Just outside Buenos Aires, leaving the vibrant capital well behind, are the great fertile plains of the pampas grasslands, Argentina’s famous cattle country which stretches out as far as the eye can see and covers some 750,000 km2 of land across the provinces of La Pampa, Santa Fe, Entre Rios, Cordoba and Chubut. Huge, traditional farmsteads “estancias” punctuate the landscape and are home to the legendary “gaucho” cowboy, who lies at the very heart of Argentine culture.
Today, many of these original estancias have thrown open their doors to tourism and put on traditional horse displays to showcase the skills of the resident gauchos as well as welcome tourists with a slice of traditional hospitality. Huge “asado” and parrillada” barbeques are fired up and guests are treated to some of the country’s finest cuts of meat all washed down with copious amounts of red wine - vegetarians sometimes catered for!
A number of estancias also offer accommodation, giving visitors a wonderful insight into Argentine culture, ideal for 2-3 night stays. Visit the nearby historic town of San Antonio de Areco, try your hand at polo or simply just relax after a long hard trip!