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In the esteros of Iberá, Corrientes province, more specifically around the town of Concepción del Yaguareté Corá, 150 kilometers from the provincial capital, magic happens. It is in Puesto Felipe, 27 kilometers from Concepción where you get to enter the heart of the estulos estuos. There, interned in nature and living from it , is Mingo Ávalos.
This man has been dedicated to livestock since he has used reason. And, for some years now , he became a Baquean tourist guide for his deep knowledge of estuos. Mingo speaks Guarani, purely Guarani, and works with a colleague who, in turn, serves as a translator. This is Juan Aguirre, who is an agricultural technician and worked for 6 years for FUCOSA, Correntina Foundation for Animal Health.
Juan is also a good baqueano in the field and in the area's livestock issue. There, there are 7 families living with an average of 50 heads of Brangus and Braford colorado, some sheep for self-consumption and some vegetable garden, when you can. This baqueana and gaucha duo welcomes tourists from all over the world who are interested in life beyond the esteros. But, above all, they are attracted to aquatic harreo.
The arreo is aquatic is done through the estuaries with baquean horses trained from foals. As equines must get used to them from small so as not to panic and achieve sustained swim. But also the technique is done with canoes to botador, where they are usually climbed to the youngest animals or that present difficulties. This procedure is performed between April and May.
The distance that animals have to swim is about 6 kilometers and, if they are very tired, you can make a stop on some island that allows it. Mingo and Juan always take this tour in a state of alert . Because the water flood, which occurs in the times of heavy rains, can be a big problem. The last big flood was in 2017. Many times, this phenomenon happens suddenly and can get to hurt or kill animals. Juan reflects: “It is not easy to breed cows in the estube and although sometimes it is not very profitable, it is still done by tradition and for self-consumption.”
In addition, Juan tells the media that tourism always carries other options to supplement the income of the people in the area. This is the case of Mingo who, in addition to continuing to breed cows, has been working with the local association of guides in Concepción since 2012 . There they receive visitors from all over the world who want to see horspikes, yacharés, deer from the swamps or accompany the aquatic arreo. The experience of herding animals in a different environment and floating on horseback in the water of the estube , seized barely from the mane is a show for foreigners.
The final destination, for those who choose to live this adventure, is the Refugio Lechuza Cuá. It is a typical ranch of the area, built based on the vernacular architecture of the region. In the construction of the same participated several neighbors, inhabitants of a place as unique as mythical that safeguards the customs and customs of other times. The barcho has the roof built in the traditional way of the esttero houses, with red thatched roof and piri walls, a pasture also from the area. While the floor is tamped dirt. To make a roof you need 350 tied red straw that is cut to foifa (scythe). The raw material lasts about 12 years, while the piri walls, which are cut with machete, last only 4, so need to be renewed. Experts say that it takes about two months to make the whole house.
However, the work has its reward, as it invites thousands of tourists to live a different experience and sustains the incomes of the locals.
Publication Date: 15/04/2021
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