what is community-based tourism?
Members of the Rural Community-based Tourism Cooperative of the Calchaqui Valley define it as a form of tourism where they, smallholders, are the protagonists of the activity. That`s where the traveler becomes a partner who seeks to live a real cultural exchange, when the person is parto of them and share the daily activities and community life of the family. From that the visitors will really appreciate their customs, identity, productive diversity, gastronomy and landscape in the context of a friendly relationship of mutual respect and care.
So this is an offer for those who share and practice the principles of responsible tourism and respectful, such as sustainable development and fair trade.
Where can i find homestays in rural community-based projects?
We have over four year working closely with diferent communities who embraced this new way of doing tourism in the Northwest of Argentina and the states of Misiones, Mendoza, Salta, Rio Negro ….
We work with the Rural Commuty-based Tourism Network, an agricultural cooperative, handicraft and rural tourism services producers; managed and administered by 50 families (all small farmers) in 12 different communities. Its territory extends to the heart of the Valles Calchaquíes between Angastaco and Cafayate in the south of the state of Salta In his own words: "We chose to work with tourism to complement our historically sources of income from agriculture or handicrafts; but with our own offering, planned to strengthen our management and self-management. Improving the quality of life in our communities, our natural heritage, our cultural identity and ownership of the community. "
Eight families "Ocumaceñas" (term referring to the natives or inhabitants of that particular place) decided to work in rural tourism offering accommodation in their houses of adobe, home cooking based on their own products (quinoa, potatoes, Andean and multicolored corn, tamales, etc.) and excursions services in the surroundings (by foot or horse).
Puna Jujeña-Salinas Grandes
Tropical Cloud forest- Tartagal- Aguaray
If you want to stay in one of these communities must think about 24 hours at least, and more if possible. In fact, the time to share with family is very important to encourage this cultural exchange and a appropriate understanding of their way of life in order to make those moments a unique and unforgettable experience.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to book a place.
For more information, a beautiful testimony was published by the British newspaper “The Guardian”. The journalist spent time in Cafayate communities, accompanied by Edgar Ortuño, guide and co-founder of Origins Argentina.
Also publish a beautiful slide-show (slide-show) about the Argentine folk music.