Our same group that went last year returned this year and we brought two more friends with us. Nothing had changed whatesoever which was great. We love it just the way it is. If you have a small group and want a place that can accomodate 7 -14 people, this is the place to go. From the moment Fredericko picked us up in Cordoba, everything went great! Federicko spoke excellent English and was very helpful driving us from Cordoba to the lodge and helping us check in at the airport in Cordoba when we came back from their sister lodge, Paloma Bravo.
When you pull up to the lodge and see the staff outside to greet you, it is a very warm feeling coming back. Zeke showed us a super time as well as Topo and J.J. Zeke is the perfect man for running the lodge. He will do whatever you need to make sure you are a happy hunter. Raul is still the best cook I have ever met and can even handle people that are on special diets. Raul went all out for me and I know we all must have gained 5-10 pounds with his wonderful cooking. I would say he is a 5 star chef. He always has a grin on his face and presents the food like you would see in a very expensive restaurant.
Soledad lined up everything like the year before and coordinated everything with Brigitte, who works for Travelcorp; who takes care of all of the fights. They both did a super job lining up this trip like we knew they would. Soledad was always available to answer any question we have as we were getting closer to our departure date for Argentina. She is a real asset to Flyways.
Every staff member of the lodge gives the best service you can imagine. We love the way the lodge is situated and decorated with the long dinner table right in the middle of the lodge. They always served their great house Malbec and had whatever liquor we wanted at the bar including Legui, a sweet after dinner drink, that we liked the year before.
The hunting was incredible like it was last year. Our bird boys are so great. They work so hard to make sure that each and every one of us would have the best hunting experience of our lifetime. Sometime we had to move to get to the right spot and the bird boys were always eager to get their machetes out and make new blinds; no matter how many times it may be needed. I think the bird boys get as excited as we do; especially if we are trying to get a certain number of doves. It was actually difficult telling our bird boys good bye. We had become even closer friends our second trip. Jorge is my amigo.
The guns that they have for rent are in perfect condition thanks to Martin and Jorge. These bird boys did want us to lift a finger and were always getting more shells or whatever needed to be done with a huge smile on their face.
The rooms are fantastic. Each room has its own shower. The way the living room is decorated reminds me of a lodge in Africa. We slept great when we were in the rooms. We were pretty much on the go all of the time. My buddie and I did sleep in one morning and miss a hunt to give our shoulders a rest one morning but we both got a massage since we did not hunt. That was a great compromise!
You come back from a hunt and meet Zeke or one of the pretty women on the staff with a hot towel to wash your face. Then you put your stuff up and go sit by the fire where they have happy hour set up by the pond with delicious appetizers. It is a very tranquil setting.
I have chronic shoulder problems so got the best massages from Miriam. All of the massueses did an incredible job according to my friends and came every night to help us get through all of the effort of shooting all day. So you come back from a hunt, have a drink, get a massage or hang out by the fire and chill out until you have an incredible dinner.
I can`t imagine staying in any other place but Sierra Brava because it has everything I want: a beautiful lodge; incredible service; wonderful staff; great accomodations and unreal hunting. It doesn`t get any better than that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sierra Brava is a dove hunting lodge located in Cordoba, Argentina. Sierra Brava offers record-setting Cordoba dove hunting in combination with first-class accommodations, world-famous cuisine, the industry’s most personable service and legendary hospitality…all at value-packed rates! While the ultra high-volume Argentina dove hunting might be Sierra Brava’s biggest draw, the friendly and authentic lodge atmosphere makes the experience unforgettable. ... more less