The Pampas

Estancia El Ombú de Areco
This excursion involves a visit to a historic estancia (country home) located on the Pampas, central Argentina's famed prairie, near the town of San Antonio de Areco. This charming town is located about an hour from downtown Buenos Aires and is notable as being the hub of Argentine gaucho tradition. It abounds with folk history, so much so that the area inspired famed Argentine author José Hernández's epic poem, Martín Fierro. The fictional narrative is told as a ballad, recounting the exploits of its eponymous hero as he endures life on the frontier. The poem represents the spirit of rural Argentina, which you'll feel all around you in San Antonio.

As for lodging, visitors stay at El Ombú de Areco, a late-colonial-style mansion built in 1880. It sits on expansive green grounds and offers visitors a magnificent setting for an unforgettable stay in the Argentine countryside. There are a wide variety of activities on offer, including horseback riding, hiking, or sightseeing in an old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriage. This estancia is also a working farm, and visitors can observe typical ranch-style activities such as herding animals, branding cattle, and milking cows. In the evening, the estancia serves a typical Argentine asado (barbecue) accompanied by musical performances and folkloric dance presentations.

Tours that Include The Pampas

Quebrada de Humahuaca near Salta
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 14 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's rich city and country life. Begin by exploring the culture and culinary arts of Buenos Aires. Next, head to the Lake District, where you'll embark on nature excursions in the wild and beautiful Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Then, venture to Medoza, and indulge your senses while enjoying wine and vineyard tours. Finally, visit the stunning landscapes surrounding Salta, including rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts. Top it all off with a visit to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional cowboy town where you'll stay on a working estancia.

Cerro de los Siete Colores
Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 7 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's rich culture and beautiful landscapes in this 1-week itinerary. Begin by exploring the metropolitan capital of Buenos Aires, and learn all about the city's culture and history on a full-day bike tour. Next, visit the colonial city of Salta, your jumping off point for the rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts of Argentina's far north. Top it all off with a visit to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional cowboy town where you'll stay on a working estancia.

Cerro de los Siete Colores
Beauty of Northern Argentina - 6 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's rich culture and beautiful landscapes in this quick six-day itinerary. Begin by exploring the metropolitan capital of Buenos Aires. Next, visit the colonial city of Salta, your jumping off point for the rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts of Argentina's far north. Top it all off with a visit to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional cowboy town where you'll stay on a working estancia.