Tropical Baroque Party in Buenos Aires

The New Year’s Eve fete at Faena Hotel on December 31st is a nod to the drama and glamour of Europe’s Baroque period, infused with South American romance. 

The fabulous party begins at the hotel’s gilded Cathedral as guests are greeted with champagne and cocktails, along with passionate live performances. Then continues to the terrace of the lively Library Lounge.

Dinner offers guests a choice of venue in buffet style. El Mercado provides traditional Argentinian cuisine while the contemporary palates will be delighted at Bistro Sur, a whimsical space with Philippe Starck décor.

Throughout the evening, while enjoying the open bar serving the best Argentinian wines and crafted cocktails, guests are immersed in this glamorous Tropical Ball with themed live entertainment.

As the clock counts down to midnight, meet at the Pool Bar for exciting live musical performances and a few more surprises.

The venue takes place at Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero on Tuesday December 31st, starting at 8 pm. Please contact us to make your reservation.


General information

  • You may book for dinner and celebration, or for the after midnight party only.
  • Children from 2 to 12 years old pay 50% of the rate.
  • There’s a special rate for Faena Hotel guests.

 

REFINEMENT, NATURE & WINE IN MENDOZA

Live and breath wine culture in an unbeatable setting at the foothills of the Andes Mountains.


South of the capital of Mendoza, in the town of Tunuyán and located in a farm of 320 hectares at the foot of the Andes Mountain Range, Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort offers a high-end service with the warmth of the countryside and where wine and the vineyards are the protagonist.

The establishment stands out for a sleek minimalistic style with a modern edge that still pays the utmost respect to the land, in a valley that has the Andes as an imposing backdrop. Stones from San Rafael, hardwoods, custom furniture and lots of natural light characterize the construction, which houses seven rooms and nine suites, in addition to three recently opened private villas, all very spacious and fully equipped.

In this spectacular Andean resort, gastronomy plays a central role. The menu of its restaurant is a faithful reflection of local haute cuisine, incorporating organic vegetables, local seasonal products and the best wines of the Uco Valley.

Casa de Uco offers the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, with activities tailored to each guest, all centered around the incredible landscape, vineyards and mountains. 

Depending on the season and climate, you can take advantage of all the services and facilities on the farm. Nature reigns throughout its length and can be enjoyed trekking or horseback riding at the foot of the mountain range, or cycling through the vineyards. It is also possible to play tennis, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or explore the ecological reserve and mountains.

You can’t miss a relaxing visit to the spa to enjoy a massage session, special treatments based on vines and hydrotherapy, saunas, dry and steam baths. Outside, an infinity pool with jacuzzi and solarium, spread over the lagoons, invites you to pleasant baths with endless landscape postcards.

Indoors, you can complement your experience with cooking lessons and wine tastings held by the expert staff. The estate is outfitted with an exclusive boutique winery, to which guests are invited to live authentic wine experiences. With a keen eye for vanguard design and crafted with the latest in modern technology, the winery includes state of the art equipment for wine production, harvesting, and creating fine wines. 

At the foundational soul of the resort, the underground wine cava, which stores an impressive selection of some of the best wines in the region, you can ́t miss a special wine tasting led by an expert sommelier. Learn about the entire winemaking process, from planting to final product, knowing the vineyards and winery facilities. The “backstage” of wine.

Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort offers a relaxing ambiance radiating sophistication and comfort, created to relish the unbeatable panoramic views.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Rates include: 

  • Breakfast À la carte in the restaurant.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • Mini-bar with 2 non-alcoholic drinks per room per day.
  • Nespresso coffee and 2 capsules per room per day and a selection of snacks from Mendoza. 
  • Biking and horseback riding in the property. 
  • Use of tennis court, bows and arrows.
  • Use of Uco Spa, outdoor pool and heated external jacuzzi, exercise room. 

Optionals: Guided tour and wine tasting at Casa de Uco Winery, trekking, Cooking lessons among other activities

It is possible to add half or full board supplement for an additional cost.

 

PATAGONIAN RANCH EXPERIENCE IN EL CALAFATE

Experience the rural life of an authentic Patagonian estancia in the lands of the Perito Moreno Glacier.


Far from mass tourism and 55 km from El Calafate, we find the historic ranch Estancia Nibepo Aike. Initially called La Jerónima, Nibepo Aike covers an area of ​​more than 12,000 hectares, delimited by the South Arm of Lake Argentino and the border with Chile, framed by the Andes Mountains. Dedicated to bovine and sheep production as livestock activities, it is an ideal place to immerse yourself in rural life.

Nowadays you may spend the day visiting the ranch, to experience the life of an authentic estancia located in one of the most impressive settings in Argentina.

Every morning and afternoon, it is possible to enjoy the traditional countryside day. Upon arrival, the host guide will receive and take you to the quincho for a hot drink (tea, coffee or mate) and homemade pastry.

Then, we will set forth on an easy walk to tour the facilities of the farm, which was formerly dedicated to sheep production only, and which today has been transformed into the most prestigious Hereford cabin of these latitudes that also maintains a sheep herd.

The hike will take us to excellent views of the South Arm of Lake Argentino, discovering various rocky outcrops eroded by glacial action and changes in lake levels. Through trails, we will discover a forest of lenga and ñir trees, where caranchos, cachañas, hares, woodpeckers, eagles and an abundant variety of native flora and fauna live.

We will arrive at the shearing shed and current historical museum of the stay. Here we will learn about this peculiar rural work, from the shearing of the animal to the assembly of the bundle of wool; the way in which the wool is stowed and transported.

Next, a “reins test” of riders will be carried out or, depending on the rural activities of the day, farm work will be done in the pens near the main house. In the morning, visitors can also participate in the milking and sheep grazing, concluding with a typical day of work in the ranch.

On the way back, the guide will reveal the history of the place, telling anecdotes and stories of the first settlers. Crossing through the orchard where most of the vegetables in the ranch come from, we will arrive to the quincho, where they will wait for us with an exquisite barbecue, ready to delight us with a delicious Patagonian lamb while enjoying the imposing view of the Cordillera.

For those who choose the extended countryside day option, after lunch or before dinner and rural activities, will take a three hour guided horseback ride on different paths that will allow you to learn more about the corners of Nibepo Aike.

And for those who do not have enough time for a full day experience, you may visit the estancia only for lunch or dinner at the quincho. Taste the homemade delicacies, a barbecue of Patagonian lamb, beef steaks and sausages, with various salads, homemade dessert and one drink per person. This culinary experience is ideal before or after the Perito Moreno Glacier excursion, if you rented a car. It is important to clarify that this option does not include other rural activities.

Another brief but more adventurous option to not miss this incredible Patagonian ranch is to only take a guided three-hour horseback ride, touring the coast of the lake and ascending to the Cerro de los Cristales hill. With its 1282 meters, despite not being the highest in the area, its privileged view allows you to appreciate Lake Argentino, the Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine, from a single point.

Returning to El Calafate, having experienced the life of a typical Patagonian estancia will give you a new perspective, finding more meaning in the immense Patagonian landscapes characterized by the infinite and the remote.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Countryside Day, morning or afternoon: Traditional option to visit the ranch. 

  • Schedule: AM Pick up 8.30 – Drop off 15:30 / PM Pick up 16.30 – Drop off 23.30. The schedules are estimates and subject to modification. 
  • Includes: Welcome reception with tea/coffee/mate and fried cakes/homemade puddings. Walk around the old main house. Stories of the first settlers of the Estancia and the cattle ranching. Brief historical review on the breakdowns of the Perito Moreno Glacier and their consequences in the area. Milking in the morning (depending on the time of calving of the animals), feeding of lambs or calves with a bottle and sheep herding. Demonstration of shearing and test of reins. Visit to the orchard. Lunch/Dinner: Roast Lamb with salads and dessert. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink per person during meal. Bilingual English/Spanish guide during rural activities. 
  • Not included: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the meal, outside the stipulated. Transfers. Tips. Horseback ride. Bilingual guide for the horseback ride.

Extended Countryside Day: a 3 hours horseback ride is added to the traditional Countryside day.

  • Schedule: AM Pick up 8.30 – Drop off 19:30 – Horseback ride after Countryside day and lunch /  PM Pick up 13.30 – Drop off 23.30 – Horseback ride before Countryside day and dinner. The schedules are estimates and subject to modification. 
  • Includes: Welcome reception with tea/coffee/mate and fried cakes/homemade puddings. Walk around the old main house. Stories of the first settlers of the Estancia and the cattle ranching. Brief historical review on the breakdowns of the Perito Moreno Glacier and their consequences in the area. Milking in the morning (depending on the time of calving of the animals), feeding of lambs or calves with a bottle and sheep herding. Demonstration of shearing and test of reins. Visit to the orchard. Lunch/Dinner: Roast Lamb with salads and dessert. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink per person during meal. Bilingual English/Spanish guide during rural activities. Horseback riding of approximately 3 hours duration. 
  • Not included: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the meal, outside the stipulated. Transfers. Tips. Bilingual guide for the ride

Patagonian barbecue: Lunch or dinner at the quincho

  • Schedules: Lunch at 12 pm. Dinner at 8 pm. 
  • Includes: Lunch/Dinner at the quincho: Roast Lamb with various salads and homemade dessert. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink per person during the meal. Ask for alternative menu. 
  • Not included: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the meal, outside the stipulated. Transfers. Tips.

Horseback ride: 3 hours to explore the corners of Nibepo Aike in more depth, crossing the coast of the lake and ascending to the Cerro de los Cristales. 

  • Schedules: From 3 to 6 pm. Please check in 30 minutes in advance. 
  • Includes: Horseback riding with guide authorized by National Parks. 
  • Not included: Transfers. Bilingual guide.

SOLAR ECLIPSE IN BARILOCHE 2020

The greatest astronomical phenomenon will take place again next year and can be observed in a wide line of totality in Patagonia, from the Cordillera to the Argentine sea.


The total solar eclipse of 2019 shone splendidly in Argentina, leaving unforgettable images in a lot of Argentines and foreigners who came to our country to be among the 20 million privileged people around the world who were able to see live the greatest astronomical phenomenon, according to scientists.

It takes more than 300 years for an eclipse to occur in the same place, but since our geography is so extensive from north to south, the next one will be visible in Patagonia in 2020.

 The entire strip will be relatively narrow. Passing through Argentina, it will be seen from San Martín de los Andes in the province of Neuquén, to Las Grutas in Río Negro. In the rest of the country and in South America it will be seen partially in different percentages.

In Kallpa, we have planned a special 3-day fixed departure to witness this celestial phenomenon. It is a unique opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Bariloche, experience the magical event of the solar eclipse joined by other interested travelers and an astronomer, and also enjoy a soft uphill hike on the Llao Llao peninsula to enjoy incredible Patagonian panoramic views. Without a doubt, an unforgettable photographic journey!

For more information, rates and the full program, please contact your Kallpa Tour coordinator.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Fixed departure from December 13th to 16th 2020:

  • Day 1 – Dec. 13th: Arrival in Bariloche. Briefing with tour leader and astronomer. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Day 2 – Dec. 14th: Solar eclipse full day experience at Catan Lil ranch.
  • Day 3 – Dec. 15th: Full day short circuit and hike to the Llao Llao Peninsula.
  • Day 4 – Dec. 16th: Transfer to the airport.

Included

  • Tour leader for the whole tour.
  • Lodging for 3 nights at Las Marianas Hostería in standard room with breakfast.
  • Services and meals as detailed on the description.
  • Full day eclipse events arrangements, including round trip transportation and accompaniment of an astronomer. Lunch is not included.
  • Hike to Llao Llao Peninsula, including Bilingual Certified Mountain Guide / Box lunch + water + tea + snacks / First Aid Kit + VHF Radio + GPS / Insurance + Permits.

 Not included

  • International and/or domestic flights.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Taxes, personal expenses.
  • Meals not detailed on the description.
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