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July 7, 2014

#ArgentineGauchoVacations JESS Kalinowsky

Many legends exist about Argentina’s early gauchos, wanderers who lived off the land and slept in mud huts during the mid-18th century. Eventually, private land owners began hiring these nomads as skilled animal handlers, and eventually farmhands, on large estancias. Today, most gauchos reside at estancias in the prairie lands of La Pampa, but can be found throughout Argentina.

Argentina Gaucho Sunset

Many legends exist about Argentina’s early gauchos, wanderers who lived off the land and slept in mud huts during the mid-18th century. Eventually, private land owners began hiring these nomads as skilled animal handlers, and eventually farmhands, on large estancias. Today, most gauchos reside at estancias in the prairie lands of La Pampa, but can be found throughout Argentina.

Estancias welcome tourists on day trips and overnight stays to experience a day in the life of the modern gauchos. About a 90-minute drive from Buenos Aires, La Bamba de Areco is a luxurious colonial-style estancia, with origins that date back to 1830. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed at the Pulperia, the oldest historical building where gauchos used to gather to sing, dance, or dine.

Argentina Panchos

Today’s estancias are often luxurious. At La Bamba de Areco, guests enjoy serious pampering including hot stone massages, fresh-squeezed lemonade served by an outdoor pool, carriage rides, relaxing in the billiard room, and watching a polo tournament. A common sight and smell: traditional asada and fresh vegetables sizzling on an outdoor grill.

Argentina Gaucho campfire Singing

In addition to horseback riding throughout the grounds, visitors to La Bamba de Areco can watch games that showcase equestrian skills, and an unusual horse-whispering show that demonstrates the level of trust between the horse and gaucho. They can also visit the nearby town of San Antonio de Areco, known as the birthplace of gaucho heritage.

Argentina Estancia La-Bamba-de-Areco

About an hour’s drive from Buenos Aires, Estancia Los Dos Hermanos owns more than 60 horses, making it an easy short getaway and an ideal place for beginners to try horseback riding. A full day’s schedule with the gauchos includes two horseback riding lessons, leisure time, empanada appetizers, and an asada lunch.

Argentina Horse Whispering La-Bamba-gaucho

At estancias in other regions like El Colibrí Estancia de Charme – located outside of Cordoba – gauchos display their prowess. This elegant, family-friendly ranch also offers cooking demonstrations, riding lessons, hiking, and mountain biking. Kids (and adults) can help out on the farm with hands-on experiences like collecting eggs, milking cows, and picking vegetables.

Argentian Estancia Horse stables

Nestled in the Mendoza wine region, the lodge at Estancia El Puesto faces the Andes Mountains, so visitors are privy to humbling landscapes, stunning sunrises, and starlit skies. Guests can embark on guided mountain excursions in areas that condors, pumas and gray foxes call home. Afterward, they can enjoy local wines and share stories by the open fire

Argentina Estancia Rodeo

For even more adventure, visitors to Estancia El Puesto can join gauchos on a six-day, ‘bucket list’ trek across the Andes on horseback. The excursion team provides horses, mules, equipment, and experience on an epic journey that winds past glaciers, volcanoes, mountains, lagoons, and valleys before finishing in Chile.

Argentina Estancia Plains El-Puesto

The social status of gauchos underwent numerous transitions: from orphans and mestizos struggling to find their place, to foragers, rebels, and farm workers. Today they are often associated with bravery and independence. Although gauchos’ modern lifestyle has evolved, estancia visitors can still get a sense of what the gaucho spirit is all about.

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The allure of cowboys and outlaws has fascinated people for centuries. Tales of adventures in the Wild West – of exploring the unknown on horseback and battling the elements – have made their way into history books and cinema. This nomadic, rebellious lifestyle was not limited to the cowboys in the United States. Other countries have their own version of cowboy cultures, and in Argentina,estancias have replaced ranches, and cowboys are called gauchos. (pronounced GOW-chose)

This independent cowboy spirit of yesteryear is still very much alive – in modern form. In Argentina, gauchos don their sombreros and ponchos at luxurious estancias. These working farms and estates provide lodging for tourists and a ‘traditional’ gaucho experience. Travelers can go horseback riding or watch folk dances, gaucho shows, and even horse-whispering demonstrations. In between activities, guests can lounge by a pool, have a massage, witness daily life on the ranch, and soak in the relaxed vibes of the Argentinian countryside.

Most estancias serve traditional fare on outdoor patios, including barbecue steak with chimichurri sauce, yerba mate tea, and fine wines – like Argentina’s famous Malbec. With many located less than two hours from Buenos Aires, a visit to an estancia offers a memorable day trip or longer stay. They provide an opportunity to peek into the past without sacrificing the creature comforts of a vacation.

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February 22, 2014

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June 24, 2013

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June 28, 2012

#FriendsTravel Argentina JESS Kalinowsky

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Located in the southern part of South America and thus in the southern hemisphere, Argentina has an area of almost 3.8 million square kilometers, of which 2.8 are on the continent and the remainder in the Antarctic.

Its frontier with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a perimeter of 29,038 km. and the coast, on the Atlantic Ocean, is 5,117 km. long.

The fundamental characteristic of Argentina is the enormous contrast between the immense eastern plains and the imposing mountain range of the Andes to the west. This is the frontier with Chile and has the highest peak in the whole western hemisphere, the Aconcagua, 6,959 m. high.

In its passage from Jujuy to Tierra del Fuego the range presents marvelous contrasts, the plateaus of the Northwest, the lake region, the forests and the glaciers of the Patagonian Andes. To the north, Chaco is a forested area which follows the rivers Bermejo, Salado and Pilcomayo.

Between the Paraná and Uruguay, the Mesopotamia of Argentina (the provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes and Misiones) is formed by low hills where pools and marshlands show the ancient courses of these great rivers. Occasionally there are fissures which provide such spectacular phenomena as the Falls of Iguazú.

La Pampa, in the centre of Argentina, is the largest and best known area of plains. It has a large amount of agriculture and livestock and includes the provinces of Buenos Aires, pampean region, the south of Santa Fe and southwest of Córdoba. Its landscape is broken to the south by the small mountains of Tandil and La Ventana and to the west by the Córdoba mountain ranges.

Towards the south, from the Andes to the sea, are the sterile and stony plateaus of Patagonia, swept by the wind during most of the year. The Atlantic coast, lined with high cliffs, forms massive indentations like the Valdés Peninsula, with its spectacular colonies of marine animals.


The country’s territory offers a wide variety of climates: subtropical in the North, sub-Antarctic in the southern Patagonia, and mild and humid in the Pampas plains. Media temperature from November to March is 23° C, and 12° C from June to September.

Remember that in the southern hemisphere seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. In general, the summer is the best time to visit Patagonia and the Southern Andes because of the mild temperatures and long days. Wintertime is recommended for travelling to the North and Northwest as rains are less frequent and tropical temperatures drop a few degrees. Autumn and spring are marvelous in Buenos Aires, Cuyo and the pre-mountain range areas of La Rioja and Catamarca.

Money Issues:

The official Argentine currency is the Peso. The Argentine Peso is the official currency. Bills come in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos. and coins of 1 peso and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents. One peso equals one hundred cents.  .

US Dollars and Euros are generally taken everywhere; foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted. There may be difficulties in changing traveler’s check outside Buenos Aires.


Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic. In Buenos Aires, some “lunfardo” expressions -city slang – are used.


Argentina’s current population is more than 36 million inhabitants, almost half of which live in the city and the province of Buenos Aires. Population density calculated on a national basis is 13 inhabitants per square kilometer.
95% of the population is white and most are descendants of Italians and Spaniards. As a result of the massive European immigration, the white and Indian half-castes were slowly reduced and at the present they amount only to 4.5% of the population. The pure indigenous population – Mapuches, Collas, Tobas, Matacos and Chiriguanos – amount to 0.5% of the population.


By Plane:

Due to the country’s large size, planes are best to travel long distances, and you can then take overland transportation to get to your final destination. Buying Airpass Visit Argentina in your own country, you’ll obtain more economical prices for flights within Argentina.

Domestic flights schedule from Buenos Aires to:

San Salvador de Jujuy

2 hrs 10 mins


2 hrs

San Miguel de Tucumán

1 hr 50 mins

Puerto Iguazú

1 hr 45 mins


1 hr 30 mins


52 mins


1 hr 50 mins


1 hr 15 mins

Mar del Plata

45 mins

San Carlos de Bariloche

2 hrs 20 mins


2 hrs

Río Gallegos

2 hrs 55 mins

El Calafate

3 hrs 15 mins


3 hrs 20 mins

By Bus:

Buenos Aires bus station is located at Av. Ramos Mejia 1680 close to Retiro Station.  Long-distance buses are equipped with toilets, air conditioning and bar.

By Train:

Ferrobaires (Constitución Station), TBA (Retiro Station),  Ferrocentral (Retiro Station), Trenes del Litoral (Federico Lacroze Station).

By Car (Car rental):

All international car rental companies operate in Argentina. for Reservations.


Argentina’s wide variety of ecosystems is reflected on the great number of activities that can be enjoyed throughout the country. Each location offers a range of opportunities for visitors to enjoy in close contact with nature, its challenges and secrets, and surrounded by landscapes that make visitors feel like discoverers.

Ecotourism:  Is defined as traveling to uncontaminated natural areas for interpretive and study tours and enjoying direct contact with nature.  This is one of the most popular forms of tourism in Argentina.  Some of the most common ecotourism activities are trekking through national parks and natural reserves; skiing, diving and snorkeling as well as wildlife observation and photo safaris.

Adventure Tourism:  Argentina offers an array of possibilities for you to enjoy its best asset— nature. Adventurous and daring travelers find here everything they want to go climbing, hiking, horseback riding, hang gliding, paragliding, powered or unpowered glider flying, hot air ballooning, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and scuba-diving.

Youth Tourism:  Students, young professionals and adventure lovers prefer this type of tourism by traveling on a shoestring budget and engaging in various cultural, educational, recreational and/or sport activities with the purpose of learning and having fun thought active participation in local events. Typical examples of youth tourism in Argentina are graduation trips, student travel and backpacking.

Rural Tourism:  A genuinely argentine experience and one that reflects our traditions and culture in their original atmosphere.

There are a lot of “estancias” in Argentina offering many options for the tourist .Each region has its own characteristics depending on scenery, ranch size, architectural style and type of food. Services available are many from accommodation in ranch houses to hayrides and participation in daily farm chores such as dairy and grain production, and the breeding of cattle, sheep, horses, goats, among others.

Sport Tourism: 

a)      There are important ski centers with the unique Andes mountain range in the background, specially designed for winter sports lovers. Visitors will find international quality ski runs with state-of-the-art lifts and infrastructure. Beginners have excellent ski schools with Argentine and foreign professional ski instructors and modern equipment, and experienced skiers may choose ski runs with various difficulty levels to enjoy the most incredible adventure of sliding down on the snow, immersed in silence and with a constant view of incomparable nature.

b)       Argentina offers golf-links for every player and taste.  Golf lovers have the opportunity to practice this sport in different settings; some links are located in areas surrounded by mountains, others near the sea.  You can also golf in the jungle, within the silent forest, surrounded by small hills or in the heart of a big city.

c)      The angling, particularly fly-fishing in streams and lakes of varied natural environments, it is an important product for its quality and diversity. An opportunity to discover and enjoy different tourist destinations.

Special Interest Tourism:  World class venues and excellent facilities equipped with the latest technology and specifically designed to cater for large groups, have turned Argentina a host for meetings, conferences, festivals and exhibitions.  Throughout the year, Argentina welcomes thousands of travelers who come to participate in these events, ranging from incentive trips to international fairs of any area of expertise.


  • Buenos Aires is a very safe city and local police keep it that way by actively patrolling all tourist areas. Violent crime is extremely rare and smaller towns in Argentina are even safer than Buenos Aires, with crime worth mentioning being unheard of. Nevertheless, it is important to remember there a number of thieves who spend their time in tourist areas on the lookout for easy prey. Always protect your valuables and keep your passport and tickets in a safe at your hotel.
  • Argentina is as varied as the United States when it comes to climate and landscape. However, when you visit Buenos Aires, you will soon realize it’s nothing like the rest of the country. The standard attire is neat, fitted clothing, black leather coats, smart boots with heels, small jewelry. You will feel out of place wearing baggy jeans and flannel. Outside of Buenos Aires, stick to jeans, khakis, more casual (but conservative in color and cut) clothing, especially if traveling with women only. When traveling the countryside, wear comfortable clothing, layer when possible. Avoid the miniskirt/short shorts, although you will see it occasionally.
  • North American, Continental and Middle Eastern cuisine is generally available, whilst local food is largely a mixture of Basque, Spanish and Italian. Beef is of a particularly high quality and meat-eaters should not miss out on the chance to dine at a parrillada, or grill room, where a large variety of barbecue-style dishes can be sampled. Popular local dishes include empanadas (minced meat and other ingredients covered with puff pastry) and locro (pork and maize stew). In general, restaurants are good value.
  • Buenos Aires’ nightlife is vibrant. There are many theatres and concert halls showcasing foreign artists. Nightclubs featuring jazz and tango are plentiful. Tango lessons and dancing can be enjoyed at lively milongas (tango parties), throughout Buenos Aires. There are also many intimate boîtes (clubs) and stage shows. There are casinos throughout Argentina.


A passport is all that’s required of most visitors -although Australians and New Zealanders do need visas. Renewable tourist visas are issued at airports and borders, and are good for 90 days.

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February 10, 2011

Iguazu Falls Argentina And Brazil JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

Iguazu Falls, Argentina And Brazil
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Iguazu Falls, Argentina And Brazil

With cascading waterfalls taller than Niagara Falls and a love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet, Iguazu Falls is the perfect place to fall in love all over again. Legend has it that Guarani tribesmen would sacrifice young virgins to appease a monstrous serpent named Boi that inhabited the river. One day a warrior named Taroba fell in love with the chosen offering, Naipi, and the two ran off together. Boi, seeing the lovers escape, lashed its mighty tail and split the river, forever separating them and creating the Iguazu Falls. Whether the story is true or not, you and your loved one can stand together and witness the glory of more than 270 falls shared by Brazil and Argentina.

There is an array of accommodations in the nearby city of Puerto Iguazu.


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I have walked the Fall’s , I have explored from a rubber raft in the River, I have flown over the Falls,

and trust me when I say this, Iguazu Falls is truly one of the most amazing places on the PLANET!
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January 9, 2011

Discover Argentina JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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2 day wine experience package includes 1 vineyard lunch 2 dinners with wine accompaniment.

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December 23, 2010

Buenos Aires up close and personal JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

Bike Tour: Unexpected Buenos Aires
Languages: english & spanish
This guided tour available in English and Spanish is one of the most interesting and entertaining ways to discover Buenos Aires, learning its history and making friends while you enjoy this city tour experience. This 4-hour tour passes through bike paths and avoids traffic and stressing situations whenever possible. We will pass through major districts like: El Puerto, La Boca, San Telmo, Plaza de Mayo and much more.
Evita Tour
Languages: english & spanish
Eva Perón, a woman that changed the history of Argentina. Following on her steps, this tour recalls Evita public and private history. CGT, Av. De Mayo, the balcony, Ministry of Employment, Ntra. Señora del Pilar, her grave and the National Library. We will also visit Evita Museum, a place to fell, discover and understand the history of one of the most important women in the country’s history.
Piazzolla Tango with Dinner
Language: spanish
A carefully restored Belle Époque theatre, a luxurious lounge, the best setting for the excellent show that will make your tour an unforgettable experience. A majestic performance in a unique atmosphere, warm and exclusive; live music, dancers, first-class singers and an exquisite cuisine will thrill us with their magic, the spirit and the memory of Buenos Aires, Piazzolla and the Tango. 24/7/365

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December 21, 2010

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Argentina Travel Guide JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

Argentina Travel Guide

A pony\'s reflection in the water in Argentina 

A pony’s reflection in the water in Argentina © fainmen

Argentina is a country of immense beauty and proportions. Its geographic diversity spans the most breathtaking terrain from Antarctica, through the wild, glacier-filled mountains of Patagonia and massive open plains of La Pampas to the deserts and tropical jungles in the north.

The country can be enjoyed for its natural wonders alone, but no visit here could be called complete without stepping into its soul, its capital city. The elegant Buenos Aires is home to 40 percent of the population, and is a buzzing metropolis with a rich, passionate and tortured history that is integral to its character. It is Europe and South America contained in one geographical location, with elements of the unknown around each corner. It is familiar and strange at the same time, but at its very core, wonderfully welcoming.

Along the elegant avenues of the fashionable districts, sophisticated diners observe passers-by while they sip strong coffee or enjoy smooth cervezas. There is a constant smell of meat grilling from every corner and sidewalk that reveals the Argentine passion for ‘asado’. Neither glamour nor passion is in short supply in this cosmopolitan hub where Porteños are equally versed in football, politics and fashion.

There are disparities between the rich and poor, with many people living in near slum conditions in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Since 1992 the economy has teetered near collapse due to corruption and government mismanagement, prompting regular and sometimes violent demonstrations. However it is business-as-usual as far as tourism is concerned; in fact, the resultant devaluation of the peso has made the country much more affordable for travellers.

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