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

Pointer Outfitters

 

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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.

Pointer Outfitters huge staff is waiting for you to make you feel at home and to provide you with the best hunting experience ever.

You should be the next one !

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

MIO HOTEL – Buenos Aires

Stepping through the stunning six meter-high door made of French oak from wine barrels, on the distinguished Quintana Avenue, at the heart of distinct Recoleta, MIO BUENOS AIRES stands apart. A blend of daring design, comfort and meticulous service with state-of-the-art technology stands out as a fusion of luxury, high-tech functionality and pleasure. Fine materials such as calden wood, glass, cotton, oak, steel, marble and silk, all combine beautifully to create a unique aesthetic that stands apart in a tangible sensation of warmness and intimacy in each and every one of the thirty rooms and suites of MIO BUENOS AIRES.

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MIO BUENOS AIRES’ rooms will definitively take you aback. Every detail has been conceived to generate a sense of warmness and intimacy, with a strong emphasis in comfort so that you can feel at home, with the advantages of the impeccable service of the hotel. King-size beds with deluxe comforters, oversized bathtubs and shower with large and powerful shower heads, the perfect light for every setting and delicate gourmet amenities.

Every room features:

  • Led TV
  • DVD Player
  • Micro Component System with IPOD Dock
  • Cable TV

 

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MIO BUENOS AIRES is only a few meters away from exclusive designer stores, cultural centers, museums, shopping centers, art galleries, renowned restaurants, the city gardens and points of tourism interes.

*Ezeiza International Airport: 45 minutes by car

* Jorge Newbery Airport – Domestic Flights: 15 minutes by car

* Port of Buenos Aires: 10 minutes by car.

Closer points of interest:

  • San Telmo
  • Av. de Mayo, Plaza de Mayo, Cabildo and Pink House
  • La Boca
  • Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita Peron’s remains rest.
  • Colón Theater
  • Xul Solar Museum
  • Puerto Madero
  • Fine Arts Museum
  • MALBA (Latin American Museum of Art of Buenos Aires)

MIO BUENOS AIRES stands out as an icon of distinct identity that combines luxury, elegance and original design, with customized care and an exceptional service, featuring a blend of luxury, hi-tech functionality and pleasure.

 

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Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel – Buenos Aires

Loi Suites has been offering hotel services for the last 40 years. It’s strong commitment with high quality and personalized service started in 1972.

In 2000 the first 5 stars hotel was opened as Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel in Buenos Aires, also offering distinguished rooms for events and excellent international kitchen.

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LOI SUITES RECOLETA HOTEL is located in the heart of the exquisite neighborhood of Recoleta, at walking distance from the historical Recoleta Cemetery, the hotel shares the area with art galleries, restaurants, bars and beautiful parks.

All rooms are equipped with Internet, flat TV with cable, Frigobar, microwave oven electric kettle, Desk for working and Safety box.

 

In the hotel, the Winter Garden extends to 400m2 including the swimming pool. Ideal ambiance for relaxing with natural light and vegetation during your stay.

 

POINTS OF INTEREST:

  • Aeroparque Jorge Newbery: 5,09 miles
  • Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza – Ministro Pistarini: 31 miles
  • Terminal de ómnibus de Retiro: 1,55 miles
  • Puerto Madero: 2 miles
  • Plaza de Mayo: 2,17 miles
  • San Telmo: 2,79 miles
  • Obelisco: 1,11 miles
  • Teatro Colón: 1,11
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: 0,55 miles
  • MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires): 1,24 miles
  • Peatonal Florida: 1,24 miles

 *Best quality in hotel services in different marvellous sceneries*

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Having a Blast Once Again

Alex’s group arrived in Cordoba a day before coming to hunt with us because they wanted to stay one night at the Sheraton Hotel in Cordoba City and then, the next day at 8am, a truck from our company went to pick them up and take them directly to the field for the morning hunt.

They had time to hunt for around 2 hrs and a half before the Chef called us for lunch.

A few glasses of Argentinean wine, pork, sausages and lots of meat followed by an amazing tiramisu for dessert, separated the morning from the afternoon and after a little nap in the hammocks, Alex, Matt, Tim & Katie went to their respective positions that afternoon , which are never the same as in the morning.

That evening was incredible, according to Alex and Matt, something that had never seen in their lives and it is very difficult to explain; you have to see it to know what it is like.

Once we arrived to the lodge, Alex and Matt had a massage session, so an hour later, they joined us in the living room with Katie and Tim who were taking a few glasses of wine accompanied by delicious salami, cheese and chips.

Half an hour later, at 7.45pm, another truck from the company came to lodge with another excellent group which was supposed to go to the field right after arriving, but their flight was delayed 5 hours so they went directly to the lodge. Federico and I helped to put all their luggage down, show them their rooms and then, once they were feeling a bit more comfortable, at 8.30pm the nine of us got together to have an amazing dinner of pork, vegetables and ice cream as dessert.

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The next day we went to hunt up in the hills, about 35 minutes away from the Plaza Real Lodge.That morning the dove flew a little higher that other days due to strong winds, in large quantities, but not close enough as they did on the afternoon. Jay killed more doves than the others that afternoon and, of course, he was the one that used more cartridges. Jay managed to pass the 1000 pigeons with a total of 611 in the morning and 534 afternoon. Les shot all the boxes that had planned for that afternoon in just 35-40 minutes. Alex shared the position with Katie, who was looking very concentrated sticking a lot of pigeons.

On the highest point of the hill, I met Matt and Gaby, his assistant. Since it was the highest point of the mountain, the view was just amazing. Going down the mountain, on the other side, I first found Jay and Ronnie and, about 200 yds diagonally, at the same height, was Corey and Fran. That afternoon began ahead of schedule and with no time to nap out  because we had planned to hunt around 1.15pm, since a clear storm was coming to kick us out the field soon. And so it was. Luckily, all came to end when we were putting our things back inside the truck to return before the water began to stick on the glass and roof of the truck. It was time to leave. And once at the Plaza Real Lodge, we took a shower and again, accompanied by good music, had a few drinks with a funny talks until again, at 8.30pm, the girls at the lodge called us to the table, to enjoy dinner; ham and cheese crepes and chicken with baked potatoes as a main dish – which some ate a second plate- .

 

Once we finished eating, we went to the fire pit to take a last glass of wine accompanied by some cigars and background music.

The next day, the original plan was to go to hunt in the flatlands, but the rain of the previous evening precluded some roads so Federico wanted to go hunting in the mountains again, but, of course, to a different field; because the same field is never used two times in a row except we are talking about an emergency.

On the third day, there was not even one cloud in the sky, and doves, as we are used to, were flying amazingly, even though it was really windy. That afternoon, we were meeting a new group that had just arrived and who were staying in a Lodge that was close to ours (I join them in their third day, after saying goodbye to my new friends, half of them from Dallas and the rest from Mississippi).

So it was Thursday, the fourth day for the guys from Dallas, and the third for the guys from Mississippi. We left the lodge at 8:30 am towards Jesus Maria after a delicious breakfast: coffee, juice, eggs with bacon and some yoghurt. That day we were hunting in the flat lands, and most of the guys liked it a lot because it was more like to what they are used to; watching the dove flying from far away.

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The day was amazing, no wind and a lot of sun with some clouds without getting hot. The morning was very good and for lunch and we were 14 people, since a group of 5, who was staying at La Loma Lodge, would be added.

After an incredible lunch and a few glasses of wine, we returned to the field to start hunting in the afternoon. Some were wagered well along the river while others would be on different sections in the middle, some reaching 2-3 meters high. They were finishing the hunt, until finally at 5pm, they all were back in the camp telling anecdotes and enjoying a last glass of wine before returning to the Lodge to get a refreshing shower.

That night, they took their last drinks and smoke their last cigarette around the fire pit, as the next day everything was already arranged to take a group in the morning to Cordoba, while the other was going to hunt one last morning and then return to Cordoba, with first stopping by the lodge to get their things, take a shower and get comfortable to leave.

Those were 5 amazing days, being once again the best part of this job; the friends that you make over time.

 

Juan Aguiló

Host & Media

Pointer Outfitters

Esquina Carlos Gardel – Restaurant

At the corner of the alley named after Carlos Gardel and Anchorena street, next to a statue that immortalizes the most famous tango singer, there used to be a restaurant that was the gathering place for the colorful characters of the popular market of Buenos Aires.

More than 100 years later, as if by magic, the story comes back into life. Esquina Carlos Gardel, located exactly on the same lot where Chanta Cuatro used to be, offers an unmatched, unbeatable alternative in Tango show restaurants.

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Dinner starts at 8 30 pm, the show at 10 30 pm and finishes at midnight. Esquina Carlos Gardel is open every day year round.

You can enjoy the most delicious dishes of international cuisine, with Argentinean specialties and a selected wine list. Dinner is a la carte, and includes all the beverages.

Elegance and splendor share every corner of this dazzling place.
The tango show goes through the history of tango and almost 25 artists are on stage every night.

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Through the tango show guests will understand the history of tango from its beginnings to the present. The proposal also perfectly combines classical dance stage and ballroom tango.

The five pairs of dancers on stage every night dazzle with classic performances and modern interpretations of acrobatic tango, under the care and direction of Dolores de Amo.

The magnificent costumes accompanied the various proposals in an exquisite way.

 

Early tango was known as tango criollo. Today, there are different types of tango dance such as Argentine tango or Uruguayan. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one which is closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

Tango is a dance that has influences from European and African culture.
Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe.

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The word “tango” seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1890s. Initially it was just one of the many dances, but it soon became popular throughout society, as theaters and street barrel organs spread it from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were packed with hundreds of thousands of European immigrants, primarily Italians, Spanish and French.

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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.