Agrotourism in San Antonio de Areco, in the Heart of the Pampas
In addition to being the cradle of culture and tradition of the Argentinian gauchos, our town lies in the middle of the humid Pampas and is the main agricultural region of Argentina (wheat, maize, sunflower, soy, meat, leather and wool).
If you work in the agriculture or agribusiness sector, and you want to uncover the secrets of Argentinian agriculture and breeding, we are at your disposal to organize your visit and guide you.
We’ll also ensure you will fall in love with our beautiful colonial town, San Antonio de Areco, and invite you to spend a night in an authentic Estancia!
Our Tailor-Made offerings
In the space of a few years, we have developed a network of contacts that allow us to help you discover the most influential farms in the region, with experts from the local agricultural sector.
From the typical Estancia of extensive Angus beef production to the polycultures of soy, corn, wheat, sorghum or sunflower production, our teams are at your disposal to organize tailor-made programs, guiding you.
If you have a specific interest, such as breeding and bovine genetics, organic and non-GMO cultivation (yes, this does exist in Argentina!) or Polo horse breeding, get in touch! We would be more than happy to organize and coordinate a tailor-made visit for you.
Groups between 2 and 9 people
Example of a Full-Day Rural Experience
08:30 am | We will take you from Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco, in the heart of the Humid Pampa, the main agricultural region of Argentina.
10 am | After a warm welcome from your local English-speaking guide and a short visit of the town, you will discover the peculiarities of this geographical area and the main agricultural activities of the region.
You’ll then visit the famous Gaucho Ricardo Güiraldes Museum, dedicated not only to the emblematic figure of the gaucho but also to the history and evolution of the agricultural model in Argentina since the 16th century.
12:30 pm | Lunch in a traditional restaurant of the town.
2 pm | With its owner, visit a diversified and authentic farm of the Pampean region that includes meat cattle breeding, and also, of particular note, a polyculture of grain and oleaginous. Here you will discover the national “model”: GMO – Direct Seed – Glyphosate.
5 pm | We’ll share a mate (typical infusion) before leaving for Buenos Aires.
Note: possibility of extending your stay by spending 24 hours immersing yourself in one of the oldest Estancia in the region.
Groups from 10 people
Example of a Full-Day Rural Experience
8:30 am | Private transfer from your hotel in Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco and welcome by your English speaking guide.
10 am | Guided tour of South America’s largest cattle breeding center, with more than 60 bulls used for their genetics and 430,000 doses of semen sold yearly.
12:30 pm | Asado (a selection of meats, grilled on an Argentine BBQ) in a countryside restaurant.
2:30 pm | Visit to a typical Estancia of the Humid Pampa, accompanied by the owner. He will talk with you about his preference for no-till farming and will show you his farming machinery and the positive effects of no-till on crop rotation. Visit to an Estancia of a 1000 hectares dedicated to both grain and oilseed agriculture, based on the “GMO, direct sowing, Glyphosate” system and also to cattle breeding (meat and dairy).
5 pm | Return to Buenos Aires by private transfer.
Note: possibility to book an overnight stay in San Antonio de Areco.
The “Must See” List
Below is a non-exhaustive list of the main locations where we offer visits:
- Estancia Dedicated to Cattle Production: discover why Argentine meat is so tasty! You will accompany the gauchos into the pastures, where they are breeding about 800 Angus cattle and where they will show you their extensive breeding techniques.
- Breeding Center and Bovine Genetics: meet the most beautiful bulls of Argentina! In this high-tech center, you will discover a 1000-hectare site dedicated not only to cattle and horse breeding, but also to the reproduction and improvement of the main pedigree breeds of bulls from South America.
- Agricultural Farming of the Pampas: visit a diversified and authentic farm of the Pampean region that includes both dairy and meat cattle breading, and also, of particular note, a polyculture of grain and oleaginous. Here you will discover the national “model”: GMO – Direct Seed – Glyphosate.
- Grain Storage and Commercialization Company: you’ll meet agronomist engineers from a company which plays a fundamental role of supplier-collector in the region of San Antonio de Areco. While visiting the silos, in which the goods are stored, you’ll learn in detail about the whole process of collection, storage, and commercialization of grains and oilseeds.
- Polo Horse Stud Farm: a Great National Pride! As a typical Argentine breed, Polo horses are considered the noblest horses in the country. In a highly secure stud farm, you will discover the routines of these high-level athletes: food, grooming, dressage etc.
- Liniers Market: the largest livestock market in South America! Every day, 8,000 to 12,000 head of cattle are sold at Liniers Market. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you’ll follow the different stages of a sale: control, weighing, auction, lot management and health status. From the top of the bridges, you’ll be able to observe the different buyers participating in the live auction.
Find Out More
The main grains grown in Argentina are maize (about 6 million hectares) and wheat (2.5 million hectares), but we also grow sorghum, rice, barley and oats.
Argentina also produces oilseeds such as sunflower and flax, but mostly soy, which is by far the most important crop to the country. Argentina produces nearly 20% of the world’s soybeans, behind the United States and Brazil.
Currently the world’s 7th largest exporter of meat, Argentina produces 5 million tons annually, of which two thirds are beef. Dairy production amounts to more than 10 million liters per year.
Potatoes, onions and tomatoes are the main vegetables grown. Argentina is also the largest producer and exporter of lemons in the world. In addition, it also produces a large volume of apples and pears in the Rio Negro region.
And of course, let’s not forget the excellent Argentinian wines! Argentina supplies 5% of the world’s total production of wine and remains the leading producer of wine in all of South America.