A Legendary Adventure

Fly anglers are a different sort as many of you know. An immediate bond is created between perfect strangers when the discussion of fly fishing comes up in conversation, which frequently does.

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I realize I’m biased on this topic but, seriously, can you imagine having an animated impassioned conversation with a perfect stranger if you were, say, a thimble collector? No offense to thimble collectors but the passion and the experiences just aren’t the same.

Evidence is found in the fly angler’s willingness to travel far and wide, crossing oceans and continents, just to have an opportunity to fly fish new water with new friends who may not even speak your language. Such is the case with Argentina, and with Andes Drifters out of San Martin de los Andes in particular.

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The trout of Argentina are legendary of course. But it’s more than this. It’s the entire adventure; the land, the history, the people. When you leave Buenos Aires and then Bariloche on your way to San Martin, you actually feel your mind and body changing pace. You’re with new friends now in a different world than the one you left back home. And it’s comfortable yet full of anticipation.

You’re fly fishing for world class brown and rainbow trout in a variety of settings. Each day is different yet tailored to your desires. Day one may be wade fishing the mouth of a river where it enters a lake. Tiny minnows are migrating from the lake to the river to spawn and huge trout are following them. It’s a feeding blitz like you’ve never seen in freshwater.

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Day two can find you on a crystal clear glacial lake carved out of the Andes eons ago. You’re fishing big attractor dry flies as the winds pick up and create enough disturbance on the surface to bring up cruising browns and rainbows looking for a meal.

The morning of your third day finds you standing at river’s edge watching a magnificently choreographed beehive of activity as the guides and support staff load rafts for an overnighter on the Collon Cura River. The camp staff will move on downstream of the anglers and have everything set up by the time you step out on land at day’s end. A gourmet meal and the famous Malbec wine await you. As you drift off to sleep, you wonder if tomorrow can possibly be as good as today. The answer; Yes, yes it can.

In all my travels, Gustavo Hiebaum and his staff at Andes Drifters are second to none. They are the friendliest, most accommodating group you’ll find and they show it in their eagerness to insure your complete satisfaction. If you want a break from fishing, they have a myriad of other activities available from hiking and biking to art galleries and sailing from which you may choose.

 

Jimmy Harris

Courtesy of Andes Drifters

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Mio Hotel – Buenos Aires

THE HOTELhotel-mio-buenos-aires-exterior-fabcdcStepping through the stunning six meter-high door made of French oak from wine barrels,
on the distinguished Quintana Avenue, at the heart of distinct Recoleta, MIO BUENOS AIRES stands apart.
A blend of daring design, comfort and meticulous service with state-of-the-art technology stands out as a fusion of luxury, high-tech functionality and pleasure.
Fine materials such as calden wood, glass, cotton, oak, steel, marble and silk, all combinemio-buenos-airesbeautifully to create a unique aesthetic that stands apart in a tangible sensation of warmness and intimacy in each and every one of the thirty rooms and suites of MIO BUENOS AIRES.
The ample selection of lighted spaces coupled with the each and every detail and exclusive pieces, places MIO BUENOS AIRES at the forefront of design sophistication.
Rooms and suites with no partition walls to take full advantage of the width of each dimension, maintaining the space continuance filled with natural light.
MIO BUENOS AIRES stands out as an icon of distinct identity that combines luxury, elegance and original design, with customized care and an exceptional service, featuring a blend of luxury, hi-tech functionality and pleasure.

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Bathtubs were created by Mario Dasso, a talented Argentinean whose art consists in engraving nature. Mario does not pick any particular tree; he would rather go into the mountain and surprise himself. He listens to that inner voice that guides him, the same voice that his ancestors -the Mapuche Indian tribes- used to hear. It is then when the wood would come to him to find that amazing calden waiting for him. The artist works with dead trees. In La Pampa, the story goes that when a calden tree dies, it does no longer watch nature but starts narrating its story. This Pampa artist does not choose the trees, the trees find him. He does not choose the final work, he goes for it. Every artwork is unique and has a message.
Every MIO BUENOS AIRES bathtub has been meticulously engraved by Mr. Dasso.

MIO BUENOS AIRES doors are made of wine barrels made of pure French oak, on which the streaks marking the wine path, their poise and work dedication stands out.

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We care for the environment through recycling practices, environmentally friendly product selection, and high efficiency lighting. MIO BUENOS AIRES is also implementing new sustainable development measures.

ART
Hotel boutique MIO BUENOS AIRES offers its public areas for the promotion of Argentine
artists, privileging the exhibition of emerging artists to make their contribution to the diffusion of the extraordinary talent of our artists.

SPA AND FITNESS
A true escape from the world outside, MIO BUENOS AIRES features everything you need for total relaxation.
Walls and ceiling covered with black stone from San Luis, reflecting the solar energy on the pool, generate a weak light that provides for the perfect urban retreat for the body and soul.
Juices and natural beverages bar.mio_buenos_aires_hotel_6956937
Manual, oriental and harmonizing therapies.
Cabinets for facial and body treatments.
Exquisite relaxing and stimulating massage menu.
Steam bath.
Fitness center for cardio exercise.
Giant Jacuzzi.

CUISINE AND BAR
Sivela 465 means contemporary cuisine that invites you to share the daily ceremony of breaking bread with those you love.sivela_02
We open our prominent French oak doors to all our guests, friends and neighbors, to come and share a pleasant moment with us at any hour of the day.
In Finnish, Sivellä means to paint. Just as on a great artist’s canvas, we paint an authentic concert of aromas and flavors in each of our dishes.
Hidden in the heart of our hotel Mio Buenos Aires, the Sivela 465 restaurant invites its guests to enjoy a new universe of flavors in contemporary cuisine, using seasonal recipes.
Inspired by memories of great journeys, of secret places, and many recipes shared in the heat of the campfire with friends and family, our cuisine is fresh and contemporary, sealed by wine and the sun.
With its attentive service and daring functional design, Sivela 465 serves simple, high quality dishes, prepared and presented with casual elegance. Spacious and well-lit during the day, Sivela 465 becomes intimate and cozy to receive its nighttime guests.mio-lounge_02

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Park Tower – A Luxury Collection Hotel

Situated in the heart of vibrant, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Park Tower epitomizes the city’s inimitable allure. Inside the hotel, exquisite décor and innate elegance seduce while outside, unlimited and enriching activities await—just steps away.lux233ex.83383_xx

The regal 23-floor hotel offers 181 captivating Biedermeier-style guest rooms with refined Italian marble bathrooms. Deluxe Corner Suites, two Terrace Suites, and the top-floor St. Regis Suite provide spectacular city views and unparalleled opulence.

Local Area

Buenos Aires is not only Argentina’s capital, it is also the largest cosmopolitan city in Latin America.

The city began as a settlement on the banks of the widest river in the world, the Rio de la Plata—or as the Spanish conquistadors called it, the “Fresh Water Sea”. Today, it is a hub of the continent’s commercial, financial, cultural, and entertainment industries.swhwn.82498_xx

An ever-developing metropolis, visitors find cultures from all over the world along with designer boutiques, fine restaurants, museums, cultural centers, modern theaters, and cinemas. Charming avenues with names like Santa Fe, Alvear, and Corrientes populate the city, as do beautiful urban parks in the Palermo neighborhood and artistic sites like Las Nereidas: the famous Lola Mora sculpture in the riverside area Puerto Madero.

The Colón Theater and National Museum of Fine Arts are just a few of the establishments that reflect the city’s cultural wealth, which is also seen in Buenos Aires’ many diverse barrios, or neighborhoods. It was here that Argentina’s famous tango evolved, and its urban music is still one of the city’s distinguishing characteristics.

• General Shopping Hours are from 10am – 10pm.
• The currency is the Argentine Peso and credit cards are widely accepted.
• Spanish is the official language of Buenos Aires, but English, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, German, and Armenian speakers are available at the hotel.
• The electrical current is 12/110/220 volt

Features

Incomparable accommodations, a prime location, and warm ambiance combined with unparalleled service make Park Tower the top choice in Buenos Aires for a memorable stay.

In addition to around-the-clock butlers on each floor, a professional Business Center, and valet parking, our Luxury Collection Concierge is always on hand to assist guests. Striving to provide each one with an unforgettable stay, he is pleased to arrange memorable visits to Tigre: an authenticlux233fc.112647_xxEstancia or the distinct Argentinean countryside as well as make restaurant reservations, provide local area information, and more.

Among the hotel features you can find: swimming pools, shooping arcade, Park Tower gym, lighten outdoor tennis court, internet access, environmental practices, and more.

Room classes

Deluxe Room: Our 125 spacious, sophisticated Biedermeier-influenced Deluxe Rooms’ regal golden hues and refined wood furniture reflect the overall style and elegance of Park Tower. In addition to inviting bedding, they feature an expansive sitting area—perfect for relaxing after an exciting day spent exploring Buenos Aires. (420 Square Feet / 39 Square Meters) lux233gr.154145_xx

Grand Deluxe Room:Located between the 18th and 23rd floors, our spacious, elegant Biedermeier-influenced. Grand Deluxe Rooms reflect the hotel’s signature discreet opulence. Combining regal golden hues and refined wood furniture with an expansive sitting area and unrivaled amenities—an espresso machine, exclusive St. Regis Lounge access, and more—they are ideal for relaxing after an exhilarating day spent exploring Buenos Aires. (420 Square Feet / 39 Square Meters)lux233gr.154144_xx

Corner Suite: Our 16 Corner Suites, featuring separate bedrooms and living rooms, are the perfect choice for high-flying executives. Moreover, their charming Biedermeier-style décor and state-of-the-art technological amenities ensure a convenient and enjoyable stay. (592-753 Square Feet / 55-70 Square Meters)lux233gr.154139_xx

Terrace Suite:Our two Terrace Suites, differentiated as the Senator’s Suite and the Governor’s Suite, promise an unforgettable, opulent stay. Featuring spacious terraces with sweeping views of the city and Rio de la Plata along with separate living, dining, and bedrooms, they provide an abundance of space for relaxing, working, and everything in-between. (1,722-1,884 Square Feet / 160-175 Square Meters)lux233gr.154131_xx

St. Regis Suite: Our most discerning guests revel in the penthouse St. Regis Suite. Occupying the entire top floor of Park Tower, it includes a living room, dining room, kitchen, work studio, two bedrooms, and three bathrooms—all accessed via private elevator. Large windows provide a 360-degree view of the Rio de la Plata and downtown Buenos Aires. An unequalled interior, combining comfort with elegance, features imported fine English furniture and characteristic antiques. (3,531 Square Feet / 328 Square Meters)

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Experience the luxury and beauty of this unique hotel, with offers and access to unlimited activities.
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A Luxurious Hotel

ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL

Whether you come to Argentina to fish Golden Dorados or maybe Rainbow Trout, you should stay at least one time in the fantastic and well-known Alvear Palace Hotel. We recommend our friends and guests to do it at least once in their lives.

The hotel from the street

The hotel from the street

Situated in the most elegant neighborhood of Buenos Aires, La Recoleta, the Alvear Palace Hotel was originally built as a luxury hotel to accommodate the increasing amount of European visitors arriving in Buenos Aires at the time, the Alvear Palace was transformed in 1932 into a model of the highest expression of refinement. The majestic rooms and suites, as well as the lobby and public areas, are reminiscent of the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, which are evident in the furniture, the crystal chandeliers, walls decorated with gold leaf and works of art of famous artists.

The luxurious lobby.

The luxurious lobby.

With eleven floors and five basement levels, this luxurious hotel has a capacity for 800 people in 110 rooms and 100 suites.

One of the gorgeous rooms.

One of the gorgeous rooms.

So guys, if you want to stay at this wonderful hotel on your next fishing trip with Pointer Fly Fishing, just let us know. You can’t miss it!

“La Brigada Grill”

This is one of the best grills in Buenos Aires. It’s directed by Hugo Chavarrieta  who is considered one of the best “parrilleros” in the country, one of the greatest honors an Argentinean can hold. He has run this restaurant with his family for more than 20 years.

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Upon arrival, the order of each guest is taken along with their preferred beef temperature, although the host recommends having it rare. The beef cuts are brought to the table as soon as they are ready; nothing is prepared in advance and the beef comes seasoned with salt. Then, each guest can season their dish with chimichurri, if they like it, but ideally, before doing it, they should try the meat and savor it in its pure state, so they can see what people mean when they talk about great Argentine beef.

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So… What are you waiting for? Come to Argentina for some fly fishing action and we can arrange a night in Buenos Aires and go to this amazing restaurant.

Algodon Mansion Hotel

The Mansion.

The Mansion.

Algodon Mansion is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Buenos Aires’ most elegant residential neighborhood, Recoleta. Their luxury suites are exceptionally spacious and offer superior comforts in amenities.

THE SUITES

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One of the luxurious rooms.

Algodon Mansion’s spacious suites have been designed to meet the highest quality standards for service, technology, comfort, and sophisticated aesthetic appeal. Many of their larger suites include additional comforts such as separate living areas, cozy fireplaces and elegant wine-themed wet bars.

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RESTAURANT AND BAR

Algodon Club & Wine Bar is a favorite destination for neighborhood locals and international crowds alike. Their unique wine list exemplifies the Argentinean wine portfolio, with emphasis on the premium and icon vintages of our their private collection from Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza.

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LE SPA

Enlighten your spirit and enliven your soul at their Buenos Aires spa in Recoleta. Le Spa features steam, sauna, and massage rooms where guests will be pampered with treatment options from an extensive menu. We strongly recommend you to make a reservation!

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ROOFTOP POOL

The rooftop’s open-air lounge invites afternoon tanning in the summer sun or twilight soirées on a warm moonlit Recoleta evening. Hidden away on the rooftop of our Buenos Aires mansion, their sky bar offers an enticing menu of drinks from around the world.

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Relax time!

Well, if you are thinking of coming to Argentina for some flyfishing, don’t miss the opportunity to stay in this wonderful hotel.

More info at http://www.algodonmansion.com

Faena Hotel

Have you ever heard about The Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires? Well let me tell you that this luxurious hotel is known worldwide because of its exquisite design.

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The Faena, formally known as Faena Hotel+Universe, is a five star hotel in Puerto Madero (a neighbourhood of Buenos Aires).

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A Little Bit of History…

The lot where the hotel sits today was originally purchased in 1902. .The structure measured 25,000 m2 (270,000 ft2) in indoor area and was built with bricks imported from Manchester.

Saved from the wrecking ball by local cultural preservation associations, the building was purchased by fashion designer Alan Faena, who after a US$40 million investment opened the Faena Hotel in October 2004.

Refurbished and decorated by designer Philippe Starck, the hotel has 105 rooms and is adjacent to an apartment complex of 83 units. The hotel includes the rustic El Mercado restaurant, a café, wine cellar, fashion boutique, cabaret and spa. The Cabaret hosts the number one Tango show in Buenos Aires “Rojo Tango”.

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Pool Bar

Cuisine

Besides enjoying a unique stay, the hotel offers its guests various options of excellence with its gourmet service. The Faena counts with six restaurants and bars. One of them is “El Mercado”; where you can enjoy traditional Argentinian cuisine from their rustic adobe oven. Another is “El Bistro”, which represents the latest trends in contemporary cuisine.

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Spa Hammam & Gym

With a proposal based on three key pillars – spirit, fitness & beauty – the Hammam Spa & Gym deploys a wide range of treatments and programs to enjoy quiet moments and reload energies.

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It’s worth mentioning that in addition to all these services, this hotel also offers the best Tango show in all Buenos Aires, an exquisite wine cellar, library lounge, swimming pool, and many more services.

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If you are planning to come to Argentina for a fishing weekend with Pointer Fly Fishing, you can’t miss the opportunity to stay in such a luxurious place.

For more information, please click here and we will contact you.

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City Tour Buenos Aires

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Tour Buenos Aires

Discover the beauty and magic of Buenos Aires. Starting from Colón Theatre where you will see the symbolic Obelisco. Then visit “Playa de Mayo” (Square): historical, political and foundational epicenter. Other important places to visit: Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, the Cabildo and the Municipality.

You can’t miss the opportunity to visit “San Telmo”, the “Tango” neighborhood and “La Boca” neighborhood. There you will find Boca Juniors Football Stadium, which is the maximum example of Argentina’s Passion: Football. Visit “Caminito”: the most tourist place of the area.

"La Boca" Neighbourhood

“La Boca” Neighbourhood

San Telmo: Tango afternoon

San Telmo: Tango afternoon

You must also visit “Puerto Madero” neighborhood which occupies a significant portion of the Río de la Plata riverbank and represents the latest architectural trends in the city of Buenos Aires. Continuing our tour, visit Palermo, which is a residential neighborhood with parks and elegant buildings.

Puerto Maderno Neighbourhood

Puerto Maderno Neighbourhood

Lastly try to visit the area known as “Bosques” (Woods) where you can find “El Rosedal”, “Carta Magna” and “Cuatro Regiones de Argentina” Monument and the Zoo.

Evita Tour

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Evita is a very important and popular icon in our history.For those history lovers this is a very exciting place to visit: “Evita’s Museum”. Here you will experience her childhood, her career as an actress, her life as the first lady of President Juan Domingo Perón, her fight for women’s civil rights and her death.

City Tour by Night

NIghlife in Buenos Aires

NIghlife in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a relly beautiful city at night. This is a very special part of the day to visit the Spaniards Monument, the Planetario, Palermo, the Racetrack, Recoleta, National Congress, Plaza de Mayo (square), Puerto Madero, Lola Mora and Buenos Aires Casino. Discover the beauty of the spectacular nightlife. You could also tour around Libertador Avenue, full of glamour and surrounded by beautiful constructions. In Recoleta I encourage you to discover the variety of coffee shops, the pedestrian area, restaurants and discotheques.