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LA BANDADA RANCH IN THE PAMPAS, BUENOS AIRES

A working estancia close to the city, perfect for a relaxing stay or a countryside day, living the essence of the spirit of the Pampas.


La Bandada, formerly known as Candelaria del Monte, is a 250 acres fully working farm just one hour and a half from Buenos Aires. Its current name means The Flock, and as it implies, this is an exceptional place for birdwatching. Such is that the lodging rooms bear names of birds that are frequently seen on the ranch.

The house was built in the 70’s and until today keeps the typical colonial style of XIXth century, painted in reddish colors. A paved patio introduces the road to the main entrance of the house, and once inside, a long and wide windowed corridor takes you to the rooms and a very spacious living and dining room at the end, with fireplaces and furnished with detail and care. Big windows overview the park and the swimming pool. One of the most notorious architectural details is the roof made of bricks.

La Bandada offers a countryside day with barbecue, and also 1 to 4 night stays, with full or half board and activities. There are only seven guest rooms, all very comfy and colonial, with a variety of layouts. There are three private suites and two apartments with two bedrooms and a bathroom each. The total occupancy can be up to 14 people, making it a great place to book and enjoy privately.

The house is surrounded by a 24 acres park, full of a variety of very old trees, including centenarian platanus, oak trees, acacias, pines, Chilean myrtles, laurels and casuarinas. It is very pleasant to go for a walk around, visit the orchard, the henhouse, the corrals with goats, horses and other farm animals. 

There’s also a self-guided birdwatching circuit. You just have to take the binoculars and the Bird’s Guide, and follow a checklist of the most common birds in the area that will help you to look for and identify hummingbirds, cardinals, horneros, herons, storks, sparrows, tropical screech oils, southern screamers, coscoroba swans, black necked swans, woodpeckers, fork tailed flycatchers, and a variety of over 15 ducks, such as cinnamon teal, yellow billed pintail, white-faced whistling duck and southern wigeon.

Besides taking advantage of the swimming pool (in summer season) and riding a bike, among other activities, it is possible to book a two hour polo lesson to experience one of the most famous sports in Argentina. You will learn how to play and get a taste of what playing polo is like, in the unique scenery of the Pampas.

Horses are a very important part of life of the farms and here you can ride along a path full of centennials trees until reaching the endless grasslands of the pampas. There are very well trained and easygoing horses, so you can enjoy a ride whether you have any previous experience or not. 

If you are interested in local music, a «guitarreada» is the best way to experience how argentines enjoy a traditional barbecue evening by the fire. Folk music like chamame, zambas, gatos and escondidos are performed by a group of musicians that play the guitar, drums, accordion and violin. This is an experience that operates on demand only.

No countryside experience is complete without the specific gastronomic service. Mariana Dacruz is the inhouse chef, and with vast experience in Patagonia and abroad, this 30 year-old chef is the kitchen’s soul at the estancia. All the dishes she creates include seasonal vegetables from the orchard, which can actually be collected by yourself. Also, the best pieces of meat are chosen to be part of the typical asados.

If you would like to discover the behind the scenes of the kitchen, it’s possible to book a cooking class with Mariana, where she will teach you about traditional Argentine cooking methods, ingredients and seasonal tastes. You can choose from a variety of recipes, such as empanadas, fried pastries and fritters. What you cook, will be served in your next meal.

La Bandada offers a full countryside experience. Visiting or staying here will bring you a sense of tranquility, peace and serenity. You will feel that time runs slower and that the rest of the world seems further and further away. The sound of the pampas with its fauna, windmills, breeze…the smell of the grass and of humid soil of the rain to come…little by little, immerse yourself into the Argentina country spirit!


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Full Board stay: Includes: Lodging with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Non-alcoholic beverages. Activities: use of facilities, 1 hour horseback riding, bikes at disposal, swimming pool. Not included: Alcoholic beverages. Transfers. Extra services (laundry, use of telephone, etc.). Additional experiences. Tips.
  • Half Board stay: Includes: Lodging with breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. Non-alcoholic beverages. Activities: use of facilities and swimming pool. Not included: Alcoholic beverages. Transfers. Extra services (laundry, use of telephone, etc.). Lunch. Horseback and bike rides. Additional experiences. Tips.
  • Countryside Day (from 11 am to 4 pm): Includes: Welcome reception with empanadas and wine. Lunch: barbecue with chorizo, two meat cuts, grilled vegetables and salads, traditional dessert and coffee. Non-alcoholic beverages. Afternoon tea with creole pastries. Guided horseback ride or hike, and other country activities. Not included: Alcoholic beverages. Transfers. Additional experiences. Lodging or other meals. Use of facilities, horseback and bike rides, swimming pool.
  • Additional experiences with extra cost (available for stays and countryside day): Polo lesson. Guided birdwatching circuit. Visit to San Miguel del Monte town. Massage service. Live folk music (guitarreada). Folk dance live show. 

EXPLORA HOTEL IN EL CHALTÉN OPENING SEPTEMBER 2020

With views to the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, explora El Chaltén will open its doors in September 2020. 


17 km away from El Chaltén and within the heart of Los Huemules private reserve, the lodge will be a headquarters from which to explore a world-renowned destination for those who love nature and trekking.

All the programs that the lodge will offer will include accommodation, transfers to and from the airport, meals and beverages, and a selection of exploration routes designed by their own outdoors team.

 

There will be Standard and Suite rooms with the typical design of the ancient Argentinean Patagonia estancias. Comfortable, luminous and spacious they promise to ensure the travelers’ deep rest. 

The hotel will offer more than 30 activities for every level of difficulty and skills, including overlands, trekking, ice hikes and rock climbing, all as diverse as the El Chaltén surroundings.

One of the places to be explored will be Los Glaciares National Park, with vast ice fields and the world-renowned Perito Moreno Glacier. Also, the Southern Patagonia Mountain Range, Mount Fitz-Roy, the towering heights of the area, and the surroundings of the Los Huemules Natural Reserve, in addition to the Patagonia forest and its rich wildlife.

The explorations may cover a full day or half a day, in groups of no more than eight travelers accompanied by a bilingual guide trained at explora’s Guide School. 

To complete and improve even more the guests’ experience, the hotel will provide a full spa service with hydromassages, sauna, and a massage room especially designed to enjoy the views; a gastronomic experience that has the Argentinean Patagonia as inspiration for the menu, offering different lunch and dinner options that fully renew on a daily basis; bars to enjoy a drink after an active day and a shop with local crafts and literature.

To be able to deeply discover this environment and fully enjoy the activities, it’s recommended a stay between four and six nights. Bookings are available now!


 

JUNGLE REST & COMFORT IN IGUAZÚ

Calm and relaxation in the middle of the rainforest, to fully enjoy the visit to the Iguazú Falls.


La Cantera Jungle Lodge by DON is located In the middle of the Iryapú jungle, in full contact with nature.

Upon check-in, the staff already educates guests about the care and respect for nature. Our passage through the rainforest may be temporary, but the ecosystem should remain intact.

For this reason the complex was carefully constructed while preserving the environment; considering in its 3 hectares the permanence of 400 year old trees and other species in danger of extinction. In this way, the architectural project included certain innovative contributions, such as the construction of balconies around trees – to avoid cutting them down – and the reduction of the impact on natural resources.

Perhaps it´s this immersion in nature that in itself predisposes us to tranquility and to disconnect completely; although the environment of La Cantera definitely helps. From the entrance you can see everything connected by wooden walkways that lead to the different rooms and common spaces – such as the swimming pool with solarium or the relax area. All with a lush green and humid vegetation as constant background that allows you to breathe the purest air.

The property has five room categories; modern, sober and very luminous. All are equipped with LCD TV, balcony or deck overlooking the jungle, comfortable beds, air conditioning and minibar.

The in-house restaurant has been recently remodeled. So recently, there are no photos yet! Even so, “El Boyero” promises unique aromas, colors, textures and flavors. Here, a gourmet breakfast is served every morning, and then, in the afternoon you can taste sweet pastries specialties. In the evening, an exclusive menu of drinks and signature dishes, ideal for recovering energy after venturing into the jungle or having visited the Falls.

In addition to the best personalized service, with a warm and friendly staff, La Cantera includes three activities with its rate. On the one hand, an interpretive guided walk to explore the rainforest, learn about the region’s characteristics and its environment, and learn about the flora, fauna and culture of the place.

On the other hand, a walk to a village inhabited by Guarani people, joined by a native guide. You will learn about the Guaraní culture, its routines and uses of medicinal plants, hunting customs and even walking along paths that they themselves have traced.

The third activity is a jungle bike ride, joined also by a guide that will lead the way crossing the lush vegetation of this particular environment.

All the activities are easy, suitable for the whole family, between one and one and a half hours long and can be done in the morning or in the afternoon.

For Iguazú visitors, there is no better option than staying in a natural environment, without disregarding the comfort and hospitality that La Cantera Jungle Lodge offers daily.


 

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.