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Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41765
Country: Argentina

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Last Updated: May 8, 2019

This is a traditional family-owned farm which, after years of abandonment, is currently being re-imagined as a sustainable and environmentally-conscious community. Located just 3km from the beach, where the Pampa plain meets the rugged coastline of the Argentinian Atlantic.

We are a group of friends passionate about surfing, travel, nature and the environment, who want to create a communal space where people from around the world can come to learn about sustainable living and ecological ideals; share delicious organic food from the gardens; surf; tell stories; share knowledge, ideas, culture and language; learn about farming, the environment, or just relax and enjoy the farm and surrounds.

The project is in its early stages and we are looking for energetic and responsible individuals wanting to experience and contribute to rural life and communal living close to nature.

We are looking for self-motivated individuals to help us out with daily tasks such as helping in the kitchen, keeping the house and grounds clean, tending to and watering the gardens and fruit trees, taking care of the chickens and other animals, and whatever else needs to be done. After many years of abandonment the farm is undergoing a process of renovation so we also need your help to clean, cut, move, fix, dig, paint and all kinds of improvement chores.

You will live our countryside lifestyle, learn about sustainable gardening, meet locals, improve your Spanish and enjoy traditional natural meals. The exchange is only for accommodation. Although we are working on it, the farm is not completely sustainable yet, so we ask a contribution of US$ 10 per day for the food cost.

Small guest-house with a three-person shared room, rustic communal kitchen (with a wood burning stove to cook on) and a basic bathroom with hot water. We have plenty of space to camp if you would prefer to sleep in a tent and during the summer months the farm can be quite busy so camping may be a requirement.

– Surfing: Balneario Los Angeles receives waves most of the year, and there we are! We don't provide surfboards or wetsuits yet, but we can guide you to get them in case you want to join.
– Bike riding: We have bikes for hire and the beach is a 20-minute cycle away.
– Walking: The property is home to a large ‘laguna’ and huge eucalyptus woodland where you can take a walk around discovering the flora and fauna.
– Hot springs: located 15km from the farm, Termas del Campo hot springs resort offers a relaxing rural spa
– Sand dunes: it is possible to hike from the farm to large and impressive sand dunes along the coast, the biggest of which is Medano Blanco, which can be accessed by 4x4.

Getting here:
500km south from Buenos Aires City – The farm is situated on the outskirts of Balneario Los Angeles village, 30km south from Necochea, Buenos Aires province, with close links to the 228/227/88/86 routes and daily bus services connecting with the most important cities of Argentina. From Necochea you must take 98 avenue to the south, the rural road begins at the intersection with 91 avenue. Continue straight along the gravel lane, following the sign for Termas del Campo hot springs, after 26km you will reach the farm gate at your right, in the beginning of the eucalyptus woodland, just 2 km before Balneario Los Angeles Village.

From Necochea it is approximately a 1 hour drive along a rough and un-surfaced rural dust road through open countryside. If you need supplies make sure to pick them up in Necochea as there is nothing in between Necochea and the farm! Don´t forget bring bug spray and sunscreen!

Given our coastal location the farm is also often subject to strong winds from all directions so bring something warm to wear.

There is no public transport from Necochea to the farm, although hitchhiking is very easy in the morning.

Bus from Buenos Aires to Necochea around AR$ 1200.-
Taxi from Necochea to the farm around AR$ 700.-

There is no internet access.

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