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The Varied Barrios of Buenos Aires

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 slum,...
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Jonathan Burnham
Awesome blog post Kirsten, really informative!
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:57
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Photography Tips for Patagonia

My wife and I recently had the opportunity travel to Patagonia with Wildland Adventures. Since I work as a professional photographer shooting sports (primarily soccer) and concerts I was very interested in pretending to be a landscape photographer on this trip. I have been asked to provide some thoughts on taking pictures during a trip like this. Preparation  If you are not a landscape photographer then trying to prepare is daunting. Although I spend a lot of time on forums, the tutorials and books written by Ian Plant have been a huge help to me (http://www.ianplant.com/). Although he specifically addresses Patagonia, his general comments and his Photoshop lessons are great. These are tools that I rarely use in my other photography. Equipment  This is a horrible dilemma, you want to have everything at your disposal but of course weight is an issue. I know of no way to have an optimal pack for clothing,...
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Argentina's Perito Moreno National Park Expands with Land Donation from Conservation Land Trust

When you travel to Patagonia with Wildland Adventures, you have the opportunity to make a donation to Conservacion Patagonica, a non-profit organization headed by Kris Tompkins with the mission of "creating national parks in Patagonia, in collaboration with neighboring communities, and local, regional, and national governments." A sister trust, the Conservation Land Trust, also headed by Doug and Kris Tompkins, made history today with one of the largest land donations in Argentine history; 37,500 privately held acres given to Argentina to expand Perito Moreno National Park to include Patagonia's second-highest peak, San Lorenzo. Amazing news for climbers and conservationists alike! Read on for the full story, reprinted from Conservacion Patagonica's newsletter. "In one of the largest land donations in Argentine history, Doug and Kris Tompkins donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina today, in a formal reception in Buenos Aires. In the northwest area of the Santa...
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A Wild Wine Tasting in Argentina

On this day we head off to Clos de Los Siete, a collaboration of seven bodegas initiated in the early 2000's by Michel Rolland. The bodegas here are architecturally stunning, each designed in a way that reflects the individual winemakers, just like the designer wines made here. We first visited the wine making facilities of  Cuvelier Los Andes where we learned just how specific and sophisticated the art of wine making can be. The winemaker at Cuvelier Los Andes shares his craft with our  Argentina  wine tour group. He described how they take grapes from specific areas of their vineyards, combine various varietals mainly Malbec, but also from their own plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, blending each according to the winemaker's specifications. Then he showed us and explained the amazing technology behind it with automatic control systems in fermentation tanks capable of fermenting each parcel of vineyard individually...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
Madelene,Thanks for your comment. Lots of empty wine glasses on the table is a good sign of what's to come! Lovely to see you run ... Read More
Friday, 12 April 2013 04:35
Guest — Madelene Swinny
It's lovely to see those wine glasses at the table. Looks like they were having fun. Nice photos by the way. -GoGrape.com
Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:38
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Travelers Gone Wild on Our Wines and Adventures in Argentina

Anybody who signs up for wines and adventures in Argentina has got to be fun traveler...and did we have fun traveling together! Following are pics of our group, guides and a few friends we encountered along the way... Our beloved grandam of the group, Rosemarie celebrated her birthday our last night together and received a handmade traveler's greeting card from all her fans. Cindy, who traveled with us in Peru five years ago, models a beautiful poncho from Salta at our stop on the Road of the Artisans.  Richard traveled throughout Patagonia for over a month doing a lot of fishing and exploring around before he concluded his South American adventure by joining our wine and gastronomy tour at the start of the trip in Mendoza.  Our lead guide in Salta, Alejandro (right), skilled driver Sebastian (center) and assistant guide (left). Colleen shares her knowledge with the rest of the group and gives...
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