In Salta, a vineyards region in northern Argentina, peasant communities decided to create a network to start offering home-stay based tourism, respectful of the local culture and ecosystems.
The Rural Tourism Network of Salta centralised the commercialisation of the tourist services, guaranteeing a fair redistribution of the income and eliminating the sense of competition between the communities. Moreover, in a participative and inclusive way, it makes all the communities to respect the code of conduct, fixes the prices and sets the maximum number of tourist each family can host (currently this limit is 6). The peasants don’t look to become tourist entrepreneurs, but to recover their cultural identity, to protect their territories and to be able to focus on their main activities without being threatened by mass tourism.
http://www.turismocampesino.org/ – Official website
http://www.sumak-travel.org – Tour operator specialised in Community-based Tourism
Related article: Prainha do Canto Verde, in the Brazilian nordeste.