Monday, April 11, 2011
Finca Montenieva in Seclantas, Argentina
I’ve always shied away from “home stays,” yet we do not think twice about staying at someone’s bed and breakfast. Finca Montenieva in Seclantás, Argentina serves both functions, and we were glad that our guide, Nick Evans(ponchotours.com), took us there for a night with Fido and Berta. (Getting there and our walk when we arrived was a memorable treat.)
Fido Aban’s family came to the area in the 1830s, a beautiful area that still seems raw and lightly developed. We joined Fido in the kitchen / family room for dinner. Also there was Nick, a couple from Paris, and Luke. Three of the children watched the television as the adults ate what was offered.
Berta whipped up a locro, Fido cut his delicious tomatoes for all to eat with fresh bread and his brother’s fantastic goat cheese. When we finished one hunk, they pulled out another round of cheese and cut off another hunk.
Fido & Berta got into the business accidentally. A while back, when travelers in town looked tired and hungry with no place to stay, Fido & Berta invited them in for the night. Later, they had college students come to learn about the area. Now, they are open for business as a bed and breakfast hoping that Tourism will keep the family together on their land for a few more generations.
Fido & Berta made us feel like one of the family. We truly enjoyed our evening with them and our stay at their home. Contact Fido at firstname.lastname@example.org or look at his website.