Kicking Off the New Year

January is a summer month and vacation in Argentina. The weather is very nice, warm in the mornings getting hotter towards the afternoons. Our friends Tim, Daniel, Dean and Bernard are our first guests to arrive in 2017 and we’re very happy to start a new season.

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Tim and Ben are close friends, they go hunting almost every weekend and they have so many anecdotes to tell that they got us laughing to tears many times! They had been in Argentina before, but it was Daniel and Dean’s first time dove hunting here. Daniel and Dean are UFC fighters, and Dean is a champion himself.

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The Plaza Real lodge has wonderful shooting areas around the tuna roost, just 30 minutes away from the lodge.

Our lodge is located 80 km away from the capital city of Córdoba. Pointer has Toyota vehicles and Mercedes Benz vans to take our guests to destination. We also have more than a hundred Benelli and Beretta guns. We have also just received new cal. 20 Benelli Montefeltro and cal. 28 over and under shotguns.

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The weather is being nice to us in the beginning of this new season, we have great numbers of birds coming to our fields. The amount is not so impressive during the mornings but in the afternoons we get to see millions of doves arriving to their roosts.

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Campo Correa is our most important shooting area, where our guests can shoot more than a thousand doves in a day. Our bird boys are behind all the details so that our guests can enjoy the best shooting areas in the most comfortable settings. Our bird boys, as we usually do, have individual coolers with ice cold drinks and ice for our guests to have the most enjoyable experience.

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Federico, who we call Fefe, is our master chef. He will let you savor excellent dishes, such as dove with mustard sauce and our traditional asado (Argentinian BBQ) with meat cuts you’ve never tasted before. Federico will make sure you enjoy these pleasures with a glass of Malbec wine. After such a tasty meal, a siesta is a must to be ready for a long shooting afternoon, in comfortable hammocks under the shade of talas and algarrobos, typical trees from Córdoba. Our guests enjoy the breeze and the sound of nature.

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At about 15.30 we’re ready to start again and we see many groups of doves coming to their drinking and sleeping areas. We check the shooting spots. We make sure the guests are pleased with the place. Everything is ready for them.

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By the end of the day, the numbers are unbelievable and all the group is impressed by the amount of birds shot. More than five thousand in a day. After such an amazing day, the group is ready to go back to the lodge and relax with a warm bath and a deep massage. We have the best massage therapists and they use different techniques to leave our guests ready for the next hunting day.

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Daniel and Dean are also chefs, so they asked for a pork cooked in the flames of the fire pit. It was amazing! They were delighted by the experience. Our homemade dessert is another highlight of the night. They are made by our pastry chef, Mary.

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In the lodge, the firepit is ready to enjoy some drinks under a sky full of stars. By the end of the trip, our guests are delighted by the experience. They say: This is the best trip ever! The best people ever! The best food ever! Everything was outstanding!

We enjoy having our guests as much as they enjoy the experience. We hope to see you around soon!

Martin Andrada
Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

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A Memorable Weekend

It’s December and we still have a lot of things to do before ending a great 2016 full of work and great new friends. Now, it was about time for Joseph Thomas Bailey (from now on: “Joe”) and Edwin Gilbert Bell (“Ed”) to come and visit us.

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They arrived in Cordoba’s airport on December 1st at 3pm, and then Martin, who went to pick them up, took them straight to the field, where Emanuel, Santiago and Tata were waiting for them with some tenderloin sandwiches.

We don’t like losing too much time for lunchtime on the first day if we have guests going directly to the field at 3.30 or 4 pm, because the priority is to hunt a bunch of doves and then, on the following day, with plenty of time, we would have an amazing argentinian barbecue at the field with the entire camp set out.

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It was raining on the second day when I woke up, so,  after a big breakfast, we decided to wait a couple of extra minutes at the Lodge until the rain stopped for a while.

By 8:30 am. we were in the truck ready for a new adventure. It rained all morning long, but luckily for us, it was an easy rain. It didn’t stop the doves from flying, and,  of course, Joe & Ed from having a great time. 

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When we were close to lunchtime, we decided to go to a nice restaurant 10 minutes away from the the field, that we occasionally use when we have rainy days. Don’t get me wrong, is very unusual to have rainy days here in Cordoba throughout the year. In fact, this was my first time in 3 years of going to the fields that I had barbecue in a restaurant. Anyway, food was great and the place looks like an old 70’s local restaurant. I liked it and even more important, the guys liked it a lot! 

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Once we were back in the field for the afternoon hunt, the storm moved away and we had a great hunting afternoon; Ed killed 856 doves with 49 boxes, while Joe did 611 but with 36 boxes.

It was 6:15 pm when we arrived to La Loma Lodge, where Paola and the ladies were expecting us with some drinks and wet towels. After this, the guys took a long and refreshing shower while I was waiting for them with some appetizer and 2 olives Martini with Joe’s name on it and a long glass of cold beer for Ed. We had a really nice evening and, after a great dinner, we stayed for a while around the fire pit with the great Jimmy “Baby Baby” Reed singing for us and a cup of wine each.

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On the following day we went hunting to the same Hills but to a different field. The morning was very good but nothing compares to the afternoon, since we were closer to an area where doves go back to sleep; the nesting area. Afternoon was separated from the morning with a very neat camp, where Emanuel was cooking some beef (tenderloin), chicken, sausage, pork flank and some dove’s brochette, that Ed & Joe gently killed for us.

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After lunch Ed went straight to the hammocks, same as Joe but with  first having his Cuban cigar. That afternoon we all finished at Ed spot, shouting and having fun with some nice and very difficult long shots, but also with some “easy ones” he missed (you can’t just hit them all!!). Joe was there too; he shot 20 boxes, while Ed did 30.

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Once again, ladies were expecting us with some drinks and wet towels. And, unlike the day before, that night we had LASAGNA!! I love the lasagna that Silvia, our chef at La Loma Lodge, prepares for us once a week.

That night was really short, since we were all tired and our friends were a little sore from a great hunting day: empty shells everywhere! Before we all got asleep, we thought about the plans for the next day and so we decided to take a free morning and then go straight to the field for lunchtime and do some shots in the afternoon.

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And so we did. That afternoon Ed shoot only 4 boxes and he gently invited me to take the shotgun. I didn’t start very well but after a few shoots I was getting lucky and started hitting them very often. We were having a blast and I remember Tata saying: Ok, let’s open a box and see how many birds can you get with 25 shells. The final number was 19 from 25. But it was not the numbers what really brought me joy that afternoon, I really enjoyed watching Ed smile as he watched Tata and me shouting and laughing and how “stupid crazy happy” we can get when we start shooting doves. The funniest one was the one I shoot and ended up on top of my foot!

Joe, on the other hand, fired 20 boxes. There was no reason of picking up more shells, these two 75 years “old” gentleman’s (they don’t look old at all!) did a total of 3384 birds shooting up 5575 shells between both of them. I whish I have that energy at my 60’s!!, if I’m lucky to live long enough.

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Last day arrived and it was time to take these two great new friends to the airport. Francisco was the person in charge to take them there and so, at 11am, I introduced him to our friends. We had a soft appetizer and once we gave us our final greeting, they got into the truck leaving to Cordoba’s airport, while I, on the other hand, was turning on the air conditioner, putting some great “Asleep at the wheels” music and started driving back to Bs As.

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It was a great time…a memorable weekend! 

Juan Aguiló

Host & Media

Pointer Outfitters

Fun all over the Field

On December 18th, two families integrated by Frank Barron Fletcher III and his son, and Joseph Holmes Davis V and his son, arrived at the airport at 5:40 p.m. Then, we went to the Hotel Plaza Real and, due to the arrival time, the hunting was not done.

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The hotel was hosted by Vicky on behalf of the company. She welcomed them and accompanied them to their rooms to make them feel at home. At 8:30 pm they had dinner and then sat around the firepit to share drinks and stories before retiring to rest.

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On the first day of hunting the idea was to leave the lodge at 8:30 am, but because the night before was a little bit long, we ended up leaving at 9:45 am.

We headed northeast of route 60 (mountain range) where, thanks to a good climate,we had an excellent day. Due to the delay of the departure we decided to extend our morning hunt a little until 1 pm, at which time, our cook Federico, waited for us with a typical Argentine Asado with the best cuts of meat you could ever imagine.

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Once we finished lunch, our new friends decided to take a little nap in the hammocks, in the shade of the trees, to relax and to prepare for the hunting of the afternoon. At 3 pm we resumed the hunt, placing us at the top of the mountain range, as JOSEPH (father) wanted to change the shot and hunt lower pigeons.

At 5:45 pm we returned to the hotel to finish the day of hunting. There, Lori waited for them to dine with them and make sure everything worked as it should be.

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The day started at 8am. We decided to start the trip an hour earlier because the place chosen is more distant than the day before. Thus, we went to the eastern part of Jesus Maria, where the weather in the morning accompanied us again, but, for lunch, we had scattered showers that were not grounds to suspend the hunting of the day, but in the afternoon, due to a toothache, they decided to throw only an average of 5 box each and then return to the hotel. Once at the lodge, we were able to give a quick solution to Fletcher son’s toothache problem.

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On the third day of hunting, I went to pick them up at 8:30 am and we decided to go to the northwestern zone of the road 60 because of the bad weather that started the night before and lasted until 10 am. Don’t get me wrong, that type of wheather made the temperature go lower so the morning hunting was amazing– remember that here we are in spring almost summer so it gets really hot and, sometimes, a cold morning helps a lot-. 

Lunchtime was at 12.30 pm. We prepared the tent and started a little fire so that our new friends get warmer while they enjoyed the one and only Malbec wine.

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Lunch at the field is amazing.  For lunch we usually have traditional Argentinean barbeque known as “asado”. A light salad composed of avocado, onion, tomato, and lettuce is our first course. It is doused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, giving it a sweet tang. Juicy sausage is served next. Then, the pork flank. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and lime juice; the perfect consistency of fat and muscle. It is akin to eating a large succulent piece of bacon. The main entrée is tenderloin. Slow cooked to perfection with a moist pink center and a charred exterior. The two textures playing off each other exceptionally. Lastly, chicken thigh and breast seasoned with lime juice, salt, and pepper. For dessert; peach flan. It islight and airy providing a sweet but not overly filling end to our meal.

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After lunch the gentlemen had coffee and took a quick nap in the hammocks before they headed to their afternoon hunting locations.

The afternoon hunt was great. it exceeded everyone’s expectations. Holmes son got to complete for his first time more than 1000 doves in just one day! He said it was the best way to finish this incredible trip.

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On the last day, and because of the itinerary of the flights, we could not go to the fields, but they woke up, had a huge breakfast to reload their energy and we left at 9 am straight to the airport.

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Four people with a great sense of humor and very kind that we hope we see again soon.

Federico Silva

Hunting Guide

Pointer Outfitters

Great New Friends

Brent Beard’s group arrived in Cordoba on the first of september and they decided to stay that night at the Amerian Park Hotel in downtown Cordoba. The next day, we picked them up at the hotel at 8.30 am and went straight to the field in order to stay the hunting day.

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We arrived at 10.45am and there, the field assistants and the guides were waiting for us with everything prepared to start the amazing day we had ahead.
This time, the place we have chosen to go hunting is in the northern part of the province, in a place called “ Los Pozos”.
That morning’s weather was a bit cold, something that was not helpful at all for the doves to fly as we are used to see them flying.
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The hunt lasted 2 hours and, once we finished the morning hunt, we went to the camp, where our chef David was waiting for us with lunch ready.

For lunch we had traditional Argentinean barbeque known as “asado”. A light salad composed of avocado, onion, tomato, and lettuce was our first course. It was doused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, giving it a sweet tang. Juicy sausage was served next. Then came the pork flank. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and lime juice; it was the perfect consistency of fat and muscle. It is akin to eating a large succulent piece of bacon. The main entrée was tenderloin. Slow cooked to perfection with a moist pink center and a charred exterior. The two textures playing off each other exceptionally. Lastly, chicken thigh and breast seasoned with lime juice, salt, and pepper. For dessert we had peach flan. It was light and airy providing a sweet but not overly filling end to our meal. After lunch the gentlemen had coffee and chatted before they headed to their afternoon hunting locations.

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At 2.30pm we were leaving to the hunting sports again. The weather? It played us a bad turn once again. There was this cold southerly wind that was not affecting the amount of doves flying, but the quality of the shot, since doves were flying higher and faster.
There was another group coming too, and, since the two groups got along very well, we decided to make one big group. This new group, Mike Amato’s group, arrived at 3pm, ate a quick lunch and then went to their hunting spots to take advantage of the day they had ahead.
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The next day, everyone at Plaza Real Lodge started early in the morning. At 7.30 am the clients had a great breakfast. We had planned to leave at 8.30am and so we did.
The morning was cold with great results in terms of the hunting, but not as good as we are used to. Lunch time was earlier that day, because we noticed that doves were flying better around 2pm, so we did not want to be late or in a rush, and on that same day, the clients decided they wanted to keep hunting a bit more, so we finished the day at 6 pm. Luckily, the afternoons were mostly sunny, so our new friends could enjoy great days of hunting.

 

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On the 4th of september, only Brent Beard’s group went hunting since Mike and his friends wanted to go for a horseback riding experience.
Let me tell you a bit more about this amazing experience. On a day of horseback riding, we would leave the lodge about 8 -8.30 am. We then have a one hour drive on a very scenic road going up to the highlands of Cordoba where you will find beautiful areas for sightseeing and photography. Once we get to the riding lodge the manager and the horse riding guides will meet us. Then we will be introduced to the horses. Now we are ready to start the horse riding trip between hills, rocks, trees and pampas. After this trip we go back to the lodge for lunch time. We will enjoy some of the delicious dishes that our professional chef makes. Great food accompanied by exceptional red wine.
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After lunch we take a break in this beautiful Estancia with an English style and get ready for another two hours of horse riding. At about 5.30 we go back to the Estancia where we prepared to return to the lodge. At the lodge the girls will be waiting for us with a couple of drinks and reception. No doubt, it is an incredible experience that you should really think about doing.
The hunting was, once again, in Los Pozos. The day was sunny with many doves around us in the morning, but, because of the fatigue the guys had after so many doves hunted, they wanted to stop at 11am.
We went to the camp and David was waiting for us there. He received the group with dove tacos, a great way to start lunchtime.
After Asado, wine, and a tasty dessert, the afternoon hunt began. At 2.15 they were all ready in their hunting spots. It was very windy, but it did not bother them at all.
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The next day, the two groups were together again. The morning hunt was unusual because doves were not helping at all, but the afternoon was great though.
Brent and his friends were amazed for sure; they could not believe the number of doves they saw those days here hunting with Pointer Outfitters.
It was their last day, and I am sure that they left with hard desires of coming back down here some day.
The last day Brent and his friends decided to stay at the lodge to prepare everything for their departure. On the other hand, Mike’s group left earlier than the other days in order to take advantage of the day and be able to hunt for many hours. One of the members of Mike Amato’s group, Mike Rinaldi, decided to stay at the lodge too, since his flight was departing before his group’s.
Incredible guys that I’m happy I got to meet and share this great experience with.
Federico Silva
Hunting Guide
Pointer Outfitters

 

 

 

Family Fun

We are at the beginning of September and we are really happy to receive another amazing group; Summer Gilchrist and her family and friends. This group, Summer and her husband Mickey, her brother Paxton with his wife Laura, and a very good friend of them all, Shawn, arrived on Monday 7 at 1 pm to Cordoba’s airport, place in which we were waiting to take them straight to the field to have lunch there.

 

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Federico, our chef, was waiting for us with an amazing plan for lunch. We had traditional Argentinean barbeque known as “asado”. A light salad composed of avocado, onion, tomato, and lettuce was our first course. It was doused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, giving it a sweet tang. Juicy sausage was served next. Then came the pork flank. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and lime juice; it was the perfect consistency of fat and muscle. It is akin to eating a large succulent piece of bacon. The main entrée was tenderloin. Slow cooked to perfection with a moist pink center and a charred exterior. The two textures playing off each other exceptionally. Lastly, chicken thigh and breast seasoned with lime juice, salt, and pepper. For dessert we had peach flan. It was light and airy providing a sweet but not overly filling end to our meal.

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After lunch the group had coffee and chatted a bit while taking a nap in the hammock before they headed to their afternoon hunting locations.

It was an amazing afternoon. The weather was incredible and the clients very excited and amazed by the amount of doves they were watching fly around. That first day of hunting was over at 6.30 pm, so, once everyone was ready, we took them to the lodge of their choice; Jesus Maria Deluxe Resort.

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There, Vicky, their host for the next days, was waiting for them. After the check in, a quick shower and some refreshing beers, they went to the living room to enjoy some snacks before dinner.

On the second day of hunting, we picked our clients up from the lodge at 8.30am and went to to the lower part of Jesus Maria. Because of the great weather conditions, we decided to prepare the hunting spots closed to a small lagoon surrounded by some reeds in which millions of doves nest.

At 1pm, we stopped the hunting because it was lunch time at the field. Asado, Malbec wine, an amazing dessert, everything was tasty and delightful, and after that great meal, our new friends decided to take a quick nap in order to get ready for the following afternoon hunt.

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That second part of the day was simply unbelievable, especially for Paxton, who reached the 1800 doves in just one day!

Now, on the third day with this group, they chose to hunt just in the morning, because in the afternoon, they were going on tour around Cordoba City. 

A city tour on the big city is a great option to get to know this beautiful province. If you decide to take a tour, you would First visit Plaza San Martín & surrounding areas; Cordoba’s cen-tral square. Its western side is dominated by the white arcade of the restored Cabildo and close to it there is the architecturally impressive Cathedral.

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Then, we would continue with the Córdoba’s magestic Manzana Jesuitica. The Jesuit block contains the core buildings of the Jesuit system: the university, the church and residence of the Society of Jesus, and the college.

In this area we can also visit some stores or boutiques where you can find our well known leather, nice souvenirs and silver crafts.

After visiting the museums, we are ready to have lunch in a traditional restaurant in the area, pre-paring ourselves for the one and only Paseo del Buen Pastor and Sacred Coeur Church. There are a couple of hip cafe-bars in the central patio area where you can kick back with an Appletini or two. The attached chapel (which has been desanctified) hosts regular live-music performances to finish a nice afternoon.

We would also go to the city’s best contemporary art museums: The Emilio Caraffa Museum, and Palacio Ferreyra Museum. There you will enjoy paintings, sculptures and a Beaux-Arts mansion de-signed by French architect Ernest Sanson and built between 1912 and 1916 for Dr. Martín Ferreyra.

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Finally, ten blocks away from the Córdoba urban historical shell, we get deep into the renowned Bohemian neighborhood called Güemes to visit Paseo de las Artes (artisan flea market).This area is a meeting place and a hot tourist spot that grows constantly.

In this case, this group took a look around with Silvia, their tour guide, and then went to have some pizza and beers to Guemes neighbourhood, a place full of young life, culture and amazing things happening. A great way to end the day.

On the last day, we started at 8.30, going to the eastern zone of Jesus Maria.  That morning was excellent; Mickey and Shawn hunted over 1000 doves, and Laura, Paxton’s wife, reached the 1000 in just that day, but it was something very impressive for being a woman.

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That night, they decided to stay at the lodge and prepare everything for departure because their flight was leaving at 3am on that same night.

Every moment spent with this people was incredible. Great hunters, great friends.

I hope to see you guys again soon !

Federico Silva

Hunting Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

An Unbelievable Trip

This group came in October, which is my favourite month of the year for wingshooting. They are a very particular group since it is their first time in Argentina and in our luxurious Lodge, Estancia La Paz.

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We recommend our guests using guns like Benelli Montefeltro cal 20 and our new units from Beretta 400, as well as Beretta Silver Pigeons Over and Under, and Beretta 391, since those are really light and with a high performance when you shoot. These are really fast shotguns for shooting as many doves as we have here on our fields.

Just in case you did not know, we are located in northern Cordoba, place that has many fields and highlands filled with doves. In our case, we like taking our guests to the lower part of this zone, since doves are flying close to the rivers and that works great for us.

So, as I mentioned before, I really like October because it’s the most recommended month for wingshooting. The weather is amazing, doves are everywhere, everything is perfect.

Even though this year the corn harvest was a bit delayed, and doves stayed a little longer in the hills, they are already nesting on a particular zone that is strategic for dove shooting, with some inner roads that make everything easier.

We also count on a professional field staff that is always taking care of your needs, making your trip an amazing experience.

Our guests Paul, Michael, Brad, and Danny choose to stay in one of our favourite Lodges; Estancia La Paz.

This places is a traditional estancia that exisists since the nineteenth century, and looms large in Argentina’s history, as it was the place chosen by the President Julio A. Roca to spend his days off. Through this legacy, Pueblo Estancia La Paz, became a unique development that combines history, nature, and style.

 

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Nestled in the heart of the Sierras Chicas in Cordoba, Argentina, Estancia La Paz is conceived as the best urban accommodations available, featuring comfort and services offered by luxury hotels.

This beautiful Estancia rests on 501 hectares, of which 268 are parks and nature reserves, and the remaining 232 devoted to a Residential Area.

Another thing that is worth mentioning, is lunch time at the field. Our cheff prepared some doves in red wine with sauted vegetables, dove tacos with Tabaco sause and, of course, as a main dish he made traditional Argentinean Asado with many different cuts of meat, always accompained with red Malbec wine from such great wineries as the ones Argentina has.

After three days of non-stopping wingshooting action, our new friends, before leaving the country, decided to do a city tour around Cordoba City, a great option to get to know this beautiful and full of history province.

We hope to see you guys again soon.

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*

http://www.loisuites.com.ar/en