NATURAL WONDER: The Iguazu Falls

One of the most recommended tours from Pointer Outfitters is to visit: The Iguazu Falls

Situated in the Iguazú National Park, the Iguazú falls are shared with Brazil and there has been five years since they were chosen one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World in a contest that placed them in a site of privilege.

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The Iguazu River runs through a smooth geography until it reaches a series of faults, after that it goes through an 80 meters canyon called the Devil’s Throat where the water produces a thundering sound, then it drains into the Parana River.

Europeans, North Americans and Asians, arrived to Argentina to be emptied of that natural beauty and to feel on the skin the fine drizzle of the 275 jumps of the falls,  the Iguazú river is  surrounded by different shades of greens and multicolored butterflies.

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Today, four out of ten visitors are from other nationalities. Since it was elected as a new natural wonder, the Falls did not fail to exceed one million annual visitors, something that had only happened three times in all its history as an Argentine tourist icon.

The Falls received 6,390,000 visitors, of which 2,590,000 (40.5%) were foreigners and the remaining 3,800,000 tourists came from Argentina.jaguarete-biocentro-iguazu

If you haven’t made up your mind yet, here are some interesting facts about this awesome destination:

  • The rain-forest delta surrounding the falls boasts a whopping 2,000 species of plants.
  • Iguazu Waterfalls are second only to Victoria Waterfalls in size. However, in terms of beauty, none of the other waterfalls in the world can come close to compete.
  • There is a scenic rainbow formed on the waterfalls caused by the refraction of light against the mist caused by thundering waters.

If you decide to take a few days to get to know something about Argentina, and if you are a nature buff and have never visited Iguazu, this one of a lifetime adventure is something that we strongly recommend.

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November Social Program – Soaring Argentina

Dear Friends,

I am very glad to announce Soaring Argentina’s first mission to help those less fortunate will happen in early November.  We will begin our efforts in Cordoba on Monday, November 7, and continue through November 11th, 2016.  We planning on staying in Totoral at the Plaza Real Lodge and start working on poor schools of Northern Cordoba.  We would work in the schools November 7th, Monday afternoon through Friday the 11th, repairing, painting, fixing, building – whatever it’s needed to help the schools._68A8148_ByN.jpg

You are invited to join us and help those less fortunate.

Although we do not have firm numbers, we know the basic cost will be your airfare, approximately $600 for Monday – Friday expense.

There is an option to dove hunt for two days, Thursday and Friday which will have incurred expenses.

Please let us know of your interest to participate or to help in this endeavor.  Please contact Wayne Graham at wayne@pointerwingshooting.com and we will keep you updated on all details.

If you cannot travel but would desire to support us in these efforts, every dollar given will go to helping other.  Your tax deductible gift can be sent to:unnamed
Soaring Argentina

c/o David Wampler
222 Sidney Baker South
Suite 538
Kerrville, TX 78028

For more information please visit: http://www.soaringargentina.org

 

 

 

 

A Warm Welcome

It was another cool breezy day in Cordoba, Argentina. The sun was out but it wasn’t overly hot. Clouds were moving in the distance perhaps signaling a storm that was yet to come. This particular group of gentlemen were from Lebanon and Syria. They currently resided in Houston and Dubia. They were all very pleasant and welcoming. Great people to be around all in all.

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We started our hunt around 7:45 am that morning. We were hunting a property with rolling hectares of corn fields. The birds were flying strong and everyone was anxiousto begin hunting. Shots soon rang out after the gentlemen started taking their positions strewn out across the field. Although it had been a great many months since most of the men last shot, they were dropping birds with an increased pace and rhythm. Before long, the morning hunt had drawn to a close and it was time for lunch.

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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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The afternoon was what I had come to expect hunting at this particular location. Around 4:30pm, wave after wave of dove started flying back to their roosting area. With a slight wind at their back, they were moving at a high speed making for challenging shots. Some of the hunters struggled initially but those that did were quick learners. By shooting in front, before the dove flared left or right, they were met with success more often than not. Shots continually rang out and birds dropped consistently. The clouds I had seen earlier in the day were much closer now. Rolling gray giants which unleashed water inconsistently and whipped the wind into further fury. Around 6:00pm everyone was finished hunting and ready to head back to lodge. About 45 minutes later we made it to the lodge and everyone headed to their rooms to get cleaned up.
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We offer a variety of evening events at Pointer Wingshooting to spice up any night. Elias, Issam, Abrahim, and Saam were honored guests so we provided the trifecta over a three day period as well as traditional food from their homeland. I could tell that Pablo had strong feelings about this group and would spare no expense to see them happy.
The first evening we had tango dancers perform. It was similar to watching two flamingos strut about. Quick movements followed by slow elaborate movements. It was mesmerizing in a way but I had seen much more tango than most, so I wasn’t impressed. The gentlemen seemed to love it though. Elias even got up and did his own version of the dance. Now that was impressive! The next evening we had a delightful little band of mariachis show up. Horns blazing, they lit up the area. Living up to the mariachi name, the lead could hold a note for more than a minute. He was an old portly fellow with the only black sombrero in the mix. Where did all that air came from, I don’t know. You would think if you stuck him with a needle he’d pop like a balloon. Regardless, it was an amazing performance and certainly not one that would be forgotten any time soon. The last evening we witnessed two belly dancers perform. Now the gentlemen were more accustomed to this to be sure but who doesn’t enjoy a good belly dance? The beautiful little Argentinean bombshells started their shaking and were greeted by a great many eyes. Twisting, shifting, dipping. Oh, I do enjoy the belly dancers! Could the gentlemen resist joining the fun? Of course not, belly dancing is addictive. Saam got up and really showed those ladies how to move! Then one by one more men joined the dance. Before it was all said and done, I had seen more belly dancing than I imagined I would. The gentlemen were thouroughly delighted. I sensed that we brought them a little closer to home and that was priceless. An amazing group with amazing people. I was honored then as I am now, that I had the pleasure to spend some time with them. 
Don’t cry for me Argentina!
Parker Tipton
Host & Guide
Pointer Outfitters
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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

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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)

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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

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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.

 

 

Buenos Aires City Tour

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

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

Tango:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Argentinian Cuisine:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OPTIONAL VISITS

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

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

DAY 2 – PALERMO AND RECOLETA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OPTIONAL VISITS IN THE EVENING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spa Day

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

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

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

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

Relaxing Massage

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

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

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Facial Massage

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

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

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

Beauty finger nails treatment

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

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

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

A sample itinerary for your Spa Day:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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.

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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.