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Pueblo Belgrano: the destination that is strengthened by post-pandemic emigration and is an example of slow travel

Belgrano town in Entre Ríos

The hustle and bustle of Gualeguaychú has its eruption in the carnival volcano, however, years of shows, parades, floats, visitors and queens have given the city a voracious growth. There, city life is a respite for the porteños, but an intense fever for those from Entre Ríos who seek to escape the traffic of the streets and the commercial fury.

With so much growth, locals and newcomers began to look outside the borders. That trace where the limit of Gualeguaychú begins to lose meaning and blurs with the nothing jacket or places where the name is remembered by the old inhabitants., right there, it was born Belgrano town.

In a land where the original peoples converged chaná, charrúa and guaraní, back in the 60s, a little frequented land leaned on National Route 14, bothered by the inconvenience of the gravel. The road brushstroke had been drawn in these parts by virtue of the construction of the The raft bridge which was erected in 1931.

Belgrano town in Entre Ríos

Two rooms gave soul to the area: San Martin and El Potrero. It was in the 1960s that the heirs divided them up and allowed the arrival of different families. As in the small places, the epicenter hung the name of the owner of the general store: the “Fiorotto curve” (name that today also bears the main avenue of the town) indicated the rural school and the store itself. By then some 25 families had settled. More than half of them lived on land that exceeded 5 hectares each, dedicated to the countryside. They already populated the town Sittner Warehousethe Cereguetti butcher shopservice Kratzer and Lema auctions Y Ipperi service station who also did general mechanics.

The first idea of ​​independence was the pro-advancement zone commission the paddock which was presided over by Héctor A. Ipperi himself, in addition to being the owner of the gasoline supply service, responsible for the first lottery. The shed arrived that would give rise to the first aid room, later converted into the Rodríguez Artusi health center and the services: electricity and telephone. With the construction of the Libertador General San Martin International Bridge, which was inaugurated in 1976, more immigrants settle in the place that was still called the Potrero district of the Department of Uruguay. With the return to democracy, in 1983 the countrymen asked for the assignment of Pueblo General Belgrano to the locality.

Belgrano town
Belgrano town

Thus was born the newest town in Entre Ríos. A space that Gualeguaychú left aside. There, the local families that carry the formation of the town on their shoulders, created a low travel experience to meet nature, the calm of the countryside, the Ñandubayzal beach (the resort with camping that works well all year round) and a center suitable for the development of curious and calm tourist activity: to get to know the interior of Entre Ríos with the calm of the water that surrounds it.

Belgrano town proposes a walk close to home, to make a gentle getaway and connect with the many who emigrated post-pandemic and put a boutique soul to the idea, with a strong relaxed tourist imprint. From the Fiorotto curve and the road to the international route that connects with Uruguay, the urban fabric expands to the northeast.

Belgrano town in Entre Ríos

Among the attractions is the Gualeguaychú Hot Springs Complex at 2.5 kilometers. With a charming proposal, four covered pools invite you to immerse yourself in the cozy temperature, ideal for this season, which ranges from 37º C to 42º C. Among its attributes, its mesothermal power of salty, mineral-medicinal waters stands out, which are recommended to relieve a series of injuries and, above all, to lower the adrenaline and find a stress relief. Two pools of fresh and cold water are added to this proposal to complete the experience. The property has space for lodging, restaurants, barbecues and grills to spend the day and games for children so that they can also find a suitable space for them.

A 10 kilometers from Pueblo Belgrano one of the jewels of the area arrives. It is that they tell you about the Ñandubaysal Spa, but until you see it, you cannot imagine the little gift that the banks of the waters of the Uruguay River give you. It is located in an area of ​​native nature that forms a kind of barrier between the route and the coast. When you arrive, you are dazzled by the fine golden sandan exciting option for vacationers, but cozy for a sunny afternoon in June.

Belgrano town

The postcards give perfect excuses to instagram: languid horizons, ironed waters, canoes that rest asleep on the shores, vegetation that falls tired on the river that moves while taking a nap. The parador is perfect for getting tired of looking at the unattainable landscape. Nandubaysal, In addition to the natural, it is endowed with a variety of activities: water sports such as kayaking, moto-sky or windsurfing; walks, bike rides, bird watching, and hiking. camping area; gastronomic proposals; pubs; electric light, surveillance and natural umbrellas ready to stay all day.

Belgrano town in Entre Ríos

On the route that connects Pueblo Belgrano with Gualeguaychú, meanwhile, the Unzué Park estate extends, with 120 hectares to be left in the middle of nature. Bordering the other river, the Gualeguaychú, it is divided into two areas: the Parque Chico appears on the banks of the river, with beaches and ideal places to try your luck with fishing, clubs and restaurants. On the other hand, Parque Grande summons outdoor lovers with its Health Track, to give free rein to physical activity. Here are also the Equestrian Club, the Velodrome and the Capybaras Club.

Bodega Ianni, meanwhile, is one of the pioneering spaces in the reactivation of wine activity in the province, where, after retiring, Vilma and Néstor invested in the development of a wine tourism experience with walk through the vineyard, visit the winery, He does tastings and invites guests to his restobar. In 2020 they produced some 12,000 bottles of natural wines, they do not contain preservatives, so the way to care for them is to keep them in cellars, without sunlight, at the right temperature”,

Belgrano town in Entre Ríos

Pueblo Belgrano became an emblem of the post-pandemic. They got tired of receiving immigrants who began at this time to reset their own lives. Joper is a restaurant with few tables and a large garden, on the edge of the horizon where you can see the sunset attended by its owners who arrived in town just a year ago and are the latest entrepreneurs of the trend.

The cabins of Puerto Belgrano

The pioneers are Juliana Elicalde and Guillermo Rajneri. They gave life to Aguaclara, a boutique cabin venture which include his home and a series of residences on the edge of the garden and the pool. He wanted to go to a very wild place, she to an inland city. They agreed on an intermediate point on the outskirts of Gualeguaychú, in this town that almost fell off the map of its neighbor that has something that they both wanted: not to lose everything from urban life, but to gain a lot of rest and nature.

Guillermo, in addition to taking care of the modest and on-demand restaurant that he offers to tourists who stay at his complex, develops a series of natural activities that try to rescue what he calls “the unknown wealth of Entre Ríos, which you have just a few minutes hours from Buenos Aires and that few discover. We have so much natural beauty that we can compare ourselves to the experience of the Esteros del Iberá without blushing. But we still need to exploit it for the tourist”.

Wild, close, friendly, subtle. It has the charm of simplicity, that of returning to the sources, finding calm and letting the river rock.

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