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Swap life at sea for the Argentine pampas and enjoy a full-day ‘gaucho’ experience on this Buenos Aires shore excursion, including port transfers. Make like a cowboy for a day as you visit a traditional estancia (ranch) and saddle up for a horseback or horse-carriage ride. Tuck into a hearty barbecue lunch, accompanied by local wine and traditional ‘mate’, and enjoy non-stop entertainment, including a tango and folk music show, and a thrilling horsemanship demonstration, including animal herding and gaucho games.


  • Full-day shore excursion from Buenos Aires to Estancia Santa Susana, a ranch in Los Cardales
  • Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or on horseback at the ranch
  • Watch gauchos perform their horse-riding and ranch skills, and see a tango and folk music show
  • Savor a tasty Argentine BBQ lunch paired with wine
  • Port pickup included

What You Can Expect

Buenos Aires Shore Excursion: Gaucho Day Trip to Santa Susana Ranch

Argentine BBQ

After your cruise ship docks in the Buenos Aires port, your guide will accompany you to Estancia Santa Susana, located in Los Cardales. Travel by comfortable coach along a scenic drive through the Argentine pampas (plains).

When you arrive at the traditional estancia (ranch), you will be greeted with a welcoming reception at the ranch pub with empanadas and wine.

Continue your day of gaucho fun on a guided tour to some of Santa Susana's attractions, including its church and museum. Then, you'll have the opportunity to explore the grounds of the ranch while horseback riding or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Afterward, enjoy a delicious parrillada (Argentine BBQ) lunch of grilled specialties such as chicken and sausage, accompanied by salad and beverages (red and white wine, soda, water and coffee). Then sip from a gourd of mate (a South American drink made from yerba mate leaves steeped in hot water) and complete your meal with a pastelito (pastry)!

During lunch, be enthralled by an entertaining tango and folk show of classical music and dance, and watch a thrilling boleadoras performance, with weapons thrown by gauchos. When you finish your meal, watch the gauchos show off their incredible ranch skills, such as a ring race (known as la sortija), animal herding and the cuadreras race, a typical gaucho game.

This excursion concludes within a 15-minute taxi ride to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Buenos Aires. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Customer Reviews

Amanda and Alan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

First class tour guide, pick up time ok, excellent food and very good tango show. Lots of wine, beer and soft drinks included in the price.

Paul D Y

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

I would have given you a 5 Star rating except for two things.
1) The pickup at the Cruiseport was a disaster-the Viator person was late, she had not arranged for taxi, and
there was a lot of confusion.
2) We arrived at the Viator office in BA to find that we were crowded on a 14 passenger van/minibus -
When the 5 of us got on, there were 16 passengers.
The program at the Estancia was really good!
Your guide was average.

Andrew D

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

Guide and tour both very good. Ranch hospitality v good, particularly food/barbecue. The wine was poor but they redeemed themselves with good beer. Music and dancing excellent as were the gaucho displays.
Spoilt by 0900 pickup then 3/4 hour wait for coach and no drop off at port

M Richard M

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

Driver 90 minutes late on arrival, lied to about why late, told it was a private tour, 20 others on bus, rushed into area and almost missed horse back ride.

Nancy K USA

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

The best part about the excursion was the musical performance and the empanadas. The ranch itself didn't impress me but the people working there were very nice. I did not appreciate the 35 minute stop to shop in a small store. I was not expecting that at all.

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