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Spend A Day At Estancia Rosada
Updated: April 11, 2018
Visiting an Argentine Estancia (country ranch) is definitely one of Buenos Aires’s most popular activities, one that combines homemade food, traditional music and dance, the “gaucho” lifestyle and a relaxing time at the countryside.
The best way to experience the gaucho way of life is visiting one of the many estancias located outside the city of Buenos Aires, for a day excursion to the countryside in the pampas. In this article, you’ll read about my first-hand experience at the Estancia La Rosada, which you could easily add to your trip to Argentina.
Estancia “La Rosada”
Estancia La Rosada is located near the charming historical town of Carlos Keen, 1 hour away from Buenos Aires. The day excursion started with a 1 hour drive to the estancia, with a short stop to visit the impressive “Lujan Cathedral,” Argentina’s biggest and most important cathedral and the most important meeting place for Catholics in the country.
Once I arrived at the Estancia, I was greeted by the host and delicious empanadas, along with Argentina´s famous Malbec wine. Then, I had some spare time to walk around the beautiful grounds, ride horses and just relax and enjoy the nature.
At lunchtime, I was served a delicious asado, Argentinean barbecue with the best meat in the country, as well as salads and of course, more red wine. During the meal, there were local musicians and dancers performing tango and other traditional dances.
In the afternoon, I watched the gauchos show off their equestrian skills with cattle and traditional horse show games. We also got to enjoy “merienda” or tea time, of mate, coffee, and pastries including “pastelitos.”
The end of the day was around 5 PM when I headed back to Buenos Aires. After a relaxing and fun day out of the city, I was able to feel like a “gaucho” for a day.
Tours including a stay at an Estancia:
The Very Best of Argentina:
With this 13-day tour, you will discover the very best of Argentina. Start in the Capital of Tango, Buenos Aires, the tour includes a Tango show and dinner on the first night. There’s also plenty of time to take an outing to an estancia such as La Rosada – just make a request to your travel consultant. The tour then heads to the Lake District and Bariloche, where you’ll be “wowed” with the gorgeous alpine lakes, mountains, and volcanoes of this region. Head to El Calafate, also known as the Heart of Patagonia, to see the Perito Moreno Glacier, and finish your tour of Argentina by traveling to the “End of the Earth” to meet some penguins in Ushuaia.
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The Tango, Samba, Waterfalls and Wine Tour:
In this 19-day tour, you will see the best of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile and taste some amazing wines. Start in Santiago de Chile with a city tour and the visit of one of the best wineries in the region. Then cross the Andes to Mendoza to taste some more wines and visit this beautiful region and its best vineyards. Also visit Uruguay, South America’s best-kept secret — not too many foreigners know about Uruguayan rich Tannat wine. Afterward go to Buenos Aires, to visit the cosmopolitan city, enjoy a Tango show and dinner and spend a day in an estancia to discover the lifestyle of the gaucho. This tour will also lead you to the Iguazu Falls and on a train ride through the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil before heading to Sao Paulo. You can also add the visit of the Marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro.
Of course, these are only some examples of our tours and you can always customize your own tour and create one depending on your likings, time and budget.