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.

Taste Iconic dishes while walking though singular markets in BA

Enjoy a culinary proposal now included in the Michelin Voyage guide.


Discover the history, beauty and flavors of San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’s oldest neighborhoods that recently has turned into a foodie-hub.

Have a taste of Buenos Aires in this 4 hours walking tour. Try more than 10 delicious dishes, good  wines,incredible stories and  special quirks!

As you explore San Telmo´s cobblestone streets and century-old marketplaces you will visit one of the oldest houses of the city and have a Vermouth at a colonial courtyard. Discover the San Telmo Church and Plaza Dorrego.  Be delighted by the most iconic market of Argentina: the  ancient San Telmo Market.

Indulge yourself and try:

  • Local drink Mate.
  • Empanadas.
  • Argentine Wine, Craft Beer and Vermouth.
  • A Dulce de Leche (milk caramel) tasting, complete with dulce de leche filled alfajores.
  • Traditional Picada cheese and cured meats tasting.
  • A full asado, with chorizo, morcilla, provoleta,local cuts of meat like bife de chorizo, tira de asado or mollejas at a renowned steak-house.

Dare to try the most iconic dishes of Argentina and learn about the quirks, stories and traditions of the porteños.  It is a great opportunity to meet the locals behind the food stands and learn their stories of food and feelings.


DAYS OFFERED:

Wednesday-Sunday.

 

START TIMES:

11-13 or 17-18

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.

Wine tour with Lunch at Casa Vigil Experience

Enjoy a culinary proposal now included in the Michelin Voyage guide.


Located in Chachingo, Maipú, only half an hour away from the city of Mendoza, Casa Vigil has been rewarded with many different international recognitions, and it was distinguished not only for the great preparations you will find on its menu to pair its wines, but also for its originality and local art exhibit. “An attractive and atypical place”, is one of the reviews of the Michelin Voyage guide.

With so many good reviews, surely you´re curious and eager to see and taste for yourself what all this is about. This is definitely an experience that you can’t miss on your visit to Mendoza.

When in town, you will be picked up from your hotel and visit 2 important wine cellars that we will carefully choose for you, before the end of the experience in Casa Vigil, where you’ll visit the cellar where El Enemigo and El Gran Enemigo are made. Alejandro Vigil and his wife Maria live next door, so it is common that he can step in and say hello to all the people who attend the restaurant.   

Alejandro Vigil is one of the most prestigious winemakers in Argentina. He has been the main enologist and technical director at Catena Zapata Vineyards for a long time. A few years ago, he started working with Laura Catena and created his own brand, called Aleanna Winery, and introduced to the world his own creation: “El Enemigo”. From its very first impression, the name symbolizes the opposite to the other wine producers that want to join the idea of wine and friendship. However, the creative name given to this wine  “The Enemy” has conquered the market, and broke all the records on the most distinguished review magazines. 

He is passionate for the grapevines, the beautifully designed labels, the bottles, all done under his careful supervision. And the same passion is reflected in his own restaurant: Casa Vigil (formerly called El Enemigo), where his guests can savour exquisite local cuisine and its emblem wine.

The visit includes an exquisite gourmet lunch and of course, you won´t leave without tasting some of the house´s internationally prized wines, joined by one of the best wine experts in the world: the staff will guide you through a “Great Enemy” wine tasting experience. 

 


 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Lunch with “El Enemigo” menu with the seven labels of “El Enemigo”.
  • Min. 2 pax required
  • Tour with a total of 3 wine cellars ending in Casa Vigil.
  • Included: Round-trip transportation to and from the wineries – “Gran Enemigo” wine tasting experience – 4 step lunch with wines included.
  • Not included: Tips – Accommodation – Extra wine tastings – Guide.