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  • Location:Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch

Escape the bustling streets of Buenos Aires with a full-day fiesta at the Estancia Santa Susana gaucho ranch. Discover the traditional way of life in the Argentine countryside with a horseback ride, ranch tour, and an impressive horseman show by the gallant gauchos. Feast on an array of grilled meats and sides at a traditional ‘parrillada’ barbecue, and watch a performance of folk song and dance. 


  • Day trip from Buenos Aires to Estancia Santa Susana, a ranch in Los Cardeles
  • Go horseback riding or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage
  • Enjoy a delicious Argentine BBQ lunch accompanied by wine
  • Watch a tango and folk music show and see gauchos perform with throwing weapons
  • Be entertained as the gauchos show off their horse-riding skills

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What You Can Expect

Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch

Argentine BBQ

Traditional customs of Argentine ranch life are still celebrated at the handful of estancias near Buenos Aires. Your full-day country retreat begins with morning pickup at your city hotel in an air-conditioned van and a lovely drive across the pampas (plains). 

After arriving at Estancia Santa Susana, you’ll be welcomed at the ranch house with warm empanadas and wine. Take a tour of Santa Susana’s grounds, chapel and museum while hearing stories about this historic working ranch.

Meet the friendly gauchos — talented wranglers and horsemen similar to cowboys of the American West. Climb astride a horse from the ranch stables or hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through the surrounding farmland.

When you return to the ranch, settle in at a rustic banquet table for a savory parrillada (Argentine barbecue) featuring many different cuts of expertly grilled meats and sausages served with salads and regional wine. Top off your feast with a sweet pastelito (pastry) and a cup of mate — a favorite Argentine drink made from steeped yerba mate leaves.  

As you dine, enjoy a performance of traditional folk music and dancing, plus a boleadoras show where gauchos perform impressive feats of weapon throwing. Head outside to the pasture where the gauchos will continue displaying their skills through daring horseman stunt tricks, animal herding, and the ring race known as la sortija.

After your full day of ranch festivities, relax on the return drive to Buenos Aires to be dropped-off at a central location. 

Customer Reviews

Melanie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a very good tour.
We had lots of fun and lots of food!
Tour guide was fabulous!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I really enjoyed my Gaucho trip. I started the day by doing a little horse riding, despite me being terrified and being given a naughty horse I enjoyed it - although once was enough for me. There are carriage rides, a museum to check out and gift shop with really cool things to buy. Staff walk around in period type costumes are are ready and waiting with some delicious empanadas. They are super friendly and make the whole thing worthwhile. Dinner was delicious and will have you feeling full in no time. The performances are wonderful but my absolute favourite was the 'cowboy' show, where the gauchos show off their riding prowess and you have to trade kisses for rings. Next time you're in Buenos Aires, definitely give this tour a go.

Steven M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent, perfect day at an estancia...from the welcoming empanadas, to the horse show, to the carriage ride...everything wonderful!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well organized and a great change of pace from the busy city of Buenos Aires. Everyone was very accommodating and the day went off without a hitch! Thank you! A

Jan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. Entertaining activities at the ranch.

Xin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide speaks fluent English and very friendly, her information about Buenos Aires is very helpful, she looks like a model and it is a huge plus. I really like the tour, riding a horse and then have a good lunch, watching the tango show and then watch Gaucho's horse skills. I would do it again!

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very good guide and interesting food was good and plenty of it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Really enjoyed my day on Santa Susana Ranch. I booked this trip from the U.K. and all was very well organised. Thank you!

Gayle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

It was a wonderful day. We bussed to the ranch and were able to ride the horses and watch the horse show. The luncheon, BBQ was absolutely wonderful. We cannot complain about anything. We also met some very nice people who were also cruising on the Golden Princess with us.

This tour is definitely on our recommendation list.

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