Argentina: a land of horses, born and built on horseback. Come and enjoy the uniqueness of this country. The Argentine Pampas are the heartland of this bucolic country. Located in easy proximity to Buenos Aires, they are the perfect destination for someone with a few days or a week to spare.
There is no better way to understand the real Argentine spirit than to experience its world renowned “Estancias”. Full of tradition and history and cradle of the best Polo in the world, they are part of the way Argentina was made.
This is the land of the Argentine aristocracy. You will ride for miles on your own private estancia and feel the horizon beckoning as you and your horse move out through the trails. Estancia Santa MarÌa is a true working ranch at the core of the Argentine Pampas. It is a 3,000 acre Estancia, located 150 miles outside Buenos Aires. The Estancia is dedicated to Argentine horse breeding and livestock. The horses ridden each day are from the best bloodlines in Argentina and they have the ribbons and the trophies to prove it!
See how the noble gaucho horsemen communicate with their horses, work the land and honor their ancestry They are all horse loving people and very proud of their way of life and cattle raising skills. They are the true spirit of the endless Pampas and Argentine culture. Argentine history has elevated them to legendary status. They are celebrated in both song and prose where they became truly heroic figures who pronounce their virtues as knights would with strength, bravery and honour.
Rides each day consist of exploring the expansive estancia with an option to help the gauchos in their everyday work. Join them in a cattle drive and give picture yourself hooting and hollering like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. This is truly a moment where you can still feel the spirit of freedom and have a glimpse of a time long gone.
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine, comfortable accommodations and tasteful decoration. Each evening you will relax at the manor house over a glass of wonderful Argentine wine while your traditional Argentine barbecue dinner is prepared. It is a perfect end to a fun day of riding. After dinner, gaze upward to marvel at the canopy of stars in the Southern Hemisphere.
But the program would not be balanced without embedding yourself in Buenos Aires city, the cradle of tango, the Paris of South America. The culture of the city is everywhere as well as its Latin spirit.
This program offers pure adventure with more relaxed activities. It is an experience without comparison.
Note: This program is also available for non riders.
All departures are 6 nights
2015 Dates: Nov. 15-21, Dec. 26-Jan 1, 2016
2016 Dates: March 3-9, April 24-30, June 26-July 2, Aug. 7-13, Sept. 11-17, Nov. 20-26, Dec. 26-Jan. 1
2017 Dates: March 5-11, April 23-29
Rate: $1,750.00 – $2,000.00 USD per person in a shared room (Single Supplement: $490.00 USD)
***Rates are based on the size of the group which can range from 2-3 people and up.
Non-Rider: $1,415.00 USD
Let us brag as much as possible about our trip. We were met at the airport in Buenos Aires by Tatiana, one of the most interesting and congenial young women we have ever encountered. She was with us throughout our stay at the estancia, and we thoroughly enjoyed her company.
Everybody at the estancia was great. They made us feel instantly at home on the beautiful grounds, and by the end of our stay, we felt like we were saying goodbye to family members. The gauchos tolerated us well, and one of them saved me from potential harm in true gaucho style. I should also report that I cannot rope a cow yet, but if I keep going back, there is hope. And I hope to go back!
Our time in the city was also great fun, thanks to the plans that had been well made and were well executed all the way around. We loved the Hotel D’Artiste.
Thank you for all you did to make this a wonderful vacation for us both.
– Cathi Compton and Bill Wilson