La Salamanca Association
Location – Campo Blanco, Aguaray, Salta, Argentina
The Project – La Salamanca is an Association integrated by 15 people working together to preserve and strengthen the Guarani culture and to generate local employment. The majority of the members are craftswomen from the Campo Blanco community in Aguaray (Salta, Argentina). The association focuses on crafts making, preserving the Guarani culture, environmental conservation, traditional Guarani gastronomy, organic food production and community based tourism. This project aims to provide the construction materials to build a canteen named “Guaraní quincho”. This, will provide a space for offering gastronomy services and a better tourist experience. The regional gastronomy is an opportunity to reunite with the food of the ancestors through the food obtained in their own community garden. In addition, they will acquire more equipment in order to increase the production capacity from 20 to 40 people for group services and, particularly, to be able to improve the kitchen to cater for larger events such as the Arete Guazu in which more than 500 people attend yearly. The execution of the integral project will also guarantee that the menus are planned based on the agricultural calendar. The quincho will be inaugurated in December 2018.
Our support – The LATA Foundation is working with the Buena Vida Foundation on different local development projects through community based tourism. Our funding will be used towards materials to build the Guaraní quincho.
Further information – La Salamanca have developed a range of tourist services with activities such as: 1) regional gastronomy, 2) Workshops to elaborate chané wooden masks, 3) Basket weaving workshops in bejuco, 4) Enjoy the experiences of the Guarani culture and 5) The Arete Guazu great party.