Gaucho tour with asado is one of the most authentic Argentine experiences that you can have in the vast Pampas
The Argentine beef is most important foodie attraction in Argentina, and specially where it was originally born: in the legendary pampas where the cows where grazing for centuries.
The spanish conquerors brought the first bovine animals to Argentina in 1552; they were seven cows and a bull and they were brought from Paraguay.
All the livestock brought to the Rio de la Plata during the sixteenth century were of Spanish origin, that is, of the Iberian type, especially Castilian and Andalusian races, from central and southern Spain, from the neighbouring districts of the ports from where the ships left for the New World.
These animals descend from the longhorn Hamitic cattle, domesticated in Egypt about BC 4000 and taken to Spain from northern Africa.
Used mainly as draft animals, they were not bred for their meat or their milk. At that time, commerce did not demand any other qualities than those these animals had, that is the reason why they continued reproducing themselves without any purpose of improvement.
The pampas were soon occupied by these cattle and since they could not be retained because fo their character, they roamed the pampas, multiplying in freedom and adapting themselves to the favourable environment.
Our Criollo race, which so closely resembles the cattle introduced by the Spaniards, developed from these animals.
They can still be found in the North of the county, in mountain areas and in scrublands of scarce vegetation.
The first vaquerías ( primitive estancias ) were created at that time. On these farms, the animals were caught in the field only for their leather, which was exported to Europe.
The rest of the animal was left to rot in the field. It was also fairly common that the gauchos (nomadic horsemen of the Pampas ) slaughtered the animals with the only purpose of eating their tongues.
The commercial activity began in 1602, with the creation of the saladeros (places where the meat was salted in order to preserve it) that devoted themselves to the production of tasajo (dried or jerked meat).
With the first introduction of British animals, in 1823, a new era of cattle raising began in Argentina.
The animals brought from Britain belonged to the small red bodied Celtic race, which had been used as draft animals, and which had been crossed on cattle from northern Italy and Gaul and taken to Britain by the Romans.
In 1823, the English John Miller introduced the first Shorthorn bull to Argentina. It was called Tarquin. This bull imprinted type and increase in the rate of weight gain and mature size to our Criollo livestock, and its descendants.
Extracted from the book written by Mónica Gloria Hoss de le Comte: Buy Argentina beef book here: http://www.tematika.com/libros/
Authentic gaucho experience: gaucho tour with asado
The Buenos Aires gaucho tour with asado argentine beef is the authentic gaucho experience in the pampas in the Province of Buenos Aires includes a visit to the San Antonio de Areco town and then to the gaucho ranch for enjoying the most typical argentine lunch of a variety of meat and beef with wine, beer or just sodas.
More photos and information here: Full Day Tour Estancia with Argentine Beef
We are locals of San Antonio de Areco born in Argentina that for our entire life we were accumulating special knowledge and life stories in farms, gauchos history and typical traditions.
Buenos Aires gaucho tour with asado argentine beef is based in visiting one of the oldest towns in Argentina that became the most traditional one, which means a typical gaucho community, with its rural life, economy and customs, making a real old fashioned experience
It is an exclusive Buenos Aires gaucho tour with argentine beef asado with focus in the gaucho and rural life, while enjoying the original way of cooking the delicious and famous Argentina beef, just in a way that makes the experience a sustainable tour.
If you would like to book this tour: Full description and photos of the Gaucho tour schedule
We will be picking you up in Buenos Aires in the morning in comfortable vehicles.
And once in the gaucho village, we will start introducing you to many local people and their places like bars and workshops during the morning.
By midday we will move to the ranch Estancia El Ombu: we will offer you empanadas with drinks, will show you how we are cooking your beef, meat, and sausages with an explanation, then horseback or cart riding , the asado lunch and live folcloric music, ending with a demonstration of gaucho skill with a horse
This Buenos Aires gaucho tour with argentine beef asado program includes:
– Transfer from Buenos Aires picking you up in your apartment or hotel
– Tickets for the gaucho Museum in San Antonio de Areco town
– Bilingual local Tour guide (Argentine)
– All the food and drinks mentioned are included
– Horseback ride or if you prefer a carriage ride with the company of the gauchos: How is the horseback riding in the Estancia
If you prefer to take a Tour focused in the Colonial Architecture of the gaucho town
Author: Guillermo Gonzalez Guereno