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A few kilometers from the capital of Entre Rios, the Diamante Department offers a unique sightseeing tour of 7 German villages. A walk through the customs and idiosyncrasy of the first immigrant communities. A trip back in time to that time, car trips and iron crosses on top of the temples .
But to whom do these picturesque villages belong? Its owners are known as the Volga Germans . Carry by Catherine II from Germany to colonize the lands on the banks of the Volga River in the Russian empire, but then ended up in the other part of the globe in search of preserving their traditions and language. They arrived in the province of Entre Ríos , back in the middle of the nineteenth century. These Teutons are famous for preserving their customs through time and through the different territories in which they inhabited. In Entre Ríos, they settled on the fertile grounds of the Diamante Department, on the edge of the Paraná River .
From their arrival in the province, prosperous villages began to grow, pioneers in agricultural and livestock production. Today, if you want to know what to do in Argentina here we tell you seven attractions of the Mesopotamian province.
As its name says, this village is related to the evangelical religion professed by its founders. Protestantism was very strong in the German Volga communities and formed a central aspect of their identity . But the visit to this place does not include only the contemplation of its landscape. Typical German products such as alfajores , sweets, cakes and leather handicrafts can also be purchased.
San Francisco is a village of few inhabitants, but that is where its greatest attraction resides. Since it jealously preserves an invaluable cultural treasure: the cemetery and its monumental tombs built at the end of the nineteenth century. In addition, the first Catholic chapel in the region was built, of which only its ruins remain Alvear, on the other hand, it is the port of the village, ideal to visit, especially for those interested in the early times of colonization. Its location, on the vera del Paraná, offers picturesque cottages and bungalows for visitors to stay.
In the first stage, Valle María was the administrative headquarters of the region. Among its main attractions is the church , on whose altar is the mural painted by entrerriana artist Amanda Mayor. But in this German village there is much more to enjoy. Tourists have the possibility to visit the splendid spa on the banks of Paraná. Don't forget the swimsuit!
Its name comes from a union of German words and means “jolgory of sparrows”. It has the oldest cemetery in the region, where the attraction focuses on artistically worked iron crosses. But don't think you're going to leave with your hands and on an empty stomach. Because this place also has colorful handicrafts and regional products to taste.
If you like cars and dirt roads, Salto is the ideal village. Its name comes from its proximity to a beautiful stream with waterfalls. This small and traditional place offers countryside, tranquility , rest and real car rides.
The youngest of the villages on the circuit, was founded by German Volga immigrants from Brazil. Its tourist proposal includes a visit to the San José Church, in German Gothic style. It also offers a tasting of delicious picadas and traditional home-made meals in the Munich Dining Room.
They complete the tour of German villages, the smallest and most quiet. Grapschental, San Rafael, Santa Rosa and San Miguel have a landscape of hills and country work. Ideal for lovers of the serenity of the countryside!
On a stretch of just 40 kilometers from Parana to the south, on RN 11 these seven wonders you can travel on a full-day trip, one of the many places to visit in Argentina are unfolded.
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Publication Date: 11/06/2020
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