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Rural tourism in the Calchaquí Valley

In Kallpa we would like to foster rural community tourism; a different, accessible and responsible way to travel, where the traveller finds himself within authentic cultural scenarios that leave a deep trace.


More and more travellers are looking for a different kind of trip, to go beyond only observing and to be able to take part of something, to learn by experimenting on their own. Knowing places, sharing activities, knowledge and lifestyles with rural and native communities is becoming the new way of travelling.

That is why responsible rural tourism has been growing so much in the last years in Argentina, triggered by the cultural exchange and mutual respect between local people and visitors, providing also a local growth and development opportunity.

Since 2011, Salta is the pioneer province in Argentina to embrace the rural community tourism. Twelve local communities from the Calchaquí Valley are involved in a cooperative organization self-managed by low resources families of farmers and artisans, opening their doors to share different activities and experiences with visitors from all around the world.

On their own words, not only they offer regional artisanal products but also community rural tourism services, a real country life experience. “We practice and promote fair trade, a tourism that respects everyone´s culture and that is responsible with our society and friendly with our Mother Earth and the land that we live in”.

The cooperatives proposal main goals are the cultural exchange and the enjoyment of the landscape. To join the communities on their everyday lives and activities, to share the farming and artisan professions, to sit and chat generating an enriching interchange. Their infrastructure is their own family and communal habitat. Homes, roads and places that belong to their communities, families and local scenery, which they gladly share with visitors.

Travellers willing to visit any of these communities and to experience rural tourism in the Calchaquí Valley may expect to take part of daily farming activities, visiting artisans, and cultural and outdoor strolls or rides. They may learn to cook regional dishes and using a mud oven, knowing about local traditions, taking care of a flock of goats, learning about grapevine and artisanal wine making, visiting archaeological sites, trekking among the hills, learning craftworks like pottery or using a loom, sharing a religious festivity, among others. Trekking and horseback riding activities are on short and easy circuits guided by local people. These last almost 3 hs.  

Regional gastronomy is an important character of this experience, specially for the half day activity with lunch. Visitors will be able to taste and also elaborate along the local families typical dishes such as empanadas, locro (meat and vegetable stew), tamales or humitas. Also desserts like anchi (a sugary corn and lemon cream), cayote pies and homemade cheese with sugar cane honey. Wine tasting is also available in certain communities.

Communities involved in the cooperative organization open their doors to visitors willing to experience unforgettable moments shared with ancient cultures in natural and beautiful scenarios. A one in a lifetime experience and a knowledge and lifestyles true interchange.

Contact your Kallpa executive for more information about the communities and to book a half day experience, including an activity and lunch with one of these hardworking communities.


NOTE

  • Available options: Half day experience, including an activity and lunch with local family. Full day experience including overnight at a local family home, full board and activities.
  • Communities are assigned to travellers depending on their availability and the activity that the visitors would like to take part in.
  • It is important to book the experience in advance, so that the community families can be prepared for the visit, and also for the visitor to read the Ethical Code of Conduct that will be provided.

 

Wetland wildlife & tradition at Iberá

Visiting the tropical Iberá Wetlands in Corrientes is a must. But even more is staying at Estancia San Juan Poriahú and enjoying its activities and homemade meals.


Almost a year ago we introduced this traditional estancia located northeast of Corrientes province, on the banks of the Iberá Wetlands and close to the San Ignacio Jesuit ruins.

Still dedicated to stockbreeding, San Juan Poriahú provides accommodation, full board and outdoor activities for anyone willing to immerse into this mysterious ecosystem. 13.000 hectares, including its own fauna reserve, surrounded by an ancient and exuberant grove and the characteristic humidity of the wetlands.

Although the estancia is one of the oldest in the region (it was founded by the Jesuits in the 17th century), it keeps its colonial charm and has been preserved and adapted to receive tourists from everywhere.

The ancient farmhouse is warm in the winter and refreshing in the summer, thanks to its thick adobe walls, palm roof (typical of this region) and outside gallery. Also, it has nine wide and simple twin rooms with private or shared bathroom, all of them very homey and comfortable, decorated with antique furniture and country details.

A huge park and the swimming pool invite you to relax on summer afternoons, while contemplating the natural surroundings.

Homemade delicious meals are served daily in the shared dining room. You will try regional dishes and the traditional asado.

During your stay you will take part of some outdoor activities to get to know the wetlands. You can’t miss the boat ride! Jump onto a canoe conducted by a guide and navigate this aquatic environment girdled by colorful vegetation and an incredible array of wildlife all around. You may spot roseate spoonbills, maguari storks, whistling herons, yacarés (caymans), marsh deers, aguará guazú (maned wolves), river otters and the cute capibaras or carpinchos.

Other daily options include horseback riding joined by the resident gauchos, photographic safari, guided hikes for bird and fauna watching, night tour for yacaré watching, off-road 4×4 ride within the ranch and rural activities such as cattle branding. Keep in mind that the activities are subject to weather conditions.

The estancia fully operates year round, except on Holy Week holidays and July. You may visit the Esteros whenever you like. Due to its tropical weather, theres no dry season. For birdwatchers, the best time to visit is on August or September.

Dont forget that the stay at San Juan Poriahú includes full board with drinks and excursions. Please contact us for more information and rates.

 

The art of winemaking in Mendoza

Up to this point it is well known that Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina. Many bodegas are settled here, among the Andes and below the gentle flight of condors. But not all of them have such a distinguished and special collection of wines as Bodega Tapiz.


What is so unique about Bodega Tapiz? Its many and different vineyards are located at different altitudes ranging from 30 to 920 to 1400 meters above sea level, either embraced by the Andes mountain range or receiving the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a bio-climate that makes these places different to the rest of the wine world.

Even though it is possible to stay and have a meal at Club Tapiz Hotel & Resto, today we will just show you a glimpse of this amazing complex visiting the famous winery and tasting its products.

Only twenty minutes away from downtown Mendoza, you will find the estate surrounded by 15 hectares of vineyards and olive trees. Against the Andes and in the middle of one of Tapiz’s premium vineyards, there´s the main building for Club Tapiz Hotel & Resto. Right next to it, a traditional winery from the early 20s, with large casks of French oak and vintage aromas.

If the weather allows it, you will be able to jump on a carriage for a ride around the vineyards, watching the llamas that are bred here. During harvest time, these nice camelids are kept further away, so depending on the time of the visit, they might no be visible. The ride will allow you to enjoy this singular grapevine and terroir in the region of Cuyo, appreciating the always present Andes in the background.   

Then, you will have an exquisite wine tasting guided by the winery experts. Visiting the cellar, you will try bottled wines and also the ones that are still in tanks. This experience not only focuses on the history of Tapiz but also on the historic and geographic context. The objective is for the visitors to learn a bit of enology and to understand why some regions are so distinguished as wine producers.

Particularly in Tapiz, due to the bio-climate, the grapes in the different locations find a perfect combination of soil, climate, optimal solar radiation and good thermal amplitude in the summer. Along with an adequate irrigation management, Tapiz produces grapes with great potential, structure and excellent quality in each varietal.

At last, if time is enough, after the wine tasting you may also visit the organic olive oil factory and have a taste.

In the winery’s own words, a complete experience in the art of winemaking!


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Includes carriage ride, visit to the cellar and wine tasting, olive oil tasting if there’s enough time.
  • Transfers, meals or accommodation are not included.
  • Experience only for 18+ pax
  • Operates: Monday to Friday at 10 & 11:30 am, 2 & 3:30 pm – Saturday and holidays at 10 & 11:30 am.
  • Advanced reservation is required.

 

Stay connected on your trip to Argentina

Whether it is to share pictures on social media or to keep in touch with your people back home, we have the solution for you.


We know how important it is to stay connected when you travel. That is why now we offer a new service: local line and wireless internet on your mobile phone.

We are currently offering two different alternatives: travellers using unlocked cell phones can chose to have a sim card with a data plan to use and travellers with locked phones or not willing to change sim cards, can use a portable wifi router to stay connected.

Once in our country, you will receive the sim card or portable router at your hotel, along with other important information regarding your trip. All set, youre ready to share your trip with your loved ones back home!

Let your Kallpa Executive know that you wish to acquire either of these services for your trip. According to your trip and the length of your stay in Argentina, we will recommend the best option for you.


GENERAL INFORMATION

About the SIM Card:

  • The sim card only works on unlocked mobile phones.
  • The service includes up to 9 GB of mobile data (depending on the chosen plan) for 30 days from the activation day.
  • The sim card is disposable after its use in Argentina.

About the Portable WIFI Router:

  • Cost is per day of usage.
  • It can be used in all South American countries. Coverage must be detailed at the moment of booking.