This gaucho day trip from Buenos Aires is the best way to see the real heritage of Argentina; visiting San Antonio de Areco, one of the last towns that pridefully guards their customs and keep their traditions alive.
This day trip provides the opportunity to know more about Estancia culture, horses and the gaucho lifestyle that is an emblem of argentine identity. At the Estancia, you will appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the Pampas, and learn about rural life in Argentina.
You will meet gauchos and participate in activities such as horseback riding and carriage rides through the surrounding farmland. As you dine, you will enjoy a performance of traditional folkloric music and dancing and an impressive gaucho horsemen demonstration.
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, pulperias (old gaucho bars), the renowned Draghi’s Silversmith Museum, traditional handicraft, and the Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum.
12 noon | Departure to an exclusive Estancia where you will be greeted with empanadas and a delicious Argentine asado (traditional barbecue). With the guide, you will take a tour to visit the Estancia while hearing stories about this historic working ranch. Various activities will be offered: horseback riding or carriage, traditional folkloric dances and music and impressive destrezas gauchas (Gaucho skills demonstration). You will also have the chance to discover and taste the ritual of the maté (typical infusion)! During the summer, the Estancia opens its 2 swimming pools.
04:30pm | Departure to Buenos Aires.
The tour includes: Transfers to and from Buenos Aires – Bilingual guide all day – Visit of the historical town: church, old pulperías, Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum , handicraftsmen – Horseback riding or carriage and all activities at the Estancia – Traditional asado lunch at the Estancia, with salads, dessert, coffee and drinks – Gaucho skills, folkloric music and dancing – Swimming pool in summer. Duration: from 8:30am to 6:30pm.
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San Antonio de Areco is one of the last towns in Argentina that jealously guard their customs, and keep their traditions alive, keeping the figure of gaucho as emblem of identity.
The First Workshop and Museum of Draghi's silverware, where the visitor may observe the process of making a genuine piece of silverwork.
Gaucho life of the past is celebrated at this quiet museum on a small estate just outside town. Start at the 150-year-old pulpería (the gaucho version of the saloon), complete with dressed-up wax figures ready for a drink. Then head for the museum proper, an early-20th-century replica of a stately 18th-century casco de estancia (estancia house). Here, polished wooden cases contain a collection of traditional gaucho gear: mates, elaborately decorated knives, ponchos, and all manner of elaborate saddlery and bridlery. The museum is named for local writer Ricardo Güiraldes (1886-1927), whose romantic gaucho novels captured the imagination of the Argentinean people. Several rooms document his life in San Antonio de Areco and the real-life gauchos who inspired his work.
El Ombú is a historical Argentine estancia that retains its colonial character and tradition. The Late-Colonial style mansion, built in 1880 by Lieutenant-general Pablo Riccheri, offers visitors a magnificent setting for an unforgettable stay.