A new way to enjoy Iguazu Falls

This month we provide tips to show you a new way to enjoy Iguazu Falls


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Recently selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, since 2011, we fell in love with its 275 jumps, its red soils jungle and the “mix” of people due to its location in the Triple Border Area (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay).

Iguazú Falls were discovered in 1542 by Spaniard Alvaro Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. The word “Iguazú” in the Guarani language means “Lots of Water” and it might probably refer to its biggest jump of about 80 meters, Garganta del Diablo.

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As the Niagara Falls, these falls are protected under two National Parks, from Brazil and Argentina, there is a certain rivalry defined in the phrase: “Argentina has the best waterfalls and landscapes, but Brazil has the best view.” The truth for us is that both sides have their particular beauty and a special way to enjoy them.

There are several modalities to visit this extraordinary gift of nature, from helicopter rides to sailing and shore excursions.

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The first day of the cruise we recommend touring the Iguazú National Park this is on the Argentine side. It was one of the best experiences we had. The tour took most of the day since you can do some or all of its routes: Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit, Greenway, Macuco Path; and even the Ecological Jungle Train.

We also chose to do the “Nautical Adventure”. If you are a water lover you got to do the incredible baptism at the foot of the San Martin waterfall, the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely, where one can enjoy a spectacular and clear view of both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, as well as the “Garganta del Diablo” Devil’s Throat Fall. We got completely soaked but the experience was awesome!

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For the second day Brazil was waiting for us. There are many activities available at Foz Do Iguaçu National Park. We took the opportunity to fly over the Falls on a helicopter. The view we had from the air is unmatched. The “Garganta del Diablo3 can be seen as if it were a long chimney throwing smoke. The tour of the gateways is very active too and if you like the adventure the Macuco Safari is a mustdo. There is a first stage of rapel descent with the view of the Argentinean Falls as a main landscape at your back and then a rafting trip on the Iguazú River, including diving in the water.

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Apart from visiting the Iguaçu National Park, you can visit “Parque das Aves”. It is the Park where we all can get the famous photo with the toucan on the arm, in which half of our mouth outlines a smile for the feat, but at the same time our eyes reflect the fear. Ours was no exception.

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There you can see more than 150 bird species from around the world, living in this beautiful recreated environment.

The accommodation is of very good quality and suits all tastes.

So protect yourself against water, and visit this beautiful natural wonder!


As you see, there are a lot of things to do in Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguaçu. If you need further assistance about this new way to enjoy Iguazu Falls you can contact your personal Kallpa Executive or simply leave a message in our contact form. We’ll be happy to assist you!.

Villa Pehuenia Ski Resort

Patagonia Argentina holds secrets that even many Argentines don’t known. There are places where sustainable projects and amazing landscapes meet, like the Villa Pehuenia Ski Resort in Neuquen, Argentina. We love sharing this kind of projects and locations that we know are a treasure of our country.


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Villa Pehuenia Ski Resort “Batea Mahuida”, located 370 kilometers from Neuquén; is a ski resort that belongs to the Mapuche community Puel. Since the volcano “Batea Mahuida” went out, a lagoon was formed in its crater near which the “Mapuches” were installed. Its name means “high source”. One objective of this ski resort is the conservation of the area and the customs of the Aboriginal community who is in charge of this project.

This is part of the story: Colonel Abel Balda, an expert Antarctic mountaineer and ski instructor, was the creator of the ski center Caviahue and the Snow Park Cerro Wayle by means of the Caviahue SA Park company. Balda at the request of the Mapuche projected and helped the community to create this Snow Park.

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Something we love about this ski center is that you can ski and also make other activities. It offers several services and their rates are very affordable, it is not a ski resort for crowds and that makes you enjoy more. Beyond its height, about 1900 meters above sea level, the volcano has plenty early snow, which makes it very attractive to those who are ski lovers as we are. You can practice Nordic or Alpine ski.

As a result, the season is one of the longest of all, starting in June and ending in October. The slopes prepared to practice skiing are protected from the wind and have large amounts of snow. You can ski for 5 months, which makes it one of the best seasons to enjoy from the snow.

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In “Batea Mahuida” you can practice Nordic and Alpine skiing, you can take snowmobile rides or snowshoe walks in the Araucaria forests. The place also has got a small cafeteria where besides eating typical meals of the region, you can also buy Mapuche weavings.

Something that really struck us is the panoramic view we have of Icalma, Villarrica and Lanin volcanoes as well as lakes Aluminé and Moquehue. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes we have enjoyed in the Patagonia Argentina.

The park has got different lifts: a 600-meter T-Bar, a 200-meter Poma. In addition, it offers rental equipment (ski, boots, poles, skates, etc.), snowmobiles, dog sledding track, cafeteria and restaurant, first aid room, ski patrol service, kiosk and free parking.

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We invite you to visit this wonderful destination and enjoy the snow and the landscape Villa Pehuenia offers.

As you see, there are a lot of things to do in Argentina Patagonia. If you need further assistance about Villa Pehuenia Ski Resort you can contact your personal Kallpa Executive or simply leave a message in our contact form. We’ll be happy to assist you!.

 

Bike tour Buenos Aires

Ride a bike and explore the best neighborhoods in this fun and varied Bike Tour Buenos Aires. It’s an experience we love and it has become an excellent alternative to enjoy our city!


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We got on the comfortable beach cruiser bikes provided by the organizers of the tour, put our helmets on, and felt reassured by the fact that medical assistance, a bottle of mineral water and expert multilingual guides, all were included. We only had to start pedaling and enjoy a different morning. There is also an option at 2 pm for those who have trouble getting up early. Luckily, it didn’t rain that day, as we love the sun. All the same, rain gear is available for the tour, which is canceled only if it rains very heavily. These tours are carefully designed for all ages, taking into account the different situations that might arise.

The meeting point is Plaza San Martin located in the area of Retiro and close to the well-known Florida Street where most tourists walk around and buy leather goods and clothes, among many other products.

Our first tour took us to Puerto Madero, the neighborhood that is the most recent, expensive and visited by tourists and locals. Its old Docks have been renovated into first class restaurants, offices and lofts, with the best view of the city and the River Plate. At this point we are close to the ecological reserve, an area near the city where the environment and nature are protected. From there we continue to La Boca, a traditional port district which is the home of the most famous Argentine Football team, Boca Juniors. The great immigration wave that made Buenos Aires the city that it is today left its footprint there. It is the birthplace of tango and of traditional cafés. “Caminito” is a must see.

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We continued our ride to San Telmo for its proximity to La Boca. It is the first neighborhood of Buenos Aires, inhabited by aristocratic families until the outbreak of the yellow fever in 1871, which obliged them to move to the north of the province of Buenos Aires. It is the quintessential neighborhood to learn about the historical heritage of the city.

bike-tour-buenos-aires-government-houseThen we reached Plaza de Mayo, the site of all major political events in the country since the foundation of Buenos Aires. There we can see the Government House (Casa Rosada), the Cabildo, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the most important public buildings. A meeting point for demonstrations and the birthplace of the Group of Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, who peacefully claim for justice for their children and grandchildren who disappeared during the dictatorship.

The itinerary also includes The Immigrants’’ Hotel, Women’s Fountain, South Promenade, the Fountain of the Nereids, Catalinas Sur Towers in Retiro, Avellaneda Bridge, Curve of Rocha, Quinquela Martin Museum, Caminito street, and La Bombonera (Boca Juniors’ football arena), among others.

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As you see, there are a lot of things to do in Buenos Aires in a new and awesome way. If you need further assistance about this Bike Tour Buenos Aires you can contact your personal Kallpa Executive or simply leave a message in our contact form. We’ll be happy to assist you!.

 

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

We are a growing company and we also help others to grow. For this reason, we want to cooperate with foundations and organizations that bring growth to society and people with fewer resources. They really care and know what reduce, reuse, recycle mean.


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Such is the case of “Fundación Compañía Social Equidad”. They have a recycling workshop where they receive donations of obsolete digital equipment which they recycle to later donate to organizations that cannot access new technology, with the objective of bridging the digital divide in the society. They also have a technical school where they train people who have been excluded from the labor market due to little or no knowledge of new technologies and web 2.0. Finally, they have an area of project implementation and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

reduce-reuse-recycle-foundationDue to the emergence of the digital divide that appears as a future threat to social integration in the year 2001, economic crisis in full, “Fundación Equidad” started to take shape. One of the things that led to its inception was the program of Digital Communication and Journalism where emphasis was placed on stimulating the desire of the participants to learn, create and produce, helping to improve their self-esteem. One workshop, aimed to 20 adolescents between 15 and 17 years, was held under the Young Web Program, from the Ministry of Education of the City.

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Other prominent developments of the Foundation were Research for Education andTechnology to present an overview of programs for inclusion and use of technology in the schools of the City of Buenos Aires.

The School Computerisation Programme, which from 2001 provided computers to schools in five provinces of Argentina. They also created the Digital Community Centers with leaders and teachers in the country. They created 14 Digital Community Centers in 7 provinces that provide digital literacy and Internet access to poor people. A Digital Community Center is a place that provides public access to computers, training in the use of basic software applications, navigation and social services over the Internet.

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Environmental pollution is a consequence of improper waste disposal and since at Kallpa we are committed to doing our portion for the environment care, we have decided to donate equipment and computer supplies to “Fundación Compañía Social Equidad”and to commit even more with all the aspects involving our development as a company as regards as social responsibility.