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Experience a traditional 'fiesta gaucho' (gaucho party) on this full-day excursion to the Argentine countryside. Visit the Argentinian cowboys, or gauchos, who live on the open plains at Estancia Don Silvano, a traditional ranch that will host you for a day of activities. Enjoy a barbecue lunch with wine and mate, horseback riding, trick horse demonstrations and dancing. Learn about life on a ranch on the Argentinian pampas from your guide and hosts, with round-trip transportation from your Buenos Aires hotel.


  • Day trip to Estancia Don Silvano, a ranch outside of Buenos Aires
  • Go horseback riding and learn about life on a ranch
  • Enjoy a delicious Argentine BBQ lunch accompanied by wine
  • Watch a folk song and dance show and try your hand at some traditional dancing
  • Marvel at the horse-riding skills of the gauchos

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What You Can Expect

Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Don Silvano Ranch

Argentine BBQ

Board a comfortable coach at your Buenos Aires hotel and head out into the Argentine pampas (plains). Attend a friendly welcome reception upon arrival at Estancia Don Silvano that includes juice, wine and traditional empanadas.

Visit the ranch's bakery and its museum before attending a milking demonstration. Help the gauchos milk the cows yourself if you like, then watch as they saddle up the horses. Climb on a tame horse and enjoy a relaxed ride through the surrounding countryside.

After the ride, eat a barbecue lunch including chicken, ribs, sausages, potato salad and ice cream for dessert. Watch a traditional Argentinian folkloric show including singing and dancing while you enjoy your beverages, including wine, soft drinks, coffee and water. Get on your feet and try out some of the dances yourself before opting for a carriage or tractor ride to view other parts of ranch. Watch the gauchos participate in ring racing and other demonstrations of their incredible horsemanship.

Have a snack of quince jelly on sweet cakes before boarding your bus back to the city.Try mate, a traditional Argentine drink made of yerba mate leaves steeped in hot water that has its own rituals and history. Your full-day estancia (ranch) excursion on the pampas ends with drop-off in downtown Buenos Aires.

Customer Reviews

Pari G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Had a great time, it was a great day and Don Silvano team did a great job entertaining us.

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved it!! We're glad we took this tour, it begins with an hour and 1/2 bus ride driving towards the country side of Buenos Aires. Once we arrived we had a warm welcomed by Santiago who explained the days itinerary, to accompany this warm welcome we got to taste a warm and fresh made meat empanada and cup of wine or soda.. you can have more than one :-. Once our tummies were full we went for the horse back ride around the property, and you get to see the sheep, horses and bulls. We then proceeded to hope on the canopy, is very easy to climb and for any age.This was good exercise before we were called to the main dining area where we had assigned tables set across the main stage. The show began with popular songs from some of the different Argentina regions. There had a couple of dancers whom also danced to the compass of the music. The singer was very good, he asked the audience which countries they were visiting from and after he compiled the list he sang a song from all those countries. After this, the parade of plates began to flow and food was amazing!! To finish the visit we were treated to a traditional gaucho horse play along with a taste of a nice cup of mate with traditional pastries. This is a tour you cannot missed! You'll have a great time!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Being an exchange student I really wanted to experience a more cultural outlook on Buenos Aires and this trip gave me exactly that. With the weather being absolutely perfect it was just an amazing experience and learning about the mate was so interesting. If you in B.A do this very worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An enjoyable and relaxing day on the Don Silvano Ranch, from pick up, warmly greeted and welcomed onboard our bus to being greeted by the gauchos on the ranch and offered empinada's and wine. Enjoyed the horse ride around the ranch, you can opt for the horse and carriage ride instead. The mate tea making significance to Argentina was really interesting and delivered with fun and humour. You get to see the gaucho's showing off their skills and the bbq lunch was delicious, loved the musician Diego Arolfo, such talent. The entertainment and dancing was amazing, the atmosphere and whole experience was fun and the singer made the effort to sing songs from the visitors country, impressive! It was nice to wander around the ranch and take in its rustic beauty. Highly recommend a visit to the ranch and a nice way to experience the Argentinian culture, the gaucho's and staff were friendly, welcoming and treated us like one of the family.

Ed D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

When you arrive you are treated to homemade empanadas. A bit of history about the ranch and then you can go trail riding or in a carriage. Demonstrations about mate' drinking and hands on experience in sharing the cup. The lunch is good with different types of grilled meats, salad, vegetables, and dessert. After lunch, there is gaucho demonstrations and competition, Well worth the for this.

Marzanna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Entertaining and relaxing, nice guide and good food. Although a little bit overpriced I would recommend it.

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had great time! Particularly enjoyed the lunch, entertainment , and lessons on empenadas and mate.

Lily S R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great fun, lovely ranch, nice calm horse ride. They had a little zip line for those who wanted to go. Gaucho show was fun. Loved the info lesson on Mate tea drinking, a national beverage and social institution. Food demos were also good. The lunch was excellent with a wonderful tango show and talented musicians and a great singer. He should be famous! Lots of delicious snacks throughout the day. We were the only Americans and it was wonderful to see all of the visitors from various countries in South America. The guides all spoke English very well. It was a wonderful and relaxing day. It is great to see get out of the big city, although the terrain is flat and not that interesting. Take a nap if you need to.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour itself was awesome but we were pretty angry we paid twice the price others in the group paid. Viator charged us $120 per person and friends we met that day paid the ranch the pesos equivalent of $35 each and $20 for the ride so $55 total... Not sure where the extra fees we paid went

john M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A great day out on the pampas! Lovely guide, a geniune rustic experience of gaucho life, great food and wine, also very friendly help and info from the proprietors! Would recommend.

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