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Coronavirus in Argentina: 10 anti-stress destinations to visit and spend a different holiday.

Coronavirus in Argentina: 10 anti-stress destinations to visit and spend a different holiday.

Activating the airplane mode to spend Christmas and New Years this 2020 is prevailing for many people who were greatly stressed by the pandemic, confinement and remote work.

December 20, 2023

Rest and travel to a destination where the concentration of residents and tourists is low is an essential requirement in a year marked by the emergence of a contagious virus such as SARS-CoV-2, the stress that caused the uncertainty of a new disease, the confinement and crowning of telework, the great protagonist of a difficult 2020.

On March 20, Argentina was paralyzed. Whole months of Compulsory, Preventive and Social Isolation (ASPO) and Compulsory, Preventive and Social Distancing (DISPO) forced millions of Argentines to rethink holidays and the way to celebrate Christmas and New Years.

Each province has decided to impose conditions on tourists for entry and / or circulation to each jurisdiction. Even according to a survey by the Opinaia consultancy, due to the economy and the pandemic only 15% of Argentines plan to take vacations this year.

list of 10 anti-stress destinations to think about when deciding where to rest and celebrate that 2020 is ending. It includes places in the country that are ideal to disconnect:

1- Salto Encantado, Misiones

Traveling along National Route 14, 12 kilometers from Aristóbulo del Valle, you access Provincial Route 220 and after traveling 4 more kilometers, you will find the entrance to the Salto Encantado Provincial Park, which delights visitors with a total area of ??13,227 hectares. Crossed by the Cuñá Pirú stream, it is one of the most important protected areas in the center of the province.

In the middle of an area of ??intense green, covered with jungle, is the great waterfall, the main attraction of the Park, seen for the first time in June 1936. The erosion that for a long time the waters of the Cuñá Pirú stream generated this fall of water 64 meters high, in a deep canyon, surrounded by vegetation.

2- Purmamarca, Jujuy

The characteristic that stands out this traditional and popular town in the province of Jujuy is that it maintains a perfect balance between the environment and the constructions made by man, because the buildings are in the middle of nature and in harmony with it. In addition, the silence derived from the prohibition of cars and other transport resulted in a perfect care of the native flora and fauna.

This town has the distinction of being pedestrian, a concept that arose from the example of La Cumbrecita, Córdoba, where from this policy, the quality of life of those who reside there was improved through the silence and tranquility provided by the absence of engines , which eliminates noise pollution and preserves historic buildings.

The town of Purmamarca preserves the colonial architecture and the customs and traditions of the Quebradeño peoples. It is the destination of many people who seek to rest in a quiet town and know the tourist attractions of the area. "In the main square a colorful handicraft fair is settled every day that receives hundreds of tourists and the star landscape of this destination is the Cerro de los Siete Colores that can be seen from the street that starts in the main square", experts from the Despegar travel agency held in dialogue with Infobae.

3- Molinos, Salta

Founded in the middle of the 17th century, in a privileged sector of the Calchaquí Valley, Molinos is a mountain town that has its origin in the commission that was delivered to Diego Diez Gómez in those years, at 2,020 meters above sea level.

It is advisable to visit the vicuña reserve and the San Pedro Nolasco de los Molinos Artisans Association. Horseback riding and hiking are offered around the peaceful town. The church deserves special attention, and it is the obligatory place for the souvenir photo.

A must-see plan is a visit to the Colomé and Amaicha estates, known for their famous red wines. The access to the Brealitos Lagoon to walk around or fish pejerreyes is also highlighted, by Seclantás, 40 kilometers away and the visit to the ruins of Churcal, 20 minutes away, and the remains of the Fort of Tacuil, formidable defense of natives against the conquerors.

4- Esteros del Iberá, Corrientes

In the heart of the province of Corrientes are the Esteros del Iberá, a destination that more and more travelers and adventurers choose.

The proposal: feel in a movie. In this place, adventure and relaxation go hand in hand. The excursions can range from being carried away by a canoe in the middle of the Esteros, to living the incredible experience of crossing them swimming on horseback on trips that last all day and end with a good meal and countless anecdotes from the countrymen.

This curious green setting of lagoons, wetlands and floating floors of vegetation seems out of another world. It also holds several titles: it is the largest wetland in Argentina, one of its corners with the most biodiversity and one of the most important wildlife reserves.

5- Traslasierra, Córdoba

Traslasierra is located to the west of the city of Córdoba, and is limited by various mountain ranges. From Córdoba Capital, it is accessed through the Camino de las Altas Cumbres, along National Route No. 20. The mountains and full nature are what give this town its very particular spirit.

This area has more than 20 tourist towns, among which the cities of Villa Dolores and Mina Clavero stand out, and less urban towns such as Nono, Villa Cura Brochero, Las Rabonas, Los Hornillos and Villa de las Rosas. Here are also three of the most important protected natural areas of Córdoba: the Quebrada del Condorito National Park, the Pampa de Achala Water Reserve and the Chancaní Natural Reserve.

6- Paraná, Entre Ríos

For lovers of excursions and water sports, the Paraná River, a relative of the sea in the Guaraní language, is one of the longest and most important rivers in South America along with the Amazon, and is among the four most valuable rivers in the world.

The river and its characteristics make it conducive to the development of countless activities that position it as the protagonist. The walks along the river are a must if you come to Paraná, which are illustrated with stories and anecdotes from the area, while you enjoy the landscape of the ravines, the city and the islands.

7- Villa La Angostura, Neuquén

Villa La Angostura is the Patagonian destination par excellence. It has an architecture that blends with its incredible natural landscapes, a wide and exquisite gastronomic proposal, first-rate hotels such as the world-renowned Correntoso or the recently renovated Ruca Kuyen, attractions such as the fantastic Nahuel Huapi or the ancestral Los Arrayanes National Park, the Villa - as the locals fondly call it - is a visual spectacle that never goes out of style.

The section from the San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport covers 80 kilometers of route bordering Nahuel Huapi Lake, and crosses landscapes that range from the typical Patagonian steppe to the dense vegetation that characterizes La Angostura.

Although the city is characterized by the tranquility of its landscapes, it also offers multiple gastronomic options and a variety of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, fishing and cycling. Through the tours of trails in the forest, you can find streams, rivers and waterfalls such as the Rio Bonito.

8- El Bolsón, Río Negro

El Bolson proposes multiple activities in its infinite mountain landscape, hiking through a circuit of different demands, flying between the canopy canopy, cycling, horseback riding, 4 × 4 rides, or emulating the flight of birds in a paraglider from the Cerro Piltriquitrón and being dazzled by the panorama of the untamed valley are some of the experiences for a different summer.

For its part, mountain trekking is one of the most desirable activities for young adventurers, multi-day hikes accessing a network of 12 mountain huts interconnected by various trails, unique in South America.

Disconnect, regain energy, and mitigate the stress caused by the vicissitudes of pandemic daily life, well-being as therapy for the soul, encourages and facilitates the art of being well with oneself and with the environment.

Through the ten Holistic Centers the different complementary therapies are practiced, where the tourist can rediscover himself, doing yoga, chants of light, gong baths, Kundanini Yoga, Mudras, Chi Kun, Tai Chi, or with spiritual therapies such as flowers of Bach, Family Constellations, Ashtanic Records.

Summer is also the best time to tour regional production. There is a large number of farms dedicated to agricultural activity, many of them allow visits by travelers to observe the production of products recognized throughout the country. Organic fine fruits are produced, organic vegetables without any type of agrochemical, cow and sheep cheeses, yogurt, sweets, preserves, liqueurs, fresh fruits; the trout farms, where their producers make guided tours to see the fattening ponds and the smoking process, ice creams are a characteristic delight of El Bolsón, due to the use of organic products and orchards and chocolates, which also contribute their distinctive aroma of regional gastronomy.

9- Gaiman, Chubut

Considered one of the first municipalities in the province of Chubut, Gaiman began to be populated at the end of 1874, founded by Welsh settlers who arrived in Argentine Patagonia, and especially in the Chubut River valley in 1865.

Everyone remembers the day Princess Lady Di had tea in this beautiful city as if it were yesterday. The locals repeat it like a mantra: He had the tea but didn't eat any Welsh cakes. About the royal visit, the anecdotes are repeated and increase over the years.

It is that in 1995, the then princess of Wales traveled to Argentina for an official visit that lasted four days and was covered by the media of the time with great display. Already separated and shortly after confessing that she had not been happy with her husband, Prince Charles of Wales, Diana came to the country for a trip that mixed nights of toasts with solidarity events, local celebrities with political leaders of the moment, walks through historical places with meetings at the Quinta de Olivos.

10- Los Antiguos, Santa Cruz

This authentic Patagonian oasis, Los Antiguos, is located in the extreme northwest of the province of Santa Cruz. The origin of its name comes from a legend that says that the ancient old Tehuelches chose this place as their last rest due to its pleasant microclimate, so its name is a translation of the Tehuelche word "I keu kenk" or "I keu konk", which means "my ancestors" or "the ancients".

Los Antiguos, a city of approximately 1,800 inhabitants, offers a world of tourist attractions, in a magical place nestled in a fertile valley, with the Andes mountain range as an exclusive setting.

This paradisiacal destination is located in a border area with Chile and on the shores of Lake Buenos Aires, where the economic activity par excellence is fruit and vegetables, although the fish exploitation of the lakes is also important.

Finally, we wish you happy christmas and may your Christmas be wrapped in happiness and tied with love.

Much Love from the Pointer Family.


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