Best Tango Show Buenos Aires | Rojo Tango

My partner and I just returned from a two week trip through Chile and Argentina, staying at the finest hotels and eating at some of the best restaurants.  This may not be a fair review as I didn’t see any other tango shows.. but I can tell you I can’t imagine this can be beat.

VENUE/ A very small cabaret seating maybe 15-20 tables, so you’re very up close and personal with the dancers.  It’s right off the lobby of the stunning and sexy Faena Hotel Buenos Aires. Disclaimer – even though the Faena is one of our partners, my enthusiasm stands alone.

CUISINE/ Do you ever hear that the show was good but the food was terrible? This isn’t true here, and I consider myself a San Francisco food snob.  You have a choice of several courses, champagne, red & white wines.  Service is fantastic.

DANCING/ I grew up in a family of ballet dancers so while I can’t say my mom and sister would give a rousing thumbs up, I’d guess they would. I actually wasn’t that interesting in going but the variety and technicality was stunning.

TRANSPORT/ Private (really nice) car transportation to and from included.

PICTURE/rojo-tango-buenos-aires I wish I could have taken pictures but just eked out this one. For all Flickr pix of our recent trip through Chile and Argentina, click here.

OTHER POSTS FOR SOUTH AMERICA/ The Singular Patagonia  Eolo  Park Hyatt Buenos Aires  Four Seasons Buenos Aires  Estancia La Bamba de Areco

RECO/ Go.

 

 

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La Bamba de Areco | Relais Chateau Buenos Aires

John and I were in Patagonia earlier this month, as part of a fabulous vacation through Chile and Argentina.  After 2 very busy weeks exploring Chile (Valparaiso & Puerto Natales’ Torres del Paine at The Singular in southern Patagonia) and Argentina (El Calafate’s Eolo)  we spent our last night, after 4 days in Buenos Aires, here at Estancia La Bamba de Areco.  This 11 room Relais & Chateau lodge is about a 2 hour drive west of town in the middle the pampa.

So yes, it’s worth the BA traffic and 10 minutes on a bumpy dusty road to get here, and we only stayed about 26 hours. I’d probably recommend 2 nights, or longer if you want to really chill. But even our 1 night was well worth it. And you can helicopter in/out if you prefer.

  • Like many of the other hotels we stayed at on this trip, the serenity is golden. No incredible sweeping views here*, except of the peaceful ranch setting.
  • The hotel’s various buildings were meticulously enhanced by great interior design, but the buildings themselves are quite old, not that you’d know it.
  • The old buildings, I was told, account for the fairly small rooms, but they’re so nice, very comfortable and airy. Natural light is abundant. And the bathrooms, with their heated floors are huge.
  • All food & wine is included and it’s wonderful as you might expect from a Relais & Chateau property.  Lunch is the ‘bomb’ with a BBQ featuring endless steak, sausage, phenomenal roasted potatoes, and I can’t remember what else but it was worth staying here just for this.  Dinner was also delicious, if not more low key.
  • And interestingly because the place is so small all dining is communal – a great way to meet your fellow travelers, which is unique and cool.  The BBQ lunch was served at a big outdoor table, while dinner was at a cozy table in their elegant dining room.
  • Wander around the stables where the polo horses hang out between matches and practice.  It’s very peaceful.  And then take a ride on  one of their other horses. I understand the owner of the hotel is a French polo player and entrepreneur.
  • And they have a horse whisperer. That’s the after lunch surprise. Very interesting.

* well there was one, the horse back ride through the fields was really nice and you can see forever since there are no hills.

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More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.

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Eolo | Patagonia Relais Chateau

I was in Patagonia earlier this month as part of a fabulous vacation in South America. After an incredible four days exploring the Chilean side of the border at The Singular in Puerto Natales (near Torres del Paine) we drove about 4.5 hours north (including the customs stop) to the Argentine side.  Just outside of the town of El Calafate, we were lucky to spend 2 nights at Eolo, a very small Relais & Chateau hotel (lodge?) in the middle of absolute nowhere.  Except that it is on the main road from El Calafate to the Perito Moreno glacier, the key draw to this area.

  • The location on the slopes of a hill affords views that are (again) breathtaking
  • Each room has expansive views to the pampa, a few cows, horses, birds & even a local pooch
  • The best food of our trip is included, and wine is very reasonably priced.
  • The staff was very helpful in arranging our tour to the Moreno Glacier, which is one of the coolest excursion I’ve ever done.  (See us in the crampons in the photos?).

From here, we flew north to Buenos Aires….. click through for pix of the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires and the Four Seasons Buenos Aires.

More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.

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The Singular Patagonia

I was in Patagonia earlier this month, as part of a fabulous vacation through Chile and Argentina.  I was fortunate enough to spend 4 nights at The Singular, truly one of the most unique hotels I’ve ever seen.

  • The location directly on a fjord is breathtaking
  • Each room has floor to ceiling windows for uninterrupted beauty
  • All excursions, food & wine are included (you can opt out) and they’re all fantastic. I learned all about Carmenere, Chile’s mellow and fruity local red wine.
  • Excursions we did in 3 days were 1) all day to Torres del Paine, the national park, 2) a half day hike to see condors and 3) a full day boat ride up the fjord with an afternoon at the hotel’s private estancia for BBQ & horseback ride. The estancia was the bomb!
  • The hotel used to be a “cold storage” facility for most of the 20th century and they’ve integrated the factory areas into the hotel. Truly unique. Super modern.   If you’re a vegetarian, you might have a problem with this place, but I can’t personally speak to that.
  • The staff is super friendly, and because it’s Patagonia and not Maui or Puerto Rico, they’re unjaded and maybe a bit slow for some. So it’s time to relax and enjoy.

Learn more about the hotel, our complimentary breakfast and upgrade program.

Comment / My only strong suggestion is to tone down the cleaning materials and laundry soap as they’re very strong. But my partner didn’t even notice.

We also represent Tierra Patagonia and Explora Patagonia and offer exclusive and complimentary amenities you can’t get on your own at these and at most luxury hotels worldwide.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Pride in Rio de Janeiro

When I go to Rio, I imagine going during a big ol festival like Pride or Carnevale would be fun. Who wants a quiet Rio?

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Summer may be over and done but Pride season celebrations hold strong around the globe. Next week the Pride festivities hit Rio de Janeiro with the city’s 19th Annual LGBT Parade in Copacabana on November 16.

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South America | Adventure Blog

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Valparaiso Emergency | Update from A&K

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Valparaiso Emergency Update

Dear All,

We are happy to report that the wildfires in Valparaiso have been contained. Though the fires never came close to the popular touristic areas and heritage sites, a great many families, over 3,000 according to estimates, lost their homes. The smoke and ash have largely subsided and though we are still recommending travelers to avoid the town this week, beginning next Monday we are including visits to Valparaíso as usual.

Chileans are proud of their solidarity and it was heart-warming to see the cover of the mayor newspapers report that there were already 20,000 young volunteers in Valparaiso bring comfort, kindness and labor to begin the reconstruction. In fact, the cover expressed that Valparaiso could take no more volunteers. Amazingly, a call to restrain our solidarity. At A&K we have already begun to help as individuals and hope to make a contribution as a company once it is time to rebuild homes.

If your have any further questions or comment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With kind regards

Javier Echecopar
Country Manager
Abercrombie & Kent Chile

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