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Situated in Patagonia on the shores of fjord-like Lago Nahuel Huapi is the chic alpine resort of Bariloche. Famous for its skiing, fishing, water sports, and climbing, this awe-inspiring destination at the foot of the majestic Andes boasts some of the most glorious scenery in the country. Favorite sites in the area include the Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez Bay, while must-see attractions in town are the picturesque town center, city hall, clock tower, and the famous chocolate factories.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Bariloche. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Bariloche and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Bariloche insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Havanna is known for serving Argentina’s best alfajor (a local confectionary delight), but you can also shop for chocolate and other intriguing foods here.
The Francisco P. Moreno Museum is housed by the East wing of the Civic Center in the City of Bariloche. It was inaugurated on March, 17, 1940 as a tribute to one of the greatest men who toured the Andes and Patagonia, and who donated the lands for the first national park in Argentina to the National Executive Branch of government. The National Parks Administration purchased the first anthropological and historical collection of artwork now displayed in the venue.
When visiting Bariloche, a tour around the famous and traditional brewery that proudly displays the craft beer brewing process is a must. It is a charming and amply-spaced brewery featuring European-inspired designs.
Jauja offers a wide range of organic ice cream and chocolate.
An energetic port city and capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Here, residents proudly flaunt their European heritage, while modern skyscrapers cast long shadows over colonial architecture, Old World cafés, treasure-filled shops, and smoke-filled Tango bars, where the passionate national dance is the best expression of the elusive spirit of Argentina. Each neighborhood is intimate and unique-in fact, the rainbow-color La Boca district has become an attraction in and of itself. Other renowned Buenos Aires sites include La Casa Rosada (the seat of government), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ornate Colón Opera House, and La Recoleta Cemetary, final resting place of Eva Peron.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Buenos Aires. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Buenos Aires and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Buenos Aires insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Born in Buenos Aires but having grown up under a very strong European influence, my father’s profession obliged the whole family to live in different countries. This provided me the opportunity to study foreign languages and at the same time be in touch with a wide variety of cultures, which has fostered my love of nature and especially people. This passion, together with a strong service vocation, made me embrace the tour guide profession, with which I’ve been involved since I was almost a teenager. I love the city where I was born, its wide avenues and parks, its cultural life, and every single corner where I can find even a simple story and share it with those that pass by throughout my daily life. From my point of view, Buenos Aires has everything, and everything here deserves to be seen and shared.
There are many tango shows for tourists in Buenos Aires, but this tango salon is where the locals go to strut their stuff. Have fun observing this graceful dance, but don’t be surprised if an instructor tries to coax you on the floor. Note that this is not a Tango show, but a Milonga salon where local people go to dance and drink. Remark: open from midnight and not all days of the week!
You can stand before the Casada Rosada and see the balcony where Evita addressed her fans, and you can see the tomb where she was laid to rest in the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery. But to truly understand this controversial woman, visit the Museo Evita where her life story is told through her personal objects.
Held every Sunday in Plaza Dorrego, this outdoor market is full of small antiques and crafts. Normally free live music and tango dancing complete the experience. The market does not take place when it’s raining.
Located in the exclusive Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, the Alvear Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in South America. Step into the Lobby Bar to admire the elegant surroundings while you relax with a cocktail. Perhaps enjoy a selection from their extensive cognac and whiskey list.
Located in the exclusive Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, this hotel opened its doors in 2006. The original building was the residence of the wealthy Duhau Family and was constructed with imported material from Europe. The combined old and new architecture is connected with magnificent terrace gardens. You may enter from Alvear Street or Posadas Street.
The average citizen in Argentina consumes 130 pounds of beef per year. If you want to fit in with everyone from local residents to government VIPs, head to this famous steakhouse dating back to 1905. Known worldwide, Cabaña Las Lilas serves the nation’s specialty like no one else. Every night, local and international leading figures of the 20th century flocked to La Cabana—the place to be seen—to enjoy its famous atmosphere and to sample some of the world’s finest beef. Now, it has relocated to Buenos Aires’ fashionable Recoleta area amid many boutiques, 5-star hotels, and beautiful gardens. The restaurant’s original interior has been lovingly recreated with Gaucho-style, large, open fireplaces and many original design details, including heavy-iron ornaments, leather, and burnished-copper utensils.
Taste Jean Paul Bondoux’s haute cuisine in Buenos Aires! La Bourgogne is a kind of gastronomic mecca for gourmets. It offers light meals of fish and beef during the day and the symphony of his creations in French regional specialties during the evenings. There is also the famous boutique of delicatessen products, including top cheeses, on the premises. It is open from Monday to Saturday, mid-day and evenings.
Whether you make it to a performance at the majestic Teatro Colón or not, you’ll want to visit its equally famous Gran Café Tortoni. Sink into one of the red leather chairs, order the sidra, its signature alcoholic cider, and enjoy the 19th-century décor like Albert Einstein and Josephine Baker once did.
If you’re looking for a Buenos Aires neighborhood off the beaten path, look no further than the Chinatown located here. Considering most locals don’t even know it exists, you won’t bump into any tourists while exploring its shops and restaurants.
Shopping in the “Paris of the South” is a delight, and you won’t be disappointed with the shops and boutiques here. Exquisite leather shops line Calle Florida, and many will custom-make something for you during your visit.
Buenos Aires is known for its nightlife and whether you want dinner, drinks, dancing, or all three, you’ll find plenty of hot spots on this street.
This odd-looking building, once the tallest in South America, has just recently been opened to the public. It offers sweeping views of the city from its unusual tower.
Don’t miss the trendy neighborhoods with excellent designer shops, cafés, and restaurants. They are recommended during the day and evening!
Situated on Lake Argentino and the southern gateway to Los Glaciares National Park is the charming village of El Calafate, the "capital of the glaciers." Because of its strategic location, this is a wonderful jumping-off point for visits to the Perito Moreno Glacier, part of the Patagonian Continental ice Field and one of the most visited glaciers in the world. Other appealing activities include exploring Walicho Cave, fishing at Lago Roca, strolling along Bahia Redonda, touring an estancia, horseback riding, biking, and rafting. Although El Calafate only has a population of about 7,000 residents, it has grown into a popular tourist destination-and a peaceful oasis for relaxing among the poplars, willows, and pine trees.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to El Calafate. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about El Calafate and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local El Calafate insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
The first museum in South America dedicated to the glaciers and Patagonia ice. It has a privileged location, situated close to El Calafate town (20-minute drive). The whole complex is a last generation interpretation center, which offers visitors an interactive exhibition with the aim to learn about the glaciers – investigations, scenic & lighting effects, multimedia programs and audiovisuals. It also features a permanent exhibition focused on global climate changes and the environmental issues. You can even enjoy a drink at the Glacio-Bar, the first Ice Bar in Argentina, a unique and fun way to welcome you to El Calafate – have a drink surrounded by ice! Allow 3-4 hours for this activity. Open: Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00am to 7:00pm (closed Mondays)
Located in the foothills and high plains on the eastern side of the Andes, Mendoza is one of the greatest wine-producing regions in the world. Home to some of Argentina's most beautiful scenery and a temperate climate, Mendoza highlights include a fascinating Old Town with archeological remains of ancient buildings and ruins, Plaza Independencia, and General San Martin Park with its lake and rose garden. Vineyard visits and tastings of the area's famous Malbec wine are musts!
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Mendoza. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Mendoza and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Mendoza insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Mike is one of our best hosts in Mendoza. He’s originally from Germany but he has developed a great passion for Mendoza since he’s been living here. Mike loves to create magic moments for visitors of this region and people love to listen to him because he shows them all the best parts of Mendoza with a fresh, local perspective.
The atelier of the well-known wood artist, “Pablo Lavoisier”, Argentine muralist and sculptor, born in Mendoza. Lavoisier is the creator of an aesthetic movement and researcher of the matter in relation to its potential use – wild nature in relation to ancient and primitive charm; and the attractive mystery of human beings in relation to their inner lives.
National Museum of Bellas Artes, inaugurated in 1951. This house belonged to the painter, Fernando Fader, who lived in Mendoza between 1904 and 1915. It currently exhibits paintings, engravings, sculptures and photographs from foreign as well as Argentine artists.
The former residence of Don Guillermo Cano, governor of Mendoza, who in 1936 initiated the first National Harvest Festival is now the refuge where the perfect combination of history, food and wine, delight the senses.
Folckoric show of Cuyo. Open Friday and Saturday only, the Retortuño is a simple-style restaurant with a show, popular among both locals and tourists.
For more than 120 years Mendoza, Argentina’s Mercado Central (central market) has occupied the same space, only a few minutes from the center plaza. Not overly polished or touristy, it’s an inexpensive break from the slick eateries that dominate central Mendoza. There’s no glossy finish, just the raw, grit deal. Market Finds include: olive oils, Choripan.sausages (morcilla, salami, etc), Humitas, cheeses from the Tafi valley, empanadas, bowls of locro, slices of pizza, cured ham, dulce de leche, spices and nuts.
Once a secluded outpost and penal colony, the city known as the "End of the World" is the fascinating capital of Tierra del Fuego and a key access point to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Superbly situated, Ushuaia offers great access to the sea, mountains, and forest, with abundant wildlife in the area such as penguins, seals, and orcas. A wide array of outdoor activities are popular here, including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and fishing, while the natural beauty of nearby lakes and glaciers and the "Train of the End of the World" are also major attractions.
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