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!

Northern Carnival, an eccentric celebration

One of the most beautiful popular festivities in the Northwest welcomes visitors from everywhere into a cultural experience of rituals and tradition.

Every year between February and March, Roman Catholic countries around the world celebrate carnival before the liturgical season of Lent. But there’s no carnival celebration like the one in Humahuaca Gorge in Jujuy. A colorful, noisy and joyful mix between the Spanish conquistadors inherited traditions and the Pachamama (Mother Earth) rituals of our northern native people.

Courtesy Secretaría de Turismo de Jujuy

The celebration begins the weekend before Carnival. Troupes from the surrounding towns arrive in Tilcara for the “devil’s” disinterment: a small doll (pucllay) in the shape of the devil that symbolizes the sun, responsible of fertilizing the soil (Pachamama). Then, the troupes and its musicians and dancers in colorful and bright costumes begin the parade through the streets, marching and dancing to the rhythm of traditional music. People gather and join to celebrate, dancing and drinking until sunrise.

After a week of rejoice, on Carnival Sunday celebrations end with the devil’s burial at the same place where all began. Until next year, the devil will rest under ground along with alcohol, coca leaves and cigarettes as offerings for the Pachamama.

Courtesy Secretaría de Turismo de Jujuy

An event where religious faith and paganism merge. Popular rituals and myths, fireworks and costumes, dancing and drinking, music and tradition. Anything goes for a week of fun and eccentric celebration; an unforgettable cultural experience.

If you’re planning a trip to Argentina’s Northwest, we recommend visiting Humahuaca Gorge in Carnival. Contact a Kallpa Executive for next year’s date!


Lunch with The Enemy in Mendoza

We’ve been recommending this experience in Mendoza for some time now, but it’s so good that we want to give it a refreshed view. Enjoy a culinary proposal now included in the Michelin Voyage guide.

Alejandro Vigil is a wine expert at Aleanna Winery, one of the most prestigious wineries in Argentina. Together with Laura, the youngest daughter of the renowned Ernesto Catena, he indulged himself by introducing his own wine: “El Enemigo”. From its very first impression, the name speaks for itself and plays opposite to the other wineries that want to bind together wine and friendship. However, the name given to this wine, has conquered the market due to its antagonism: “The Enemy”.

Maybe that’s not the picture we have in mind about what happens behind closed doors at Aleanna Winery, but that’s how Alejandro Vigil is. He understands his work that way because he is as passionate for the grapevines, the bottles and the beautifully designed labels as for his own restaurant: Casa Vigil (formerly called El Enemigo), where his guests can savour exquisite local cuisine and its emblem wine.

Located in Chachingo, Maipú, only half an hour away from the city of Mendoza, Casa Vigil was recently included in the prestigious French guide Michelin Voyage, which stands out the best touristic and gastronomic places to visit outside France. The guide has remarked not only the well thought dishes that you will find on its menu to pair its wines, but also praised the place itself for its originality and exhibited local art. “An attractive and atypical place”, the Michelin Voyage calls.

This is not the only international mention to Casa Vigil. In 2017, the Great Wine Capitals network awarded it as the best cellar restaurant in Argentina, and Decanter magazine called it one of the best restaurants in Mendoza.

With so many good reviews, surely you´re curious and eager to see and taste for yourself what all this is about. This is definitely an experience that you can’t miss on your visit to Mendoza.

When in town, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Casa Vigil, where you´ll meet Alejandro and his wife Maria. You´ll visit the cellar where El Enemigo and El Gran Enemigo are made, and also be welcomed into the Vigil´s family home, where they´ll share anecdotes, stories and tell you about their passion for wine.

The visit includes and exquisite asado (barbecue) with gourmet salads and grilled vegetables. Of course, you won´t leave without tasting some of the house´s internationally prized wines, joined by one of the best wine experts in the world: Alejandro himself will guide you through a “Great Enemy” wine tasting experience.  



  • Lunch with “El Enemigo” menu: Barbecue with gourmet salads and grilled vegetables along with the seven labels of “El Enemigo”.
  • Min. 2 pax required
  • Tour to the cellar is subject to availability.
  • Included: Round-trip transportation to and from the winery – “Gran Enemigo” wine tasting experience – 4 step lunch with wines included.
  • Not included: Tips – Accommodation – Extra wine tastings – Guide.
  • 7 step dinner service is also available. Contact your Kallpa Executive for pricing.

Comfort & design in Palermo

Welcome to Atempo, a unique hotel where comfort, design and attention to detail combine in a bohemian and culinary surrounding.

Right in Palermo Hollywood, one of the trendiest and renowned design and gastronomic neighbourhoods, we found a special hotel thought and conceived for its guests comfort. Which is great, since this is one of the most chosen areas to stay in Buenos Aires.

From artisanal pastries at breakfast and room service home-made meals, to premium wines and free bikes at your disposal, in room spa service and a fruity welcome drink to begin your experience in the city, Atempo Design Hotel promises a one-of-a-kind service and a warm environment with unique details to make your stay unforgettable.

Born from the combination of noble wood and original design, Atempo has 20 suites and 8 design lofts distributed across 10 floors.

Spacious and luminous rooms with a exquisite and warm design offer superior rest and comfort, usually hard to find in general standard hotel rooms.

All of them have LCD with cable TV and DVD player, individual heating and air conditioning, safe box, telephone with national and international dialing facilities, Wi-Fi Internet connection, full kitchen and room service.

A home-made and artisanal buffet breakfast is served daily, with a few options to choose from. Fresh fruit, artisanal marmalades, bread and pastries, eggs and fried bacon. Everything you need to start the day with full energy and tour around the city.

Whenever you want to relax, a tempered pool on the first floor is available year round. Or maybe you would prefer to treat yourself with a spa day or request one of the in room spa services provided (not included in the rate).

Also, the hotel offers free bikes to pedal around and visit the best touristic spots in the city following a specially designed route. Tip: book your bike in advance!

If you’re planning a visit to Buenos Aires, thinking about resting and enjoying yourself, Atempo Design is definitely the hotel for you.