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Closed Door Restaurants: The Local Dining Experience

September 9, 2014
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For unique foodie experiences head to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo On my last couple of visits to Buenos Aires my time was limited, so naturally I wanted every meal to count, I wanted it to be great, not just good. I talked to nearly every local I knew to get their restaurant recommendations and I found that on almost everyone’s list was a closed door restaurant. Although they are not a new phenomenon I noticed that there is still a buzz about town for the mysterious puerta cerrada, as it’s known in Argentina. After the economic crisis of 2001, these home-grown businesses became an entrepreneurial trend, and one that has spread to other cities such as the gastronomic hub of Sao Paulo. In my opinion these off-the-beaten-track culinary experiences offer more than the average restaurant. Firstly, the food is just like home cooking, made by passionate and friendly locals…

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Caroline’s Cookbook: Empanadas

August 15, 2014
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It’s that time again! Who else is hungry? This week I will be teaching you about the good old South American empanada (and its closest relatives). The Lowdown In Argentina the empanada is a firm favourite for filling a rumbling belly, adults and kids alike. The typically savoury snack (if you need a visual, it resembles a small Cornish pasty) dates back centuries and was originally brought over from Galicia, Northwest Spain where it was invented as a portable lunch for workmen. I have to say that a visit to Argentina is not complete until you have tried a locally baked (or deep fried) empanada with any of the various fillings. The flavoursome pastries are most commonly stuffed with either ham and cheese, spinach and ricotta, minced beef or shredded chicken and accompanied by chopped onion and a mixture of spices. A plate of warm empanadas is ideal shared as…

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Rio de Janeiro: Where to Stay

June 6, 2014
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Although you may be tempted to spend as little time as possible in the hotel – there are so many extraordinary things to discover in Rio – there are a few that might make you change your mind! Here are some of the best from Latin Routes that will ensure your holiday to Brazil is as comfortable as it is unforgettable. Santa Teresa  This incredible luxury hotel sits on what used to be a coffee plantation in the beautiful region of Santa Teresa, a cultural and historic centre of Rio de Janeiro itself. Every effort has been made to maintain the buildings original charm and sophistication, and it is now considered one of the most beautiful hotels in not just Rio, but South America as a whole. With a clever use of materials such as woods, banana tree fibres and glass, the Santa Teresa has a peaceful, tropical ambience quite…

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Mendoza: Where to Stay

May 23, 2014
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Mendoza is renowned as one the most beautiful areas in Argentina – the stunning backdrop of the Andes frames the multitude of vineyards and bodegas that dot the countryside, ready for you to explore! This week we’ll be having a look at where the best places to stay are in this fantastic region. Cavas Wine Lodge  Nestled in a 35-acre vineyard in the wine region of Mendoza,Cavas Wine Lodge is one of the more luxurious hotels available in Mendoza. Featuring just 14 rooms, this hotel is as exclusive as it is comfortable. With freestanding adobe-walled apartments set in and amongst the vineyards, each rooms is carefully constructed to suit your needs. Tastefully furnished with a luxurious finish, each cream-coloured bedroom offers a stone-finished bathroom. In addition to this, each room opens out onto its own patio with stunning views out over the Andes. A private plunge pools awaits you, perfect for…

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Mendoza With Latin Routes

May 20, 2014
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One of the most attractive cities in Argentina, Mendoza is a haven for those looking to escape crowded city life. Tree-lined avenues, vineyards and stunning scenery are complimented by lively nightlife and top-quality restaurants. Mendoza has it all! The Area  The city proper is rich in culture and history which is fascinating to learn about, but also to explore for yourself. Find a few hidden gems tucked away in the city centre, in and amongst some of the excellent bars and restaurants on offer. Since Mendoza is known for its wine production, most stemming from the vineyards located just outside the city, you can’t afford to miss some of the fantastic local wines on offer. The countryside is populated by countless vineyards and bodegas, spread amongst the small towns and villages that dot the area – each producing their own unique wines for your tasting pleasure. Relax and enjoy a glass or…

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What are the best Estancias in Argentina?

May 9, 2014
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While we’ve had a look at a couple of excellent estancias, it is by no means the full range that Latin Routes have to offer you. Today we escape deep into the Argentinian countryside to discover the most peaceful and relaxing estancias that Argentina has to offer. Estancia Bordo De Las Lanzas, Salta  This beautiful estancia is a real treat – stunning colonial architecture perfectly blended with a few modern touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. With a rich and fascinating history, the building itself used to house General Martin Miguel de Guemes, a patriot of Salta and a well-known historical figure in the region. The hotel is still owned by his descendants even today! The hotel is well-equipped to fit your needs, featuring a lovely outdoor swimming pool, historic library and over 3000 acres of grounds for you to explore! In addition to this, you have the option to pursue activities…

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Best Estancias in Argentina

May 6, 2014
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Looking for a quiet, peaceful place to escape the whirlwind of the city? You can’t go far wrong with an Argentinian estancia. We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the best estancias in this beautiful country. Don’t forget to Contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist for more information about any of our hotels, or just to find out a bit more about Argentina itself! Estancia Dos Lunas, Cordoba  Estancia Dos Lunas is a fantastic, historical building set amongst 2300 hectares of beautiful countryside outside Cordoba itself. With vast open green spaces for you to explore (either on foot or on horseback), this hotel really utilises its rural location for your benefit. The hosts are famously welcoming, always available when you need them and generally making sure your holiday to Argentina is unforgettable! The estancia itself is over 100 years old, preserved in the original ‘English’ style, meaning it has a grand…

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Where To Stay In Peninsula Valdes

May 1, 2014
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Last week we had a look at some of the wonders of Peninsula Valdes in Argentina. A wildlife hotspot featuring whales, seals and penguins, this destination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, knowing the right place to stay is also extremely important, so here are some of the best hotels on the island. Don’t forget to Contact A Latin Routes Travel Specialist for more information about your holiday to Argentina! Estancia Rincon Chico  This beautiful luxury hotel is located right in the heart of thePeninsula Valdes National Park, giving you access to an astonishing 10km stretch of coastline owned by the hotel itself. This coastline is home to elephant seals and sea lions, which use the beach to breed each year – hundreds of them dotting the beach is certainly an amazing sight. The hotel itself is colonial in style with lots of wood and oak giving you an all-encompassing sense of opulence and luxury. With…

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Peninsula Valdes

April 29, 2014
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Argentina, News

The perfect destination for wildlife fanatics, amateur photographers and people who just love the great outdoors – Peninsula Valdes has some of the best wildlife-spotting opportunities in South America! The Area  Home to a unique ecosystem that provides a habitat for some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful creatures,Peninsula Valdes is a place like no other. With rocky cliffs, beaches and 400km of stunning coastline to explore, you’ll never be short of something to do or see in this amazing area. Nearby, shallow lagoons, coastal sand dunes and even small islands await your exploration. The nearest town is Puerto Madryn, a 1.5 hour drive from Trelew airport. Due to Peninsula Valdes’ coastal location, driving is often the best way to reach the town. Puerto Madryn itself is a cosy town will a range of shops and restaurants, providing an excellent base from which to explore the area. If you’re keen to get as close…

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South American Easter Traditions

April 14, 2014
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It’s that time of year again – eggs, extended family and enough chocolate to feed Luxembourg. It can only be Easter! We all have our idiosyncrasies when it comes to this festive time, but South America do it slightly differently to us… Argentina  Here in the UK, we tend to forget the religious aspect of Easter, but this a huge part of Argentinian life and culture. With a predominantly Catholic population (almost 75%), ‘Holy Week’ is a massive event featuring some spectacular outdoor services, attended by huge crowds. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday (yesterday, the 13th) and runs right through to Holy Saturday next week (the 19th) before Easter Sunday itself. Argentinians are, culturally, very family-orientated and Easter is no exception. Easter Sunday is characterised by a huge feast, the giving and receiving of gifts and exchanging of eggs. Traditionally, Argentinians will prepare a special dish – ‘Rosca de…

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