argentine Malbec are blackberry, plum and black cherry. The nuanced flavors offer milk chocolate, cocoa powder, violet flowers, leather and, depending on the amount of oak aging, a sweet tobacco finish.

 

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So, after a very special lunch, our customers got very anxious since they are seeing many birds returning to roost. Apparently, I thought, we are going to have a good afternoon with many birds coming to our roosts.

Pointer Outfitters huge staff is waiting for you to make you feel at home and to provide you with the best hunting experience ever.

You should be the next one !

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel – Buenos Aires

Loi Suites has been offering hotel services for the last 40 years. It’s strong commitment with high quality and personalized service started in 1972.

In 2000 the first 5 stars hotel was opened as Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel in Buenos Aires, also offering distinguished rooms for events and excellent international kitchen.

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LOI SUITES RECOLETA HOTEL is located in the heart of the exquisite neighborhood of Recoleta, at walking distance from the historical Recoleta Cemetery, the hotel shares the area with art galleries, restaurants, bars and beautiful parks.

All rooms are equipped with Internet, flat TV with cable, Frigobar, microwave oven electric kettle, Desk for working and Safety box.

 

In the hotel, the Winter Garden extends to 400m2 including the swimming pool. Ideal ambiance for relaxing with natural light and vegetation during your stay.

 

POINTS OF INTEREST:

  • Aeroparque Jorge Newbery: 5,09 miles
  • Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza – Ministro Pistarini: 31 miles
  • Terminal de ómnibus de Retiro: 1,55 miles
  • Puerto Madero: 2 miles
  • Plaza de Mayo: 2,17 miles
  • San Telmo: 2,79 miles
  • Obelisco: 1,11 miles
  • Teatro Colón: 1,11
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: 0,55 miles
  • MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires): 1,24 miles
  • Peatonal Florida: 1,24 miles

 *Best quality in hotel services in different marvellous sceneries*

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Esquina Carlos Gardel – Restaurant

At the corner of the alley named after Carlos Gardel and Anchorena street, next to a statue that immortalizes the most famous tango singer, there used to be a restaurant that was the gathering place for the colorful characters of the popular market of Buenos Aires.

More than 100 years later, as if by magic, the story comes back into life. Esquina Carlos Gardel, located exactly on the same lot where Chanta Cuatro used to be, offers an unmatched, unbeatable alternative in Tango show restaurants.

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Dinner starts at 8 30 pm, the show at 10 30 pm and finishes at midnight. Esquina Carlos Gardel is open every day year round.

You can enjoy the most delicious dishes of international cuisine, with Argentinean specialties and a selected wine list. Dinner is a la carte, and includes all the beverages.

Elegance and splendor share every corner of this dazzling place.
The tango show goes through the history of tango and almost 25 artists are on stage every night.

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Through the tango show guests will understand the history of tango from its beginnings to the present. The proposal also perfectly combines classical dance stage and ballroom tango.

The five pairs of dancers on stage every night dazzle with classic performances and modern interpretations of acrobatic tango, under the care and direction of Dolores de Amo.

The magnificent costumes accompanied the various proposals in an exquisite way.

 

Early tango was known as tango criollo. Today, there are different types of tango dance such as Argentine tango or Uruguayan. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one which is closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

Tango is a dance that has influences from European and African culture.
Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe.

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The word “tango” seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1890s. Initially it was just one of the many dances, but it soon became popular throughout society, as theaters and street barrel organs spread it from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were packed with hundreds of thousands of European immigrants, primarily Italians, Spanish and French.

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Buenos Aires City Tour

Buenos Aires is an astonishing metropolis that looks a bit like Europe, but with an edgy Latin American twist. Glamorous and gritty, this is a very special place, beautiful in its own unique way, resilient and creative, it’s the kind of city traveler’s fall in love with.

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Discover the beauty and magic of Buenos Aires.You will get passionate about football, tango and delicious food in the fascinating Buenos Aires.

Tango:

ba2Tango is a cultural artifact that both, defines and is defined by a country. Tango was born and grew up here, it has a huge cultural significance. Merging African music and dance such as the camdombe with European counterparts, a distinctive melodic style emerged in working class barrios of Buenos Aires.

It is not only a dance; it is a culture with its rules, codes, politics, and its drama. Tango is not a hobby, it is a lifestyle.

The melody shifts between joyful and melancholy, and it is for sure very sexy. Passion is at the core of the music, between the grasp of dancing couples, and this music’s sharp notes .

On any night in Buenos Aires you can find a Tango hall filled with people sitting around the dance floor, drinking their wine or champagne watching, and being watched.

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If tango tops your must-do list, we would encourage you to start by seeing a tango show, nothing beats the highly choreographed and stunningly performed tango shows that take place in some of Buenos Aires’ grandest theaters and restaurants. There is also street tango. The most typical spots are well-known places like Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo or along El Caminito in La Boca.

You should also stop by a milonga. Watching tango is all well and good, but wouldn’t you rather get involved? Go to a Milonga and leanr some steps. Private and group lessons are available everywhere.

Argentinian Cuisine:

A trip to Argentina is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some serious feasting – including sampling some of the country’s legendary steak.

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If there is anything that Argentina is known for world-wide, it’s their meat. Don’t leave Argentina without trying its popular Asado. Also known as parrillada.This is the national dish. Expect to find beef, pork, ribs, sausages, blood sausages, and sweetbreads hot off the fire.  Asados are a favorite national pastime, bringing friends, families, neighbors, and coworkers together to indulge in the mouthwatering perfection of the Argentine steak.

There is hundred of steakhouses in Buenos Aires, you should enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in one of those and try out the best meat of the world.

Traditional Argentinean food is famous around the world for its simple robust flavors. And one of the most delicious and simple meals are the empanadas. Empanadas are traditional stuffed pastries , there is a lot of kinds: ground beef, cubed beef, chicken, ham and cheese, ham and onion, spinach. They can be eaten at any time, as a snack or as a whole meal. In Argentina they are commonly served at celebrations as they can be eaten easily by hand without too much mess. There are too many types of empanadas that differ in the cooking techniques.

And if you are desiring an snack we would say that the traditional Alfajores are an exquisite choice. Alfajores  are crumbly shortbread-like biscuits sandwiching jams, mousses or dulce de leche. Akin to their national cookie, Argentines indulge in these cylindrical biscuits at breakfast, dessert, and throughout the day and across the country. 

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In buenos aires you will find numerous deluxe restaurants for you to try out our appetizing cuisine.

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Argentina’s national game is fútbol (soccer).  The Argentinian national team has become one of the best in the world . With soccer players like Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi , idolized as national heroes ,and a string of international victories, For Argentines soccer is more than just a game .

Here you’ll find some of the world’s most fervent soccer fans and spectacular club rivalries. In the streets, you may hear “Boca or River?” on the day of a fútbol game between the Boca Juniors and the River Plate team. A soccer team here isn’t just about sport, it’s a social identity.

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Attending a football (futbol) game in Argentina is a unique experience and even the smallest of league fixtures will draw huge crowds and leave your ears ringing with enthusiastic football chants and pounding drums.

The most popular games are in Buenos Aires where the local teams play at the iconic El Monumental and La Bombonera grounds and stadium tours are a popular way to explore behind-the-scenes, visiting the locker rooms and VIP areas, and walking the pitch before kick-off. 

Here there is a simple of how a City tour in Buenos Aires could go :

DIA 1 – PLAZA DE MAYO – CITY CENTER – PUERTO MADERo

We start our tour in Plaza de Mayo, in the very center of Buenos Aires. This historic square is surrounded by the Presidential Palace (Pink House), the Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

We have our lunch stop in the famous Tortoni cafe, where many of Buenos Aires intellectuals and artists, including the unforgettable Jorge Luis Borges, left a trace.

After lunch, we immerse in the coming and going of white-collar workers, walking along Florida Street, where you can also enjoy some shopping in a district famous for its leather and woolen goods. And as we reach the 9 de Julio Avenue, you can enjoy the views of the widest avenue of the world and, of course, the Obelisk.

During the afternoon, we visit the youngest, water-front neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero, where a marina was built, and restaurants and shops were opened in the old brick warehouses. Crossing the iconic Women’s Bridge, we will enjoy the calming contrast to the bustle of the city center.

Finally, after an intense day, we sit back and have some drinks at the Faena Hotel’s Library Lounge, right in the former docklands of Puerto Madero.

OPTIONAL VISITS

If you are interested in the Argentinian colonial period, we can either visit the Cabildo Museum or do the Manzana de las Luces Tour, to get a glimpse of the independence history.

For the open-air activities fans, we can visit the Fragata Sarmiento Tour in Puerto Madero or the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve.

DAY 2 – PALERMO AND RECOLETA

We start the day with a visit to the Japanese Garden, the largest in the world. The tea ceremony, bonsai making activities, and kimonos and yukatas exhibitions will make of this visit an express trip to the ancient Oriental culture.

And just next to the Japanese Garden, we find the Tres de Febrero Park, with 25 hectares of woods, dense vegetation and more than 14,000 rose bushes. This visit guarantees great shots in the Andalucian patio and the rose-covered gazebos.

Now in Recoleta, it’s time for the Recoleta Cemetery and the Our Lady of Pilar Church. With more than 90 crypts declared National Historical Monuments, this cemetery is definitely worth visiting. Let your creepy soul come out and discover the secrets and mysteries of Recoleta. The Barrocan temple, the second oldest building of Recoleta, is definitely a visit that completes the historical view of the neighborhood.

And, after an exhausting day, we sit back and enjoy a coffee at the luxourious La Biela cafe.

Finally, we set you free and let you choose between walking around France Square and its historical Crafts Market or, if you are interested in design and fashion, visiting Buenos Aires Design and the Recoleta Mall.

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Following the green line, we can visit the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, and get lost in the Roman, French and Oriental gardens and their numerous trees, plants, flowers and even works of art.

If you are an art lover, you can head directly to the MALBA Museum, where you’ll be
able to tour up and down the amazing permanent collections and surprising temporary exhibitions of the Latin American art of the 20th century, or be amazed by the National Museum of Fine Arts, which holds the largest public collection in Latin America. You will walk around breathtaking pieces of Rodin, El Greco, Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas and many more.

OPTIONAL VISITS IN THE EVENING

Enjoy the best asado argentino at Parrilla el Pobre Luis. If meat is not your thing, try the best vegetarian place in Buenos Aires, Hierbabuena. Just a tip: don’t miss the lemonade!

Spend a great evening out in the city! Try barhopping! We have tours in Palermo and San Telmo, depending on your location.

For an elegant and luxurious evening in Buenos Aires, the best choice is the Colón Theatre, a unique and unforgettable experience.

WEEKEND SPECIAL

We start the tour in San Telmo, the colonial neighborhood, where you will find all kinds of art and antiques. The Dorrego Square is home to a great crafts fair and traditional bars andin the San Telmo Market, vintage clothes, second-hand products and fresh food and vegetables gather together for a perfect travel in time.

La Boca awaits for us in the southernmost point of the city to teach us all about the immigrants and the history of the city. And after enjoying the colorful houses in Caminito, tango moves, and more street art, we have a real porteño lunch in the classic El Obrerobodegón.

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If you don’t want to leave Argentina without experiencing our football passion, or at least entering a stadium, Boca Juniors is just round the corner! Book your tour or ticket. (River Plate fans: don’t worry, we can organize a tour there too!)

Art is also present by the river: visit Proa Foundation for more 20th century art.

With its wide, European-style boulevards, incredible food, raucous nightlife, Buenos Aires is a city unlike any other.

Spa Day

A spa day can be an optimum plan for relaxation and revitalization. We all need to be pampered from time to time. This experience will make you feel completely renewed.

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You can enjoy a session of relaxing massages while breathing the fresh air of the countryside, surrounded by the impressive landscape of surrounding mountains.

The swimming pool and the solarium are the perfect places to disconnect and escape for the day. There is a heavenly view of the Sierras of a Cordoba. You will also enjoy the sauna, jacuzzi and whirlpool in the most charming and hospitable atmosphere.

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Here are a few great options to spend a day taking care of yourself.

Relaxing Massage

Getting a massage is probably one of the first things you think of when considering a day of pampering. It triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in long lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.

You will get the choice of trying different methods such as aromatherapy massage, hot stone, shiatsu, back massage and a lot of more. After taking one of these you will see how easy, affordable, and beneficial a little pampering can be. 

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Facial Massage

A facial will renew your skin and give you a healthy and youthful glow.

Facial treatments typically include deep cleansing, exfoliation, treatment products, and massage.In addition to being incredibly relaxing, facials help maintain the health of your skin to diminish the signs of aging, and help treat acne breakouts.

You’ll feel energized and ready to conquer everything you have to do with a new sense of renewal.

Beauty finger nails treatment

Manicures and pedicures can help give your hands and feet a youthful appearance by getting rid of dead skin and hangnails.

Nail technicians apply creams and oils to moisturize and nourish your skin and cuticles to help maintain young looking skin.

The spa is an ideal place to reflect on your life and focus on personal rediscovery, health, and healing. A little bit of time away, in the peace and quiet can do a world of good.

A sample itinerary for your Spa Day:

One of our team members will pick you up in the morning at about 8.30 am.

Then we drive about forty minutes to one of the nicest places to have a spa day “Jesus Maria Deluxe Resort”. There you have a morning full of massages and relaxing activities.

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At lunch time you enjoy our Argentinian cuisine and great red wine at this amazing and comfortable place.spa7.jpg

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After lunch you also have the option of a city tour in Jesus Maria, do some shopping and explore this scenic city.Or you can choose to get some more massages and enjoy the sauna and the swimming pool.

At about 5.30 pm we will go back at the lodge ready to meet the rest of the group that has been hunting.