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Michelle Grimaud

Where have you just come back from?

Uruguay – one of the most relaxing countries in South America! Coming from the nearby metropolis Buenos Aires and landing in the small city of Montevideo is quite a change in pace. Only hours away from the capital, some of the famed beach destinations like Jose Ignacio and Valizas are where you truly see how peaceful Uruguay is. Filled with fresh seafood, local cheeses, fruits and an endless stream of mate, the coast is somewhere that I want to go on monthly weekend escapes!

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Where have you just come back from?

Uruguay – one of the most relaxing countries in South America! Coming from the nearby metropolis Buenos Aires and landing in the small city of Montevideo is quite a change in pace. Only hours away from the capital, some of the famed beach destinations like Jose Ignacio and Valizas are where you truly see how peaceful Uruguay is. Filled with fresh seafood, local cheeses, fruits and an endless stream of mate, the coast is somewhere that I want to go on monthly weekend escapes!

You are based in Buenos Aires, what’s hot at the moment?

Buenos Aires for me is all about the restaurant scene. Be it the chic Palermo and Recolta classics, casual ethnic fusion or the hidden gems called ‘closed door’ restaurants, Buenos Aires offers it all in style.

What should you never travel without?

A camera, of course!

Travel tune of choice?

Deixa A Vida Me Levar by Zeca Pgodinho is a Brazilian classic always putting me in a light and happy mood for travel

What’s your favourite PSA private property in South America?

I am in love with the estancias of Southern Patagonia. With their own particular history, be if from family or politics, all give of the warm and friendly Argentine hospitality that is so precious to the country. They make you feel as if you were part of their own family.

Top travel tip?

The more locals you see in a restaurant, the better.

Home away from home?

I would call Buenos Aires my third home following Boston and Rio de Janeiro.

Why Plan South America?

What I love about Plan South America which makes us truly special is that we do not have a set list of hotels or properties that we work with exclusively. We aim for always creating and tailoring a journey for our clients based on what they want and need. If this means staying in the traditional mountain hut refugios of Patagonia we are into it just as much as a 5-star luxury hotels in chic city neighborhoods.

Where to go when in need of some pampering?

I enjoy Mendoza when in need for some relaxation and pampering. More of a hidden gem for a location with an endless selection of prime vineyard, but there is a fabulous hammam spa to be enjoyed in the outskirts of the city as well!

Where to eat in Buenos Aires?

Aramburu is my favorite spot in Buenos Aires. Sitting in a dimly lit street as one of the city’s closed door restaurants it doesn’t seem like much. However, upon entry you are immersed in its warm and delicately crafted atmosphere where you will soon enjoy 18 courses of expertly created dishes.

Where is your next adventure?

Peru! I am quite excited for my next adventure exploring the famed Machu Picchu which enjoying some relaxation in the Peruvian Amazon- not to mention the daily fresh seafood options.

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