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Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, has a whole host of tourist attractions, including the famous gaucho estancias (Argentine cowboy ranches), located in the countryside surrounding the city. Buenos Aires is generally known for being the “Paris of South America” – a beautiful, vibrant city with fascinating architecture, sophisticated buildings, and numerous cafes, theaters, and restaurants. Some travelers might not be aware that just a few hours outside of town, one can enjoy a stay in one of Argentina’s many estancias; elegant residences built by wealthy land-owners that have since been converted into luxurious accommodations.

Estancia La Candelaria

Estancia La Candelaria is located 70 miles (about 112 km) from downtown Buenos Aires, and offers visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience “a day in the countryside.” Guests enjoy typical Argentine dishes, such as the empanada and the asado (traditional barbecue) and can spend their time horseback riding, cycling, swimming in the outdoor pool, at the tennis court, or simply strolling through the beautiful park.

The Castle

The main house is a beautiful French-style castle from the 19th century, which has been featured in countless Argentine films and TV shows. It is surrounded by a magnificent 100-hectare park designed by remarkable landscape architect Charles Thais, with 240 tree species, a lake, and a forest. A day at La Candelaria estancia in Argentina includes a tour of the main house, where you will learn about its history and see the extravagantly decorated interior.

26 rooms give guests the opportunity to spend a few days enjoying the quiet of the Argentine countryside, which can be a welcome break after sightseeing in bustling Buenos Aires. You can also visit on a day trip, where various traditional activities give visitors a glimpse at life during the time of the Gauchos in Argentina‘s early years.

Gaucho Show

La Candelaria is reached by van or car from Buenos Aires – It takes about 2 hours to get there. Arriving guests are greeted and welcomed with refreshments and empanadas before the activities begin. As well as a choice of the outdoor pursuits already mentioned, you will be treated to a folkloric show during lunch, where dancers in traditional costume perform the unique gaucho dances to music. This is followed by a demonstration of horsemanship outside in the castle grounds, including various daredevil horseback riding games that are exciting to watch, and even more exciting to participate in!

Planning a Trip to an Estancia

SouthAmerica.travel offers many possibilities for visiting an estancia in Argentina, including day trips or overnight stays, and destinations across the country from Buenos Aires province to Patagonia. Get in touch with our expert travel consultants for more information about planning your visit to an estancia in Argentina on your custom South America tour.

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