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SALTA

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Salta province is located in the Northwest of Argentina. It is surrounded by three countries: Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia; and by other six provinces: Jujuy, Tucuman, Chaco, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero and Formosa.

 

Salta is known as “La Linda” (The Beautiful One), because of its amazing scenery together with astonishing geographical diversity.

 

Salta’s geography encompasses the aridity of Puna in the west, as well as subtropical forests, mountains, valleys, and gorges in the northeast.

It is precisely in one of those valleys, “Valle de Lerma” (The Valley of Lerma) that the city of Salta is located.

The weather is temperate during the whole year due to its altitude, 1200 above sea.

 

The City of Salta is known for its Hispanic architecture, characterized by single-story houses as well as narrow streets, and sidewalks highlighted by the green of the surrounding hills.

 

A tour around the city will allow people to discover museums, churches and big old houses that were built during the colonial period.

 

The beautiful climate, a peaceful and relaxed life-style, and friendliness of the people turn Salta into an unforgettable and unique place.

 

HIGHTLIGTS OF THE CITY

The 9th of July Square: where Hernando de Lerma founded the City of Salta in 1582.

 

Basilica Cathedral: the building was constructed in 1858 and has an outstanding altar completely made of gold. Inside the Cathedra are situated the images of the Lord and Virgin of the Miracle, the patron of Salta, together with the mortal remains of general Guemes who was a hero of the war of independence. The place where these remains are buried is called The Pantheon of the Glories of the North.

San Francisco church Salta

SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH

 

The Historic Town Council: it was built just before the foundation of the city and houses the Historical Museum of the North.

 

San Francisco Church and Convent of San Bernardo: it is famous for the remarkable hand carved entrance hall that was built by the original natives of Salta in 1752.

 

Artisian Market: it is an impressive architectural gem where all kinds of handicraft products where offered.

 

San Bernardo’s Hill: at the foot of this hill, is situated the Monument of Guemes.

 

Calle Balcarce (Balcarce Street): this street invites you to enjoy more than 30 pubs, peñas (place where people enjoy local food and shows), restaurants and bars.

 

MAIN TOURISTICS SPOTS 

Villa de San Lorenzo

 

Dique Cabra Corral (Cabra Corral Dam): it is located at 80km (49.71 miles) from Salta city. It is the second most important lake in the country.

 

Cayafate: the most important city in the Calchaqui Valleys. Famous for its wine production and red hills.

CAFAYATE

CAFAYATE

Cachi: it is located at 157km (97.55 miles) from Salta city. In the Valleys one can find th archaeological remains of th Diaguita people, the first dwellers of the area.

 

Parque Nacional Los Cardones (Los Cardones National Park): This park shelters endangered species such as the “vicuñas” (a large South American animal from which soft wool is obtained), the “taruca” or the “huemul del norte” (kind of gray-haired deer). The park’s deserted landscape is astonishing due to its geological formations. They are full of limestone deposits, fish and dinosaur fossil remains and “cardones” (a kind of native cactus). They flower after 20 years of grow.

 

Iruya is located at 316km (196.36 miles) from Salta city. This town, as well as its neighboring ones, has an ancient origin that highlights not only its landscapes but also its cultural and historic values.

 

empanadas and tamales

GASTRONOMIC SPECIALTY

 

Empanadas: the stuff consists of hand chopped beef, hard-boiled eggs, green onions and minced potatoes.

 

Humita: made with fresh corn, fried onions, pumpkin and cheese.

 

Tamal: the first step is to mix together some corn soaked and pounded on a mortar with boiled anco. This is used as the outer layers of a sandwich filled with meat, hard-boiled egg and green onions. All of this is wrapped up in corn leaves and boiled.

 

Locro: a kind of soup with corn, beans, pumpkin, meat and pork.

 

 

From the city of Salta, the main attraction of Argentina’s Northeast is visited. The unmistakable Quebrada de Humahuaca, located in the province of Jujuy, known for its famous “Seven Colors Hill“.

 

Seven Colors Hills

 

Salta is a province with amazing natural beauties. During the day, its landscapes offer beauty and peacefulness. At night, it offers irresistible “peñas”, downtown bars and restaurants.

 

Salta is a mix of the pre-Columbian roots and Argentine history. You will be captivated by its humble people.

 

We invite you to see it and re-discover it.

COLORFUL AND WELL-IDENTIFIED SUITCASES

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Have you ever experienced the unsettling feeling that your luggage was lost? This has happened to most travelers, the thought that your red, black, grey or blue suitcase (identical to other thousands) was nowhere to be found.

 

While we wait for the conveyor belt to show us our luggage, we can’t stop worrying about the little time we have o make the connection and added to this, the concert that some distracted passenger takes our suitcase instead of his!

 

bags, travel, suitcases

Identify your bags

 

 

 

One of the first pieces of advice when traveling by plane is identifying bags and suitcases with name, country, phone number and email address. Ideally, this information should be on the outside as well as on the inside of the piece of luggage.

It is important to remember to keep the information up to date.

 

 

 

 

SOME TIPS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT:

 

1)      Add ribbons or colorful stickers that allow you to distinguish your suitcase.

 

2)      The stickers mustn’t be of touristic destinations because this might confuse airport staff when sorting suitcases.

 

3)      The most adventurous can stick pieces of cloth or colour their suitcases with spray. It’s creative and you add your own value to it.

 

4)      Those who decide to wrap your luggage with plastic, remember to stick some ID on top of it or maybe colorful sellotape in order to identify it, otherwise all suitcases with plastic wrapping look the same and this might confuse travelers.

 

5)      For those traveling to or from the USA, remember you must do it with a lock that is approved by TSA standards.

 

 

new bags, travel suitcases

new bags, travel suitcases

NEW TENDENCY:

 

The most popular luggage brands try to keep updated. The trend is now lighter suitcases, with more wheels, size adapted to carry on locker, for women, for laptops, for long or short trips.

 

Remember to buy colorful suitcases and to personalize your luggage, not only to be trendy but also to make sure you can identify your luggage without problems.

Time Out Buenos Aires – Gay Friendly

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
gay friendly

buenoa aires gay tours

In the city of Buenos Aires being Gay Friendly is positive. Tourism oriented to this segment is rising in the capital of the country which recently passed the law allowing people of the same gender to get married.

 

Hotels, shops, bars and guides are offered for visitors or residents of the gay community. In December 2011, the first cruise exclusively for homosexuals set sail from BA port.

 

The segment LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transvestite) attracts a big number of tourists. According to official numbers, between 15 and 20% of visitors to Buenos Aires belong to this group. Numbers from the Entity of Porteño Tourism, which is a member of the international Gay and Lesbian travel association since last year, point out that the mayority comes from the USA, Brazil, Germany and Spain.

 

They spend about 200 US dollars per day and stay for an average of 12 days. Seventy per cent stay on Porteño soil since it offers a big variety of artistic activities.

 

Argentina Tours

gay friendly

There are some special corners in BA, like in Palermo which was listed as one of the highlighted gay friendly neighbourhoods in the world in 2009. More than 3 years ago, the famous hotel chain Axel set foot in San Telmo area.

 

The city acknowledges that is has become more popular as a destination since the civil union in 2002 and the latest approval of gay marriage law. The key is to make them feel as what they are, the same as any other guest.

A large portion of this market belongs to the highest level of consumers. LGBT market is very diverse because they can be looking for any type of activity from nightlife and beaches to cultural activities.

 

In 2006, the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was created in Hamburg. It represents 55 million consumers and it currently has 15 countries as members, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, The USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and The UK among them.

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Argentina Travel | ITALIAN ART IN ARGENTINA

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The first days in September, I visited the Museo de Arte Decorativo (Museum of Decorative Art) in the city of Buenos Aires.

Museum

Museum of Decorative Art, Argentina

 

 

“Meraviglie dalle Marche, 600 years of Italian painting” was the name given to this shocking exhibit where 42 marvelous pieces by different artists were shown. They managed to transport me to different centuries showing from the remissance art of 1300 until neoclassicism of the XX century from “the old continent”.

 

These same pieces were exposed in April and May 2012 in The Vatican and they come from museums from the region of La Marcha (Le Marche) in Italy. The theme was to show different aspects of Italian religious icons, based on pictures which show The Virgin´s life.

 

One of the most shocking pieces was “Santa Catalina de Alejandría” (1500-1513), this might be because it was the only piece in Buenos Aires which belonged to Rafael.

 

Santa Catalina de Alejandria

Santa Catalina de Alejandria by Rafael, Buenos Aires

 

This beautiful marble patina is only 39x15cm and it shows St Mary Magdalene blending with the image of the Virgin on the main frame. The most surprising is that on the reverse, there is a unusual inscription. This small board was made during Rafael´s last period, when he made small pieces for ducal collections.

marble patina

marble patina, Rafael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This exhibit showed pieces by Luca Giordano, Carlo Maratta, Giovanni Barbieri, Giovanni Francisco Guerrieri, Joseph Heintz, Rubens and Adolfo de Carolis among others.

 

 

Praying Virgin - Mater Dolorosa

Praying Virgin or Mater Dolorosa

The great presentation card for this exhibit was the image of the “Praying Virgin” usually known as “Mater Dolorosa”, done by Giovanni Battista Salvi on the XVII century. This stunning image amazed me, not by its size 48x38cm but by the look on the Virgin´s eyes.

 

There are many thins a work of art can transmit, that you can´t learn. Clearly a theoretical background is important but we just have to let the emotion captivate our attention and reach our hearts.

 

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Learn Spanish ELE Courses

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The audience started to arrive. The 140 seats of the Municipal Auditorium “Leopoldo Marechal” Theater, located in San Miguel, were quickly taken. “Dracula´s Daughters” started full house.

The central plot of the play is about the problems that the Count of Darkness has with his half-vampire daughters, to the point in which he tries to get rid of his teen daughters by forcing them to marry two gentlemen, who, in fact, come to the castle to find out if the Count is really a vampire and try to kill him and inherit his castle.

The Actors of the Blenheim Drama Club expressed themselves in fluent and clear English, transmitting professionalism and dedication. One hour of good acting and staging was more than enough for all the audience to enjoy the funny scenes of a classic horror story that turned into a family comedy.

After a round of applause and raffles in a joyful atmosphere, the institute authorities closed the performance inviting the audience to the next play in 2011.

Blenheim Language Institute started teaching English as a foreign language 20 years ago. Additionally, it offers students the possibility to go on guided study trips to the UK.

Its responsibility and professionalism have led the institution to expand its activities through the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language (ELE), giving you the possibility to learn the language in the city of Buenos Aires; one of the biggest, most cosmopolitan and attractive of Latin America.

Moreover, Simply Buenos Aires will help you to interact with the language and to discover the city in a different way.

Now that you are aware of this possibility… would you like to learn the Spanish language and enjoy the city?

All you have to do is contact us in: info@blenheim.com.ar / tours@simplybuenosaires.com

 

 

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