Buenos Aires: San Antonio de Areco Tour, BBQ & Folklore Show
- Small group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 9 hours
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This is a MUST DO experience while in Buenos Aires. Daniela, our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable, she even prepared a MATE tea for us to test it and explained the origin and the culture around this tea in Argentina as well as how to be prepared We had a stop in San Antonio de Areca and visited a museum of old traditions conserved by this family for many generations.. Once reaching the estancia, we've been welcomed with empanadas and a glass of wine or juice at our choice. The settings are very nice, you can spend the nights at the estancia. There is a swimming pool available for guest. We ride the horses or take the carriage for 30 min and then return and have he lunch that consisted in different types of grilled meat, salads and drinks. The meat (asado) is deliciou and the staff was dressed as gatchos. But the peak of the day was the traditional dancing. The owner and one of the staff kids were performing (4.5 y and 3 y old) with the other staff. They were very sweet.
Took two hours to get to San Antonio de Areco, stopped at the small town on the way to the ranch. Nice church. Very informative guide. At the ranch we had a drink and some empanadas - they were excellent. Then there was a choice of horse riding or a carriage ride. It was possible to wander around the ranch. Lunch went on and on, the food was good. Don't fill up on the first round of meat - there were sausages, then pork, then chicken, then lamb, then beef, then more beef and more beef. There were some 'salad' dishes to go with all the meat. Wine, beer or soft drinks. Two choices for dessert. Then there was a 'show' with dancing and some singing. Audience participation - not for me!!! Very basic. Best part was the horse whispering demonstration, that was brilliant. I was expecting more gaucho demonstrations, but not to be. Another two hours back to Buenos Aires. Nice to get out of the city and see some countryside.
Our guide/driver Marcelo was very friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Our stop at the town center of San Antonio de Areco was brief but relaxing to see the local provincial life and a silversmith gallery for Gaucho ornaments. The ranch is lovely, and the owner's son, Pablo, was very gracious, he mingled with guests, and even led the horse ride - it's very humble of him. The horse ride was also amazing, but be prepared to get your shoes and pants dirtied with mud otherwise choose the carriage option. The lunch was also sumptuous and abundant. What we like the most about this tour is that it only caters to small groups, so it's a very refreshing trip even if the drive is 1.5 hrs each way.
What a wonderful tour. Kudos to our guide and the company. There was a mixup in our pick up hotel and they sent a car to pick us up. Our tour guide was well informed and provided history along with pictures and actual item for our experience while on the bus. Once at the ranch we enjoyed the food, buggy ride, entertainment. I highly recommend this for first time visitors to Buenos-Aires. Thank you!
We had a great time getting away from the city for a day. We had an English speaking guide for our tour named Aime K. She really was an exceptional person - so energetic, enthusiastic, considerate and patient. We enjoyed the horse back riding, the bbq, and the entertainment at Estancia Ombu and visiting the colonial town of San Antonio de Areca