Visiting an Estancia in the Argentine Pampas

By Paige, Nicaragua, September 2012

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Much of Argentina’s national mythology is symbolized by the gaucho, or cowboy, of the vast and windswept pampas. Famed for their rugged commitment to freedom, excellent horsemanship and unqualified bravery (not to mention their general lawlessness), the gaucho represents the epitome of the rural Argentine spirit. Gauchos are also very real people, who still work on the magnificent pampas, though their circumstances are a bit less wild and free than they used to be.

The best way to get in touch with this almost lost world of cattle drives, horseback rides, sunset barbecues and endless amounts of mate, is on an estancia, or rural estate.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Argentina Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Argentina.

Photo courtesy of The Travelista via Flickr.

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