A Concordia tour guide discovered “The Secrets of Entre Ríos”

A Concordia tour guide discovered “The Secrets of Entre Ríos”
A Concordia tour guide discovered “The Secrets of Entre Ríos”

“There are places where they tell me: there is nothing here. When I went to San Salvador, which is not touristy but rice-growing, I discovered the founder’s house and a private chapel, the rice museum, rice empanadas,” he mentioned as an example.

In 2014, Jara was summoned by a Concordia travel agency, with the aim of presenting proposals, so that they would in turn form part of its catalogue. Faced with this challenge, he set out to search for new places that would form a new tourist circuit and headed to the city of San Salvador. “This is how The Secrets of Entre Ríos were born, which are excursions that we take from Concordia to different places in the province to get to know it more in depth, even to places where tourism has never reached,” he said.

“We found in those places the predisposition of people to show and work,” he highlighted.

An experience that united the town in welcoming tourists occurred in San Gustavo, in the department of La Paz. It was the first time that they would receive a group of tourists interested in getting to know their town and its history, but they did not have the necessary spaces to receive them, so they worked together with the municipality for the organization.

“We were waited for at the entrance to the town, by the vice mayor and the guide, we went in a caravan. There was nowhere to offer breakfast because there are no restaurants. They gave us breakfast in the multipurpose communal room, which was an old police station, from 1920, they set up a table. Each enterprising woman put her own cups. They couldn’t make the barbecue because there was no tableware, but for lunch they made pizzas and cakes in a clay oven, with pastries for dessert. Some musicians were waiting for us who were performing in style. The mayor came to greet us,” he recalled.

Because they were the first tourists that the town of San Gustavo received, they were given as a souvenir, a small piece of wood carved with the word Welcome, and a small key attached to it. “They gave us the symbolic key to the town as the first tourists to visit San Gustavo. For them it was quite an event,” he said.

Jara, in his visits, found small towns with up to 500, or a thousand inhabitants, that do not consider themselves to have an attraction that could tempt tourists. “What I do with my job is show them that they can receive tourism. Many times I went and they told me ‘There is nothing here.’ I tell them that they have to sell their daily lives, because it is very different from our life in the city, because we are on the run or behind bars,” she compared.

The proposal “The secrets of Entre Ríos” has so far made 29 outings, among which 52 places have already been visited, in 14 of the 17 departments that Entre Ríos has.

Circuit number 30 will be held in the southern area of ​​Concordia and will be called “The South Also Exists.” “It is a place that has tourist potential but they have not seen it yet,” he anticipated.

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