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Pucará De Tilcara, Stone Ruins Of A Tribe Of Warriors, Argentina (Accommodation)

Pucará de Tilcara is a fortress built by the tilcaras  at a strategic point on the Quebrada de Humahuaca, in the Province of Jujuy, Argentina (aborigines decided to fix their residences on the top of hills or difficult access plateaus). 

It is located 1 km south of the city of Tilcara, on a hill, 80 m high / next to Guasamayo River and the Rio Grande confluence, which runs there at 2,450 MASL. It was an ideal place to defend against attacks; It dominated two roads crossing and on one side was defended by cliffs on Rio Grande and on the other by rough slopes. On accessible slopes they built high walls. 

Pucarás not only had defensive purposes but also social and religious. From this height, surrounding fields and peasant dwellings on low ground could be controlled.

It is one of the most important and known of the ancient prehispanic populations of Humahuaca region. It has an area of ??8 to 15 hectares and approximately 1160 years old. Pucará identifies several neighborhoods, corrals, a necropolis and a place for sacred ceremonies, among other spaces.

The pre-Inca ruins and lively festivals are just some of the highlights offered by Tilcara. On outskirts of the small Argentine city, Pucará de Tilcara attracts archeologists and tourists who are curious by ancient civilizations.  Pucará de Tilcara, stone ruins of a tribe of warriors, provides an insight about triumphs and daily battles of people who prospered in the area for more than 10,000 years ago.


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Beautiful Frutillar Village Recalling Old Bavaria In Chile (Accommodation)

Frutillar is characterized by the beauty of its landscape, founders' german traditions  and Frutillar Musical Weeks. Thanks to this festival and Lake Theater, it has become the musical pole of southern Chile.

Frutillar was founded on shore of Lake Llanquihue on November 23, 1856 by German immigrants who arrived to the area during President Manuel Montt government. Settlers built their houses around the bay and dedicated themselves to agricultural and livestock work, installing dairies, mills, distilleries, tannery and some stores selling groceries and implements.  Because Frutillar is on the way to Puerto Montt and Osorno, it had a rapid development, which favored trade.  Germans began to occupy farms measured by José Decher. Among first settlers, who built their homes around the bay, were Wilhelm Kaschel, Heinrich Kuschel, Theodor Niklitschek, Christian Nannig, Christian Winkler and Adams Schmidt. They built their own piers on the shore beaches and moved on the lake in steam boats.  Farms, which started from the lake to hills of native forest, were approximately 35 m wide and 4 000 m long. Most of German settlers were farmers who had decided to escape from agricultural poverty caused in Europe by the industrial revolution.  In 1882 The German Club was founded, a place for social meetings and to share publications that came in their native language. Until today, his restaurant maintains its prestige by offering both German and Chilean food dishes. Subsequently, other vital organizations were born for the city, such as the Fire Department and the Red Cross.  With the arrival of the railway in 1907, the station in Frutillar Alto was born. Today it has industries, services, commerce and an office.  The commune maintains many traditions from old settlers, since many of their descendants still live in the zone. 

In 1968 the first Musical Weeks were celebrated, and in 1973 the German Colonial Museum was built. Since the 1990s, Frutillar experienced a rebound in tourist activity, retaining German colonial urban style. The hotel sector, gastronomic, nautical, salmon fishing and sport hunting was developed. The first marina with yacht club of Llanquihue Lake was built in 2002 with headquarters in Frutillar. There is a lot to do in Frutillar,   An option to visit is  the German Colonial Museum, it  arises from the interest of local people to know and preserve the history of Lake Llanquihue and the German immigration of the nineteenth century in this area. The municipality of Frutillar ceded in 1979 three hectares that had belonged to the Richter family to the Universidad Austral de Chile, thus beginning the construction and the enabling of the land for the museum that was finally inaugurated on January 28, 1984. An emblematic place is The Lake Teather , thanks to which Frutillar has become an important cultural center in Chile, also has a musical school in the Richters house. Emblematic work of the city, it was built with high technology in acoustics and modern architecture. In it  Musical Weeks of Frutillar are celebrated and concerts, plays, ballet and cinema are held throughout the year. It is the southernmost international theater in the world, and rises in front of the Puntiagudo, Osorno, and Calbuco volcanoes on the banks of the Llanquihue.  

The musical tradition in Frutillar is long-standing and dates back to the rise Liederkranz mixed choir, created in 1894 by Professor Jacob Junginger. Ten years later, in 1904, the Männercor was born.  Their hymn, Singing sorrows are gone, served them to mitigate the nostalgia and pains suffered by the hard-working settlers and parishioners of Frutillar. During 25 years Junginger directed this choir, focusing on pieces by great German composers and writers. Junginger was succeeded by Carl Hesse, Herbert Koehler and in the 1940s, Robert Dick. 

The Musical Weeks is a classical music festival that takes place every summer in late January and early February in the city of Frutillar since 1968. It was born with the osornina pianist and cultural manager Flora Inostroza (1930-2016) with financial support of enthusiasts of the project among which the Schiess family stand out -the businessman Guillermo Schiess and the death of this his children, especially Nicola, the same ones who have been the main patrons of the Teatro del Lago- and the firm Nestlé (sponsor of a series of symbols of the festival placed to decorate the city mainly on the shores of the lake, on Bernardo Philippi Avenue).

Frutillar, which has a varied hotel offer, offers various tourist attractions: Beaches with volcanoes Osorno, Calbuco, Tronador and Puntiagudo view. practice of water sports; German Colonial Museum and German-style crafts; the natural beauty of its surroundings and  paths around the lake. The main tourist event in the city is Musical Weeks.


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Spend A Wonderful Time Visiting Tronador Volcano (Accommodation)

The Tronador volcano is geologically inactive; Its last eruptions date from about 1 million years, it is located in the southern zone of the Andes Mountain Range, on the border between Argentina and Chile near the city of Bariloche, Argentina. Erosion of the mountain by the glaciers Ventisquero Negro and Monson has steep and reduced its slopes until almost unappreciated the shape of a typical volcano because of weathering and erosion have a high level of wear for the hill. The Tronador separates two national parks: The Vicente Pérez Rosales in the province of Llanquihue, Chile, and The Nahuel Huapi, in Río Negro and Neuquén, Argentina.

The name of the hill is due to the noise similar to that of thunder produced by the frequent landslides and falls of seracs in the glaciers of the same.  Its height of 3554 MASL. It stands out among the mountain ranges of the Nahuel Huapi National Park.  The Tronador volcano has three peaks: towards the East, called Argentina, of 3200  MASL , towards the West, the Chilean one, of 3320  MASL and a border, called the international summit, of 3554  MASL.   Tronador is covered by seven glaciers which are currently in remission because of the heating phenomena.  On the Argentine side are the glaciers Frías, Alerces, Castaño Overo and Río Manso can be found from north to south. By the Chilean, in the same direction, there are the Peulla, Casa Pangue and Río Blanco glaciers.  At its base there is an area where the ice is dyed black product of the sediments and sands that carry, this area is called the black drift.

On the Argentine side, a path allows you to get close to the foot of the rock walls that surround the hill, to the point of losing sight of the summit due to the excessive proximity to them. The best views of the Tronador are obtained in the nearby area of ??Pampa Linda.  From Chile it is visible from Osorno and Frutillar, it even manages to be visible from the Big Island of Chiloé more than 200 km away.  A pedestrian path of steep slope, largely practicable on horseback, allows to reach an organized shelter owned by Club Andino Bariloche, named after the climber Otto Meiling. It has certain accommodation facilities, and is located on the edge of the upper Alerce and Castaño Overo glaciers.

From the glaciers that surround to the Tronador several streams arise, that come together in Pampa Linda to form the Manso river.This was an amazing experience. The sounds of cracking glacier is something special!! I thought about how to pass the feeling to my friends back home, but there is no way, you just have to be there.

Spend a wonderful day, there are so many activities in the area. You can take a guided tour or visit with your car it is hard to believe that the black mountain is a black glacier. hope you will have the opportunity to see some glaciers fallen.


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The Lage Park Provides An Unforgettable Rio De Janeiro Charming Experience (Accommodation)

If you like nature and you are in Rio de Janeiro, you should visit the delicious Parque Lage, a place adored by the Cariocas themselves. At the Tijuca Forest and very close to the Botanical Garden, this orchard has English-style garden, small lakes and a beautiful mansion that now houses the School of Visual Arts and where you can see free art exhibitions and performances.  It is a relaxed place, ideal to have a coffee and observe the landscape. If you're lucky you'll see even monkeys and toucans frisking and feeding quietly among the foliage.

As part of the Tijuca National Park, better known as the Tijuca Forest, the Lage is a beautiful European-style park nestled at the foot of Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado, which is full of hidden surprises. Its 52 hectares of beautiful gardens around a "Roman Palace" have their origin in a story of love and art.

The zone that today corresponds to the Lage Park was part during  colonial era of what was known as the Engenho Del Rey, huge sugarcane cultivation lands on the banks of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Owned by Rodrigo de Freitas Mello during the seventeenth century. In 1840 the English landscape architect John Tyndale designed the first romantic garden inspired by the European villas of the time.

In 1920, the entrepreneur and lover of the arts, Henrique Lage acquires the park and to please his wife, the Italian lyric singer Gabriela Besanzoni, orders to build in the interior, an exact replica of a Roman Palace and reformulates the landscape design of the gardens. The palace became the residence of the couple, and there were great parties and artistic presentations.

The visit to Lage Park in Rio de Janeiro and its palace is a walk that is well worth it, especially for nature lovers, as well as a great variety of plants and typical trees of the Atlantic Forest,  The Lage Park is one of the places least visited by tourists, however it is a jewel where you can stroll peacefully and enjoy outside the great tourist circuits of Rio. A perfect place also to go with children, who will have fun moments exploring the caves and hidden corners of the park.

From the beginning, the entrance surprises with its road flanked by tall imperial palm trees that lead to the palace. The building was designed by the Italian architect Mario Vodrel, in an eclectic style and consists of a single rectangular floor plan with a huge frontal portico and large arches and columns, where all the rooms and rooms revolve around a central pool, in the same way of the Roman mansions. The part of the garden located just in front of the palace has a French style, with geometric shapes, where the open areas covered with grass predominate.

But what characterizes the Lage Park of Rio de Janeiro is its exuberant vegetation and the enormous trees that make it a kind of "enchanted forest", where unhurried wandering is the best alternative. The staging is perfect, sinuous paths that go into the vegetation, bridges, lagoons, islands, viewpoints made of rock and even caves and artificial caves, all created to give the park the charm of English romantic gardens.

Quite a surprise is the aquarium embedded in the walls of one of these artificial caves, where you can see several Kinds of fish, mainly native species of Brazilian rivers.

For lovers of hiking and long walks, from Lage Park a route of moderate difficulty that goes almost to the top of Corcovado. It is recommended to do it only if you are in good physical shape and always provided with sufficient water.


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Yacutinga Lodge To Combine Peace And Adventure In Iguazu (Accommodation)

Yacutinga Lodge is the best option to discover the curiosities of the most bidiverse eco-region of Argentina after the traditional visit to the Iguazu Falls.
It is about making nights comfortably lodged in the heart of the Missionary Forest, including guided tours by ecologists and native Guarani, either navigating the Selva waters  or exploring any of the 12 interpretive trails of the exclusive Yacutinga Private Reserve. Yacutinga Lodge is not just an eco-tourism project located in the Argentine missionary jungle. We believe that there is an important global need for protection of nature, as well as the generation of an economic income. In Yacutinga we are doing it.

The ecotourism activity is one of our economic pillars, but there are also other sustainability projects that are being developed in our Reserve. With the biological and technical support of the Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA) and the results of the investigations that have been carried out at the Yacutinga Biological Station, we have managed to develop various projects and studies that have allowed us to make a general management of our reserve. private without altering nature.  Since the beginning of the project, we have been concerned about minimizing the impact that is generated in the environment. At the same time, we had to find a balance between the use of the surrounding nature and the fine tuning of an excellent ecotourism service.

Being in Yacutinga Lodge means entering into communion with nature.  Only 4 hectares of the 570 that make up the property, have been used to build the buildings of this eco-tourist complex unprecedented in Argentina. Constructions in the lodge gently follow natural slopes of the terrain and maintain the surrounding harmony.
Local materials, such as stones and large pieces of wood harvested from fallen trees, have been successfully incorporated into the architectural concept of the place; integrating in this way totally with the natural environment.  In this way, it has managed to offer an extremely relaxed atmosphere, where magic takes its form and the "Missionary Mount" can be enjoyed in all its splendor and wisdom.

 A place lost in the jungle, away from the noise of the city. Nature receives us from the hands of Yacutinga staff. And a family atmosphere accompanies us during the stay, with nights of dreams with sounds of crickets. Every detail carefully, in harmony with the flora and fauna. It brings us closer to ourselves. Words of thanks and the desire to repeat the experience, recommended for anyone wishing to combine peace and adventure.

Discover, explore, learn, enjoy and marvel at this proposal based on the most modern criteria of tourism sustainability.


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