La Bamba, whose origins date back to 1830 when it was one of the post houses on the “Camino Real” (Royal Road) that linked Buenos Aires to the north of the country, is one of the oldest Argentinian colonial style estancias. With its main building and its guard tower which served as a defensive point against native attacks, its former stables (La Pulperia) and its 200-year-old park, it is deeply rooted in Argentine and Gaucho history.
The feeling of being welcomed into a private home, into a property steeped in history and tradition makes this hotel a special and timeless place for relaxation. Exquisite cuisine, refined service, gaucho traditions and Polo equestrian sports add to the unique magic of La Bamba.
Transformed into an estancia in the early twentieth century, it retained its name, originally comes from the Celtic word “Bahamba” which means “place of rest and hospitality”, and was listed by the City of San Antonio de Areco in 1970 as Historic Monument. One of the first estancias to open its doors to the public in the 1980s and completely renovated in 2009 in the pure tradition, La Bamba has today regained its exceptional charm and original grandeur.
The oldest building dating back to the XVIII century is called La Pulperia, it served as a shelter for horses and carriages before later being converted into an inn where the gauchos would gather to sing, dance or dine. Today it has become a unique retreat for reading, relaxing, having a glass of wine or sharing a cup of tea.
Mariposa, Jabalina, Lalabai … each of these rooms bears the name of some famous polo horses. All the rooms are air-conditioned and the spaces are non-smoking. These rooms overlook either the park, the shady courtyards, the imposing Pampa or the polo fields. The oversized beds, the refined Egyptian cotton sheets, the safe are part of the hotel’s services. However, it would be useless to look for televisions or telephones in the rooms as they would disturb the romantic charm of La Bamba.
Excursions on horse riding, by carriage or river walks, Argentinian bowl games, hot stone massages and a large swimming pool offer the traveler an unforgettable restful experience and an incomparable way to restore energy.
La Bamba de Areco also serves as a base for the international polo team that bears its name. The property includes two polo fields and the guests can also watch games during the season, with practice sessions and matches taking place almost daily. Although it is not intended to be a polo school, arrangements can be made on request for guests who are experienced polo players.
ARECO PRESTIGE 1 – FULL-DAY TOWN & ESTANCIA LA BAMBA
8:30am | Pick-up at your hotel in Buenos Aires. 10am | Reception at San Antonio de Areco by our guide, who will show you the picturesque streets of the historical center, pulperías (old gaucho bars), the renowned Draghi’s Silversmith Museum, traditional workshops and the Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes Museum (optional: shopping tour around the traditional workshops). 12:30pm | Departure to the exclusive Estancia La Bamba, where you will be greeted with delicious traditional asado. Various activities will be offered: horseback riding or carriage, stroll until the river, bicycle. During the summer, the Estancia opens its swimming pool. 04:30pm | Departure to Buenos Aires.
It includes: Private transport from and to Buenos Aires – Bilingual guide – Visit of the old town – Complete traditional lunch at La Bamba – All the activities in town and Estancia – Swimming pool in summer.
ARECO PRESTIGE 2 – TOWN & OVERNIGHT STAY AT ESTANCIA LA BAMBA
Day 1 | 8:30am – Pick-up at your hotel in Buenos Aires. 10am – You will be welcomed in San Antonio de Areco by our guide, who will show you the picturesque streets of the historical center of San Antonio de Areco, pulperias (old gaucho bars) and the renowned Draghi’s Silversmith Museum. We’ll then take a shopping tour of the traditional silversmith workshops of Areco. 12 noon – We’ll leave town and go straight to Estancia La Bamba, where your guide will invite you to discover the Estate before being shown to your room. It will then be time for a well-deserved asado (selection of grilled meats), accompanied by salads from the Estancia’s garden and Argentinian wines. During the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to take a horseback or carriage ride accompanied by the Estancia resident Gauchos. Dinner and overnight stay at La Bamba.
Day 2 | Enjoy breakfast and a free morning at the Estancia. You’ll also once again have the chance to partake in any of the following activities: horseback or carriage ride, mountain bike ride, stroll through the park or take a swim in the pool. 11:30am – Departure to Buenos Aires.
It includes: Private transport from and to Buenos Aires – Bilingual & local guide (1st day) – Visit to the old town including museums and artisans – Lodging all inclusive at the Estancia La Bamba – Horseback riding and all the activities at the Estancia.
Please contact us for rates and availability.
Important note: La Bamba does not accept children under 12 years of age.
If you are interested only in the Estancia, you can also come and spend the day in the Bamba de Areco, enjoying this peaceful place and its exquisite gastronomy.
La Bamba is an exceptional place to spend a romantic night in the Pampa, in a luxurious harmony and in the respect of the traditions.