Solar Eclipse in Patagonia

14th December 2020 – The so long-awaited day arrived and thousands of  Argentineans could experience the phenomenon offered by the Sun, The Moon, and thousands of stars which shone in the Patagonian sky at the middle of the day. A once in a lifetime unforgettable experience.

At 1:08 p.m. on Monday, darkness began to cover the sunny Patagonian day. The temperature suddenly dropped. Shouts and applauses helped to exteriorize the anxiety and nerves of neighbors and local visitors. 

They were watching a small band of light disappears behind the dark shape of the Moon. It was two minutes of deep darkness and a sky full of stars in the middle of the day. The total solar eclipse dazzled with all its splendor. Most certainly an unforgettable moment for astronomers, astrologists, and people who feel attracted by the energy of this magnificent and unique natural event.

Diego Armando Maradona (1960 – 2020)

Diego Armando Maradona, one of the greatest football players ever.  He died at the age of 60 years old last November 25th, 2020. Diego carried the legendary number 10 and thrilled the world in ways no other footballer had done before.

In his professional career, he played in the most important teams: Boca Juniors, Barcelona FC, Sevilla and of course his national team, Argentina. The unknown and simple Napoli won several National and International trophies, which no other South Italian team could ever emulate. Thanks to him and his leading energy, we won the 2nd World Cup and celebrated one of the happiest hours as a nation. 

He was a collector of championships, the scorer of unforgettable goals (and unforgivable ones, too like “the hand of god”), a player of incomparable talent and unimaginable excesses.

“What do I care what Diego did with his life?” the Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa was reported to have declared once. “I care what he did with mine.”

Quino & Mafalda

This 30th of September, the Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, known as Quino, who created the character Mafalda, has died aged 88 in Mendoza, the city where he was born. Mafalda, the cartoon about the adventures of a six-year-old girl of the same name, is immensely popular in the Spanish-speaking world.

Quino wrote and drew the comics between 1964 and 1973 but they are still being reprinted to this day.

Mafalda is so popular she even has her own statues in Argentina and in Spain.

The comic, that first appeared in the Argentine weekly Primera Plana in 1964, features the daily life of Mafalda, the daughter of a typical middle-class Argentine couple, whom she often baffles with her insightful questions.

Mafalda hates soup and wants world peace.

Mafalda’s wit and her sharp observations of the adult world ensured the comic’s popularity, which was translated into 26 languages. She has become one of the cultural icons of Argentina.

Quino drew the comic strips for nine years until in 1973, he decided to stop. Asked about his decision, decades later, the graphic artist said he wanted to avoid repetition.

We share some Quino’s comic strips with you…

Kallpa obtained Safe Travel Stamp by WTTC

We are glad to announce that Kallpa is certified with ‘Safe Travels Stamp’, provided by The World Travel & Tourism Council. The specially designed stamp will allow travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so travelers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

We have implemented our Health and Safety protocols, which are available and regularly updated in the Health & Safety section.