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High in the rolling hill above Argentina’s second city Cordoba deep in gaucho country, the Estancia Los Potreros is a unique family-run 6000 acre, working cattle ranch steeped in family history.
High in the rugged hills of Cordoba’s Sierras Chicas, 90 minutes’ drive from the airport, the Estancia Dos Lunas is a charming, family-run estancia and once working cattle ranch nestled amidst 2300 hectares of magnificent rolling pampa, forest and rocky bluffs.
Perched on the banks of Lake Viedma at the heart of the Los Glaciares National Park, Helsingfors is an historic estancia, some 1½ hours’ drive from Calafate.
Deep in the wilds of the Ibera Wetlands, nestled in some 11,000 hectares of wonderful lake, marsh and gallery forest, Estancia Sal Alonso is a remote, island hideaway and small working ranch sitting on the banks of the Parana Lake.
Nestled amongst the rolling foothills of the Andes, east of San Martin, Estancia Huechahue is a unique 15,000-acre cattle ranch towards the northern edge of Argentina’s Lake District. Owned and hosted by the English-Argentine Jane Williams, the estancia offers a slice of authentic gaucho life and some of the finest riding in all South America.
Located in San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition, some 1½ hours’ from Buenos Aires, El Ombu de Areco is a 750-acre working estancia dedicated to breeding Hereford and Aberdeen Angus cattle.
Set within spacious grounds featuring centenary old Sycamores, Elms and Pines, Esancia La Bandada is a charming, family owned estancia, located in San Miguel del Monte, some 110 km away from Buenos Aires. Dating back to the 1830’s, the estancia retains its historic yet homely character throughout with charming colonial furniture and family heirlooms.
Nestled deep in the remote wilderness of the Valdes Peninsula, Rincon Chico is a charming, family-run estancia and working sheep ranch. Dating back to the turn of the 20th century, the estancia retains its traditional character and exudes warmth and elegance throughout from its handsome wraparound veranda to the intimate, living spaces.
Part museum part 16th century colonial estate, the Hotel Museo la Cayara is sheltered amongst the rugged foothills of the Andes some 22km from the city and UNESCO world heritage site of Potosi. Lauded by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of South America’s most authentic surviving haciendas, La Cayara f
Surrounded by rolling hills deep in rural Minas Gerais, the Reserva do Ibitipoca is a traditional ranch and 4000 hectare private preserve dedicated to reforestation and the protection of wildlife corridors. At its heart, the Fazenda do Engenho offers guests a true haven of tranquility and is considered one of Brazil’s finest small hotels.
The Fazenda Catuçaba is a charming 450-hectare coffee farm sheltered amidst lush rolling hills bordering the Serra do Mar State Park and UNESCO Natural Reserve.
Simple yet beautiful, Hacienda Venecia is draped in colour and character, a charming example of Colombia’s famous coffee fincas found dotted throughout the countryside.
In the shadow of the spectacular Cotopaxi Volcano 2 hours from Quito, the San Agustin de Callo is a sumptuous colonial hacienda and once Augustinian convent built on the ruins of a 15th century Inca palace.
Positioned amidst 4500 hectares of rolling farmland in the foothills of the Ruminahui Volcano, the Hacienda el Porvenir is a traditional, working ranch on the edge of the Cotopaxi National Park. Perched at 3600m above the sea-level, El Porvenir commands captivating views of the surrounding volcanoes and enjoys a rich heritage in raising Andean fighting bulls.
A beautiful, colonial estate dating back to the 17th century, Hacienda Cusin is set in 7 acres of magnificent grounds, 1½ hours’ drive from Quito close to the colourful market town of Otavalo.
A unique slice of Ecuadorian history on the flanks of Imbabura Volcano close to Otavalo, the Hacienda Pinsaqui is an historic, colonial estate 1½ hours’ drive north of Quito.
Dating back to 1790, the hacienda was originally a textile workshop that employed several thousand weavers and even on occasion hosted the illustrious South American liberator Simon Bolivar.
Spectacularly located amidst 2000 hectares of lush, rolling pastures and forests, Hacienda Zuleta is an historic, working ranch dating back to the 17th century, a 2 hour drive from Quito.
A shining example of Mexico’s colonial legacy, the Hacienda Uayamon is a sumptuous 17th century estate surrounded by plantations and creeping jungle close to Campeche on the western edge of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Campeche’s most glamorous hotel, the Hacienda Puerta Campeche sits across from the famous “Puerta de Tierra” city gate and encompasses a series of brightly coloured townhouses.
Colonial history amidst Mayan wonder, the Hacienda Chichen dates back to 1523 and is a unique boutique hotel just metres away from the magnificent site of Chichen Itza.
45 minutes’ drive from the state capital Merida, the Hacienda San Jose Cholul is a gorgeous 19th century colonial estate surrounded by lush forest and plantations. Small and intimate, San Jose retains its heady old-world charm with crumbling ruins set amidst beautifully restored verandahs and gardens.
One hour’s drive south of Merida, Temozon pays homage to the great Spanish estates of old, a sumptuous 17th century colonial hacienda and once sisal plantation set amidst 86 acres of picturesque grounds and surrounding jungle.
The Hacienda Santa Rosa is a glorious 19th century colonial estate and luxury hotel one hour’s drive from the regional capital Merida.
Just on the outskirts of Merida a short drive to the colonial centre, the Hacienda Xcanatun – “Tall Stone House” in Mayan – is a charming, luxury boutique hotel that rose from the shell of an 18th century sisal factory.
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