Total Solar Eclipse in the Andes

Viewing an eclipse is a unique mystical experience. And even more special it is while being surrounded by the northern Andes mountain range.


Once a fearful and unpredictable event, nowadays observing an eclipse is an emotional and powerful experience. The day becomes night, nature stands still, oddly quiet and the temperature drops abruptly. A gradual twilight dance between the moon and the sun that wraps you slowly in an incredible surrounding.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

The next total solar eclipse will take place on July 2, 2019. Lucky for us, it will be fully seen west to east in our country, right over a few locations in the provinces of San Juan, La Rioja, San Luis, Córdoba, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. This is a great excuse to plan a trip to Argentina! Take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy touring around.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

We invite you to the northwest to witness this rare natural phenomena when the moon gets between the sun and the earth. It provides many beautiful landscapes to set a special context to experience this unique event. A trip across Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja, passing by Ischigualasto, Talampaya and El Leoncito National Parks…enjoying local culture, traditional food and wine tasting…the perfect northwest destination combination.

You may be asking yourself where to watch the eclipse. For us, one of the best places is Valle Fértil in San Juan. A quien city that dazzles visitors from all over with its abundant vegetation and mountain landscape filled with cacti.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

If you would like to have an experience of a lifetime and have the chance to watch one of nature’s most incredible spectacles, contact us to organize your trip for 2019.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

 


 

Patagonian adventure race

If you need motivation to get in shape, what about a race through the Andes?


On a combined effort and hospitality, Argentina and Chile provide the main set of El Cruce, Columbia’s patagonian adventure race where the main goal is to cross the Andes in the summer.

More than 100 km divided in 3 stages, every year the route changes thanks to the many crossings between both countries, providing each time unique and amazing landscapes.

With great effort, runners get through mountains and volcanoes, snowy summits, woods, lakes, valleys and rocky areas. But not only the many different kinds of terrains to run on make the challenge: the climate may vary a lot. Despite the summer time that could provide a shining sun and a mild temperature, runners may face adverse climatic circumstances that can include cold, snow, intense winds and heavy rains.

There’s no need to say that the physical demand for runners willing to take part on this extreme race is enormous and requires intense prior training. It’s a race for those who love adventure and are willing to face three days running and living in the middle of the mountains, enduring all the difficulties that this implies.

But what is earned is so much more! The effort and dedication of time, energy and resources demanded by this race generate intense emotions and unforgettable memories for all the brave runners. As Columbia says: “Not anyone can run it, but the ones who do will never forget it”.

If you’re interested in more information about El Cruce race and would like to adventure yourself in this experience, contact us!

The art of winemaking in Mendoza

Up to this point it is well known that Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina. Many bodegas are settled here, among the Andes and below the gentle flight of condors. But not all of them have such a distinguished and special collection of wines as Bodega Tapiz.


What is so unique about Bodega Tapiz? Its many and different vineyards are located at different altitudes ranging from 30 to 920 to 1400 meters above sea level, either embraced by the Andes mountain range or receiving the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a bio-climate that makes these places different to the rest of the wine world.

Even though it is possible to stay and have a meal at Club Tapiz Hotel & Resto, today we will just show you a glimpse of this amazing complex visiting the famous winery and tasting its products.

Only twenty minutes away from downtown Mendoza, you will find the estate surrounded by 15 hectares of vineyards and olive trees. Against the Andes and in the middle of one of Tapiz’s premium vineyards, there´s the main building for Club Tapiz Hotel & Resto. Right next to it, a traditional winery from the early 20s, with large casks of French oak and vintage aromas.

If the weather allows it, you will be able to jump on a carriage for a ride around the vineyards, watching the llamas that are bred here. During harvest time, these nice camelids are kept further away, so depending on the time of the visit, they might no be visible. The ride will allow you to enjoy this singular grapevine and terroir in the region of Cuyo, appreciating the always present Andes in the background.   

Then, you will have an exquisite wine tasting guided by the winery experts. Visiting the cellar, you will try bottled wines and also the ones that are still in tanks. This experience not only focuses on the history of Tapiz but also on the historic and geographic context. The objective is for the visitors to learn a bit of enology and to understand why some regions are so distinguished as wine producers.

Particularly in Tapiz, due to the bio-climate, the grapes in the different locations find a perfect combination of soil, climate, optimal solar radiation and good thermal amplitude in the summer. Along with an adequate irrigation management, Tapiz produces grapes with great potential, structure and excellent quality in each varietal.

At last, if time is enough, after the wine tasting you may also visit the organic olive oil factory and have a taste.

In the winery’s own words, a complete experience in the art of winemaking!


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Includes carriage ride, visit to the cellar and wine tasting, olive oil tasting if there’s enough time.
  • Transfers, meals or accommodation are not included.
  • Experience only for 18+ pax
  • Operates: Monday to Friday at 10 & 11:30 am, 2 & 3:30 pm – Saturday and holidays at 10 & 11:30 am.
  • Advanced reservation is required.

 

Stay connected on your trip to Argentina

Whether it is to share pictures on social media or to keep in touch with your people back home, we have the solution for you.


We know how important it is to stay connected when you travel. That is why now we offer a new service: local line and wireless internet on your mobile phone.

We are currently offering two different alternatives: travellers using unlocked cell phones can chose to have a sim card with a data plan to use and travellers with locked phones or not willing to change sim cards, can use a portable wifi router to stay connected.

Once in our country, you will receive the sim card or portable router at your hotel, along with other important information regarding your trip. All set, youre ready to share your trip with your loved ones back home!

Let your Kallpa Executive know that you wish to acquire either of these services for your trip. According to your trip and the length of your stay in Argentina, we will recommend the best option for you.


GENERAL INFORMATION

About the SIM Card:

  • The sim card only works on unlocked mobile phones.
  • The service includes up to 9 GB of mobile data (depending on the chosen plan) for 30 days from the activation day.
  • The sim card is disposable after its use in Argentina.

About the Portable WIFI Router:

  • Cost is per day of usage.
  • It can be used in all South American countries. Coverage must be detailed at the moment of booking.