Buenos Aires, literary city

Buenos Aires is proud of its literary history. Many cultural activities throughout the year contribute to its continuity over the years, making the city a unique literary tour in Latin America.


Buenos Aires is the cradle of national literature icons that marked entire generations: Jorge Luis Borges, José Hernández, Roberto Arlt, Rodolfo Walsh, Victoria and Silvina Ocampo, Alfonsina Storni, Ernesto Sábato and Julio Cortázar, among many others.

Borges & Cortázar, Argentine writers

The literary gatherings in the historic cafes that have once been a nocturnal home for writers and poets, have become unmissable points of the city for its architectural design and history, witnesses of characters that left their mark on the universal literary and artistic history.

The International Book Fair of Buenos Aires is visited by more than one million people every year; offering book signings and conferences of renowned intellectuals, professional lectures for the publishing industry, artistic shows and recreational activities for all ages.

International Book Fair

The Night of the Bookstores is another great event: one night a year, the mythical book stores scattered along Corrientes Avenue take over the city until midnight.

Night of the Bookstores in Corrientes Ave.

We cannot forget to mention the famous bookstore El Ateneo Grand Splendid, chosen by the British newspaper The Guardian as the second most important in the world in its field. Every day, hundreds of curious and avid readers pass by to marvel at its atmosphere. Built on the old Grand Splendid theater cinema in the Recoleta neighborhood, it opened in 1919 and still retains its former splendor and elegance.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid book store

In addition, daily you can find multiple used book fairs in different parts of the city; an excellent opportunity to find classics and lost jewels at more affordable prices.

Undoubtedly, Buenos Aires is a literary city par excellence. In Kallpa Tour we can help you organize a custom tour, to visit all these mythical places and learn about the country’s literary history guided by expert guides.


DISCONNECTED HOLIDAYS IN PATAGONIA

A ranch in the middle of nowhere in Patagonia will make you reflect on your lifestyle and disconnect from the routine.


La Maipú is an iconic 45.000 hectare ranch in the Lake San Martin area, completely off-the-grid. The nearest airport is El Calafate, and then you need to drive for 4 hs through the mythic route 40 to get there.

Besides the breathtaking views, this ranch is famous for its history. The Lively brothers were the first owners and also the first settlers of the area. Mr. Joseph Lively arrived in 1902, thanks to Francisco ”Perito” Moreno who conceded them the land right before the territorial dispute between Argentina and Chile. The current owners of La Maipú kept Joseph’s cabin as a museum that takes you back in time to the old -and even wilder- Patagonia, where just natives and a few adventurous foreigners lived.

Long time friends Facu Yacuzzi and Facu Maroñas are behind the creation of La Maipú project. It was born due to the passion for nature, outdoors life and the love for food and wine. Then, along came Santi Donati and the three of them are involved in this partnership since. They focus on offering a young and relaxed service with world class quality standards and wish to make the most of the travel industry providing authentic experiences that leave a lesson. With conservation on their minds, they want to show their guests a more simple way of life towards a balanced future, believing that the energy of these special natural and wild spots can help us drive change.

That is why La Maipú doesn’t provide typical holidays (by the way, there’s only 3 hours a day of electricity and only 20 minutes of satellite wi-fi per day per person), but a whole experience including activities to learn while you relax and stay active.

The main house can accommodate up to 16 people on its three triple and three double cozy rooms, all with private bathroom and heating. The stay includes full board and a glass of wine.

Facu Maroñas takes care of the kitchen and its supplies, such as cattle and the organic garden. The in house chef creates his own signature dishes, always using the freshest local ingredients available to represent a mix of traditional Argentine and international food.

For those born trekking wanderers who love to get lost and explore untouched wilderness, there are more than eight trails of all sorts that will fit everyone. The ranch’s favorite is La Condorera, which takes approximately 8 hours both ways to reach the peak of this beautiful mountain where Andean Condors nest.

Besides hiking, at La Maipú there are more than 40 bird species to discover, watch and listen. You may also grab a mountain bike to explore the ranch’s grounds on your own and spend the day outdoors enjoying the amazing landscape.

Even lying down on earth at night to watch the countless stars, listening to the sound of the Patagonian silence will make you feel so small on this huge universe. We bring you this new experience to make you eager to learn how to contribute and change your life for the better good. Are you in?    


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • We suggest a minimum of 3 nights.
  • Rates are per pax per day.
  • Basic program includes:
    – Accommodation
    – Full board (breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snacks, dinner with up to 2 house wine glasses.
    – Satellite WiFi.
    – Activities: a guide will design the excursions that best suit your preferences and interests (horseback riding not included).

 

AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE IN PATAGONIA

Nativo is the name for this voyage through man’s past in these remote corners. An experience that invites us to walk the steps of our ancestors and discover the traces they left for posterity.


Through the Nativo experience, we will re-discover the stories of the first expeditions in Patagonia and of those brave men who ventured themselves into the unknown. We will explore the cliffs and the coasts of Lago Argentino in search of evidence of contact between these pioneers and the natives, to then immerse completely in the Tehuelche world.

The adventure starts with a pick-up at the Hotel in Calafate in land rover overland vehicles.  We will be driven to the coasts of Lago Argentino for an interpretation of the ground and the flora, with help from the guides that will instruct us on glaciology and geology. Lago Argentino is the biggest of the Argentinian lakes. Its name was given by Perito Moreno himself, who was amazed by the deep blue color of its water and the pristine white in the peaks of the surrounding mountains.

After exploring the ground along the coasts of the lake, we will move forward to Punta Bonita’s cliff, the second stop in our itinerary. At Punta Bonita, we will appreciate the panoramic views of the lake, the Andes, and the city of Calafate, to then descend for the final lap of the tour.

At this point, we will visit the caves of Punta Walicho. In this outermost place, we will find the rupestrian register of men that came south during the last big glaciation. Punta Walichu is a Patagonian icon, the name comes from a Tehuelche god who was believed to inhabit these caves.  At punta Walicho, we will learn a lot about the hunting customs of this primitive ancestors as well as the perception that they had about themselves and the world around them.

To end an extraordinary day, we will enjoy a delicious meal in the most exotic location: a cave. The table will be already settled for our arrival and the atmosphere is cozy and warm.  The menu consists of a homemade soup entrance, followed by lamb stew or sautéed rice and vegetables for vegetarians and vegans, accompanied with wine or water. For dessert, you can enjoy a delicious chocolate mousse with almond praline.  After this magnificent delight for our palate, we will be driven back to our hotel.

This three-hour tour that will let you grasp al the spirit of Patagonia. It is ideal for those who arrive of for those who leave. There are also two different schedules, you can take it in the morning or in the afternoon, though we recommend taking the night tour if you wish to enjoy the starriest sky that you will ever see.
If you wish more information about this experience, please contact us at Kallpa Tour Operator!


GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Pick up from hotels start at: 11:00 am and 06:00 pm
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Feasible all year.
  • Vegetarians menus must be required with anticipation.  

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • Hotel Pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Entrance fee to archaeological zone
  • Bilingual Guide

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  • Tips