Eating an orange taken directly from the tree, watching the birth of a calf or nibbling on freshly picked pecan bars are some of the unforgettable offers of sustainable accommodations for those seeking rest and contact with nature.
Total disconnection in Chascomús
A 77 kilometers from La Plata and 120 from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) is La Grulla -IG: @complejolagrulla-, a five-hectare tourist complex that promotes a friendly relationship with the environment.
“We incorporated the sustainable perspective from the start of construction,” said Lorena Nonaka, owner of the venue.
The cabins are arranged in a key orientation that allows for maximum use of natural light, have solar hot water tanks, biodigesters and isothermally insulated walls for responsible energy use.
The complex’s restaurant has a bottle recycling facility, organic waste is landfilled, and discarded vegetable oil is reused, converted into biodiesel.
The landscaping dazzles with centuries-old trees of various species, including fruit trees; orn Japanese garden with waterfall and goldfish; the educational farm with animals and birds of various species. The space includes a games room, swimming pool with solarium and rest stations to spend an excellent afternoon outdoors.
The restaurant offers exquisite dishes from international and traditional cuisine; and in the beer garden you can try smoked German sausages with sparkling draft beer.
“In a way, we make those who visit us give up completely because there is only Wi-Fi in the common areas,” Lorena challenged, adding: “The biggest challenge is getting people to realize the importance of changing habits “.
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The energy of the natural at General Belgrano
For a decade, teachers Pablo Bagato and Roxana de Menditare in front of the village inn PuilQuen -IG: @puilquen– whose main slogan is a return to the simple: to nature.
“The idea came from our trip because we have always been in contact with permaculture and recycling,” explained Pablo, who together with Roxana also runs a civic association that works in environmental education, agroecology and recreational activities.
A five minutes from Termas del Salado and with an extension of twelve hectares, the accommodation of PuilQuen they are furnished with pallets, a homemade solar collector and a green box that works as a refrigerator without electricity. The Green Guide guides guests on how to use energy responsibly.
There you can take guided tours of the organic garden and harvest vegetables with your own hands.
The place has the first eco-library in the province, built with tetrapak sheets, recycled bricks (light brick) and polyethylene wood.
The farm is the favorite place for children: observe different types of animals and learn about biodiversity and renewable energy. “They saw calves being born and chicks being hatched,” Bagato recalled.
The moment of playing guitar around a campfire in the deep, dark night of the Buenos Aires countryside has an inexplicable magic.
“Puilquen saves the experience and as time goes on we get more and more tourists who are interested in taking care of the environment,” he said.
San Pedro: horseback riding, homemade sweets and full contact with nature
In the city of Gobernador Castro, district of San Pedro, there is the Establecimiento Esperanza, a field that stretches over sixteen hectares of rural tranquility dedicated to agritourism.
The salamander with dry wood segments heats the rooms, the buildings are covered with white paint, the glass bottles are reused, the waste is separated and the water is tempered with solar hot water heaters.
Cabins, dormitories or eco-apartments built from solid logs, double glazing and eco-friendly equipment are ideal options for a peaceful stay that allows you to be in touch with nature.
“We have 2,500 trees of different species, including fruit trees: figs, quinces, kumquats, apples, pears, plums, pecans – they make homemade bars with them – and oranges that are squeezed for breakfast,” explained Alejandro Engler, owner of the accommodation.
In the kitchen, regional dishes are made from the fruits and vegetables that grow there, because the goal is “reduce the impact of the carbon footprint”, and in the yard there are football, volleyball and tennis courts; swimming pools, changing rooms and solarium. It also has a games room, a cafe with a wooden terrace and an auditorium..
Touring the property on horseback is one of the favorite activities of visitors, especially first-timers. “There are families that always come and new generations have started visiting us as well,” Engler said.
Chascomús, General Belgrano and San Pedro are three options to escape from Buenos Aires, switch off the mobile phone and live in friendly relations with nature.