Taking the car to go away from the noise of the city, the music of the river shores, the heated crowds of the squares, is close by. Just 30 kilometers from the largest cities in the valley, you can sleep in a luxury glamping site, eat fried fish and love nature on a sustainable agrotourism farm. In Cordero and Barda del Medio, tourism proposals multiply so that you can take a break and enjoy without traveling too much.
These towns are northwest of the province of Río Negro. You arrive on route 151 after traveling about 30 kilometers from Cipolletti and Neuquén and 70 from General Roca. There, tourism has long been consolidated with proposals that embrace nature, the search for peace and disconnection.
Buena Vista a glamping site in the Alto Valle
Buena Vista Glamping is one of the newest ventures, which opened in October. His mentors are Marcelo and Viviana. She is an accountant, he is a businessman, and a couple of years ago they mixed up the cards of their lives and to deal them again.
Their 19-year-old son had gone to study at university and they thought about doing something new, different. The idea of a tourism project excited them and on the coast of the wetland of Middle Barda channeled all their energies.
“We thought of a project for people in the cities, we wanted to propose a place and we have been working for three years. We decorated each place as if it were our house, we painted, Marce designed where the house went,” says Viviana.
In a green park in front of the lagoon they set up three domes for two people each. There is a swimming pool, a lounge that is the reception, where breakfast is served and an area with stoves and grills. Peace, Calm and Harmony, that’s what the domes are called and that’s what they invite.
“The idea of the place is a proposal for relaxation, there is no television or Wi-Fi, the wetland has swans, coots, otters, and the domes have large porches, from the beds you wake up as if you were in the water. ANDIn the park, there is a gazebo, a path with roses, some couples tell us, this is our second honeymoon,” Viviana highlights.
“On that path, a tourist hub was created, taking advantage of the short distance from the metropolitan region. In addition to the short distance, there is high traffic on 151. Nada, the fish stop, kicked off and continues to grow,” says Marcelo.
His wife, next to him, says that they opened recently, in October, and she is excited because the reservations for this season are coming in very well.
Some usually reserve a few nights, but these days they add nights, like a vacation. “The economic situation of the country means that many people cannot go out due to the cost of fuel, accommodation and so on, so it is an opportunity,” they highlight.
The domes have a kitchenette, king bed, two armchairs, table, chair, bathroom, air conditioning, fan. It is not for children, it is a proposal for adults.
With breakfast included, the price per night is 60,000 pesos. Contact: @buenavistaglampingrn.
Nothing, fried fish
One kilometer away, on route 151 km30, in ‘El desviador’, the lagoon is full. Under straw umbrellas, they sit in front of the reflecting pool and take a break from the city and the noise. Nothing, fried local fish, It is a gastronomic proposal that became a true phenomenon and continues to grow.
Nicolás Rodríguez Rey, says that “while we are finishing putting together the new structure of Nada’s kitchen, we offer fried hake sticks brought from San Antonio with French fries and ‘nadanesa’, that menu It costs $4,500, we try to keep prices low, at this time, because in addition to tourists, we work with daily traffic.”
On weekends there is ceviche and due to demand, they are going to add it two days of the week. An important fact to keep in mind is that all dishes are tacc-free.
“Even if there is wind, it is enjoyable, because the air comes without land, because of the farms and the lagoon that we have around us,” says Nico and celebrates that the tourist proposals are added to the area. “The community of Barda and Cordero accompanies each venture that arises,” he highlights.
Janus integrative rural project
On the banks of the Neuquén River you can spend a few days, or go for a walk, buy jams, juices, whole wheat bread, fruits and vegetables. On route 151, at km 24.5 is the entrance to this Janus agroecological farm, an integrative rural project.
Last year this venture was declared of productive, ecological, environmental and tourist interest by the Legislature of Río Negro and from there, Jorge and Cecilia offer a different proposal.
If you go on the weekend, On Saturdays at 10:30 in the morning, they do guided tours with prior reservation. You can learn about the philosophy of those who produce food, think about the environment and people’s health, see the corrals with the farm animals, the kitchen where they prepare processed products, and the inn.
“We tour each of the sectors of the farm showing what we do and why, cWe all answer the questions we ask ourselves since there is no single truth. All this in 90 minutes,” says Jorge.
The Parador Janus has been enabled as accommodation since 2022 and has a varied offer with simple, comfortable accommodation alternatives integrated into the landscape a few meters from the river, surrounded by greenery.
The current prices for accommodation in the dormis (upstairs) are $10,000 per person . Room for 4 people (2 bunk beds) and another for 8 people (4 bunk beds). There are bathrooms, a dining room and all facilities are for shared use.
If you want a greater song with nature you can go camping. It costs $5,000 per night per person and the day stay is $2,500. To book your guided tour by WhatsApp at: 299-5711041 and @janusbio.
On the same route that weaves together each of the proposals, There is the Jazmín nursery, where you can buy flower pots and all varieties of plants and regional items. There is also a lady who sells some very delicious empanadas, and there are unmissable walks that will tell you the history of this emblematic place where the life of the valley is born.
Other walks to do in the area
Ballester Dam: You can go to the monumental work, built at the beginning of the 20th century to irrigate northern Patagonia, it was the touchstone of the productive valleys of Río Negro.
Every weekend, on the Rio Negro side of the Neuquén River, downstream of the Dam they come to spend the day, although the use of the riverbank as a spa is not permitted and there are no lifeguards. There are grills, lighting and supplies, many go camping.
You can go to the Dique Workers Clubone of the founders of the Confluencia League, who was cited countless times by Osvaldo Soriano in his stories.
In the Historical Museum of Irrigation you will find a good option to know and learn. It opens Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you will find it at the foot of the dam. Telephone is 299 490-8049.
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