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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.

What to do in Buenos Aires – Mate

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
the mate

the mate, Argentina

What would Buenos Aires be without the experience of drinking a good mate? Have you ever tried the mate?  Let us explain it for you!

At the beginning the mate was considered to be a tradition typical of the “Gauchos”, term commonly used to describe residents of the South American Pampas, found principally in Argentina.

 

The mate is a common social practice and is prepared from steeping dried leaves of  “yerba mate” (herb) in hot water.

 

Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla and the gourd is known as a mate itself. Even if the water comes in a very modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from kettle. However, “tea-bag” type infusions of mate (knowns as mate cocido) have been on the market in Argentina for many years.

 

mate, buenos aires, argentina

set de mate moderno

 

 

 

* Characteristics

The straw is traditionally made of silver and the gourd is a hollow calabash gourd.

 

Modern commercially available straws are typically made of nikel silver, called Alpaca, stainless steel and the modern gourd are made of glass, porcelain, wood or cane.

 

 

 

 

 

The misterious mate code

 

Do you know what does it mean if the mate you shared is …. ?

 

Cold:  Look down on, snub, slight

Mate-pumping (without any taste):  appathy, indifference

Boil: envy, jealousy

Brew from the straw: hate

Brew from the left side: lack of respect

With “leaves of ruda plant”: love, fall in love with

Stuck straw: fall in love with

With bubbles: charm, cuddie

First mate: to the silly, fool (the first mate is always for the person who is in charge of brewing)

Bitter: royalty, faithfulness and frankness

… and remember, when you say “thanks” means that you are pleased, satisfied and don’t want to continue drinking mate.

We kindly suggest you to bear this key word in mind instead of  saying “it’s enough”!

 

amigos, mate

reunion de amigos, tomando mate

 

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Milonga, Salon Tango or Neo Tango?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Buenos Aires tango tour

Buenos Aires tango tour

Tango is a musical style and a dance of urban origin which made the city of Buenos Aires known worldwide.

As a dance, tango captures all stares, it is shockingly beautiful and – I’d dare say – it is simply irresistible. It is a dance in which passion, seduction and elegance are perfectly intertwined.

Its unusual beauty given by the different characteristics and historic periods which influenced the way it is danced; these styles can be found among them:

Buenos Aires tango dancers

Buenos Aires tango dancers

The oldest from 1930 and they are the Canyengue where dancers keep a closed posture (share one axis), dance in a closed embrace and very complex footwork (kicks, drops, short steps). The female dancers wear long and tight dresses. There was also the Orillero which did not become popular in the tango saloon of the time because of its difficult steps.

The most well known styles, which are internationally famous, are: the Milonguero, Salon Tango and the Neo Tango.

  HOW TO IDENTIFY THEM:

If you are not an expert, we would tell you that the tango milonguero’s main characteristics are that the upper part of the body is in constant contact with that of the partner (very close embrace), small steps and the typical footwork is the “half eight” given by the steps and turns with this shape.

The salon tango is danced in a slightly opener position than the previous one, because when the couple turns, more space is allowed between the dancers. Consequently, the upper part of the body is freed.

However, the neo tango is danced in a open and flexible position. Changes of direction are made when dancers turn and look for their own body balance.

Of course, there is also show tango. For stage purposes, the embrace is very open with strong and complex footwork. Plus, other styles are included to attract people’s attention.

Buenos Aires Tango Bandoneon

Buenos Aires Tango Bandoneon

TANGO ON THE INSIDE

Its music has a binary structure and a rhythm of eight times four. It is played by a typical orchestra or sextet, being the large accordion the most important instrument.

The lyrics have many slang words and they usually express the sadness that is related to love.

Decades go by, styles change, passion increases and the combination of all this made Tango be a unique dance. In September 2009, UNESCO declared it “World Intangible Cultural Heritage”.

If you have been tempted and you would like to give yourself the chance to learn to dance tango, let us lead you. Check our Tango tour!

 

 

 

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Feria del Libro

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

La Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires, conocida como “Feria del Libro“,  es la más grande de su tipo en el mundo de habla hispana y se realizó del 22 de Abril al 10 de Mayo. Es considerada como uno de los eventos culturales y editoriales más importantes de Latinoamérica; actuando como lugar de encuentro entre autores, editores, libreros, distribuidores, educadores, bibliotecarios, científicos y más de 1.200.000 lectores de todo el mundo.


La Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires marca el inicio del año cultural. Las editoriales lanzan sus nuevos títulos y los autores se hacen presentes para el ritual de la firma, un evento atractivo para quienes desean acercarse a su escritor preferido; tales como Marcos Aguinis, Poldy Bird, Bernardo Stamateas, Martín Redrado, Ema Wolf, Alessandro Baricco (italiano), Fernando Vallejo (colombiano), Enrique Vila-Matas y Javier Moro (españoles), el novelista estadounidense John Katzenbach y el francés David Le Breton, entre otros.
Participan 1.305 expositores directos e indirectos, que se presentan en stands distribuidos en los Pabellones de La Rural,  Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires.
Desde hace 36 años la Feria del Libro abre sus puertas. Este año, el lema es “Festejar con libros 200 años de historias”, en conmemoración al Bicentario del País, es por ello que hubo gran cantidad de libros de autores argentinos y extranjeros dedicado a tan importante acontecimiento, buscando tener un impacto que va más allá de Evita, Tango y San Telmo, reconocidos íconos de Argentina.

La gran cantidad de visitantes consolidó la tendencia ascendente en ventas registrada hasta ahora en los principales stands, y la enorme cantidad de público ratificó una vez más el nivel de convocatoria de este gran encuentro cultural.

La Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil abre sus puertas del 17 al 31 de Julio, cuenta con mas de 100 expositores quienes promueven la educacion y cultura de los mas pequeños.
Desde hace 20 años busca que los niños y juvenes de hasta 18 años puedan aprender y divertirse de la mano de la cultura.
En ésta feria hay talleres de teatro, radio, pintura y escritura. Uno de los más conocidos es el espacio que Discovery Kids, con la especial participacion del perro Doki, entretiene y alegra a los más pequeños.

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