This excursion brings us to the Argentine countryside where you can enjoy a day on a ranch (estancia) and discover its traditional dance and music, joining a true Festival Gaucho. Typical empanadas and Argentine wine will be served at the welcoming party. Later, you will enjoy a delicious Argentine-style barbecue. A folkloric show with music and dance will take place. Typical gauchos will show their horse-riding skills. A horse exhibition and the sortija will also form part of the show. Hop on a typical sulki to get a real feeling of the way of life of the gaucho. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of getting close to the life in the Pampas and learning about the habits of its people. Santa Susana is located 85 Km away from Buenos Aires city in Los Cardales.
When the hectic life of Buenos Aires becomes unbearable and travelers long for a restful day in the country, La Bamba de Areco may prove to be the destination of choice. Few are the places that are so close to the City yet so secluded and tranquil. At only 120 kilometres from Buenos Aires, La Bamba de Areco, offers precisely what the Celtic origin of its name translates to; a place to rest. While the Estancia generally caters for longer stays, a select few may enjoy La Bamba de Areco only for a day. For such guests, the typical program is: • 11.30 am: arrival and welcome drinks accompanied by empanadas and choripans (wine, beer, selection of juices, soft drinks, and water) • 1.30 pm: asado lunch (Selection of meat cuts prepared in the traditional Argentinean way and accompanied by a wide choice of salads and potato dishes; Lunch includes alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages) • 3.00 pm: following lunch, guests are invited to relax at the pool, enjoy a stroll in the Park, go horseback-riding, and cycling or engage in one of the other numerous activities on offer at the Estancia. • 5.00 pm: traditional English Tea (Tea, coffee, cakes, scones, medialunas) • 6.00 pm: end of the day at the Estancia
Located only 45 minutes away from Buenos Aires city, Polo Day is an ideal program to learn the secrets of one of the most exclusive sports in Argentina. Tour begins with an informative talk about polo and its horses, while guests taste some delicious empanadas and a good argentine wine. Then will attend a professional live polo game with 4 chukkers, using more than 30 horses; bilingual guides will explain the fundamentals of the game, its rules and techniques. At lunch time, guests will enjoy an unforgettable barbeque "asado" With a selection of argentine meat, accompanied with argentine wines (vegetarian option available). After spending a few hours of relax at the swimming pool or walking through the nice argentine countryside, visitors will take a polo lesson were they will learn to ride a horse, hold the polo taco and kick the ball. Day finishes sharing a mini polo game that will make guest feel like a professional player!
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 guard 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. Itinerary: 08.30 am: Pick up at your hotel in Buenos Aires. 10.00 am: 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. 12.00 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 dancers and music and impressive destrezas gauchas (Gaucho skills demonstration). You will also have the chance to discover and taste the ritual of the mate (typical infusion)! During the summer, the Estancia opens its 2 swimming pools. 04.30 pm: Departure to Buenos Aires
We offer a tailor-made service throughout your stay in San Antonio de Areco: you will be welcomed by local guides to discover the richness of the town and will be invited to visit one of the oldest Estancias of Argentina, combining luxurious comfort and colonial elegance: La Bamba de Areco. This estancia is full of history and traditions, ideal for relaxing. You’ll have the chance to taste exquisite traditional cuisine and refined service, and you will be charmed by the Gaucho traditions and equestrian sports, such as Polo. Itinerary: 08:30 am: Pick-up at hotel in Buenos Aires. 10.00 am: Reception at San Antonio de Areco by local guide, who will show the picturesque streets of the historical center, pulperias (old gaucho bars), the renowned Draghi’s Silversmith Museum, traditional workshops and the Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes Museum (optional: shopping tour around the traditional workshops). 12.00 noon: Departure to Estancia La Bamba, where you will be greeted with delicious traditional asado. Various activities will be offered: horseback riding or carriage, stroll by the river, bikes. During the summer, the Estancia opens its swimming pool. 04.30 pm: Departure to Buenos Aires. Includes: Old town visit. Complete traditional lunch at La Bamba. All the activities in town and Estancia. Swimming pool in summer.
Departure from the hotel towards the city of Alta Gracia Provincial Route 5, passing through an important industrial area of the city of Cordoba. Arrival to the town of Alta Gracia. We visit the Museo del Virrey Liniers, formerly known as Jesuit Estancia of Alta Gracia. the characteristic Tajamar, the Jesuit church building, the Casa del Che Guevara and the house of Manuel de Falla. Return to Cordoba Highway Falda del Carmen and Ing. Justiniano Allende Posse. Duration approximately 4 hours. Museum entrence fee don’t included.
Early departure towards the town of Jesús María along National Route Nº 9 which nowadays coincides with the ancient route of the ‘Camino Real al Alto Perú’, visiting: Jesus Maria’s National Jesuit Museum, ranch purchased by the Jesuits in 1618. Anfiteatro de Doma y Folklore: the place where every January the ‘Festival Nacional de Doma y Folklore’ is held. Colonia Caroya: Town of Italian immigrants, famous for the production of sausages, canned food and confectionary. Caroya House: The place where the first factory of weapons (knives) in the country was established in 1815 and hosted guests as Gral. Belgrano and Gral. San Martín. Currently, it hosts a museum of handicrafts and colonization objects. Then, the Church and Jesuit Ranch Santa Catalina are visited. 15 kms to the South there is the town of Ascochinga, slightly undulating area with excessive vegetation. Visit to Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Chapel, heading the south we get to the ‘Granja’ where many German style villas can be found. 7 kms to the south we get to Agua de Oro, where a road takes us to the famous Candonga Chapel. It belonged to the Jesuits and dates back to 1730. The ‘Virgen Del Rosario’ is worshiped in its altar and it was decorated by the indigenous, it is a National Historic Monument. Finally, the tourist towns of Manzano, Salsipuedes and Río Ceballos will be visited from where you will return to Córdoba city.
Reception and welcome with "maté", "tortas fritas" and "café carretero". We will enjoy different ranch activities such us: sheep gathering with dogs, shearing demonstration and visit to the former shearing shed. Then we will take a walk along the Calafate creek observing native vegetation. We will be offered with hot wine at the creek lookout with candied lamb tasting. After that we take a tour around the organic greenhouse and first buildings of the ranch; local weaving artisans demonstrate the spinning and weaving process. Then we will enjoy the dinner and show with local artists. Dinner is served at "El Quincho" typical restaurante: welcome drink, pickled eggplants, empanadas, barbecued lamb with rustic potatoes, meat mix with sausage, black pudding and salad buffet. Dessert choice: apple crumble with red fruits and ice cream or pancakes with "dulce de leche".
Having set sail from Punta Bandera harbor at 9AM, we will glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala Channel, where we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front. Then, having disembarked at the shores close to Estancia Cristina, an expert guide will welcome visitors and take them on an exciting trek through the surrounding valley. The hike unfolds along an ecotone area, a beautiful, semi-arid place carpeted in native shrubs and grasses. Next, the walk gradually ascends to an elevated lookout point that bestows sweeping views of the valley beyond, over Lake Argentino and Lake Pearson across to the towering Andes Mountains. From here, continue on a path sloping gently uphill, surrounded by ñire trees, until you reach the highlight of this trek: Los Perros River Waterfall, whose viewpoints not only bestow jaw-dropping vistas, but are also a fantastic spot for observing flowers and plant life especially orchids. Later on, having returned from the trek, we will visit the Costumbrista Museum, housed in the estancia’s old shearing shed where guests can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. Finally, a guided tour will take lucky visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate–up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel and rest of the lodge.
This program is perfect to experience the Patagonian rural life and complements the tour to the glaciers. Regular departure at 8.30 am; reception with tea, coffee, mate and home-made cakes and pastries and at 10.30 am starting of activities: walk around the historic old estancia (ranch), cow milking and visit to the vegetable plot. At 12.30 noon lunch is served: roast lamb with salads and dessert + a glass of wine or soft drink per person during the meal. Return to El Calafate at 3:30 pm.
An entire experience that combines a 4x4 expedition, a photographic safari and the possibility of a moment of relaxation in an authentic Patagonian estancia “post”. Leaving from El Calafate, a short route takes us to the entrance to Estancia Huyliche; after passing through its main house, we enter "Estancia 25 de Mayo" natural reserve. The first stop is an old stone post where the first family of the ranch used to live and we will have a brief explanation about these first settlers and the beginnings of El Calafate. We continue the tour in the vehicle until reaching the "section", an authentic ranch located in the immensity of Patagonia, where we will make the second stop, to begin to spot native fauna. We make this third stop front of the exuberant fauna after leaving the vehicle and walking towards the herds of guanacos, with a fantastic interaction with nature. Later, we travel about 4 km in the vehicle until we reach a fossilized oyster deposit -which is 23 million years old-, and we will learn about the paleontology and geology of the place, discovering that the desert where we are was once covered by the sea. Immediately we continue the trail south to the Mirador del Centinela -hill of 1,500 meters above sea level- from where we get a stunning panoramic view of endless basalt walls. Here the fifth stop is made, where the moment of relaxation arrives to feel the wind and the Patagonian immensity. Finally, we return to the "section" where lunch or dinner is served in an authentic ranch post, before returning to El Calafate. The house has a spacious living room with a beautiful view of the 25 de Mayo hill.
Departure from Puerto Madryn; after traveling 70 km through Patagonian steppe, we reach the southern end of the mouth of the Golfo Nuevo where Punta Ninfas lighthouse is located, a valuable reference for navigators entering this area. On the beaches that surround Punta Ninfas we can see breeding groups of elephants and seals. We then continue to El Pedral, an authentic Patagonian estancia built at the beginning of the 20th century. The materials and furniture were brought from Europe by boat and landed on the coasts of the estancia itself. Then we went to the Magellan penguin colony located on El Pedral seashore, a short distance from the house. A guided tour between their nests allows us to better know these curious animals. In summer we recommend a cap and sunglasses, as well as to carry a bottle of water. At noon, we have lunch in the estancia: grilled lamb with a variety of salads, dessert and coffee (includes drinks and wine). In the afternoon you can enjoy the pool and the pétanque court, as well as take walks around the property or have a tea/coffee before returning back our hotel.
Every land has its own secrets but not everyone is chosen to know them: a lighthouse in a lonely cape, a mysterious sunken ship for 40 years and a distinguished antique “estancia” are some of the icons that reveal the unknown stories of Tierra del Fuego. Very early in the morning departure from Ushuaia following National Route 3 and crossing The Andes through the Garibaldi Pass. We stop by the little town of Tolhuin, heart of the island, to visit La Unión Bakery. This is a traditional meeting point for both, locals and visitors, and it is part of the charm of this village. By midday we come to the Provincial Route “A”, where we took a gravel road heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and the San Pablo Cape. At this point, we hiked up to an isolated mountain with an abandoned lighthouse at the end. Climbing to the top of this beacon we will appreciate “Desdemona”, an abandoned ship for almost 40 years ago which invites us to sail through time. It happened on a cold winter morning in1983 when this enormous craft ran aground on the shores of the Argentine Sea. After exploring this mysterious giant, we visit Estancia Rolito. This lovely ranch, that keeps the spirit of a family business based on sheep farming tradition, is the first ranch to open its gates to rural tourism.