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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !