Cordoba

Córdoba is an energetic, exciting bustling city. In 2006 the city was awarded the hefty title of Cultural Capital of the Americas, and the title fit like a glove. Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina, with about 1.4 million inhabitants

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It is known for its rich colonial heritage and its old university, now the second-largest university in the country. Around 200,000 people study here which makes the city’s population one of the youngest and liveliest in South America.

The colonial architecture of the city center now coexists with many modern buildings. Many colonial buildings in the city center were built by the Jesuits in 17th and 18th centuries. This is what makes Cordoba a classical beauty of Argentina. There are over 50 theaters and culture centers and some “arte bars”, where you can see theater, art exhibitions and different music acts.

Córdoba has a diverse cultural life. You should not miss visiting the historical center and the magnificent churches, the Cathedral and the Jesuit quarter with the Montserrat School and the old University buildings

See

There is a lot of spectacular museums, churches, palaces, parks, cathedrals and so much more to see and experience in Cordoba city.

Paseo del Buen Pastor

cor1Paseo del Buen Pastor is a cultural center in the historic district. Modern and functional, it includes a beautiful colonial chapel (Capuchinos) and conserves original pieces such as porticos and columns, combining contemporary and historic elements. It is made up of diverse spaces designed to house art exhibitions along with various galleries, theaters, cinemas, concert halls and dancing fountains that perform a light and music show in the evenings. There are spacious gardens, terraces, plazas and open-air areas for relaxing, surrounded by excellent restaurants and cafes. El Paseo del Buen Pastor is a true delight for art lovers!

Los Capuchinos (Church)”

Los Capuchinos is a true example of Gothic Revival architecture, designed and made by the famous Italian artist and engineer Augusto Ferrari. He brought specialized staff from Rome to build this structure. The interior and exterior are incredibly beautiful!

Palacio Ferreira (Ferreira Palace)

cor2The Ferreira palace building which houses the museum, was opened in 1919, desinged by the French architect Ernst-Paul Sanson. He was assisted by the builder, René Sargent and the engineer Carlos Exhaust of Buenos Aires. Both the architectural design and decorative ornamentation of the interiors of the building are linked with the Empire style, classical imprint.

Parque Sarmiento (Park)

This park is Cordoba’s most important garden area. Located a short distance from downtown, it has great spaces that are ideal for relaxing, resting, walking or just enjoying the fresh air. The park has facilities for outdoor events including an amphitheater. Around the park one can find cultural areas, museums and various ponds filled with ducks and other birds.

Jesuit Block

One of Cordoba’s main attractions is the Jesuit Block, a series of colonial buildings that has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The Jesuit Block is a city block of buildings constructed by the Jesuits during the 17th and 18th centuries, including schools, temples and residences. Among the more impressive features are a crypt at the underground novitiate temple, the Company of Jesus Church (the oldest temple in Argentina), and Argentina’s first university, which has been converted into a historic museum by the Cordoba National University.

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The city’s most important religious building is the Catedral de Cordoba Its architecture combines neoclassical, romantic and baroque elements fused with indigenous details. The interior design highlights vault paintings and a variety of contemporary adornments.

 

Cabildo

The Cabildo, as in all Spanish cities, is the center of government, traditionally placed next to the Cathedral on the main square of the city.

Today, the Cabildo is no longer the center of city government, which has moved to other sites since the turn of the century. Today it houses the City Historical Museum and numerous offices.

Buy

cor4.jpgCórdoba is a good shopping city, and you can buy all types of things at reasonable prices. In the Nueva Córdoba, Güemes quarters, and in some central galleries there are shops and boutiques with locally designed clothing.

Local arts and crafts are sold at the Paseo de las Artes, where you also can buy some local food like salamis, honey, and alfajores (a local sweet with dulce de leche) in the very pleasant Güemes district.

There is also a smaller arts and crafts market at Plaza San Martín and other city squares.

There are many galleries and some modern shopping malls. The most well-known are Patio Olmos and Garden Shopping (central district), Dinosaurio Mall and Córdoba Shopping (northwest), and the Nuevo Centro Shopping (west) near the Sheraton Hotel.

Eat

Like the rest of Argentina, people in Córdoba like their meat. Argentine cuisine varies a little from province to province, and in Córdoba, the traditional asado, locro (stew with corn as a primary ingredient), empanadas and lomito (skirt steak) sandwiches are popular. Bagna Cauda, the anchovy dip for vegetables and bread Italian immigrants brought with them to Argentina is a favorite.

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Naturally, all these dishes are enjoyed with an Argentinian Wine.

Strongly influenced by the Italian and Spanish cultures, the cuisine of Córdoba is complemented by exquisite ethnic traditions from the area.

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At the top of “typical Argentine food” lists is milanesa. This is a flattened piece of chicken or beef, then breaded and then fried or baked. It is most like German schnitzel. It’s a common lunch menu item and is usually served with fries or potatoes, or made into a sandwich.

And do not miss the empanadas cordobesas; an exquisite small half-moon pie stuffed with meat, vegetables or cheese.

We can recommend the best restaurants in Cordoba. There are dozens of great establishments that are spacious or cozy with great Argentine Cultural Décor.

A City Tour in Cordoba would be like this:

First we will visit Plaza San Martín & surrounding areas; Cordoba’s central square. Its western side is dominated by the white arcade of the restored Cabildo and close to it there is the architecturally impressive Catedral.

Then, we will 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 visit the museums we are ready to have lunch in a traditional restaurant in the area.

After having a delicious Argentinian meal we will visit Paseo del Buen Pastor and Sacred Coeur Church. This cultural center/performance space was built in 1901 as a combined chapel/monastery/women’s prison.

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.

The Second day Cordoba city offers two of 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 designed by French architect Ernest Sanson and built between 1912 and 1916 for Dr. Martín Ferreyra.

Also, 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

Finally we end the day at “El Mercado central” A fantastic space that awakes all the senses. Central Market is all about the local cuisine.

After dinner you can enjoy one of the most popular Tango Shows to end the evening.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Horseback riding

Horseback riding in Argentina plays a major role in Argentine history, the economy and folklore. It been the favourite way of getting around for ages and horseback riding is still the easiest way to get around on an estancia (ranch).

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Along with these traditions, the Argentines have created their own subculture, which includes both breeding of horses and riding. It is no wonder that Argentina has the best polo players in the world and hosts some beautiful venues for horseback riding.

Horses

There are many interesting facts about the fantastic Argentinean horses.  Since the time they were brought from Europe during the Spanish conquests horses have played a major role in the people and culture of Argentina.

horse 2The horse is an essential part of cow herding by gauchos on the estancias. The most common breed of horse is the Criollo, the national horse of Argentina. The Criollo is a hardy horse with a brawny and strong body with broad chest and well-sprung ribs. They are tractable, intelligent, willing and sensible; the perfect horse on your perfect Argentinean horse riding journey.

A day at Ongamira Valley

horse 4A beautiful farm house, located in the heart of the Ongamira valley in the province of Córdoba, is waiting for you. There you will enjoy a delightful day riding horses. Surrounded by an extraordinary 2,300 hectare (5,689 acres) of natural environment, this place is ideal for those who want to relax and enjoy the view.  Whether horse- riding, walking or simply relaxing and enjoying the landscape from a quiet perch, the energy of the place transforms and rejuvenates the body and soul. You can choose the perfect program for you. There are short and easy ridies with a very low level of difficulty. This allows riders to get used to the horses to prepare for future longer rides. There are longer and more difficult rides for people with more experience with horses. There are also longer rides with medium-low difficulty for amateurs.

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Another great option is horse riding at night. The journey takes about three hours under the light of the moon. Ongamira is an amazing mix of nature and comfort that makes guests feel like home the moment they arrive. You will enjoy an amazing and unforgettable experience.

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A sample itinerary for your horseback riding day

horse 7.jpgWe 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.

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.

The One and Only Bland family

We started with the arrival of the family Bland on their first time in Argentina. They are a lovely family with two girls, huge fans of the dove hunting; Dirk and his family from Texas.

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Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, Liliana, our experienced guide, picked them up in Ezeiza, and then left the luggage at the hotel. Everyone was ready to start learning about this amazing city of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires is a magical city. Legally called City of Buenos Aires or Buenos Aires, is the capital of Argentina and the main urban center of the country. It is located in the central-eastern region, on the western shore of the River Plate, in the Pampas plains. From Buenos Aires there is many flight to Cordoba city with Aerolineas Argentinas or LAN Argentina airlines.- It is About 1 hour flight.

They had lunch with Lili, and from there, they went to make sightseeing around the city. They were fascinated! The most important thing was going to the zoo; Cory and Dirk walked around and enjoyed the moment.

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The next day Cordoba is waiting! The hunting party begins! I picked them up at the airport and gave them a welcome speech, telling them about this beautiful city as Cordoba is.

Around 12 am, after one night in Buenos Aires, we welcome them to our city. I told Dirk, Mary, Cory and Lacy that we were 40 minutes far from the field where we first had lunch. I get in touch by radio on my way to the lodge, with our chef David, who is waiting for us with lunch ready.

When we arrived to the lodge, they could not wait to have lunch, since they knew they were going to try the best Argentinian Asado, made with loin, chorizo, pork ribs, chicken etc.

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After lunch, I offered Mary and Cory two shotguns short cylinder heads we have;Benelli Montefeltro and Beretta 391 Urika, both cal 20. They were surprised when placed on their shoulders; those are very comfortable shotguns that fit very well in people of average height. We talked about security and we are ready to start.

Pigeons are flying in all directions and our field assistants are prepared to take them to each hunting spot. Each attendee prepares, before the hunt, the blind or hunting spot with branches and bushes from the area. In order to do that, each one has a bowie knife INCOLMA of high quality, which is sharpened every week. The hunting spotshould be of about 1.50 meters or 1.65 meters depending on the client and place so that they are well covered and camouflaged from the doves. It is commonly armed with piquillín and other branches of autochthonous trees.

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The doves are coming to the roost at 3:30 pm, as at this time of year birds migrate to lower areas searching for food. It is a special moment, and after a few harangues, as if they were a football team, the hunt begins. We quickly realize that they are experienced and very good hunters.-

Gaby and Santiago are the field assistants of our guests. About 3 hours and a half, after more than 750 shots fired, Dirk comes and says “it’s amazing how many doves there are at this field! I feel amazed by the service in the field, I feel like a king!

Then we returned to the lodge where Maidel is waiting for us, like Cory’s masseurs, eager for her first massage after 750 shots fired. We can say it was an excellent day. Our friends are at the lodge, very relaxed and happy, I say goodnight and retire to organize the next day of hunting, leaving everyone with Maidel.

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Cory returned renewed from her massage, recommending them to all her family.

Did you know that massages after hunting are very popular? In every group, each person takes massages once or twice, it feels very, very relaxing and refreshing, finishing the evening with one of our experienced masseurs staff.  There are two types of massages. Both massage seeking release muscle tension and combat pain.

Dirk, shoot a parrot and when I grabbed it, he was alive! It bit him and Cory startedlaughing a lot! I remember Lacy and Cathy telling the anecdote; so fun!  

After the spectacular dinner at Plaza Real Lodge, laughing and drinking, we went to sleep to enjoy a new day.

Martin Andrada

Head guide

Pointer Outfitters

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TESTIMONIAL

The experience I had with my family at Pointer Outfitters was more than we could have asked for.

The travel experience was made great from purchasing the tickets and hotel for a night in the capital to rides to and from the airport. Every day we woke up to an amazing breakfast. We had so many dove and some of the best bird boys you could ask for. The lunch in the field was always something amazing. When we arrived back at the lodge we were always greeted with a friendly staff and a glass of orange juice. The dinner was always great and it made a perfect time to share our hunting experience with the other hunters.

The lodge offered an amazing massage that was perfect after a long day of shooting at more dove than you could count.

Our staff was always friendly. Pablo and Maidel were both so friendly and did everything in their power to make our family hunting trip the best. All of the staff made our trip more than we could ask for.

This was the best hunting trip ever and that was all thanks to the amazing staff. 

Regards,

Lacy Dee Helen Bland

 

If you want to experience a hunt that will keep you driving for more, this is the place to go. As a female hunter I was skeptical about hunting with a bunch of guys, but I was treated like any other hunter, royalty. I currently struggle with Celiac disease, and cannot consume foods with gluten, or I become very ill. The staff went out of their way, driving all over town, just to find snacks for me. Oh and every meal was absolutely delicious, especially lunch in the field! The hunting and staff service is amazing. The bird boys work so hard to build blinds and track the best spots to hunt. Everyone is so friendly and helpful with anything you might need. Let’s not forget about the option for a massage after each hunt, best decision EVER. I recommend this hunt to any hunter out there that wants to have a lifetime experience that they will NEVER forget. I plan on making another trip back to hunt in the future!

Sincerely Corybelle Bland

Pablo

We came to Argentina for a Dove hunt with Pointer Wingshooting. They helped us out every step of the way. Pablo and Maidel helped us out every step of the way from the moment we started planning until we left .They have a Great staff. Martin is a great guy he was at the airport to pick us up and take us to the field . He took us to the field every morning and brought us back in the evening. Plus he would come check us threw out the day. I can say we had the Best Bird Boys Gabby (#1) and Leon. They were a great help the whole time. We laughed a lot and had a great time. Everyone was always smiling . Everybody worked hard for our Family. We made a lot of new friends and memories. Everyone from the field to Lodge worked hard to let my family have a great time. We flew in a day early to Buenos Aire and LiLi picked us up and gave us a tour . She did a great job. She made sure we got to our Hotel and took us for lunch. Then Juan took us the next day to the Airport for our Hunt. The food was fantastic in the field and at the Lodge. The staff at the Lodge always greeted you with a smile. Everyone with Pointer Wingshooting worked hard and we appreciate everyone and everything they did for The Bland Family. Hope to come back and Dove Hunt again. Words are hard to describe how much fun we had because it was so awesome! Yall have the best staff anyone could ask for.

 Thank You

 Cathy Bland

Royalty! If you are looking to go to a fine place to hunt doves these guys treated me and my family like Kings! Words cannot describe what a great job Pablo and his crew did for the Bland family! From start to finish Pablo and his crew helped me arranged our flight plan, tour of the city, special meal planning for my daughter, wonderful bird boys, great guns and ammo, meeting new friends, meals and commendation fit for a King! I could not be any happier, the whole trip was unbelievable. Pablo and all the Pointer Outfitter crew is Superior, this trip was are first ever family trip out from our country we had many different new experiences, I am so proud that I found this crew to be so helpful. The dove hunting is amazing with many many birds but this hunting trip would not be as great if it wasn’t  for the positive attitude everyone had, I was excepted as a friend not a customer. Many thanks to all, I know everyone worked really hard! Pointer Outfitters is the finest group of people you can meet, people who care with their hearts ! Argentina dove hunting at its finest, a hunters dream come true enjoyed with my wife and two daughter.

Love you guys!!!!!

Dirk Bland

She is Good

Larysa had surprised all of us! She is good! She knows what she is doing! She is very professional and also a very good shooter.

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As a woman she is very emotional and we all know that hunting or shooting doves in Argentina is very emotional. You need to be in a good mood, happy and focus to keep shooting good after so many shots!! She had some ups and downs, but I will never forget the first evening when at the end of the day the volume of doves was just insane! To many birds, and she hunted quickly and very effectively. She was moving her foots positions and swinging the gun amazingly good. All of us were having fun in the field. Larysa is the person that makes real the TV show “Larysa Unleashed”.

I remember when we started thinking about it some months ago. We have met with LarysaIMG_GR_testimonials1430466129 at Las Vegas SCI. It was nice to talk with her and some other friends in the hunting business and we quickly got to the decision we should do video images for a TV program in one of the best lodges for mixed bag hunting and fishing in Argentina.

We run one great hunting lodge in San Javier; Santa Fe province, for big volume of ducks, unlimited doves, amazing perdices, exotic snipes (or becazines) and also fishing or fly fishing for Argentinian Golden Dorado. The delta we fish at San Javier lodge had other exotic fish like Piraña, Surubi, Pacu, and Rayas.-

Larysa had arrived to the country a couple of weeks earlier than our meeting and before coming with us to San Javier she did some video images at Rincon Lodge for red stag and big game.

IMG_GR_testimonials1430466297We had two hunting days planned with Larysa and the cameraman August, a great guy and very professional. Juan Aguilo joined us as a second camera and photographer. Martin and Fabian were the guides in charge in the field and Federico and Ricardo had taken care of great food and comfortable accommodations at San Javier.-

We had two amazing days with a lot of action fishing and hunting. We have hunted ducks and doves, and we have fished different species of fish at this beautiful marshland. Her attitude was amazing, always in a good sense of humor, happy, ready for any hunting program, enjoying our meals and drinks, and having fun with all our staff members. What a great couple of days.-IMG_GR_testimonials1430466424

She is good! Lets hope she will be back! Lets hope we could do another TV show as good as this one and take her to some of our other hunting lodges. We hope you will enjoy this video.

Happy hunts

Pablo Aguilo
Director

Pointer Outfitters