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Argentina / Buenos aires
BUENOS AIRES CAFÉS TOUR

In 1998, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires passed a law to protect and promote the city's Remarkable Cafés. In this tour, you'll have the chance to visit four of them, all of them located in traditional areas of the city, and to experience that typical Porteño habit of getting together at a coffee shop to talk for endless hours and honor friendship. Our journey starts at the neighborhood of Montserrat, near the Plaza de Mayo. A few blocks from there lay La Puerto Rico, founded in 1887 on Peru and Alsina and moved to its actual location in 1925. There used to gather writers and intellectuals such as Paul Groussac, Arturo Capdevila and Rafael Obligado. The establishment owes its name to its owner Gumersindo Cabedo's fascination for Puerto Rico, where he lived for some time. Next we visit London City, a coffee shop that became famous after being mentioned by Julio Cortázar in his novel Los Premios [The Prizes]. The café is located in the ground floor of a building built by E.A. Merry that used to be part of the annex of the traditional Gath y Chaves department store, in Buenos Aires' financial district. Then we travel to San Telmo, where we visit the Bar Dorrego, located on the corner of Defensa and Humberto Primo. From its tables, overlooking the traditional Plaza Dorrego, we'll soak in the Colonial atmosphere of this charming, historical neighborhood. Finally, we arrive to Almagro. On the corner of Rivadavia and Medrano we find the sumptuous Confitería Las Violetas, opened in 1884 with the presence of President Julio Argentino Roca. After being closed for three years, it reopened in 2001, completely and spectacularly refurbished. Writers such as Roberto Arlt and Alfonsina Storni were regulars. Just to imagine the kind of luxury we'll see there, here's a simple fact: the café has 80 square meters of splendid vitraux.

Argentina / Buenos aires
COOKING CLASS: STREET FOOD

To learn how to cook the authentic dishes of Argentina, visit “Tierra Negra” the home of your wonderful hosts Veronica and Manuel, a sommelier and chef respectively. Located in the chic Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, it’s a delightful place to discover Argentine culture through a hands-on cooking class and learn dishes that you can recreate back home; a wonderful way to share your travel experiences with friends. Veronica and Manuel offer you the ‘Street Food’ class. It’s an introduction to typical Argentine street food instead. After this particular class you can show your friends and family why “choripan” is the comfort food of taxi drivers all over Buenos Aires. Typically, it’s a sausage made out of beef and pork, hot off the grill, split down the middle, and served on a roll, preferably with a delicious chimichurri sauce, but Manuel might apply his own twist. Then you’ll learn how to make spicy Andean potatoes and traditional biscuit sandwiches filled with dulce de leche and side-coated with shredded coconut. You will try 2 organic wines from different regions of Argentine. CHORIPAN WITH CHIMICHURRI AND SALSA CRIOLLA: pan de campo (homemade bread) + Chorizo, your choice of pork, lamb, chicken or veggie + 2 different sauces. PAPAS ANDINAS PICANTES: from the North of Argentina, “spicy Andean potatoes”. ALFAJORES DE MAICENA: traditional sandwich biscuits filled with Dulce de Leche and side-coated with shredded coconut. MATE: you’ll learn about the history of yerba mate, its origins and how to prepare this traditional drink from scratch in individual mate cups. WINE: you’ll taste 2 organic wines from different regions of the county.

Argentina / Buenos aires
PARRILLA TOUR

Parrillas are Argentine steakhouses offering the most traditional Buenos Aires cuisine, but most visitors only ever experience the most ‘touristy’ ones, sadly missing out on some of the city’s most delicious secrets. To taste authentic Porteño flavors (a Porteño is a native of Buenos Aires), join this culinary walking tour, accompanied by a private guide, to discover local hole-in-the wall restaurants and learn about Argentina’s culture and cuisine. You can choose a tour starting in either the San Telmo or Palermo neighborhoods via a private transfer from your hotel. The San Telmo tour is for visitors who love historic architecture and would like to mix it up with a little adventure. We begin near the Mercado de San Telmo for a home-made empanada at a family owned neighborhood institution. After exploring the market and watching Argentine butchers in action, you can the classic street food of Argentina: choripán. The Argentine choripán consists of a sausage made out of beef and pork, hot off the grill, split down the middle, and served on a roll. Taxi drivers line up for it every day. The main stop is at one of the best and oldest Buenos Aires parrillas to try provoleta, 2 cuts of steak, salad and Malbec. We finish up at a small heladería known for their selection of homemade ice cream flavors. Our Palermo tour centers around the Las Cañitas section of Palermo, a chic neighborhood known for its beautiful tree lined avenues, historic polo fields, and burgeoning culinary and nightlife scene. On this route you begin at a classic parrilla, usually frequented by soccer fans, and known for its choripán. Next, you visit a Northern Argentine style casa de empanadas to try some of the city’s favorite handmade empanadas and a glass of Torrontés wine, before moving on to enjoy some of the best meat and service in the city at a historic and hidden parrilla, famous among locals. To complete a delightful and delicious afternoon you end up at an incredible artisanal “heladería” (ice cream shop).

Argentina / El calafate
MARPATAG GLACIERS GOURMET EXPERIENCE

The Patagonian ice field is, after Antarctica, the largest concentration of ice on the planet. Its glaciers descend from 1,500 to 200 metres above sea level enabling unique access and viewing of the glaciers. Los Glaciares National Park offers a magnificent combination of forest, lakes, mountains, ice and steppes with over 200 glaciers. The most renowned being Spegazzini, rising 135 meters above sea level, Upsala covering an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 Km2 and a length of 53km, and Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing and causing the spectacular rupture of the wall of ice, providing one of Nature’s most impressive sights. Glaciares Gourmet is a full day journey to one of the most wonderful places in Southern Patagonia. Sailing aboard exclusive cruises will enjoy the highest standard of comfort and gourmet cuisine, for a truly memorable experience. Morning: Lago Argentino, on a northwest course to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo. Spegazzini Glacier, landing at Las Vacas Station, in the Spegazzini Canal Bay. Here our guides coordinate a trek with a view of the old Settlers’ Station identifying flora and fauna. Visit the Upsala Canal and navigate to Herminita Peninsula -limit of the navigation zone allowed by National Parks– panoramic view of the Glacier. Lunch during navigation. Afternoon: navigation to Canal de los Tempanos, visit to Perito Moreno glacier. Return to La Soledad private port. 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 Gourmet Menu Tasting for the PREMIUM Deck or Gourmet Lunch Box for the classic deck.