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

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A Trip of a Lifetime

My phone says it’s time to start a new day. The outside temperature is very warm, which is a prediction for a beautiful day. This time, we have an amazing group of four people, two lovely couples; Gary and Kimber, and Jordan and Kiera.

 

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So, as the day starts, our guests had an early breakfast to start the day the best way possible. They decided to stay at Jesus Maria Deluxe Resort, a place where every guest feels at home.

Once they finished this amazing breakfast, Gary and Jordan prepared everything they needed to go straight to the field, and us, we have our shotguns, cartridges, camping equipment and everything ready for a great day.

Kiera and Kimber, in the other hand, were non hunters, so for them we had prepared many different activities to enjoy their trip in Cordoba.

 

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Talking about our non-hunting activities, we can mention activities from horseback riding to a spa day, going through museum visits, Shopping center visits, wine tasting, and many other things Cordoba has to offer and that you can chose from, depending on your likes.

If you would like to get to know this amazing city, let me tell you a bit of what a City Tour in Cordoba looks like. First we would 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 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, preparing 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.

 

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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 designed 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.

So, going back to the hunters now, around 8:30 Gary and Jordan are ready to take the field. This time, we are taking them to a place that is less than 30 minutes away from the lodge. As usual, we are taking them on our comfortable toyotas trucks.

 

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As soon as we arrived, the field assistants are waiting for us. The field is full of doves everywhere and, after five minutes of having started the hunting, I hear the first shot. “Buenoooo” screams the assistant.

From what I can here, they are already having a great time, but now, it’s the time to check if each of our new friends is in a good shooting place.

In terms of shotguns, we like recommending Benelli Montefeltro cal 20 since this are amazing machines that work perfectly for dove shooting. Our guest are very happy about them because the shotguns itself and the cartridges worked very well, and they are happy about the manners of our field assistants and how professional they are, always taking care of every detail.

A couple of hours later, I received the first shooter in the tent. Federico, our chef, is ready to receive him with a glass of wine and a special appetizer, which in this case is a bunch of tasty pigeons prepared as a Taco with a traditional chimichurri sauce or well-known as chimichanga.

 

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After all our guests are at the table, lunchtime started with some fresh pigeon wrapped in bacon onion and peppers, and following, we have some ribs, flank steak, pork, and other meat cuts grilled, and all together making the one and only argentinean Asado, accompanied of course, with Malbec wine.
After lunch, we like preparing the hammocks for a quick nap before the afternoon hunt. Meanwhile, Francisco and Emanuel, the assistants, are checking new positions for the afternoon hunt.

In October, the weather is very good as we are in the spring time, so we have a very pleasant temperature. At 2:30 pm we have the first doves flying, which means it’s time to start.
Our field assistants with each shotgun clean and ready, are already positioned to guide our clients to the shooting area.
After an amazing day of shooting, at 5.45 pm, and after picking up everything they needed, our guest were good to go.
Returning to the lodge, I remember listening to them talking about the memories of the day, happy about every single dove they killed.

Once they arrived to the lodge, the host and their wives were waiting for them to enjoy some appetizers before dinner and, of course, a massage session to ease the shoulders.
Now, knowing that customers are safe in the hands of our chef and staff, I will leave the lodge and prepare everything for another day.

I hope to see you again soon !

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

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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.

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You should be the next one !

Martin Andrada

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Celebrating Friendship

Michael, Mike, Jeff and Max are a group of fathers and sons from Huston, Texas, and they are in their first trip to Argentina wingshooting. Accompanied by Maidel, an incredible breakfast is waiting for them on their first day at the lodge.

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Scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, juices and good coffee that our customers love to enjoy is everything you can ask for when you need to charge your batteries for a hunting day. You can tell that our guests are feeling very excited by the day we have ahead. It is going to be a great day with lots of piggeons and fun.

We started our day with our new friends in a place called La Para which has a feed lot and it is located 35km away from our lodge, Plaza Real. We got to the field at 8:45 am, watching some birds flying close to the feed lot. The biggest amount of doves was seen at 10:30 am, so that made us the morning because we could do more than 500 shots in just that one morning.

Weather was kind of unusual; some days were hot and then cludy, and some others, rainy.

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Father and son were hunting together, which generated a really interesting competition between them. It was amazing to see how they were so into it, shooting and just having fun.

Everyone used semiautomatic shotguns Benelli cal 20, with choke number 4 because doves were flying really low in order to find some food.

Jeff were collecting some parrot’s feathers in his hat, wearing them in a really proud way.

After a really great morning, we went to the field camp to relax and wait for lunch.

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There is something that each one of our clients love every single time they come here;lunch time at the field. This time, our four new friends ended up being super amazed by the flavors of everything our incredible chef David prepared for us.

First plate: Pigeons with smoked bacon, onions and peppers, served with a red wine malbec makes its flavor be unique. It is just to prepare ourselves to the main plate; the one and only Asado.

Specially made for our guests and accompanied with the famous “chimichurri” (also known as chimichanga”, which enhances the flavor of Asado since it is tasty and spicy, this typical dish makes our clients feel super happy.

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After that excellent lunch and a delicious desert, the group takes a small nap of 30 minutes to get ready for the afternoon hunting.

Mike has only 450 doves to shot to win our t-shirt of the 1000 doves club, so he is very excited to start again and be the winner.

In terms of protection, we like using Costa Del Mar fantail sunglasses, and Beretta gloves with a special silicon material that helps our guests to be more secure when handing their shotguns.

That afternoon started really good.

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Doves flew circularly around the stockyards. I decided to wait 15 minutes and then go and check how our friends are doing with those shotguns and how doves are behaving on their shooting spots.

Luckly, everything is in great conditions and they have a great amount of birds flying above them.

The day is ending and, after 4 hours of unstoppable shooting, our guests can reach a nice number of doves; more than 1000 doves in just one day.

Going back to the lodge, everything is ready to recieve our friendly clients.

Michael, Mike and Max, are waiting to end this incredible day with an spectacularsession of massages.

Our masseurs have everything ready. This is a typical activity after a day of hunting; it makes you feel relaxed and happy after having a super tiring day at the field.

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The day ends with all of us together, sitting around the fire pit, tasting some appetizers that the lodge’s chef prepared for us.

This is a special way of ending the day; a warm night, a sky full of stars and drinks to share with our friends. Wine, beers and Whisky cannot be absent in such a beautiful night!

During dinner, we enjoy talking about the past days. Remembering anecdotes, drinking and having fun, celebrating the days we spent together. Between jokes and laugher,we were born again.

Happy birthday Mike and Michael!

Martin Andrada

Head guide

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Cordoba Wine Tour

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Cuisine in Cordoba is a very important factor, including the elaboration of regional food and drinks, such as cheeses, sausage products, marmalades, preserved food, beers and wines.

Wine production is focused in the village of Colonia Caroya, just 48 km away from the City of Cordoba, and fully integrated into the Argentine enological-tourist circuit.

A little bit of history

Although the first vines were planted in Santiago del Estero province, the true history of Argentina’s wine industry began nearly a century later in Cordoba.

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It was so in 1618, the Jesuits settled in the present territory of the province, starting with wine production. Among the various properties possessed by the Society of Jesus, they chose the Estancia de Jesus Maria – strategically located on the side of Camino Real- to develop production of this noble drink and from there distribute the rest of his possessions. When you visit the current museum, you can observe some of the tools used for winemaking work, demonstrating the advanced development that had these priests for their time.

With the expulsion of the Jesuit Order of the territories of the Crown -a mid-eighteenth century, by decision of Carlos III from Spain, decays this important industry and most of the vineyards are abandoned. After passing by more than a century, in 1878, a strong wave of migration -mainly Italian – friulana is installed in the area, rescuing from oblivion the old plantations and providing new knowledge and machinery arrivals from Europe.

descargaThe labor force and tenacity of immigrants built an important productive activity, which continued despite the economic and political vicissitudes suffered by the country during the last century and a half. The rapid growth of wine production in the provinces of Cuyo during this same period – supported by the National Law 12.137 / 34, which discouraged the production of wine outside the Andean provinces – stole some prominence to the Córdoba wine, although activity lasted on small family farms (not only in Colonia Caroya, but also in the Northwest and Traslasierra). Since mid-90’we witness the conversion of the area, opening a new phase of expansion.

Nowadays

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The area planted with vines has now reached 314 ha (approximately 0.14% of the national vineyard). More than two thirds of these hectares are located in the Colonia Caroya and surroundings; although there are small areas of vineyards in Traslasierra Valley Calamuchita and provincial Northwest. The varieties of grapes are planted Merlot and Frambua (also known as Isabella or “bedbug grape”), and other less diffusion as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

There are currently eleven wineries registered in the province, plus some 35 homemade wine authorized processors. The presence of small artisanal producers is a great tourist differential, it is the only region of the country that includes them in wine tours.

The remarkable development of the wine industry in Cordoba has not been a mere quantitative fact; the real change was purely qualitative, from the famous “regional” or “boats” wines sold at roadside bill, to remarkable products that can compete without problems in the domestic market.

Wine Roads in Cordoba

168266Cordoba’s Wine Route proposes visits to vineyards and wineries and regional wine tasting, some of them made from such uncommon varieties as the Isabella grape. This enotourist proposal integrates a circuit of gourmet routes with a remarkable and exquisite offer of pork meats and cold-cuts. Gathering history, traditions, landscapes and production techniques, artisanal producers and wineries invite visitors to go through Córdoba’s land and taste its wines at the winemaking areas of Calamuchita, Traslasierra and the Northwest. Enotourist proposals are enjoyable together with Jesuit Estancias -Mankind Heritage-, the old Royal Road and different gourmet routes, apart from lovely lakes and hills with the relaxing microclimate of the province.

Reinforcing the importance of winemaking in Córdoba, the annual festivals’ agenda includes celebrations related to this production like Grape’s National Festival and Provincial Grape Harvest Festival, celebrated in Colonia Caroya during March.

Circuit number one: Colonia Caroya and nearby (60 km north of the city of Córdoba)

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The main circuit begins on National Route 9 in the city of Colonia Caroya and surroundings (reaching the picturesque village of Ischilín, 75 km northwest). Here you can experience closely the origin of this industry. You can start the tour with a visit to the National Jesuit Museum (at Estancia de Jesus Maria); then continue with a tour and tasting at one of the ancient cellars as La Caroyense or Nannini.

At noon, you can recharge your batteries in some of the many restaurants in town. The most recommended is Macadam, rustic and beautiful dining room where you can taste authentic Italian food.

In the afternoon, you can meet any of the home winemakers like Esteban Papalini of “Wines Vittorio Papalini”, Miguel Angel Patat of “Wines Aurelio” or Carlos Turcode “Establishment El Bosque”. Here you can see the traditional winemaking, as did the first immigrants to the region.

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If you prefer driving for a little while, you can go up to the village of Ischilín to visit the small family winery Jairala Oller. There will be warmly received by the marriage formed by Beatriz Oller and Hector Jairala; who after many years around the world, found its place and fulfilled the dream of owning a winery. Conviviality and willingness of Beatriz, added to the incredible life story of Hector, you will not want leave that place.

If, with the entire bustle, it gets late and you decide to sleep in the area, the Hotel Casa del Friuli is an excellent choice, not only for its comfortable rooms at affordable prices, but also for its remarkable gastronomy.

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La Cabaña grill restaurant

la_cabanaLa Cabaña is the most traditional restaurant in Buenos Aires. Established in 1935, it serves the best Argentine beef on the grill accompanied by excellent wine, a menu that turned La Cabaña into a source of inspiration for local cooking and that has been widely replicated all over the town.

It has already been 75 years of excellence and La Cabaña continues to deliver its services in a singular atmosphere where original style and tradition are still on. They invite you to enjoy any of their grilled beef cuts and, if you are willing to wait for an hour, you can have a unique experience tasting our classic “Great Baby Beef” – we suggest you do, savoring a glass of wine and in nice company.

You do not get to know the purest Argentine cuisine without visiting La Cabaña restaurant.

History

l_19_la-caba-a4On September 14th, 1935 Francisco Lapietra opened his restaurant on 400 Entre Ríos Avenue. It was a large Norman-style room seating 450 diners and a private dining room that accommodated 60 people on the first floor. Two stuffed Hereford cows at the restaurant entrance stood as the perfect photo op for tourists who believed that the animals´ tails were lucky charms to be touched. The restaurant had a six-meter window with three rows of half carcasses hanging from hooks, with Aberdeen Angus at the top, Hereford in the middle and Shorthorn at the bottom, so that guests were free to pick the cut they preferred.
The restaurant was an immediate success for two types of clientele: those who were looking for a quiet family dinner and those who arrived at late hours after a night out. The relaxed atmosphere and the icon dish on the menu, the 
“Delicioso Bife de Chorizo” – Delicious Sirloin Strip Steak – lured people to return time and again.
The restaurant´s guestbook includes the names of the main figures of the 20th century going from Louis Armstrong, Fidel Castro and Charles de Gaulle to Sophia Loren and Charlton Heston. 

It closed its doors in 1996 and remained so until it was acquired by Orient Express Hotels, a chain of luxury hotels, trains and cruises that reopened it in the exclusive area of Recoleta. Some years later, the restaurant returned to the hands of Argentine owners who have relocated it in the heart of the top restaurant area in Buenos Aires giving it back the cherished essence of the original LA CABAÑA. As it could not have been otherwise, the landscape of La Cabaña includes the Luna Park, Corrientes Avenue and, far back, the Obelisk as well as the lights and modern atmosphere of Puerto Madero. That is exactly the point: renewed passion for our cuisine combined with the best of our history to be continued…

Cuisine

top_clases_cocinaThe menu shows the best of modern traditional Argentine cuisine where the grill plays a leading role. All beef cuts are carefully selected by the chef.

Special mention should be made to the Kobe beef in the menu. Considered by experts as one of the best beef all over the world, Kobe beef is renowned for its flavor, juice and tenderness resulting from the marbled texture of Wagyu cattle and the distinctive feeding techniques applied throughout the life of the animal.

Wine Tastings

top_degustacionWine tasting sessions take place 1 hour before lunch or dinner at the restaurant. These sessions are hosted by a sommelier who describes the virtues of each wine region and, also, the strong points of each grape variety grown in our country.

The wines participating in these tasting sessions – included in the menu- are the most representative of Argentina. Additional information on the wine and grape varieties tasted is provided together with the stores where you can buy the products.

Location

La Cabaña is located in the prestigious district of Puerto Madero, a recently revamped posh area in Buenos Aires next to the Colón Opera House, the financial district and the famous Obelisk.

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Special weekends at Cordoba

Artisan Flea Market (Barrio Güemes)

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Ten blocks away from Córdoba urban historical shell, we got deep into the renowned Bohemian neighborhood called Güemes to visit the artisan flee market “Paseo de las Artes”. This area is today a meeting place and a hot touristic spot that grows constantly. Every day new restaurants and bars open their doors to the crowd that visits the crafts market on weekends.flea 2

End the day at “El Mercado Central”. A fantastic space that awake all the senses, this restaurant is one of the last big news about the local cuisine. This is an outstanding entrepreneurship mounted in a completely renovated warehouse located in the renowned Barrio Güemes, and endowed with great design and lovely setting space.

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Finally If you want a little bit more of fun …just cross the street and you will enjoy one of the most popular Tango Shows in town at “El Arrabal”. This is a traditional restaurant which becomes bar at night. It is one of the old-styles restaurants in Cordoba. At 6 pm they organize tango lessons and from Thursdays to Saturdays at 11 pm tango shows are held. It also hosts excellent milonga, salsa and folklore shows.

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111 Hotel

If you have not yet decided where to stay, 111 Hotel is strategically located in the traditional corner of Hipólito Yrigoyen avenue and Montevideo street in Nueva Córdoba slider2-escalera-barneighborhood, within the so-called “Media Legua de Oro” (golden half a league). The hotel stands on the epicenter of the cultural, social, gastronomic and tourist activity, and only a couple of meters away from the economic, financial, commercial city center, and the artisan market also.
Yrigoyen 111 Hotel was built from one of Nueva Córdoba’s traditional old mansions from the year 1900. Its facade and interiors were restored by specialists so as to preserve the cultural heritage of the city.
It is a modern urban executive hotel, with a unique modern elegant and restrained style.
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Yrigoyen 111 Hotel has 78 rooms, an Events and Convention Center, and a recreational area, all distributed in its 15 stories. Each story has carpeted hallways creatively decorated with giant pictures of the city of Córdoba and with design details that provide a unique modern and comfortable style.A full breakfast buffet is served on the first floor.
Our 1906 Lounge Bar is the perfect space to relax while enjoying our delicious cocktails and our delightful coffee bar. All guests can enjoy our fitness center and swimming pool located on our rooftop terrace with exceptional views of the city.

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You should be the next one!

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