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Escape the bustling streets of Buenos Aires with a full-day fiesta at the Estancia Santa Susana gaucho ranch. Discover the traditional way of life in the Argentine countryside with a horseback ride, ranch tour, and an impressive horseman show by the gallant gauchos. Feast on an array of grilled meats and sides at a traditional ‘parrillada’ barbecue, and watch a performance of folk song and dance. 


  • Day trip from Buenos Aires to Estancia Santa Susana, a ranch in Los Cardeles
  • Go horseback riding or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage
  • Enjoy a delicious Argentine BBQ lunch accompanied by wine
  • Watch a tango and folk music show and see gauchos perform with throwing weapons
  • Be entertained as the gauchos show off their horse-riding skills

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What You Can Expect

Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch

Argentine BBQ

Traditional customs of Argentine ranch life are still celebrated at the handful of estancias near Buenos Aires. Your full-day country retreat begins with morning pickup at your city hotel in an air-conditioned van and a lovely drive across the pampas (plains). 

After arriving at Estancia Santa Susana, you’ll be welcomed at the ranch house with warm empanadas and wine. Take a tour of Santa Susana’s grounds, chapel and museum while hearing stories about this historic working ranch.

Meet the friendly gauchos — talented wranglers and horsemen similar to cowboys of the American West. Climb astride a horse from the ranch stables or hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through the surrounding farmland.

When you return to the ranch, settle in at a rustic banquet table for a savory parrillada (Argentine barbecue) featuring many different cuts of expertly grilled meats and sausages served with salads and regional wine. Top off your feast with a sweet pastelito (pastry) and a cup of mate — a favorite Argentine drink made from steeped yerba mate leaves.  

As you dine, enjoy a performance of traditional folk music and dancing, plus a boleadoras show where gauchos perform impressive feats of weapon throwing. Head outside to the pasture where the gauchos will continue displaying their skills through daring horseman stunt tricks, animal herding, and the ring race known as la sortija.

After your full day of ranch festivities, relax on the return drive to Buenos Aires to be dropped-off at a central location. 

Customer Reviews

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was wonderful! It was a perfect escape from the city. Our guide, Macarena, was wonderful and very insightful. The staff at the ranch was very friendly and made every effort to make us feel like family. The wine and food was abundant and very delicious.

Luis Alejandro S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Friendly staff, delicious food and wine included!

Peter E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

So much fun being out on the ranch! Great food, great guide. The horses are limited so get in and get on, also bring cash to buy memories and stuff from the shop they have there! The show was amazing too!

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A worthwhile day trip to one of the rancheros near Buenos Aires. Lots of good food almost all meat, a tango demonstration that was worth the trip all by itself, and a very interesting demonstration by modern-day gauchos of horse riding techniques. All in all, a day well spent. And the guide Antonella was not only fluent in English but beautiful as well!

Steedman S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a fantastic day.
Everyone was very welcoming, enjoyed the brief horse ride, the shows and the food was wonderful

June G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a fantastic day. The weather was unkind but everything else was excellent. The tour guide was first class and all the staff at the ranch were very friendly and generous with their time and efforts.

Roderick C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Had a fantastic time. Plenty to do and very welcoming.

Megan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a great day trip from Buenos Aires, with a tour guide that switched between English and Spanish the entire time so that everyone could participate. The day was well-planned and lunch was delicious. We especially enjoyed our opportunity to ride the ranch's horses.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Just wonderful !!! I took this trip 15 years ago and it was just as good---even better this time !


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a blast! Why? 1. You got out of the city. Beautiful bus ride into the country. When you arrive, fresh made empanadas and wine right off the bus. 2. The horseback ride, carriage rides. 3. The meal was excellent. 4. The show was great! Yes the ubiquitous tango but the singing by that older fellow was so beautiful! 5. The gaucho riding show! I would gladly do it all again.

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