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HOMEMADE FOOD & WARMTH IN EL CALAFATE

An unforgettable dinner in a warm homey atmosphere. Enjoy a regional homemade meal made with love, between talks and laughs, feeling at home.


The evening’s host is Gabo, who says that what he likes most is to receive visitors; enjoy their company, long chats, mates, walks, and of course, food. His passion is to cook for his guests with love, time and dedication, honoring the popular saying “the kitchen is the heart of the home”.

Gabo welcomes you at his cozy cabin to cook and make you feel at home with the aroma of homemade food, chatting and sharing a drink. He proposes to know El Calafate in a different way, knowing its people and places from the point of view of a local person while sharing a dinner listening to good music and making new friends. 

This experience will take you to savor homemade food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with dishes made with regional products, accompanied by wines selected from Argentine and Patagonian wineries that respect the aromas and flavors in a harmonious and pleasant way to the palate.

The dinner proposal includes a welcome drink, entrance, main course, dessert and drinks. It has two fixed menus; a “traditional” one, based on regional cuisine and adapting the raw material of the area in an unforgettable journey of flavors; and the other “vegetarian” menu, designed so that those who opt for this type of food in which most of the ingredients used are selected from local organic farms can also enjoy this experience.

At a large table with a maximum of 12 people, you can taste the delicacies that Gabo cooks in his own kitchen while talking with him and with all the guests, appealing to the principles of the house: enjoy life, feel at home, cook with love and make new friends.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The 3-step menus are fixed (may vary) and must be chosen at the time of booking. Please, ask for an alternative dessert dish should the diner request it.
  • Current Traditional menu: Entrance: Zucchini cream soup. / Main course: Braised lamb with mustard with wedge potatoes. / Dessert: Cheesecake with calafate ice cream or white chocolate brownie with semi bitter chocolate ice cream. / Drinks: Mineral water + soft drink or menu upgrade with ½ bottle of Saurus Malbec wine.
  • Current Vegetarian Menu: Entrance: Corn cream soup. / Main course: Vegetable au gratin stew. /  Dessert: Cheesecake with calafate ice cream or white chocolate brownie with semi bitter chocolate ice cream. / Drinks: Mineral water + soft drink or menu upgrade with ½ bottle of Saurus Malbec wine.
  • Transfers and wine are not included.

 

GOURMET LUNCH & GLACIERS IN EL CALAFATE

An exclusive full day visit to Los Glaciares National Park including sights of the three main glaciers, a hike into the woods and a gourmet meal on board.


This experience proposes not only plowing through the Lago Argentino cool turquoise waters sailing in front of 50 meter high ice walls, millenary deep blue ices and majestic icebergs; but also enjoying a delicious gourmet lunch, hiking into the woods inside the Spegazzini Canal and visiting Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno glaciers in just one day.

In the morning, the elegant cruise María Turquesa greets us on board to cross the Lago Argentino. Personalized attention and excellent service is guaranteed while enjoying the landscapes from any of its two interior decks or four exterior ones.

Leaving a private port in Puerto Bandera, the cruise heads northwest towards Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo. Crossing the icebergs barrier, we get really close to the Spegazzini glacier, the highest in the national park with 135 meters ice walls. We disembark at Las Vacas station for a guided interpretive hike with a view of the old Settlers’ Station.

Back on board, we visit the Upsala Canal and navigate to Herminita Peninsula, enjoying panoramic views of the namesake Glacier. During this stretch of the navigation we have our gourmet lunch. On both levels, an exquisite meal is served:  a four-step tasting menu for passengers on the Premium deck, and a gourmet box lunch at the Classic tier (see general information below for detailed menus).

In the afternoon we navigate to Canal de los Témpanos on to the last glacial visit of the day: the world famous Perito Moreno; the perfect ending for this memorable journey before getting back to port.

We recommend this full day adventure as a complement to the traditional mini-trekking or Perito Moreno walkways, as it provides a different view of this colossal glacier.

For more information, please contact your Kallpa Executive.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Full day shared service.
  • Daily departures at 9 am. Return at 6 pm.
  • Bilingual English Spanish guide and air-conditioned environments.
  • Maria Turquesa Cruise: Main deck with capacity for 180 people + space specially designed for children. 4 exterior decks and 1 Premium deck on the upper level with a maximum capacity for 20 people.
  • Lunch menus may vary.

Premium 4-step gourmet lunch tasting menu:

  • Amuse Bouche: Brioche bread, trout pâté and seasonal pickles.
  • First Course: Corn and pumpkin cream, olives focaccia, tomato pesto and roasted garlic cream.
  • Main Dish: Lamb terrine with grain mustard, smoked eggplant, figs and onion syrup, garlic and carrot mayonnaise.
  • Dessert: Apple and quince puff pastry, burned caramel cream, yerba mate mousse and white chocolate.
  • chocolate mousse.
  • Includes wine during lunch and non-alcoholic beverages.

Classic gourmet lunch box:

  • Lunch: Lamb sandwich with homemade mustard, criollo cheese and caramelized onions. Baked potatoes and smoked cheese sauce.
  • Dessert: Caramel mousse, brownie and preserved red fruits.
  • Includes one non-alcoholic beverage (soda drink or water).
  • Optional (additional charge): open bar with wine, sparkling wine, whiskey, liqueurs, coffee and tea.

Navigation Route (*)

8:30 am – Boarding at La Soledad Private Port

9:00 am – Set sail. Visit Escuadra Bay and Muralla de Condoreras (Condor Nesting Wall). Seco, Heim and Spegazzini Glaciers. Disembark at “Puesto Las Vacas” station for a walk. Visit Upsala Canal, panoramic view of the Upsala and Bertracchi Glaciers. Lunch onboard.

Navigation along Canal de los Témpanos towards the Northern face of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

OPTIONAL: end the excursion at Moreno Port approximately at 03:45 pm (only booking in advance).

5:00 pm – Arrival at La Soledad Port.

(*) Route and disembark subject to modifications according to the captain’s criteria and / or weather conditions.

Bike ride & wine tasting in the vineyards of Mendoza

 

A visit to Maipú,one of Mendoza’s most renowned wine regions. The proposal is to ride a bicycle through the vineyards and facilities of Familia Zuccardi, one of the main wineries in the province.

The itinerary includes three stops to taste the local varieties of Chardonnay, Syrah and Malbec, with an expert’s explanation of the characteristics, irrigation systems and vineyard management.

The visit ends with a regional/gourmet lunch, paired with outstanding wines.

Contact us for more information and rates.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Departure time: 09:30hs.
  • Estimated arrival time: 16:00hs.
  • Includes: private transfer service, bilingual guide, wine tasting, insurance, technical equipment, snack, regional lunch/gourmet tasting lunch, snack, mineral water.
  • Does not include: tips, extras.
  • Please wear cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and suitable shoes, coat. Also please bring additional mineral water.
  • Safety tips: Report to the guide/driver about any special illness, allergy or Physical Restriction.

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.