Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Winter Runaway: Patagonia

Steaks and lakes in the mountains of Argentina

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This time of year, it's not always easy to share South Florida with all those tourists. 

Which means it's a fine time to get away. And you almost can't go farther south than Argentina's Patagonia region, where San Carlos de Bariloche flips winter into summer, turns caves into bars, and offers presidential palaces as resorts.

Here's how your super-powered vacation's gonna go down south of the equator:
 
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With Bill Clinton among past guests, you’ll feel like a leader of men at the world-famous Llao Llao Hotel & Resort. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic lakes and mountains of Nahuel Huapi National Park, the sprawling campus lets you choose your own adventure from rappelling down cliffs to golfing one of the world’s most stunning courses. Or chilling on your own private beach.
Starting at $295 per night. Ave Ezequiel Bustillo Km 25. +54 0294 4448530
 
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The first thing you’ll want to do is get out on the water, and Cruce de Lagos boat tours makes it easy to explore the stunning alpine lakes district of Patagonia. Check out waterfalls and cross over some of the highest points along the Andes in a ferry or catamaran as you cruise across the border into neighboring Chile and back in style.
$280 per person. +56 02 2222 8400
 
EAT UP
Argentina is famous for its beef, and you'll get all you can handle at the cozy farm-to-table Alto el Fuego. Serving a simple meat-based menu — from sirloin to beef de chorizo to a perfectly seasoned ribeye — in a bustling locals-friendly space that looks like a residential building, you won’t find a better steak in all of Patagonia. Or Argentina.
20 de Febrero 451.
 
PARTY DOWN
If you’re looking to drink until 7a with a friendly (ok, naughty) group of locals, Grisu is the place to be. With a lounge overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake and bar booths carved into caves, it’s the perfect place to watch bartenders work on their Tom Cruise Cocktail tricks while you work on your international dance moves.
Juan Manuel de Rosas 574. +54 0294 4422269

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