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Light, Desert, Wine and the Andes- Argentina’s Northwest Treasures In light of a recent New York Times article entitled, “In Argentina, Wine, Art and Altitude” by Alessandra Stanley, I felt inspired to take a moment to highlight our Wine, Cultures and Canyonlands: Mendoza and Northwest Tour, and put a special emphasis on Argentina’s Northwest. In Stanley’s article she tackles a grand feat of successfully painting a picture of the rugged beauty and oddities that thrive at Donald Hess’ Colome Vineyard and his James Turrell-dedicated Light Museum in the northwest corner of Argentina. “Together, the Hess winery and art museum may well be one of the most puzzling one-man grand projects since the Pyramids of Egypt”, Stanley only half-jokingly points out. She indulges in the, somewhat comical and rather imaginative contradiction that is the rigid, traditional and extraordinary Colome winery of Swiss businessman, Donald Hess, and his contrasting obscure light museum, which poses as a shrine to James Turrell’s work,...
Travel Seminars: Wines & Adventures in Africa & Argentina March 29, 2014 at 1 pm - The Savvy Traveler (Edmonds, WA) will be hosting a travel seminar on Wines & Adventures in Africa & Argentina. About the event: Join Wildland Adventures Directors Kurt and Anne Kutay, with local wine experts, Ruth and David Arista, proprietors of Arista Wine Cellars, Edmonds, WA for this fun and exciting program about special wine and wildlife adventures in Argentina and Southern Africa. We will share images and stories of our wine and culinary adventures with a local group of travelers to Mendoza and Northwest Argentina in 2013, a trip that is now available for other active travelers and aficionados of wine and cuisine . This presentation will be our first introduction and invitation to the local community for travelers interested in joining us on our Wine and Wildlife Safari to South Africa in 2015. On both of these hand-crafted culinary, cultural and wildlife...
National Park Authorities in Argentina have recently mandated a strict adherence to the age restriction guidelines that were previously not enforced for travelers embarking on the Mini Trekking or Big Ice Expedition trek on Perito Moreno Glacier.  Of the more than 350 glaciers within Los Glacieres National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier is easily the most famous due to its massive size (more than four miles across and a height of over 180' above the water level), the high frequency at which it calves and the accessibility.  It is one of the few places in the world where individuals without previous mountain experience can don crampons and hike along the glacier's surface, exploring crevasses, ice caves and shallow pools, after just a quick catamaran ride across the lake and a short approach hike.  Previously, age restrictions were not enforced and travelers with good physical fitness could participate at the discretion of...
February 8, 2014 at 10 am - The Savvy Traveler (Edmonds, WA) will be hosting a travel seminar on Patagonia and Beyond: Chile and Argentina Top to Bottom presented by Wildland Adventures South America Program Director Kirsten Gardner.  More about the event: Patagonia is a vast, wild land stretching from the Antarctic environment of Tierra del Fuego to high Andean mountains and wind-swept Patagonian steppe. Wildland Adventures’ will highlight the wildlife, gaucho culture, and the hiking and trekking opportunities throughout this spectacular region of Chile and Argentina. We’ll review the best ways to explore Patagonia, recommended lodges and eco-camps for hiking in the heart of Torres del Paine, Fitzroy and Los Glaciares National Parks. And beyond Patagonia, in the rest of Chile and Argentina we travel to Iguazu Falls, the Lakes District, the Atacama Desert, wine tasting and exploring Mendoza and Salta of NW Argentina, Easter Island, the great cities...

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Argentina’s up-all-night capital is divided into 48 distinctive neighborhoods (known as barrios) each with a unique personality and history. Where you decide to base yourself depends on what type of traveler you are and the kind of hotel you prefer. Following is a rundown of a few of the most popular neighborhoods for travelers to stay in and our favorite hotels located within each. Use this guide to determine where you want to stay in Buenos Aires on a custom-designed trip to Argentina! The Barrio: San Telmo  Profile: The gritty, historical heart of Buenos Aires; there’s a lot of romance beneath the grime and graffiti that decorates many a buildings. Behind every weathered door you might find a marble-tiled courtyard or secret garden dating from colonial times. San Telmo is the oldest barrio in Buenos Aires and dates back to the 17th century. It has, throughout the years, been a...
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