Thank you again, dear team at ANDA Travel! Thanks to your research and contacts I finally became involved with the Argentinian network of community-based tourism, or „Red Argentina de Turismo Rural Comunitario“ (RATuRC). This network presents a total of 26 rural communities with families wishing to share their customs, lifestyle and traditions with visitors from all over the world. Think of “farm holidays” Argentinian country-style!
Discover the surroundings of Bariloche with local families
Despite, or even because community-based tourism, is only starting to develop it is really interesting for me coming from an international background of tourism development to see tourism develop here in Nirihuau. This combined with my desire to escape the likes of “mass tourism” activities in the city of Bariloche aimed at young, boisterous backpacker groups, was the main motive for my visit.
Elvira, of ANDA Travel, puts me in touch with Analia Garcia, a very talented employee of the local agricultural ministry who is working directly with the families around the city of Bariloche wishing to develop community-based activities. She refers me to Zulema, Anastasio and their son Facundo, who not only pick me up straight from my hostel but also allow me to witness the beauty of the surrounding landscape on this personal drive to their farm.
Together with the oldest son Facundo, a 21-year-old Gaucho very able with the horses, I undertake a six-hour horse trek including an “asado” barbecue lunch break, along rivers, through valleys and over hills that I would never have known otherwise. Facundo also doubles as my very own personal guide: Qué suerte!
One day including transfer, meals (second breakfast upon arrival with local delights such as jam and tortillas, Barbecue lunch with salads and drinks, afternoon snack & tea) and the full-day guided horse trek is available at $550 Argentinian Pesos (ca. € 80-90) when booking with ANDA Travel. I pay the family directly, returning back home with them in the evening where I enjoy a relaxing evening by the lake: A truly memorable, and worthwhile experience on my travels through Argentina!