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 ten years 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 ….
The Rural Commuty-based Tourism Network is an agricultural cooperative, handicraft and rural tourism services producers. In the heart of the Valles Calchaquíes in the south of the state of Salta.
Brealito - Calchaquies Valleys
A charming little village of only 40 families surrounded by mountains that hides an incredible lagoon. Located at 2400 meters of altitude and very close to the village of Cachi, this is the perfect place to rest, connect yourself with the nature and most important to share with host families the style of life on this particular area of the Calchaqui Valley.
Rural tourism offering accommodation in houses of adobe, home cooking based on their own products (quinoa, potatoes, andean and multicolored corn, tamales, etc.) and excursions services in the surroundings...
Puna Jujeña-Salinas Grandes
San Carlos - Calchaqui Valley
Close to Cafayate, San Carlos is aquiet village where a group of local families decided to prepare themselves andcooperate to guide visitors through the historic streets of their village,getting to know its colonial houses and the artisans who managed to preservetheir ancestral techniques as a result of a mixture of indigenous and Creolecultures. You are welcome !
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.