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May 27, 2019
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Details

  • 9 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

Enjoy a full-day, shared tour and visit the town of San Antonio de Areco and Estancia El Ombu de Areco, which is one of the most traditional in the Pampas. You will get to know the history and development of the Argentinian pampas and the lifestyle of the Gauchos.

Highlights
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Horseback riding
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live entertainment
  • Entry/Admission - Estancia El Ombu de Areco
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at centrally located hotels in Buenos Aires °Palermo area °Recoleta area °Downtown area

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Estancia El Ombu de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Central Argentina

Begin your 9-hour tour with a drive from your hotel in Buenos Aires to the village of San Antonio de Areco. Enjoy views of the pampas en route and listen to commentary about the area from your guide.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Museo Draghi, San Antonio de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Central Argentina

Paradores Draghi is the ideal corner for those who enjoy the cultural attractions offered by a place. There you will access a tour through the sumptuous space where you can see a vast collection of pieces of rural goldsmithing of the nineteenth century, which reveals the mysteries of a period of national identity consecration of the figure of the Gaucho as a main character of that time.
In Paradores Draghi begin your journey through history not only as a spectator, but also as a participant in the process of making exclusive goldsmith pieces that take shape through the hands of artisans recreating the techniques of traditional goldsmithing as their founder, Juan José Draghi, did in the 60s.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Parroquia San Antonio de Padua, San Antonio de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Central Argentina

Located on Segundo Sombra Street, between Alsina and Arrellano. Don José Ruiz de Arellano founded the first oratory in the center of his stay. The foundation of this oratory was very important for the creation of the town. In the years 1720 and 1728, the first chapel was built, it was located a little more to the right than the current one. The foundation stone of the present church was placed on February 7, 1869 and was buried under the central entrance door. Inside it was placed a lead box containing the original records written on parchment, newspapers of the day, medals and coins of the time.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bessonart

At the corner of Don Segundo Sombra and Zapiola streets, a peaked house rises from its peeling walls. This is the grocery & drinks store where peasants and country people who came to town to provide themselves and do errands to the cereal house, the store, the doctor, the bank, used to meet. Don Segundo Ramírez, the gaucho who was later a character in the novel by Ricardo Güiraldes, used to stop here. Nowadays, it continues to be a meeting place and has a long history of typical people from the countryside.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Estancia El Ombu de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Central Argentina

Make your way to the exclusive ‘El Ombu de Areco’ Estancia. At this place, you will have a chance to take rides on horses or go for a ride in a carriage while enjoying some traditional cold cuts, cheeses and beverages. Then, you will enjoy a typical Argentinian barbeque of the finest meats. While you have dessert, you will be able to see a folklore show followed by a demonstration of gaucho skills.

Duration: 5 hours

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

24 Reviews
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Chris W

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12, April, 2019

Absolutely wonderful in every respect. Highly recommended. From the welcome drink and empanadas to the proper horse ride, the endless freshly cooked food and drinks to folklore dancing, singing and then the horse whisperer demonstration. Fabulous!

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Jean S

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09, April, 2019

The excursion started with a resident pick up, comfortable van drive to San Antonio del Areco, a small rustic town with authentic flavor, a trip to Estancia El Ombu, a working ranch with horses for riding, lovely lawn and setting for a delicious parrilla meal with various meats, salads and appetizers. Wonderful flowing wine and drinks. Traditional guitar music and dancing plus a remarkable demonstration with a horse whisperer finished up with the visit before the comfortable ride home. My family, ages 70 to 8 years of age, all loved this day on a working, authentic estancia. The horse ride was out into the pampas and you felt like you were miles and miles away in the heart of Argentina

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Jacques B

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01, April, 2019

The day started with a driver picking me up at my hotel at the appointed time. The bus was spacious enough and air-conditioned. our tour guide, Pablo gave us a concise history lesson about the evolution of the Gauchos. I was happy to have learned something valuable about culture and history of Argentina. Pablo was very entertaining throughout the two hour ride to the ranch. Upon reaching the ranch, we were welcomed with tastey empanadas and a `drink of out choice. 0The ranch is spacious, by American standards. I was able to relax and get to meet the other tourists. Then, I fitted to a horse my size and went for a horse ride of at least thirty minutes. Afterwards, a majestic lunch was served of the meats cooked for us that day at the ranch. Pablo made sure that each one his guests were taken care of. After lunch, we had dessert and a 45 minute Guacho show, which included our participation in dance. The day was amazing, restfull, and fun. It was the high-light of my trip.

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Werner Georg K

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01, April, 2019

The tour was fantastic. Camilla, the multi-lingual tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the Gaucho culture and its history and her personality was very accommodating in all sense of the word.

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Sharon K

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28, February, 2019

Tour guide Marcello was excellent. Very informative, helpful, and personable (fit in with all 5 tour patrons). Missed out on gauchos demonstration but understand the weather condition was the reason they could not perform. 4 wheel drive through the mud to get to the estancia almost made up for it with the excitement of slipping and sliding through the mud.

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Katrina H

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25, January, 2019

We really loved our trip to Gaucho Ranch. We had a fantastic guide - Paublo, who made the trip, with his informative, relaxed style. Kids enjoyed the horse ride and the food was delicious. Though it was wet in the morning, the 'muddy', bumpy, 4wd drive road to the ranch was a highlight for our kids! The entertainment after lunch with gaucho dancing, guitar playing and the horse whisperer made it a memorable trip! Highly recommend.

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Richard H

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09, January, 2019

Our guide Pablo was very knowledgeable and friendly. He shared so much about the history and culture of Argentina and the Gaucho lifestyle. The food was well prepared, great tasting and ample amount of everything. Would definitely recommend this day tour.

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Robert E

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30, November, 2018

We had a wonderful full day tour with Pablo to Estancia El Ombu de Areco. Pick up was on time and friendly. Pablo provided an excellent narrative on Buenos Aires and Argentina on the trip there. We arrived and were treated to some empanadas and a short tour of the "kitchen" where the meat was being prepared for our lunch later in the day. We then were "loaded" up on our horses (carriage rides provided for those not wishing to ride a horse) and left with a group of about 50 others to ride around the ranch. The horses were all gentle and calm. The staff helped everyone get up on the horse and be ready to go. It was fun watching the ranch's dog herding the horses and cows when necessary. Once back we were seated for our asado lunch. A feast of meats were brought to us continually to go along with some excellent salads and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Once lunch was done we were treated to a show of local dancers (including a young 2 year old who made the show). The ride back to the hotel was certainly quiet and as we all had a snooze. All in all a great day and well worth the money - it's not cheap to do these things but you'll enjoy it.

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Steve

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26, November, 2018

Nicholas was a great tour guide. He was entertaining and informative, and made it a point to be inclusive of every individual. The ranch experience was awesome, and did not feel commercial at all, rather like we were guests on a family ranch. The veranda where we had lunch was beautiful, and the grounds were amazing. The horse back ride was a nice bonus and was well organized. Lots of laughs and everyone got along great. Five stars to Gaston, our driver, as well.

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David S

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16, November, 2018

We had a wonderful time at the ranch last Sunday despite the extreme weather that made access to the ranch challenging: we needed 4-wheel drive and experienced gaucho driver to handle the 6 km of muddy roads to the ranch (even worse returning...amazing handling!) The horse ride was an adventure as well but everyone handled it well. Natalya (guide) was professional and informative. The meal included the best empanadas ever, and the steaks and rides and chorizos were never-ending. Highly recommended!

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Joseph W

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07, November, 2018

The stop at the jewelry / artisan store in San Antonio de Areco was very nice and the prices are actually quite decent. It is worth a look.The Estancia included food and wine, a Gaucho dance, and a horseback ride. The food -- grilled beef and sausages -- were fantastic, the best we had during a trip to Argentina, and the wine was a nice complement.The Gaucho dance was entertaining and enlightening, giving us a picture of the rural, ranch life.The horseback ride was inside a fenced pasture, done at a slow walk, and was the least exciting part of the tour. But it was fun.Our guide was Pablo and he fed us information, anecdotes, and stories about Argentina, Buenos Aires, and what it was like to live there. He was the highlight of the tour.

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EMMANUEL R

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17, September, 2018

A good 2 hr ride to the Ranch, able to see and experience the outside of Buenos Aires. The place was excellent and the best part the food and Wine..The Barbecue or Asado excellent, fresh grass fed beef..Our Tour Guide Pablo - Excellent and Knowledgeable Guide, makes everybody Special on our Tour Group.Definitely a Return...

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Milton M

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10, September, 2018

Best tour ever! Pablo knows the story of the Estancia and explain every little detail. I recommend the tour to see another part from Buenos Aires, if you want to get out of the big city and understand the gaucho life this tour will fulfilled your desired.

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Joanne W

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27, August, 2018

We had a great day doing the Gaucho experience and I highly recommend it if you want to do something out of Buenos Aires. Pablo our guide was fun and informative and the ranch was beautiful. It was a two hour drive from Buenos Airies but Pablo made sure we weren't bored and told us more of the history of Buenos Aires and about the gaucho. We were greeted with a drink and the best empanadas I tasted in Argentina. I hadn't ridden a horse so was a little nervous, but I shouldn't have worried as my mount was steady and slow and I loved the ride around the ranch. On our return we had a huge lunch of chorizo, black sausage, tripe and 3 types of beef all cooked on a huge BBQ. There was even bread pudding or ice cream if you had the room and plenty of Malbec too! Everyone at the ranch was so friendly and they serenaded us with Gaucho music and dancing. Then we were shown the most incredible horse whispering skills by one of the gauchos. He was able to almost put the horse in a trance and do some amazing things.

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Robin A R

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07, June, 2018

Our day at the San Antonio de Areco estancia was a delight. My daughter and I traveled throughout this lovely country and were determined to visit a working estancia to get the full gaucho experience this tour did not fail. To start, the pick up and arrival at our lodging was on time driver, Gaston, and tour guide, Pablo, were perfect hosts. Pablo is a knowledgeable and charming tour guide, making the two-hour drive from Buenos Aires seem like minutes. We had time to shop for local gifts for friends and family at two lovely stops. But the actual tour site could not have been more of an insight into the life of the cultural treasure that is the gaucho: food, wine, music, dancing, horseback riding. Be prepared for natural congeniality from this community.

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george garula

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23, April, 2018

We are just back from our Signature Tours day trip to Areco and Estancia el Ombu. Our guide, Pablo kept us entertained on the 2 hr journey with interesting facts about Argentina - its history and people etc.. We made a short stop in San Antonio de Areco before being welcomed to the ranch with delicious empanadas and Malbec. There was then an opportunity to ride a horse or go in a horse drawn carriage through the pampas with a Gaucho. We then enjoyed barbecued meats prior to folk dancing and a display of the gauchos skill with their horses.
An excellent day with an excellent guide and a really good way to get in touch with rural life outside Buenos Aires.

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Jan S

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11, April, 2018

Very relaxing and beautiful. We enjoyed the company of very friendly dogs.

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lhmason12

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06, April, 2018

Loved our time in San Antonio de Areco, especially the afternoon at the Estancia. We were well taken care of - great food and such a lovely landscape. So fun to learn about the gauchos and their horses, and the horseback ride around the estancia was fabulous! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, gave lots of information about history and culture of Argentina. He could skip telling about his experiences in the U.S. as not really relevant to the tour. Americans know about racism in the U.S. and non-Americans probably do not care.

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sheila_alice_george

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12, March, 2018

A trip well worth doing. Nicholas the guide and the driver were excellent. The whole Estancia experience was wonderful.

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Peter D

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09, March, 2018

With an easy two hour journey with a halfway comfort stop we arrived at El Ombu, a small but lovely estate to be greeted by a coral of some 30 riding horses and two tall lean and handsome Gauchos. After delicious beef empanadas and a glass of Malbec we were assigned suitable horses and rode out at a comfortable walk through grass fields and passed meaty Aberdeen Angus cattle lying in the shade. For a novice is was fine and comfortable and within 50 minutes we reassembled at the stylish old Estancia for lunch on the verandah. A wide variate of differing cuts a succulent beef and freshly made salads were enjoyed with plenty of wine. Vegetarians are also considered.

A dance by the gauchos and two women in long red skirts, which grew into a mass participation, was followed by some lovely and impressive horse handling and demonstrations. A wonderful day.

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