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 Discover San Antonio de Areco, the most atractive and traditional Argentine pampa town, and gaucho’s life in Estancia. Then enjoy the famous and imposing La Bamba de Areco

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One hour drive from Buenos Aires by Ruta Nacional 8, the vast plains of the Pampas already place their immensity. Arrived in San Antonio de Areco, we are in the cradle of the gaucho culture.
Surrounded by a wild and pure landscapes, we are far from everything and ready to immerse ourselves in the culture of Argentine cowboys.
The writer Ricardo Güiraldes lived there during a long time, and a museum dedicated to the gaucho culture, bears his name. In his book Don Segundo Sombra, the writer Ricardo Güiraldes portrays a poor man’s situation and yet richer than anyone because owning nothing and not wanting more. This idealized vision now belongs to history; the gauchos have settled and raise the livestock on land belonging to estancias owners. However, meeting these centaurs pampas are nevertheless a unique experience. Their culture still strong in living traditions.
In the colonial streets, time seems to be stop and you just have to move to a table of a pulperia (old bar) to be convinced. The decor is the same since the last century and no one intends it changes. Without ever leaving their beret, gauchos are there to spend time around a glass of wine decorated with high color conversations.
The Estancias and small rural towns surrounding -Villa Lia, Duggan, Vagues- also offer a warm welcome. Traditions are complied with taste and refinement, but maybe more with taste: each meal is the opportunity to enjoy an asado, the Argentine barbecue.
The artisans of San Antonio de Areco are another major attraction of the city. Dedicated to the equestrian world and more particularly to the gauchos, they make with unparalleled expertise necessary accessories for riders, typical belts decorated with coins (rastra), silver knives (facón) through leather boots and cups of mate. Depending on their mood, it is possible to see them at work. But here we also find this particular mentality to the world gaucho: nothing is never in a rush and the work must be carried by passion. These gentlemen are not only artisans but more real artists.

La Bamba ranch, Ideally located only 120 km from Buenos Aires and close to San Antonio de Areco in the heart of the Pampa, one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, recently renovated with great care as a boutique hotel, successfully combines luxurious comfort and colonial elegance.

The feeling of being welcomed into a private home, into a property steeped in history and tradition makes this hotel a special and timeless place for relaxation. Exquisite cuisine, refined service, gaucho traditions and equestrian sports add to the unique magic of La Bamba.

La Bamba, whose origins date back to 1830 when it formed one of the post houses on the “Camino Real” (Royal Road) that linked Buenos Aires to the north of the country, is one of the oldest Argentinian colonial style estancias.

With its main building and its guard tower which served to defend against native attacks, its former stables (La Pulperia) and its 200 years old park, it is rooted in Argentine and Gaucho history. Transformed into an estancia in the early twentieth century, it retained its name, derived from the Celtic word “Bahamba” which means “place of rest and hospitality”, and was listed by the City of San Antonio de Areco in 1970. One of the first estancias to open its doors to the public in the 1980s and completely renovated in 2009 in the pure tradition, La Bamba has today regained its exceptional charm and original grandeur.

Located at the end of an avenue lined with century-old plane trees, the master house at La Bamba is built around the main courtyard, with a well-endowed library in the guard tower and a panoramic gallery opening onto the park. The cottage, the house sheltered by a vine arbour, the stables, the summer dining room and the former inn make up the majority of the buildings that surround the casco.

Nestling in the midst of a magnificent park, this typical colonial style ensemble houses rooms and suites spread over three buildings, with several reception rooms, a billiard room, a bar, a massage room and a boutique. A regional and refined culinary tradition, outstanding service, charm and character make La Bamba de Areco an essential stopping place in the province of Buenos Aires.

8:30am| Pick-up at your hotel in Buenos Aires. 10:15 am | Reception at San Antonio de Areco by our guide, who will show you the picturesque streets of the historical center, pulperias (old gaucho bars), the renowned Draghi’s Silversmith Museum, traditional workshops and the Museum Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes (optional: shopping tour around the traditional workshops). 12:30pm | Departure to the exclusive Estancia La Bamba, where you will be greeted with delicious traditional meal. Various activities will be offered: stroll until the river, bicycle, horseback riding or carriage. During the summers the Estancia offers the swimming pool. 04:30pm | Departure to Buenos Aires.
Includes: Round trip Buenos Aires/San Antonio de Areco – Bilingual guide – Visit of the historical center – Complete traditional lunch – All the activities in town and Estancia – Swimming pool in summer. Duration: from 8:30am to 6:15pm.

* San Antonio de Areco
* Gauchos
* Traditional workshops
* Museum Gauchesco
* Estancia El Ombu
* Museum Draghi´s Silvermith
* Traditional Asado
* Horsebask riding
* Folkloric music
* Gaucho’s skills

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