Rural Tourism Network in the Calchaqui Valleys, Salta

Over the last few years, we have learnt that a different, accessible and more responsible way to travel is much needed.

 

In Kallpa we understand that we can contribute to transform our industry by developing experiences that enhance this trait.


More travellers are looking to go beyond just visiting a new foreign country. 

They are starting to look for different ways to enrich their experience by

 learning  and experimenting with locals, sharing activities as well as getting knowledge of rural and native communities lifestyle. The cultural exchange and mutual respect between local people and visitors, provides real  growth for both parties and a true development opportunity.

Salta has been a leading destination in Argentina for rural community tourism. Twelve local communities from the Calchaquí Valley joined to create a cooperative organization that is self-managed by families of farmers and artisans who open their doors to share different activities and experiences with visitors from all around the world.The whole network contributes with part of their income for a common purpose decided by all families involved in the project. It can be providing solar panels to a specific area where there is no electricity available  or making the necessary infrastructure to get drinkable water.

These communities are open to visitors to experience rural tourism, taking part in daily farming activities, visiting artisans and doing outdoor strolls or horseback rides. Cook and taste the local typical dishes such as empanadas, locro (meat and vegetable stew) tamales and humitas.  Using a mud oven, sharing  local traditions, taking care of a flock of goats, learning about grapevine and artisanal winemaking, visiting archaeological sites, hiking through the hills, learning craftworks like pottery, using a loom or sharing a religious festivity, among others. Wine tasting is also available in certain communities.

A once in a lifetime experience to be a local for a few memorable moments and enhance the travel experience in a sustainable way.


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.
  • Travellers are assigned to Communities 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.

Solar del Tropico where Nature, Art and Sustainability blend together

In Huacalera, only 15 km from Tilcara, you can find 4 comfortable rooms at Solar del Tropico Bed and Breakfast, to enjoy in a sustainable way your visit to Quebrada de Humahuaca.


What it’s owners, Analia and Remy, do to preserve the environment and contribute to the local community?

  • They are Pioneers in organic agriculture free of pesticides and chemicals.
  • Meals offered in the restaurant are based on seasonal and fresh products.
    1. This helps to save energy needed to preserve off-season food. 
    2. Ingredients used are self-produced or from local producers. Slow food concept.
    3. It is possible to adapt the fix menu offered to vegetarian, vegan, tacc free, according to guest needs.

 Water heating is carried out with solar panels, considerably reducing the use of gas heating. 

  • The hotel is a bio-built, adobe house with a mud roof. Oriented to the north for the maximum use of light and heat from the sun as well as having aesthetic benefits. The walls are trombe walls, which allows a greenhouse effect inside. 
  • All lighting is led.
  • Garbage worries. Organic waste goes into compost to fertilize the soil. Plastic is accumulated and personally taken to a recycling center. Glass bottles of beverages are kept to make a greenhouse, in the coming years.
  • Art is present. It is possible to attend a Painting workshop. Remy Rasse, graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Lyon (France), guides the workshop which will cover from landscapes to abstract themes. Several different techniques can be used: watercolors,  gouache,  ink, and oils, working both outside from the subject and in the workshop.

Energy saving, responsible use of water and avoiding garbage footprints is vital in Solar del Tropico B&B., and so is for us in Kallpa. We  care about the ecological and social impact that our activities have on local communities, choosing carefully people like Remy & Analia with whom we share this sustainable vision of travel.

Tierra de Leyendas – More than just a boutique hotel

Have you heard about Tierra de Leyendas? It is possible that you did because it is one of the nicest hotels in Ushuaia. Besides its confort, charm and great service, they are involved in different important sustainable projects that we would like to share and support.


Maia and Sebas (the owners of the hotel) have been working for years in the development of sustainable practices in the hotel, as well as in the community of Ushuaia. 

In the hotel they provide plastic solutions by recycling and removing the plastic track, conscious use of energy, use of compost as well as a vegetable garden, where they produce all that is served in the restaurant. 

Through “A limpiar Ushuaia ” the civil association created by Tierra de Leyendas owners  they carry out campaigns to clean the city as well as native forests of plastic waste and fagg-ends of cigarettes. Moreover,  they promoted environmental laws and education to different institutions and companies.

 

At the same time, they also are respectful of the historical and cultural patrimony of the region. In fact, the name “Tierra de Leyendas-Land of legends” arises from the decoration of the rooms as they are inspired by hidden local stories that happened “at the end of the world”. Every year, in April, the hotel holds a meeting called “Manos a la Tierra”. Through their foundation “A limpiar Ushuaia” local artists, neighbors of the community, are invited to educate and build consciousness about the protection of the natural and cultural patrimony of Tierra del Fuego.

We know that alliances with partners,hotels and guides who are committed to this kind of action and care about sustainability, will lead us to a much better future.

About O2 Hotel in Puerto Iguazu and Its Sustainable Practices

On this occasion, we are glad to present a recently opened 4* hotel in Puerto Iguazu. We are referring to the O2 Iguazu Hotel which understands the importance of establishing sustainable management in its operation.


All their processes are based on a balance between the business, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions, making some specific commitments based on their programs, action plans and protocols. To name a few:  respect and protection of human and labor rights, tourist accessibility, healthiness in food and beverages, sustainable shopping, conservation of biodiversity, responsible solid waste management, among others.


Some of the concrete sustainable actions the 02 hotel took are: 

  • O2 Iguazu hotel uses a sustainable process of waste separation. That allows them to stop the generation of 300kg of organic waste. In addition, all the food waste is donated to the local farms in the area to use to feed the pigs, generating compost. 
  • In order to reduce the environmental impact to the minimum, this year the hotel planted 344 trees in the Iryapú reservation, to compensate for their carbon footprint emission. 
  • They use two renewable energy systems for hot water heating: 1) a system of pellet boilers, which is obtained from the reconversion of the main by-product of the wood industry, sawdust.

2) Photovoltaic panels were installed on the rooftop of the hotel to use solar energy.  

For more information, please contact your Account Executive in Kallpa.