Location: 421 km. south Buenos Aires on national route 11. By bus or car from Buenos Aires (route 2 and 11) or by plane to Mar del Plata and then 100 km north.
Weather: Humid and middle temperature. Rain in winter and dryer on spring. Hot on summer but a little bit chilly during night time. Middle temperature during summer: 23º. Middle temperature during winter: 13º
Activities: Beach and water sports (windsurf, surf, water bikes, etc). Sand sports, 4x4, motorbikes, etc. Horse riding, biking, trekking, etc. Also fishing from the shore or on boats.
Cabins: Lots of guest houses of all styles (from pure wood to stone and bricks) were built in the forest to be rented by tourists, with all normal hotel services, including breakfast and kitchens for own cooking.
Phone: phone calls in Mar de Las Pampas is for free. No cellular signal available inside the forest, but there is Internet. Dialing to Mar de Las Pampas nationally is: 02255 + phone, and internationally: 542255 + phone.
The Forest (down town)
The first thing you’ll notice once you are here is the silence; suddenly it happens you’ve just arrived to a place without time with houses hidden behind the trees.
The forest seems quiet (only moves by the wind over the trees), and the sound of the ocean with the waves breaking loudly comes thru the trees like a whisper to your ears. It is magic time, only breaks by a car or a person time to time.
You just came to the place where elves, gnomes and people from the saga of "The Lord of the Ring" should live. It is the place to stay and relax.
But this silence is heavy broken in summer time (January and February) and winter holidays (last two weeks of July) when people from all around the country (mostly from Buenos Aires city) come to take their vacation. This is the happy hour of Mar de Las Pampas. Thousands of people pack the place and everything comes alive.
Even though, the place inserts over everybody its own energy and begins to slow down people’s mind. It is like a walking meditation where everybody leaves their cars behind and joins themselves to the sand streets to discover the magical forest.
Here is what you get. No cellular phone, no road streets (only sand ones), houses, hostels and restaurants, charming shops inside the forest and kindly people, with a huge smile waiting to talk to you, to serve you and to share their history and life.
About this last one item I have found many stories from people who left their grown up sons and daughters in Buenos Aires and came here to spend the last years of their lives....., people who had rebuilt their lives like "Fenix birds" starting again and again after the Argentinean economic crash down in 2001......, people who were just looking for a place where to live "peacefully" far from the big cities, so they started building guest houses for tourists....., I also found people with nice thoughts like "I want to make Mar de Las Pampas a peaceful place as the World should be"... so you will not find violence, insecurity, thieves and so on, even though the police is everywhere.
I accepted the invitation and went all the way down to relax and enjoy.
The cabins were little houses inserted into the forest, with a beautiful garden designed by "Beto", a local garden engineer who had had the ability to join the local forest with colorful flowers. Inside the cabins, wooden furniture, a fire place, the kitchen, good showers and plenty windows to feel myself relaxed surrounded by pine trees and eucalyptus.
|In the center of the garden a very big an nice swimming pool is the heart of the garden.|
|On the big garden sorrounded the pool, in the solarium area on the grass the sun chairs are placed for sun tonning and relaxing.|
|The "paraguayians beds", for relaxing, reading or sleeping are being hang up by the trees beside the playing area.|
In the photo you can
see a complete overview of "Huanquelen cabins" with the parking area
To further info or booking accomodation contact Mrs. Mercedes. Click here
During the night, the lights turned on and the forest turned off and suddenly the silence becomes "too loud" and the feeling of "completeness" surrounded by myself.
I used this time to make little walks thru the deserted streets regarding, from time to time, another lonely guys or couples walking like me. This area is very good to come with your girl/boy friend, husband/wife, etc. cause you have the time enough for close enjoying and relaxing, or young families who prefer secure and small intimate vacation.
Down Town - Night view
|Another beautiful place to stay, enjoy
and relax is "Aqui me quedo"
Cabins, we can translate it as "I stay here" or "this is the place I choose
to be", something like that.
The place is packed with flowers, trees and plants.
|The entrance is crossing a wooden bridge over a pool full of red, green, yellow, fishes called "caracius", all surrounded by the forest. It´s like walking to "magic town" of the elfs and gnomes....|
|Once you get in, the administration
building is placed right beside the pool, a clean blue pool available for summer time
surrounded by a wooden deck.
Nice place to sit down, read a book, take a drink or ask for lunch.
|The rooms are double ones with double bed and if you got a baby you can choose for a "baby bed" close to you, so you do not need to carry yours. Also rooms with separate beds available, all with private bathrooms and all services.|
|Cabins are prepared with all services, including cable TV, fire place, extra cushions and a good living room to spend quiet times enjoying the fire or a movie.|
|The kitchen is full, with oven,
microwave, big table and you get an outside table for picnic days, with place to prepare a
Everything done in the best wood and carefull details to give you a peaceful time.
|The owner is Joaquin, a beautiful guy
from Panamá, who had decided to set down in Argentina, Mar de las Pampas many years ago.
Lovely person who enjoys good talking, friendly and has three dogs.
Many stories had come to my ears and the sweetness of his good manners are a guarantee of good hospitality. So do not hesitate to book here and enjoy this comfortable cabins.
|Alma del Monte (something like "The Soul of the Forest") is the place to stay when you would like not to be close to everybody or far from "downtown", and be more quiet at the outsides of the area.|
|The cabins are very well built, the owners themselves are a building company, and you´ll notice that in every detail seen. Made on wood, stone and bricks, this comfortable units are placed into a deep pine forest.|
|The backyard of each cabin is placed directly on the local forest of Mar de las Pampas, so you will relax on a very natural spot.|
|Care and details are well seen inside the buildings too. Living rooms with cable TV, wooden rustic furniture and visible bricks are the details you can see and feel during your stay.|
|Complete kitchens allow you to prepare your meals with all cooking stuff.|
|If you like Argentinean barbecue (asados) each cabin has its own "parrilla" with an open dinning place.|
|Accommodation is available for 6 people with a double room facing the local pine forest,|
|and another room with
four single beds.
Another exclusive and fine resort you may find in Mar de las Pampas are Silvestris Apartments.
Just a few meters from the beach is one of the most beautiful buildings you can see there.
can get complete hotel services at Silvestris Apartments.
Complete breakfast and afternoon tea
Sand boards for free, included in booking fee, for fun sand surfing
Jacuzzi on the outside with massage beds.
|Huge apartments for 2, 4 or 6 passengers fully equipped with Cable TV, security boxes, huge king side beds, phone, floor heater, and fine decoration.|
|Complete kitchen for own cooking with oven, microwave, coffee maker, milk shake machine, so on.|
|Outside Jacuzzi in wooden deck on relaxing area.|
|Wonderful living room with big Cable TV, relaxing sofa, and small table top.|
|On the outside, a nice swimming pool inserted into the wooden deck with relaxing chairs for sun toning, reading or just relaxing, make this area a beautiful place to spend good afternoon.|
They are inserted right in the middle of Mar de las Pampas forest and placed a couple of blocks ahead from "downtown" in one of the most quiet environments of the city.
cabins are built in red bricks walls with wooden details organized in 3
To see cabins details visit the site of "Lemu cabins"
|Cabins are very comfortable, well decorated and placed in a wonderful natural environment, with pine tree forest surrounded them.|
|In all cabins categories you will find wonderful main bedrooms with back and side windows facing the quiet forest.|
kids room or single bedroom have 4 beds per room with windows facing the
As you can see on the pictures, wooden details and furniture are everywhere.
kitchen has everything for "own cooking", complete kitchen with oven,
microwave oven, etc.
A big round wooden table with 6 wooden chairs complete the dinning room.
Bathroom contain a Jacuzzi with wooden decks surrounded it.
Big windows integrated the bathroom to the pine forest around.
like to eat meat and enjoy cooking it barbecue style the cabins has big red
brick "parrillas" to make "parrilladas" (Argentinean meat cooked by wood
Beside this parrilla you can have a complete wood dinning table to take lunch on the outdoors, feeling the peaceful pine trees forest.
|The owners, Oscar and Monica will received you and provide you with everything you may need for your comfortable stay at Lemu cabins.|
|"Careyes" is another unique spot to sleep,
relax and have a good time.
In "Careyes" everything is thought in an spiritual way of thinking.
|Everything is planned according to Feng Shui phylosophy. A Japanese gardener had designed the position of every plant and buildings were built according to that.|
|You may feel the energy and smell each
plant while you go walking into its huge garden.
"Careyes" is a very special place. Here you can find comfort and beauty as in other places you may have been, but "something else is here". Eventhough, all Mar de las Pampas is a very mystic place, Careyes leads the subject with the care on the building itself and gardening.
|If you come here, and nothing happens to you, all normal human pleasures are still available. You get a big swimming pool surrounded by trees and relaxing chairs for sun toning, reading or just enjoying a good talk.|
|Rooms are luxurius, good furniture, modern details and bed clothes.|
|Inside the cabins all the comfort usually taken on 3 star hotels, also wooden roof, fire place, big dinner table for 6 people and a good open area.|
|Kitchen is complete, including oven,
microwave and refrigerator, everything right new, very modern and clean.
There is no rush to have breakfast, with a call you receive it in your room at anytime.
|And as Fabián, the owner explained to us, "Careyes" was thought to enjoy all inner senses of people who come by to relax. Everything is white, clean, big windows communicate with the surrounding forest and peaceful music enters our ears whispering that we had arrived to Peaceland.|
But if you like to be on your own, like at home (at least for a while), writing a book thinking that you are alone outside the world or have the privacy enough with your couple to see nobody, or just prefer your own full space, try this option, "Angel del Sol" cabins. It´s a huge cabin that is for rent (from 1 to any days) or for sale (if you discover that Mar de las Pampas is your place or want to invest). Click here.
|During my time in Mar de Las Pampas I also met "Elias", a good guy who decided to spent his "last years" in this peacefully forest right beside the ocean. He opened a resto - bar and invited me with healthy food.|
Elias called his restaurant "Aike Malem", Aike means in aborigine language something like "My Place" and certainly you can feel his hospitality here because he will always have time to talk with you lovely stories about the place, the area and his own experience of life.
|And when I asked him about how he
defines his cooking, he said: - this is the mixture and fusion of natural Argentinean
ingredients with European recipes (some polish, Italian and Spanish).
You can find "vareinikes" (a tasty polish dish of potatoes and onions), classic "picadas Argentines"(cheese, pepperoni, ham,vegetables in oil and grapes goes good with beer) and "pankas" (pizza sandwiches with everything inside). One important point is that I am vegetarian and I found no problem in choosing dishes from the menu. Very good.
Also, there are many other choices you will get in Mar de Las Pampas to have a good lunch or dinner. The place is packed of different and very good restaurants and pubs where you can try the local beer. You can know them in the "where to eat section".
- So, I have past a wonderful time here. I am enclosing you down a list of important tourist information to guide you thru your discovering of Mar de Las Pampas and not get lost on the way. You will find from places to sleep, relax, take food, buy things or even built your own place here. I hope this will help you.
Come on and enjoy it. I have done it and have had a very good time. You always can contact me for further details any moment, that's no problem (eventhough, most contacts has its own links to their websites). I hope see soon you around.
Mark Royo Celano
- Tourist Information:
- Where to sleep: Resorts - Lodges - Apart Hotels - Hostels - Cabins - Apartments
- Where to eat: Restaurants - Pubs - Pizzas - Tea Houses
- Where to shop: Handcrafts - Chocolates and Sweets - Shops - Gardening
- Real State info: Commerce - Building Companies - Architects
- Activities: 4x4 expedition to Faro Querandi
Where to sleep: list of places to stay and relax
|Careyes||Alferez Sobral y Virazón|
|Aike Malem||Av. Roca esquina Los Andes|
|Aquímequedo||Julio A. Roca y Cuyo|
|Alma del Monte||Golondrina entre Chajá y Santa María|
|Angel del Sol||Santa María y Peralta Ramos|
|Angel del Mar||Santa María y M. Fernandez|
|Angel del Bosque||Santa María y M. Fernandez|
|Huanquelen||Juez Repetto e/ Benito Linch y E. Paz|
|Lemu||Pangaré y Los Pinos|
|Silvestris||Av. Roca y Corvina|
|Hostal de Las Piedras||Cuyo e/ Virazon y Roca|
|Marea||Delfín e/Storni y Virazón|
Where to eat: places to have lunch, dinner or drinks
|Aike Malem||Av. Roca esquina Los Andes|
|Amorinda||Alberto Gerchunoff y El Lucero|
|Viejos Tiempos||Leoncio Paina y Cruz del Sur|
|Pasaje Los Rosales||Santa María e/ El Lucero y El Ceibo|
|Manos del mundo||Pasaje Sureño - Local 12|
|El Arcángel||Paseo de la Pinocha|
Chocolates and Sweets
|La Nonna Julia||Centro Comercial Las Gaviotas - L. 7|
|Las Gaviotas||Calle 33 y Punta del Este - Las Gaviotas|
|La Pinocha||El Lucero y Santa María|
|Corpo||Paseo Sendas del Encuentro|
|Jardin de las Pampas||Av. del Plata y Housay|
|Agreste Casas||Calle 33 e/ P. del Este y M. de las Pampas - Las Gaviotas|
|Alici||Juez Repetto y Las Toninas|
|Capurro Propiedades||El Lucero y Julio A. Roca|
|Estudio Inmobiliario||Victoria Ocampo esq. Ombú|
|Gianini Inmobiliaria||Mar del Plata y 33 - Mar Azul|
|Gianini Inmobiliaria||Paseo de la Comarca|
|Irell||Av. Cruz del Sur y J. Roca|
|Manrique Propiedades||Las Toninas y Juez Repetto|
|Mar de las Pampas||Avda. El Lucero y Querandies|
|Mariano Villamayor - Propiedades||Av. Mar del Plata e/ calle 35 y 36 - Mar Azul|
|Roncoroni Propiedades||Calle 34 y Av. Mar del Plata - Mar Azul|
|Alici||Repetto y Las Toninas|
|Alma de Fuego||Centro Comercial|
|Arcos||Brown e/ Artes y Guerrero|
|R. S. Construcciones|
|Sisteco||Av. El Lucero y Julio Roca|
|Alescio - Bonomo|
|Alfredo Bruno Bauni|
|Estudio Formas||Av. El Lucero y Santa María|
|Isabel Navarro||Barlovento y Los Cóndores|
|Lado - Petry||Barca Grande y del Plata|
|Marcelo Ferrara||Av. El Lucero y Santa María|
|Rodolfo Ravier & Asociados||Repetto y Las Toninas|
|Varela & Boccadoro||Corvina y Roca - Village de Las Pampas|
|Vazques & Asociados||El Lucero y Querandíes|
4x4 Expedition to Faro Querandi
Querandi" its a big light house placed looking to the ocean and surrounded by
thousands meters of sand, big dunes and small trees. It is called
"Querandi" cause it is the name of the aborigens that lived in this area many
years ago (no more now).
Light House is seen from the ocean, far away. It is used by fishermen and sailmen who sail from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata and back.
|One way you can get there is by 4x4.
Renting a 4x4 in Mar de las Pampas is not so easy unless its summer time (January and February) and because I've been at the beginning of September (still winter and was very windy and chilly) I was able to go thanks to a friend who invited me to go (lucky me).
|To go from Mar de las Pampas is a 12 km
drive through the desert beach of 300 meters wide of clean sand. The place is very
wild and the driving experience is quite cool, cause you have the ocean on one side and
the sand desert on the other.
Behind that desert there are the trees, not seen from the shore.
|Once you get there you feel (like my friend Kuky said) an ant, small, tiny and insignificant, surrounded by this beautiful and huge demonstration of nature and human building.|