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We had a wonderful full day tour with Pablo to Estancia El Ombu de Areco. Pick up was on time and friendly. Pablo provided an excellent narrative on Buenos Aires and Argentina on the trip there. We arrived and were treated to some empanadas and a short tour of the "kitchen" where the meat was being prepared for our lunch later in the day. We then were "loaded" up on our horses (carriage rides provided for those not wishing to ride a horse) and left with a group of about 50 others to ride around the ranch. The horses were all gentle and calm. The staff helped everyone get up on the horse and be ready to go. It was fun watching the ranch's dog herding the horses and cows when necessary. Once back we were seated for our asado lunch. A feast of meats were brought to us continually to go along with some excellent salads and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Once lunch was done we were treated to a show of local dancers (including a young 2 year old who made the show). The ride back to the hotel was certainly quiet and as we all had a snooze. All in all a great day and well worth the money - it's not cheap to do these things but you'll enjoy it.
Nicholas was a great tour guide. He was entertaining and informative, and made it a point to be inclusive of every individual. The ranch experience was awesome, and did not feel commercial at all, rather like we were guests on a family ranch. The veranda where we had lunch was beautiful, and the grounds were amazing. The horse back ride was a nice bonus and was well organized. Lots of laughs and everyone got along great. Five stars to Gaston, our driver, as well.
We had a wonderful time at the ranch last Sunday despite the extreme weather that made access to the ranch challenging: we needed 4-wheel drive and experienced gaucho driver to handle the 6 km of muddy roads to the ranch (even worse returning...amazing handling!) The horse ride was an adventure as well but everyone handled it well. Natalya (guide) was professional and informative. The meal included the best empanadas ever, and the steaks and rides and chorizos were never-ending. Highly recommended!
The stop at the jewelry / artisan store in San Antonio de Areco was very nice and the prices are actually quite decent. It is worth a look.The Estancia included food and wine, a Gaucho dance, and a horseback ride. The food -- grilled beef and sausages -- were fantastic, the best we had during a trip to Argentina, and the wine was a nice complement.The Gaucho dance was entertaining and enlightening, giving us a picture of the rural, ranch life.The horseback ride was inside a fenced pasture, done at a slow walk, and was the least exciting part of the tour. But it was fun.Our guide was Pablo and he fed us information, anecdotes, and stories about Argentina, Buenos Aires, and what it was like to live there. He was the highlight of the tour.
A good 2 hr ride to the Ranch, able to see and experience the outside of Buenos Aires. The place was excellent and the best part the food and Wine..The Barbecue or Asado excellent, fresh grass fed beef..Our Tour Guide Pablo - Excellent and Knowledgeable Guide, makes everybody Special on our Tour Group.Definitely a Return...
We had a great day doing the Gaucho experience and I highly recommend it if you want to do something out of Buenos Aires. Pablo our guide was fun and informative and the ranch was beautiful. It was a two hour drive from Buenos Airies but Pablo made sure we weren't bored and told us more of the history of Buenos Aires and about the gaucho. We were greeted with a drink and the best empanadas I tasted in Argentina. I hadn't ridden a horse so was a little nervous, but I shouldn't have worried as my mount was steady and slow and I loved the ride around the ranch. On our return we had a huge lunch of chorizo, black sausage, tripe and 3 types of beef all cooked on a huge BBQ. There was even bread pudding or ice cream if you had the room and plenty of Malbec too! Everyone at the ranch was so friendly and they serenaded us with Gaucho music and dancing. Then we were shown the most incredible horse whispering skills by one of the gauchos. He was able to almost put the horse in a trance and do some amazing things.
Our day at the San Antonio de Areco estancia was a delight. My daughter and I traveled throughout this lovely country and were determined to visit a working estancia to get the full gaucho experience this tour did not fail. To start, the pick up and arrival at our lodging was on time driver, Gaston, and tour guide, Pablo, were perfect hosts. Pablo is a knowledgeable and charming tour guide, making the two-hour drive from Buenos Aires seem like minutes. We had time to shop for local gifts for friends and family at two lovely stops. But the actual tour site could not have been more of an insight into the life of the cultural treasure that is the gaucho: food, wine, music, dancing, horseback riding. Be prepared for natural congeniality from this community.