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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. 

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JESS Kalinowsky Professional Travel Consultant

December 18, 2010

Penguins, Dolphins, and Welsh History in Patagonia, Argentina

One of the most fascinating and enjoyable day trips from Puerto Madryn, Argentina is the journey south to visit the penguin reserve at Punta Tombo. With stops along the way for Dolphin watching and a traditional Welsh Tea in the historic town of Gaiman this is a full day of unequaled activities. The Flamenco Tour agency offers this day trip starting at about 9AM in the morning and returning to Puerto Madryn by about 6PM. With bilingual tour guides who are knowledgeable on the region and comfortable vehicles, this day trip is a must for those who enjoy nature and unique experiences.

The small peninsula of Punta Tombo is on the Argentinian Patagonian coastline. Thousands of tourists gather here to be amazed, entertained, and educated by one of the most fascinating shows performed by nature at the Magellan penguin colony. Approximately half a million penguins come every year in order to breed. The first of them arrive in September and stay until about mid-March, but the best time to observe them is after November, once the babies are born. One of the greatest features of this Nature Reservation is the fact that you can actually walk among the penguins, follow them and learn their habits, see how they feed their babies, the rites of pairing, the fights for the defense of their territories, how they build their nests, and the unending walks they take to and from the ocean. This is a truly singular experience with wonderful photo opportunities. Penguins and their individual style of waddling and behavioral patterns are always entertaining.

Punta Tombo is also a paradise for other sea birds that have chosen this site to nest. Kelp gulls and dolphin gulls, skuas, two species of cormorants—the king cormorant and the rock shag—steamerducks, snowy sheathbills, and several species of terns and giant petrels all make their nests in this region. Be sure to bring your binoculars to enjoy the bird watching.

At Puerto Rawson the boat tours head out to sea where the dolphin sightings are a major attraction.

Usually the Commerson’s dolphins—called Toninas locally—and also known as bottlenose dolphins, can be observed year-round. This is one of the few places in the world where these dolphins may be watched in their natural environment. Semi-rigid boats leave from Rawson’s harbor in the afternoon because in the mornings the dolphins remain feeding in the ocean depths. Theses dolphins are not at all shy and love to dart back and forth in front of the boats’ bows and leap into the air performing a great show for the passengers on board. On one boat trip it is almost guaranteed that you will be able to observe numerous of these fascinating sea creatures having fun in their natural environment.

For a change of pace the next stop is a visit to the town of Gaiman where the first settlers arrived in 1865 by boat from Wales. These immigrants were escaping from the English domination of their homeland as well as from the attempt of the latter to impose their culture upon them. They were looking for a virgin territory to be able to establish the “New Wales” where they could follow their own rules and customs without being attacked. Patagonia offered this safe haven. Today much of the Welsh culture is still apparent in the historic buildings, architectural style, and street names. Even the Welsh language is still spoken and taught in the schools, and real Welsh Tea Houses are open for all to enjoy a traditional Welsh Afternoon Tea. The Welsh village essence and small farms retain the charm and character created by these original settlers even in today’s modern society. This is a bona fide step back in time with historical overtones for an incomparable Patagonia experience.

From wildlife to local history this day trip from Puerto Madryn is a fascinating education of the local culture and yore. The gay and gay-friendly staff at Flamenco Tour agency will be happy to arrange this journey for your enjoyment and will also ensure that you learn from your time spent with nature and yesteryear.

Reservations: ARGENTINA@FriendsTravel.com

JESS Kalinowsky Professional Travel Consultant

Friends Travel LLP

June 27, 2008

El Colibrí: Cordoba’s Best with FriendsTravel.com

El Colibrí: Cordoba’s Best

Once in a great while, a special place is added to the landscape. El Colibrí is just such a place—an instant tradition. This new estancia has enlivened the rolling pampas of Cordoba, inviting a new generation of guests and receiving them with warmth and charm.

El Colibrí is the creation of Raoul and Stéphanie Fenestraz, whose family has a long heritage of operating fine French hotels. In order to make the posada look and feel like an Argentinean estancia at the beginning of the 20th century, they traveled around the country for over a year, searching for the best craftsmen, the finest materials and authentic antique furniture. Their estancia is designed like a home where every room is decorated differently and every detail is inspired by a story.

From 170 unspoiled hectares of farm land, the Fenestraz family created an authentic example of the Argentinean campo where the wild forest has been transformed into a natural park and the rest of the grounds are looked after like a private garden.

El Colibrí is a colonial-style mansion designed with modern comforts. With only nine rooms, each guest is assured a warm reception and personal service. Meals feature the best Argentinean meats and wines.

The main house features a bar, library, spa, and swimming pool. Nearby, you’ll find the ranch’s club house and polo fields. Guests can relax on the grounds or enjoy horseback riding, biking, golf, polo, fishing and dove hunting. A treetop adventure track and go-cart racing are available for younger guests.

The El Colibrí estancia is just a short flight from Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago de Chile. PanAmerican Travel Services arranges stays at El Colibrí and other destinations within Argentina and Chile.

Some of our clients who visited El Colibrí recently provided the following reviews:

  • “The highlight of our vacation was certainly El Colibrí. This is a spectacular place. I highly recommend it as a destination for individuals as well as families. My kids said it was the best vacation they’ve had. The hosts are incredible!”
  • “The Estancia El Colibrí exceeded our very lofty expectations. It is, quite simply, the nicest place I’ve ever stayed. The rooms, food, staff, and facilities were first rate.”


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