Ashley C United States of ...
Wow, what a magical day spent at Estancia Ombu! Our guide, Pablo, was wonderful - extremely knowledgable, funny, and helped us feel like old friends immediately. He definitely went above and beyond to make sure we were all comfortable and enjoying the day. To be honest, after reading reviews from other Guacho tours, we were really hesitant to book this type of a tour at all, but I'm so glad we did! This estancia specifically felt so private and authentic since it is actually a working ranch there were only 5 people in our group and maybe 10 other visitors on the entire ranch. The food was the best we've had in Argentina and the service was exceptional. The horses were beautiful, calm, and well cared for this was really important to me. Honestly, I can't say enough.... if you have the time, book this tour!
I really enjoyed the day with guide Pablo who was able to provide not only the usual tourist information but also insights into the culture of Argentina. He had several training aids in his sack to help explain the geography of the country and the equipment/dress of the gauchos. The estancia was not overly touristy as it was working ranch unlike some of the others offering tours. The lunch was great with large portions of everything sausages, chicken, beef including wine and beer. I would recommend this tour.
Really good tour for our family of 5. Pablo was knowledgable and adaptable. Nice change from the city, good balance of activities, horse ride was about an hour good for us novices and food was great!
This day at the ranch may cost more than the others but there's a good reason for that. Unlike others, this is a working ranch and it caters to small groups. There were only eight of us the day I went. Other ranch experiences can cater to dozens, even hundreds at a time and are not working ranches. They are set up for the tourist industry. We all opted for the horseback ride and it lasted almost an hour. The meal of sausage, chicken, beef filet, ribs, potatoes and ice cream was excellent. When we were done with the meal, we got a demonstration by the gauchos. In one case, the gaucho gave us a demonstration of the trust between him and his horse. It was beautiful!
One note about any day tour taken in Buenos Aires - if you're in the central area near Florida Ave, do not wait on the street for you pick-up. Wait inside the lobby. I had a taxi driver pick me up saying he was sent by the agency because the single lanes roads were too small for the bus. This is a scam! In the end, he drove me around the block and asked for two pesos like 20 cents. I ended up taking out my wallet to give him a US dollar as he wouldn't take a five peso note and he managed to palm 80 USD out of my wallet. I got out knowing something wasn't right and discovered the money missing later. This isn't a reflection on this tour or Viator - just any excursion you take from central Buenos Aires. The next day, my driver had her purse stolen right out of the car. We never saw who did it. The crimes are petty theft. Overall, I've never had any other problem in central Buenos Aires.
Pablo was an amazing guide, and an unforgettable time at the Estancia. Well-planned day and hope to do again one day.
Beautiful scenery, wonderful food, an amazing experience. Highly recommend.
Marcel was very pleasant to be around and offered a perfect mix of congeniality and information. The town nearby was an authentic throw-back to simpler times. The estanca is peacefully gorgious. This was a very relaxing day. The lunch, carriage ride and horse whisperer's demonstration all contributed to a memorable experience.
My friend and I took this tour in March 2016 and we recommend it very highly. Our driver and tour guide, Marcelo was absolutely fantastic. He picked us up at our apartment and took us on a tour of the small town and then to the estancia. He was kind, funny, and SO knowledgeable about Argentine history and facts. The estancia was beautiful and the staff and gauchos were so welcoming and warm. The food was amazing and it was a day we will always remember. We HIGHLY recommend Marcelo and this tour.
We chose Estancia El Ombu following reviews' recommendation from Tripadvisor. It was an excellent way to spend a day on a real Gaucho ranch. The highlight was the horse ride. It was a bright and sunny day and I had left my hat in the hotel. The guide helped me to borrow one from the ranch. lunch was generous with food and wine. A senior gaucho sang and entertained while we ate. The show of horsemanship by the Gauchos was good. At the end of the show, a horse was coaxed to lie down and we could take our pics with the horse and the gaucho.
We could not have had a better experience. It was an exceptional day. We would highly recommend this tour and tour company to everyone.
It was a fabulous day trip with the lovely Anna as our guide. The trip was was worthwhile and we had an enjoyable time getting into the country life. It was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city. The tour was punctual and the guide was very knowledgable and spoke English very well. The ranch was lovely and the people all friendly. We liked the gaucho experience. The ride on the horses was fun and we had a laugh. The food was nice and the wine so tasty the setting was ever so quaint. We had a wonderful day.
Gus, our tour guide was excellent. He was informative and helpful throughout the entire excursion. I was very pleased.
We enjoyed it very much! The guide was super and food fantastic.
amy k United States of ...
Maria was excellent! We loved the tour of the town and found it very informative! We had a great time visiting the town and seeing all the different shops.
We then went with Maria to the estancia. We had the most incredible afternoon! We went horseback riding, had some great food, loved meeting the guachos, and exploring the land.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in visiting the guachos and having a great getaway from the big city.
We spent the day at the estancia, and it was the highlight of our trip to Argentina.
We can't say enough good things about our guide Ernesto--he simply made our day spectacular. We toured the town of San Antonio de Areco, then headed to the Estancia, where we rode horses before having an amazing asado lunch.
Later, we were treated to an authentic Gaucho musical performance and a horse taming demonstration that left us speechless. Everyone at the ranch was beyond helpful and made us feel welcome. Having Ernesto as our guide was the icing on the cake--he was full of information and made our visit spectacular.
This is an actual working ranch with real gauchos who work on the estancia. It's a one of a kind experience.
very great trip, beautiful landscape, wonderful food, great meeting with some gauchos, the estanica is beautiful too! Only 30 mins to visit the village though which was very little time! Mostly elderly people though (for me as a young woman). All in all very worth it!!
Really good tour. I was picked up at my hotel. We had a comfortable ride to San Antonio de Areco, explored the town a bit and then went to the Estancia. Rode a horse, had wonderful empenadas and then a very fine lunch with musical accompaniment and saw a demonstration of horsemanship with the gauchos. All in all a fun day.
This trip to the Estancia was well worth it, the family we visited prepared a fantastic lunch and provided wine and drinks.The horse riding was fun and after lunch the horse demonstration was also very interesting
This was a great trip. The lady who accompanied us was caring and sweet, even though she was heard to understand. The Estancia was beautiful and the food food delicious and filling. The guitar player was good as was the horse show, and we enjoyed riding in the cart around the grounds.
Our guide, Paulo, was incredibly annoying and I'd avoid going on any tour that he was leading. The tour is good and cheaper than many others. The Estancia that they visit is really just a tourist spot--it in no way is an authentic working Estancia and there are many tour groups who visit the same Estancia simultaneously. The good news is that the food is great and the price of wine is included in the package price.
Only go on this tour if you have a lot of time to kill in Buenos Aires. The countryside is not particularly beautiful or unique in any way and there are many more exciting and authentic things to do in BA.
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