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Esquina Gaucho Week


Itinerary for Esquina Gaucho Week




Experience country life. Accompany gauchos in their search for horses or cattle, driving them to the corral for work, have lunch at the estancia and in the afternoon practice a little polo or go riding along the countryside enjoying the feeling of freedom given by this immense landscape. Finish your day with a cup of tea at dawn overlooking the lagoon.


Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 0
Depart from the bus depot in Buenos Aires for the 8:55 PM luxury sleeper bus transfer to Esquina, arriving the next day at 5:10am. 
(The bus can be booked directly by you or by us. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking)

Day 1
Arrive by overnight sleeper bus from Buenos Aires in the morning, check in, rest, stroll around the estancia and meet the family for lunch. If you are very energetic - you can even go for a short morning ride. A nice afternoon horse ride takes you along the Corrientes gaucho plains, experiencing various landscapes on your first canter across the wide open fields.

Day 2

Today the landscape is different and new because we will be heading up the pampas, large water extensions and we will be visiting a rural school, a place where you will understand cultural issues of the region. In the afternoon, on horseback or by horse-cart, we will ride along native forests, stopping in an authentic grocery store or “pulperia” (place where gauchos buy their basic provisions and have a drink). Before getting to back the house our hosts will be waiting for us next to the lagoon with a cup of afternoon tea. here we relax and enjoy the calm of the countryside and the sunset at the horizon.
*If you like: watch or participate in milking the cows in the morning before breakfast. The ranch produces its own milk and cheese.

Day 3 & 4
We accompany and actively participate in gauchos tasks (herding horses and cattle, marking, vaccination, etc.). We go out looking for stray cattle and bring them back to the corrals. Along the way we chase after calves and cattle that try to escape and bring them back into the herd. Once in the corral, we will separate cows from calves on horseback to be able to start sanitation works. After lunch and a short nap, we finish our work taking the cattle back out to the range. There are some fishing opportunities on Day 4 in the Corrientes and Parana Rivers.

Day 5
We begin our trip to a local Estancia. Passing various estancias and local people along the way, we reach our lunch place, an old coral lost in the immense landscape. In the afternoon we arrive at the estancia. We will be delighted with the owners’ hospitality and excellent homemade food. Optional massages are available.

Day 6

In the morning we begin our trip to the nearest town, Esquina. Sightseeing on our horses. Lunch in a particular restaurant in the river’s coastline and back to the estancia.

Day 7
We enjoy some Stick and Ball and maybe even a short Polo game in the morning and then depart after lunch on the 11:25am bus back to Buenos Aires. If you prefer, you can stay for the day, play another game of Polo in the afternoon, have dinner and then take the overnight bus at 10:40pm to arrive in BA the next morning (small surcharge).

**Itinerary subject to change and open for your suggestions

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Other Available Activities- no extra cost
-Stick and ball for
-Fishing on the Estancias Lagoons (we provide all needed)
-Bird watching (not guided by bilingual, we provide somebody to help to find the best places (not a specialist on birds but somebody that know the fields perfectly), binoculars, bird check list.

Other Available Activities- extra cost (please inquire)
-Polo lessons by 2 goals handicap teacher
-Polo match 4 chuckers (book minimum 15 days in  advance )
-Sunset Boat Excursion 4 hrs. Maximun 5 persons per boat 
-Full fishing day by boat (trolling or spinning), or 2 fisherman max on fly fishing.
-Bird watching with specialist guide
-Tango lessons
-Massages
-Hunting: Mainly bird (partridge, ducks and pigeon)
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Esquina Gaucho Week
Tour Code: IT-ARSR10
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,225.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Argentine type saddle with sheepskin
Horses: Criollo crosses, Polo Ponies
Pace: At all paces according to riding level

Airport: Buenos Aires
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