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Information on visiting an estancia (or cattle farm) outside of Buenos Aires.


There is nothing more Argentinean than spending a day in the countryside, among horses and cattle, sipping malbec and enjoying an asado (Argentine barbecue) in the Pampas. Visiting an estancia is a beautiful way to get out of the city and sample another side of Argentine culture. Luckily, there are plenty of family-run cattle farm estates where you can either go for a day trip or spend the weekend.

If you aren't sure where to begin, go with Estancia Dos Talas. Located in Dolores, Argentina, this estancia is a two-and-a-half-hour drive trip out of the Capital Federal, but you will feel hundreds of miles away once you arrive. The family that owns the estate is incredibly friendly and accommodating. You'll feel right at home and they'll take care of you like you're part of the family. You can begin the day by looking at the beautiful main house, which was built in 1893, and learning about the estancia's interesting history. Then walk around the property, passing by cattle and horses, building ruins, and the family chapel. A day at the estancia includes a traditional Argentine asado with wine, coffee/tea, and homemade dessert. After you've digested, you can go for a horseback ride through the cattle fields with your very own authentic gaucho. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided as a snack later in the day, and you can spend your free time however you'd like. A full day at the estancia costs $70, and private transportation can be arranged.

Other estancia options include Estancia Los Dos Hermanos, which costs about $100 for a day trip (excluding transportation). They offer an asado, cabalgatas (horseback riding), and they have a pool where, season permitting, you can end the day with a dip. Then there's Estancia El Ombú de Areco, which also costs $70 for the day and includes a folkoric guitar performance and a game room for activities, in addition to horseback riding, biking, walking, and a generous meal.

Estancias combine many things that are quintessentially Argentine. If you're planning a visit to an estancia, keep in mind that, like most places in Argentina, many estancias require reservations days or weeks in advance, and almost all of them are cash only, so it's worth planning in advance.


Further Information

Travel tips: Plan ahead, and contact each estancia for the most up-to-date rates and openings.

Must see/do at this place: Horseback ride, enjoy an asado and some malbec, and take in the peace and quiet of being outside of the city.

Other helpful information: Where comfortable clothes and footwear.

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03 Jun 2010

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