Patagonia is the ultimate fantasy for any traveler. The magnificent mountains covered by eternal snow, the turquoise lakes formed by ancient icecaps, the remaining deep crystal glaciers, the end of the American continent is doubtlessly a fascinating place. In the Argentinian part of Southern Patagonia, the national park of Los Glaciares has a massive power of attraction over international trekkers. The mountain village of El Chalten is the starting point of some of the most breathtaking hikes in the park. With its wooden cottages, the many hikers getting ready to step on the trails and the majestic mountains in the background, El Chalten has something magical of a traditional Swiss village. With the Argentinian culture of worshipping meat, being vegan is something of a challenge, especially in such a small and remote village. Tamara Martinez resolved this problem when she opened her restaurant Cúrcuma three years ago. While she knew the local people of her village wouldn’t be supportive of a meat-free kitchen, she dared to be the owner of the first vegan restaurant in town! She can’t deny the fact that the majority of her customers are of international origin but she happily welcomes some neighbors from time to […]
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