Northern countryside relax at Amalinas Hotel

Relax, high comfort and trendy design surrounded by the beautiful yunga landscape awaits only 15 minutes away from Salta’s downtown.

Settled in Castellanos, nearby Villa San Lorenzo, Amalinas Hotel combines a relaxed countryside location with the urban comfort, ideal for self drive travellers visiting Salta.

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This new hotel opened last May and greeted us with incredible mountain views from any standing point, thanks to the large windows thoughtfully placed and the outside gallery and garden. We immediately appreciated a relaxed and enlightened environment, powered by the exuberant vegetation that surrounds us.


We have been told that Amalinas’ semi-urban conceptual aesthetic was originated by the hotel’s location, given it is encircled by wild nature but only a few minutes away from the city’s cultural and historical center. The idea was to “contemplate the yunga from a designer chair”. To represent this merged concept, the hotel was constructed using wood, stone, aluminum and glass. These materials are appreciated in the ten rooms available, distributed along the two story building, all of them equipped with designer furniture.

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Ideal to contemplate the panoramic view, all the rooms on the first floor have a balcony. From our suite on this floor, we saw a peculiar detail that charmed us: the gallery’s green roof in bloom with typical plants from the area, a view that blends with the yunga’s natural background. This can also be seen looking up from the hotel’s garden, where you can relish and settle back in the climatized pool or outdoor jacuzzi.

Another detail which is typical from northern houses, are the color limestones applied in the bathrooms, which were specially made for the hotel. This gives a homey and warmer touch to the room’s environment.

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Buffet breakfast was served at Amalinas’ Resto Bar, where we sat at one of the tables in the outside gallery to enjoy the view. The restaurant is open for the four meals and it includes distinguished dishes prepared by recognised regional chefs, a variety of wines and cocktail drinks and also patisserie and coffee for the afternoon.

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For its location, relaxed environment and design, Amalinas Hotel is ideal for self drive travellers around our North, that look for a high comfort countryside experience close to the city highlights. Contact our Account Executives for more information about this hotel.

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Open fire cooking class in Mendoza

Imagine yourself by the fire, surrounded by the vineyards, a glass of Malbec in your hand and learning the secret tricks of a local Chef to cook Argentinean specialties and taste them afterwards.

At Finca Adalgisa in Mendoza, Chef Cristina Brino teaches how to prepare local traditional dishes that can be easily made at home.

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Using only fresh products, some of which are cultivated and recently harvested at the Finca´s own garden, Cristina prepares a three course dinner in a clay oven or on an open fire. You may participate in the preparation or just look and taste.

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The cooking class starts with the typical clay oven meat empanadas, learning to make the dough and the stuffing. Then, moving along to the open fire, we will prepare the main course: a rib eye steak with fresh chimichurri -an Argentinian sauce based on Arauco olive oil- and grilled vegetables. Last but not least, caramelized fruit in the clay oven as a dessert.

Cooking Demostration

No need to worry: all the dishes can be made at home in a conventional kitchen and with fresh products that may be found in any place of the world.

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Enjoy the experience with a Finca Adalgisa Malbec, share a warm conversation with Chef Cristina and take back home an apron as a reminder of this special cooking class in Mendoza.



  • When: From October to May, any day of the week at 7 pm upon request (depending on Chef´s availability).
  • Where: Finca Adalgisa, Mendoza
  • Pax requirements: from 2 up to 8 people
  • Any dietary restrictions should be previously advised.


  • Cooking class, ingredients and cookware.
  • Three course dinner after class.
  • Wine and water throughout the whole experience.
  • Gift amenities.


  • Transfers from and to other hotels.

Buenos Aires 360 degrees Immersion

You already visited our city. You need to go deeper. Feel the Buenos Aires 360 degrees immersion.

You already had contact with locals, experienced our great gastronomy, probably went to an Estancia in the countryside or enjoyed a great Tango Show.  Now what is left is to  experience Buenos Aires from the top of some buildings, taste our flavours in selected cafes and venues (including breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea) and get a different view of this cosmopolitan city from the River. That’s the experience you’ll have in this Buenos Aires 360 degrees Immersion. Keep reading and you will  know why we love this outing!

During this “unique” Buenos Aires 360 degrees immersion we learnt more about Buenos Aires, its spirit, its mystique and its charm. A way to go back in time and discover a different and  unforgettable city.

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So we are ready to start the tour: We meet our guide and after a small introduction talk we begin to walk along the renowned Avenida De Mayo until we reach Café Tortoni, this famous Notable Bar epitomizes the “porteño café”, Little is known about its origins. Just that a French immigrant named Touan decided to open it at the end of 1858, and name it after an establishment on Boulevard des Italiens in Paris where the elites of the Parisian culture used to meet. Time seems to have stood still like in an old photograph, when people used to come here to play billiards, cards, or just to share a coffee with friends. Here, we stop for a typical porteño-style breakfast.

buenos aires 360 degrees immersionAfter having coffee we walked three blocks along Avenida De Mayo up to Plaza de Mayo where we are  able to see monuments and buildings related to our history. The surroundings  show us the Cabildo( old town hall), the Cathedral and the Casa Rosada (or Government House as it is popularly known).

buenos aires 360 degrees immersionWe continue on our trip walking along  Roque Saenz Peña Avenue where we can enjoy a direct view of the Obelisk, and find ourselves just one block from the pedestrian Florida Street and half a block from the Guemes Gallery (arcade). This beautiful gallery built in Art Nouveau over spectacular passages, has a viewpoint on the 14th floor, where you can see the tops of the wonderful domes of Buenos Aires. This building used to be  considered  one of the skyscrapers of the city at the beginning of the 20th century with its 87 meters in height. From the 14th floor were able to take amazing pictures of the city.

buenos aires 360 degrees immersionWe walked down four blocks along Reconquista Street to go to a private restaurant, the Club Aleman (German Club) located in a building situated on Corrientes and Alem Avenues where we’ll have lunch. This restaurant has, unquestionably, the best panoramic view of Buenos Aires. It gives you a nearly 360° degree view of the city scenery.

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Just a few blocks away is Puerto Madero: We walked four blocks along Corrientes Avenue until we reached  Puerto Madero and then up to the Juana Manuela Gorriti dam. We walked past the Buenos Aires city harbor´s attractions, such as the Bridge of Women (Puente de la Mujer). And on our return, we walked past the Cossetini and Pierina Dealessi dams, and then visited a Havanna Coffee-Shop, a trade mark famous for its coffee and “alfajores”, and also past the Amalia De Fortabat Art Collection Museum. This museum´s main collection is about  Argentine artists ranging from the 19th Century up to the present days.

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Finally we found ourselves passing by the Pierina Dealessi dam, Then we walked up to the river in Puerto Madero. where  we took an enjoyable  Boat ride. We were able to see the City of Buenos Aires from the water as we sailed the Rió de la Plata while having great panoramic views.

It is important to know that this is a full day and small basis tour (max. 6 pax). The tickets to the Guemes and Fortabat Galleries are included. The breakfast at the Tortoni Cafe, Lunch at the Club Alemán (German Club) and the snack at Havanna Coffee Shop, the transfers and the navigation through De La Plata River are also included.

If you are a true traveler you’ll want to take this tour and take a great experience back home with you. If you are interested in this or more experiences in Buenos Aires, you can contact your Account Executive to enlighten your trips to Buenos Aires.

Also try the navigation through La Plata River to visit Tigre and Delta


Minimun Pax Requirements: 2


  • Transfers
  • Breakfast at Tortoni Cafe
  • Entrance at Guemes Gallery
  • Lunch at Club Aleman Restaurante (German Club Restaurant)
  • Entrance to Amalia Fortabat Gallery
  • Snack at Havanna Coffee Shop
  • Navigation through La Plata River


All that is not mentioned as included.

Patagonian History at Puerto Blest Hotel

A day in Bariloche starts with a good breakfast and amazing landscapes that captivate the eyes of travelers from all over the globe. As part of the Lakes Crossing circuit we decided to be part of the Patagonian history at Puerto Blest Hotel.

patagonian-history-at-puerto-blest-hotel-4After a twenty minutes transfer from the hotel to Puerto Pañuelo we board a Catamaran to navigate for an hour the Nahuel Huapi Lake to get to Puerto Blest. The magnificent views of the andean mountain range. The snowed peaks, the seagulls flying around to get a cookie from the hands of travelers. The way the sun warms the mountains and sweeps its light on landscapes are a highlight in itself. A great way to experience the Patagonian history at Puerto Blest Hotel

patagonian-history-at-puerto-blest-hotel-5We arrived at Puerto Blest and disembark. This pier located at the end of the Blest tributary of the Nahuel Huapi Lake is a spectacle in itself, At this point you can see how the green waters of the Frías River blends with the cool blue waters of Nahuel Huapi Lake resulting in a surreal view., Surrounded by a dense Valdivian rainforest that only leaves space to enjoy the quiet beach that allows us to enjoy the Blest harbor.

Across from the harbour we find Puerto Blest Hotel. Accessible only by boat. It is a small hotel made of wood and stones like the typical german architecture of the region. With only 14 comfortable rooms, some of them include a seating area where you can relax. Certain units feature views over the lake or the river. There is wi-fi in the hotel..

patagonian-history-at-puerto-blest-hotel-2 patagonian-history-at-puerto-blest-hotel-1At the hotel´s surroundings we can enjoy various activities such as biking and hiking. There is a circuit that will take you to Los Cantaros Waterfall by doing a lovely two hours´ trekking and going up a stepped terrain of more than 800 steps bordering the cascade that begins in the Los Cantaros Lagoon, That effort is crowned visiting the “grandfather” a 1,500 years old tree. From this point we continue our trekking on this trail through the rainforest to get back to the Hotel.

Back in the hotel we enjoyed a nice and warm cup of coffee seating on the deck and having magnificent views of the lake and mountains. The landscape mesmerized you.. Makes you want to stay for hours standing in awe at such a natural beauty. Later we had dinner at the restaurant which serves a menu of local cuisine and great wines. There is also a living room with a tv set for those who love watching movies..

patagonian-history-at-puerto-blest-hotel-3A historical place where the remains of Francisco Pascasio Moreno were laid down to rest on the Centinela Island, which can be seen from the catamaran during the trip in the National Park that was founded by him..

If you are looking for remote hotels to relax, enjoy nature or spend night in the Andes, Puerto Blest Hotel is the place you have to visit. Contact your Account Executive for more information about this Hotel or the Bike Andean Crossing.