Estancia in the Pampas

Buenos Aires Argentina: (IT-ARRT22)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/argentina_estancia_in_the_pampas_buenos_aires.aspx

Introduction
Buenos Aires Argentina
Welcome to Argentina, a land of horses, born and built on horseback. There is no better way to understand the real Argentine spirit than to experience its world renowned “Estancias”. Full of tradition and history and cradle of the best Polo in the world, they are part of the way Argentina was made. 

Our Estancia is a true working ranch at the core of the Argentine Pampas. It is a 4,000 acres Estancia, located 150 miles away from Buenos Aires city. The Estancia is dedicated to livestock production and Argentine horse breeding barn. The horses you will ride are top of class. On top of this, you will share time outdoors with our gauchos (the local cowboys). They are all horse loving people and very proud of their way of life and cattle raising skills. They are the true spirit of the endless Pampas and Argentine culture. Feel at ease to run horses all day long and help the gauchos in their everyday work. Join them in a cattle drive where you can hoot and holler like those cowboys in the movies as you focus on following their three virtues in a character-building experience. This is one of these few situations where you can still feel the spirit of freedom.

A 100% personalized service is part of the philosophy and culture of the place. Enjoy the excellent local cuisine, comfortable accommodations and tasteful decoration, etc. The guest house is old but recently renovated. Get ready to enjoy traditional Argentine barbecues and great horse riding or just relax. Set aside the stressful city life and, as the sun sets, watch the spectacular stars of the southern hemisphere that cover up the sky. It is an experience without comparison. Our long experience in riding tours guarantee an unforgettable vacation.

Of course, the program would not be balanced without embedding yourself in Buenos Aires city, the cradle of tango, the Paris of South America. The culture of the city is everywhere as well as its Latin spirit. This program balances pure adventure with more relaxed activities.

Accomodation

2 nights in Hotel Tribeca or similar hotel in Buenos Aires. The other 4 nights will be in our Estancia in the Pampas. All meals and beverages including wine and soft drinks during Estancia stay are included.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
This program is suitable for intermediate riders who are fit and capable at walk, trot and canter. We will ride our horses at all gaits while we embed in nature for a few days.

Pace
Trail riding is slow with plenty of opportunities for those who like to canter and gallop – 4-6 hrs /day

Horses
We consider the horse as a work tool in the Estancia, but it is also considered as a means of recreation and amusement for our guests, who, through this breed (Argentine Criollo), can learn a little more about Argentine history.
Our horses are tamed and trained in the Estancia and guests may observe this activity, and, according to the time of the year see how we prepare the animals, which will participate in the different annual Agricultural Shows in which we compete.

Non-Riders
Non-riders are welcome to join this trip. Please inquire for pricing and activities.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 – Buenos Aires / Estancia
Arrive Buenos Aires during the morning. Pick up at International Airport at preset time and then approximately 3 hrs. drive to the Estancia in the Pampas. Lunch. Horseback riding in the afternoon. With the help of your guide we will introduce you to the Argentine horse breed and assign your horse for the rest of the stay. We will ride the surroundings of the Estancia to get used to your horse and learn about the daily activities at the Estancia. A hearty Argentine welcome dinner.
Argentina is now known worldwide for its wine production. Each night during your stay you will be enjoying a different wine from its terroirs. We have prepared a special selection which includes some of the world renowned Argentine Malbecs.

Day 2-3-4 – Horseback and ranch activities
During your stay you will be riding Argentine-bred horses on the famous Pampas grasslands with wonderful long canters on the plains and the chance to explore the quaint and charming villages throughout the area. The gauchos (our cowboys) will be eager to teach you the “secrets” of cattle work and horse breeding. You will enjoy both the horseback and ranch activities at the Estancia over the next few days, including:
- Ride the El Gato river banks. This portion of wilderness will let you see how the Pampas were originally
- Conventional cattle work, cattle driving, and barrel racing
- Drive 19th century carriages
- On a longer day we will ride past neighboring Estancias only to make a stop under the shade of the trees to lunch on a traditional Argentine barbecue
- We will explore area and villages that are typical of historic Argentina, such as the very small town of Almada. The locals gather at the bar and are always glad to have visitors and make new friends. It is like going back in time. Tie up your horse in front of the bar the same way it was done in the Old West. Enjoy a drink and have a chat with the locals.

Day 5 – Estancia / Buenos Aires
We will ride during the morning and then say good bye to the horses.  After lunch we leave the Estancia and head to Buenos Aires city. Hotel check in. Free time to wander around the city, go shopping, visit museums.

Day 6 – Buenos Aires
Breakfast. We meet to take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way:  Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada’s balcony, Eva Peron, etc. Set aside the evening for tango. We will attend a tango show with dinner and a tango lesson at Complejo Tango. Night at hotel.

Day 7 - Buenos Aires/ Paraná river delta
Pick up from your hotel for 9:00am after breakfast to visit the River Plate/ Paraná delta and the surrounding picturesque towns. We will travel on bus, train, and boat. At Tigre city we will get on board a boat. Snack available (not included). From the side of the boat we will appreciate the exotic subtropical forest  of the Paraná  river delta, a 14,000  square  kilometers  area  comprising  thousands  of islands and islets. The River Plate is the ending portion of the Paraná river which is 2,500 miles long and its name means “as big as the sea” in the local Indian language.  This is the second largest river in South America (second to the Amazon river) and its volume of water flowing into the Atlantic Ocean is roughly equal to the volume of the Mississippi river. Transfer back to the hotel in Buenos Aires. Arrive 2:30 PM. Free time until transfer to Ezeiza International Airport. Flight back home in the evening. End of program.

Whilst we always endeavor to avoid changes before and during the program and cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances, including acts of man or nature which so require.


Rates and Dates for Estancia in the Pampas

Rates include:

Accommodations (4 nights at the estancia and 2 nights at a hotel in Buenos Aires), all meals and beverages (wine, soft drinks, water) during estancia stay and other indicated in Buenos Aires, transfers from/to Buenos Aires International Airport, 5 riding days, tango show and lesson, Spanish/ basic English-speaking guide

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day ride, AP$1950
    • Single supplement$390
      Small group supplement (2-3 pax), dbl, pp$250
      Small group supplement (4-5 pax), dbl, pp$100

Rates Note:

Available all year with 3-night minimum, possible for only 2 pax with small group supplement.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Available all year with 3-night minimum, possible for only 2 pax with small group supplement.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from Buenos Aires International Airport included for 6-night stay $0
2019 Private transfer from Buenos Aires International Airport for less than 6-night stay, roundtrip (up to 3 pax)
This is a "Group Rate"
$400
2019 Bus transfer from Buenos Aires International Airport for less than 6-night stay, roundtrip, pp $85
2019 Non-rider discount - 15% $0
2019 Daily rate, dbl, pp $260
2019 Small group supplement for less than 6 nights -- please inquire. $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP 6 /12 Expired
A 2019 12/08 - 12/14 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP 6 /12 Reserve
A 2020 04/19 - 04/25 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP 6 /12 Reserve
A 2020 05/30 - 06/05 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP 6 /12 Reserve

Dates Note: Custom dates can be booked -- please inquire.

Rates do not include:

International and domestic flights, travel and medical insurance, gratuities, all others not indicated

Other Info
Meeting: Buenos Aires airport
Airport: Buenos Aires (EZE)
Transfer: Buenos Aires

Climate:
                                                Buenos Aires area

Month

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Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

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Average High Temperature (°F)

84

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82

Average Low Temperature (°F)

69

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53

48

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62

67

Average High Temperature (°C)

29

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28

Average Low Temperature (°C)

21

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9

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

7

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8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate without extreme temperatures, so it is a year-round holiday destination.
The program is subject to the natural weather contingencies involved in an environment like this.

Spring (September to November)
It is a great time to visit with temperatures hovering around 15°C (59°F) to 20°C (68°F). The jacaranda trees are blooming.

Summer (December to February)
It tends to be hot and humid, but the heat never becomes unbearable.

Autumn (March to May)
This is one of the best times to visit as is it usually dry and sunny with pleasant temperatures.

Winter (June to August)
Wintertime is generally mild with little chance of snow, but the days can be overcast and the nights chilly.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)

Riding boots (waterproof) + Minichaps

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Shorts

Underwear and socks

Pajama

Bag for dirty clothes

Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes

Swimsuit

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit

Handkerchiefs

Adapter for electric appliances (optional)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm  

Binoculars