In the MATE LESSON, we will learn about the history of this millenarian and popular beverage typical from South America, and how it was handed over from the guaraní natives to our ancestors. Then, we will go through the different utensils necessary to elaborate the mate: we will discover the many kinds of mates (the cup where the beverage is prepared), the yerbas (the herbs used for the infusion) and the bombilla (the straw used to drink), so you can choose the combination that fits your taste the best. Last but not least, we will uncover the mate drinking ritual step by step so you can prepare THE PERFECT MATE! We will go over the jargon, the Argentinean traditions, and culture surrounding the mate while we taste regional sweets pairing the beverage. Do you like our plan? We are waiting for you!
Hello! I'm Melanie, founder of Mate Lesson Patagonia. I'm originally from Buenos Aires, but my heart is undoubtedly Patagonian, and so I've been living here for the past five years. Even though my roots are in Bariloche, traveling is my passion and the thirst for if lead me to enroll in the UNRN for the Tourism degree in 2016. As a proud Argentinean, and prideful of our customs, I can't help to be amazed of how stunning Argentina is, and therefore I want everybody to get to know a little better this bit of the End of the World: our luscious cuisine, our breathtaking landscapes, and our warm and loving people. Join me! Let's get to know Argentina!
Traditional Argentinean pastries
We will meet in "Vertiente, café con ideas", a tiny cozy cafe a few blocks up the Civic Center, away from the noisy crowd of the city. On sunny days, we will use the petit garden behind the café and bask under the trees. If you book on a rainy day, Vertiente is so homey you will love it indoors as well!
Mate Lesson in Patagonia