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June 20th, The day of the National Flag

holidays-in-argentina20juneThe Day of the National Flag (in Spanish, Día de la Bandera Nacional) is the holiday dedicated to the Argentine flag and to the commemoration of its creator, Manuel Belgrano. It is celebrated on June 20, the anniversary of Belgrano’s death in 1820. This date was designated in 1938.

The main seat of the Flag Day commemorations is the National Flag Memorial, in the city of Rosario in Santa Fe Province, where the flag was first hoisted on two artillery batteries in opposite banks of the Paraná River. The flag was created on 27 February 1812, but that date is not officially commemorated in any way. The celebration consists of a public meeting, speeches by the municipal and provincial authorities, the attendance of the President, and a parade including members of the military, veterans of the Falklands War, the police force, and a number of civilian organizations and associations.

Flag Day was created by law Nº 12,361, on June 8, 1938. Initially, it was a celebration held in a fixed day, but law Nº 24,445 modified it to be commemorated on the third Monday of the month. This design creates long weekends and boost tourism. Within the jurisdiction of Rosario, however, June 20 is always a non-working day for employees of the municipal and provincial administrations, and for all public and private schools. Hermes Binner made a project of law in 2006 to derogate this modification and restore both celebrations in fixed days, but the proposal expired because of not being treated by the Congress in a whole year. Nevertheless, Binner (governor of Santa Fe by then) and the mayor of Rosario, Miguel Lifschitz, insisted in the 2010 Flag Day that Congress should repeal the law and restore the commemoration to fixed days.

Trekking and Canoes trip in Ushuaia

We wake up early in the morning It´s a cloudy day but then the sky starts to clear and we can see a piece of its blue and the sun as an anteroom to our Trekking and Canoes trip in the National Park.


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Two hours later we are on our way to the National Park Tierra del Fuego, where we’ll spend the day trekking and canoeing on Lapataia Bay.

As we walk through the National Park the highly trained guides tell us about the geology, the history and the flora of this region. We pay our admission fees and then we move on to our starting point.

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We are divided into two groups of six people each. The first group starts with the trekking, our group gets on the canoes and starts with the sailing. We then get on the van and we head towards Lapataia Bay. We are briefed about safety measures in the water and we are given the necessary gear: life-jackets and water-proof pants and boots.

In  a few minutes  we find ourselves on the calm waters of Lapataia River that flows into Lapataia Bay, a northern bank fjord of the Beagle Channel, about 15 kms from Ushuaia.

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On this trip we watched different kinds of birds, and we had the chance of seeing some penguins swimming, something that doesn’t happen very often. The nature around us is indescribable. Ushuaia is the only place in Argentina where lakes, sea and forest get together. This is also the place where the old Yámanas or Yaganes sailed. They were nomads, hunting and fishing on canoes. Their ancestors from 6000 BC years used to walk all over the islands and the channels south of the Beagle up to the Hornos Cape. They also got around the Fueguino channels west of the Beagle, Kawesqar´s territory, all the way to the Magdalena and Cockburn channels in search of the iron pyrite they used to light fires.

trekking-and-canoes-trip-in-ushuaia-5After walking for two hours approximately, we got to Lapataia Bay where we docked our boats and got on the van that took us to have lunch. A good and delicious roasted chicken was waiting for us. We then set off on a 3 hours trekking through the Fueguino forest along the banks of the Beagle Channel. It was a unique chance of getting to know this place in Argentina full of beautiful spots.

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At around 04:45 PM we will be already on our way back to the hotel, tired but happy about having spent a wonderful day full of adventure and adrenaline, in the company of our guides that turned the TREKKING AND CANOAS PARQUE NACIONAL into a unique experience.


FACT SHEET

Itinerary:
08:30/9:00 Pick up from the hotels
09:20 Arrival to the National Park
09:30 Trekking along the Pampa Alta path -2 ½ hours- or Coastal path -3 hours.
12:30 Arrival to Lake Roca and lunch.
13:45 Paddling technique briefing and canoe prompting -1 hora y media-
15:15 Lapataia Bay.
15:45 Return to Ushuaia.
16:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.

Duration:
8 hours

Meals:
Argentine-style nibbles, chicken breast filled with ham and cheese and dauphinoise potatoes. Drinks Included: bottled water, red wine, soft-drinks. Vegetarians: Please let us know in advance.

Capacity:
Up to 12 passengers. Please ask about services available for larger groups.

Season:
All year round except June. (check the winter vers

Attractive:
Ensenada Bay, Beagle Channel, Lapataia Bay, Roca Lake, rivers Ovando and Lapataia

Included:
Transportation: Minibus. Up to 12 passengers.

Guides: Spanish – English. Please ask for services available in other languages.

Colores de Purmamarca

On our trip to Purmamarca, (Jujuy province) in February we decided to visit a newly opened hotel,Colores de Purmamarca Hotel,that undoubtedly became the highlight of the season


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In Purmamarca,the sights offer a wide variety of hues that leave on this small village a very special mark. The hotel is located 400 meters from the historical downtown Purmamarca that in the Aimara native language means:”Village on virgin land” with its adobe houses,its ancestral streets,its handycrafts fair,its cabildo and the church built in the 1600s.

Colores de Purmamarca is a 10 cottages complex,strategically located overlooking the Siete Colores(seven colours) Mount.

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Every cottage has two stories:on the ground floor there are two bed-rooms in suite and satellite TV. One of the bed-rooms has a solarium patio. On the first floor you´ll find well-equipped kitchen with  a coffee machine, electric kettle and a toaster. It also has a built-in fireplace,a dining-room and a living-room. From the balcony you have a view of the Siete Colores Mount. On the other side of the house an open-air grill. At the complex you can also relax in the climatized Jacuzzi.

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When built the hotel combined modern and traditional techniques to make the most of the materials they used in the construction, and in harmony with the sights and customs of the region.This, as an incentive to the locals to restore to full value their local building practices.

Betting on a healthier way of living policy,Colores de Purmamarca offers its guests bicycles to go and discover on their own, every corner and nook in this picturesque village in Quebrada de Humahuaca.

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Every morning guests will get their breakfast in their rooms,on a tray with local products such as home-made bread,jams and milk.

Colores de Purmamarca is an excellent choice for a place to stay with all the comfort and the warmth of its people, and a place to enjoy the best views this destination has in store for you


 

Fact Sheet

  • Check in 14 hs. – Check out 11 hs.
  • Home made regional breakfast.
  • Pool
  • Jacuzzi climated.
  • Free Bike Trips
  • Parking

Andean experience Buenos Aires to La Puna

Read more about our Andean Experience Buenos Aires to La Puna. One of the most interesting fixed departures of Kallpa.

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Our experience starts in Buenos Aires, one of the more cosmopolitan cities of South America which holds a great cultural and architectural richness. Wandering around its streets in the City Tour we find a landscape marked by the history, good cuisine and culture.

After our first night in Buenos Aires, we left early towards the city of Salta. When we arrive there the local guide, who was waiting for us, takes us to the hotel and explains to us in more detail the important aspects of the trip we are about to start. During the afternoon we had a City Walk through Salta that was founded in 1582 and, that currently continues having a marked and distinguished Hispanic character that distinguishes the other Argentinian cities. During the tour we walked up to 9 de Julio square where we observed the most important buildings: the Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Church of San Francisco, San Bernardo Convent -the oldest one of the city. Then we took the Cable Railway of San Bernardo Hill from where we had an incredible panoramic view of the City.

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We spent an excellent free day in Salta, visiting “peñas” (folk club), testing the well-known “salteñas empanadas” (pasty meat-filled) and having different encounters with the local culture. Some other people chose to discover the charms of Cafayate or Cachi in the Calchaquíes valleys. Afterwards, our trip to the “Quebrada de Humahuaca” (ravine) started going through different towns during the trip such as Purmamarca, there we appreciated its famous Seven Colored Hill and visited the craft stalls arranged in its principal square. In Maimará, we took pictures in the Painter’s palette picture frame. Its colorful cemetery -this region’s peculiar characteristics- was also a bedazzling experience. At Tilcara we encountered the Pucará ruins -some amazing rebuilt indigenous ruins- and the archeological museum. After visiting Huacalera and Uquía, we reached Humahuaca, where we went trekking together with our guide to discover some picturesque corners.

The fifth day of our journey took us to La Quiaca, located on the north of the province of Jujuy, which functions as a crossing border to Villazón (Bolivia). From there we took the train to Uyuni and we said goodbye to the Argentinian guide. Upon arrival to Uyuni, we met our local guide who will be with us in this part of the trip.

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On the morning of the sixth day, after breakfast the journey to Colchani started. There we are going to see the local settlers in the salt production process and we are going to penetrate the immense “Salar de Uyuni” (salt mine) up to the Incahuasi Island. Such journey took us approximately 2 hours and we appreciated the presence of volcanic rocks and an enormous cactus. Afterwards, our trip continued towards the North to see the mummies of Coquesa and then to east, approximately 2 hours, to visit Tahua, a village in the coasts of the salt evaporation ponds and on the base of Tunupa Volcano.

There is one more night at Uyuni in our trip and very early in the morning we leave heading south through the salt ponds, leaving Chuvica behind entering the highlands and the ramifications of the occidental mountain range going through the villages of San Juan and San Agustín until reaching the valley of Alota in a 5-hour journey. To the south, large rock formations produced by the erosion are observed. Finally, we arrived to Villamar for spending the night.

This trip is the tiring, but very satisfying, type, the diversity of landscapes and natural wonders motivates us everyday to continue travelling and discovering. This morning we are awaken very early for the journey to the Eduardo Avaroa reservation where we visit the Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), which has entered on the list of wetlands of international importance and which has been declared a Ramsar site. Later we visited the Morning Sun Geysers, the Chalviri Lagoon and its natural hot springs of Polques. After a three-hour trip we reached the Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) that is located at the bottom of the Licancabur Volcano. Our trip continues to the border of Chile, “Hito Cajón” (Milestone) where we changed car to further continue to “San Pedro de Atacama” together with our driver.

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For the next two days, we stayed at San Pedro de Atacama and visited the “Valle de la Luna” (Moon Valley) -one of the most amazing phenomena of the desert of Atacama- because of the incredible forms the landscape shows due to erosion and the climate effects throughout thousands of years. On our free day at San Pedro de Atacama, some people opted for visiting the Tatio Geysers and other opted for discovering Atacama’s Salt Pan. The trip ended at San Pedro de Atacama. Some people decided to continue its journey to Calama and to connect to Santiago or other destinations in Chile. Some others returned by bus to Salta and to follow to other destinations such as Iguazú or Mendoza.

On this trip we had the opportunity of visiting natural places, meeting people and taking with us memories of one of the most incredible trips due to the diversity of the landscapes, the warmth of its people and the immersion in the Andean culture that this trip has to offer.


Program includes:

  • Transfers & excursions as detailed in the programme.
  • English speaking local guides (except services that are mentioned unescorted in the program) from Day 1 to day 10.
  • Public bus tickets and train ticket where mentioned.
  • Meals as described. (B) Breakfast continental type, (BL) Box lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Entrance fee to Moon Valley.
  • San Bernardo Hill Chairlift ticket
  • 10 Nights accommodation in tourist-class hotels, hosterias, or mountain lodges, in double twin basis with private WC/ shower. Likely hotels are good 3-star middle-range hotels and/ or hosterias.

Not included in the program:

  • Flights & airport taxes.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Early check-in & late check-out.
  • Tips & personal expenses.
  • Drinks and meals not specified.
  • Medical insurance.

FIXED DEPARTURE DATES & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Minimun Pax Requirements: 2.
  • Departure once a week, every Saturday (day 1 of the program from Buenos Aires).
  • It is not convenient to carry a lot of money in traveler’s checks. They are usually not accepted at shops in Argentina & Bolivia.
  • US Dollars are accepted readily and credit cards such as VISA, MASTERCAD and AMERICAN EXPRESS can be used in larger cities.
  • The climate varies substantially, from 25 °C or more during the day to near 0 °C or less at night. Excursions are subject to weather conditions.

Suggested clothing & equipment:

  • Water-bottle, 3 to 4 cotton sleeved shirts, heavy wool socks, light socks, sunscreen, rain and wind-proof jacket, rain trousers, wool cap, rucksack, polar-fleeces, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, swimsuit, trekking shoes. No sleeping bag needed.
  • Roads: Some sections of the trip can take place in off-road conditions.