Francis Mallmann in Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Francis Mallmann in Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Francis Mallmann in Estancia La Bamba de Areco: cycle in which Francis and some colleagues share recipes and stories.


The scenario at La Bamba de Areco

A group of friends, the most successful chefs from Argentina and Uruguay, living together for a week in an Estancia of the province of Buenos Aires where the group shared a living outdoors that allowed for a relaxed chat among colleagues.


Among the trees, with cows and horses in sight, everything is relaxed and in low motion, taking the time for a tour through the beautiful Estancia property.



la bamba de areco

Estancia La Bamba de Areco


There, in front of the cameras, the most experienced country’s chef exchange recipes, talk about cooking and have experiences in common.
From that idea, the TV channel decided to produce a program which he entitled “Friends for cooking”.


Members of the Journey at the Estancia:

How to choose the members of the group: the producers put together a dream team of gastronomy: Francis Mallmann, Maru Botana, Fernando Trocca, Juliana López May, Paul Massey, Martin Pittaluga, Guzman Artagaveytia, Martin Arrieta, Vanina Chimeno, Lucia Soria Santiago Garat and Leonardo Azulay.


asado gaucho estancia

Francis in action in the Estancia



Last week, lead by Francis, was concluded the recording of the cycle in Estancia La Bamba in San Antonio de Areco: cradle of the gaucho tradition, in the province of Buenos Aires.
Where local “asado”: beef cooked slowly on wood embers in some different ways is King, they got inspiration for their creative process of making new great simple recipes, and to recreate the old fashion typical dishes of la pampa in Argentina and Uruguay.


Filming idea for La Bamba de Areco:

The idea of Francis was to release this cycle that qualify as a “gastronomic docu-reality” on December performing a series of repetitions during the same month. “December and year-end celebrations are an excuse for this gathering of friends,” say the producers.



If you would like to book a Private Tour to experience this special environment in la pampa Argentina: Private tour to Estancia

Also check the typical gastronomy of San Antonio de Areco

Making a visit to an Argentine Estancia: Areco travel agency

There were many magical moments where the chefs remember anecdotes and experiences together, exchange recipes, to chat about cooking and cross ideas about their profession and passion.

Gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes

Gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes

The Gaucho Museum Ricardo Güiraldes: Pulpería, General store and Bar

La Blanqueada is an old building over 150 years old. The counter is equipped with the traditional bars which separated the owner from his customers – only trusted regulars were allowed access to the interior of the pulpería. La Blanqueada features wax figures playing cards at the bar.


The men are dressed in the traditional gaucho pants or chiripa, botas de potro (made from the skin of the horse´s hind leg, similar to a boot but with the toes exposed) and red kerchiefs on their heads, a typical attire of the times of the Governor Rosas (between 1829/1832 and 1835/1852).

This is one of the most unique gaucho collection of their uses and customs.


Building of the Gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes

Building of the Gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes


The Flour Mill – The Shed and Horsewear room


Alongside the pulpería stands an old flourmill or tahona dating back to 1848. Made entirely of wood, it was used to grind wheat and originally belonged to the Luján Guard .

It was used to obtain flour to make bread. The shed and horsewear room was named after Aniceto Melo, a famous raw hide braider from San Antonio de Areco.

The shed houses a colonial carriage and horse carts as well as the frame used to hang the ring for the traditional horse “ring races”.



The House fo the Gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes


The house resembles a fort insofar as it is surrounded by a moat and access is controlled by a drawbridge.

When immigrants ventured into the boundless pampas in times gone by, they built their farm houses following this pattern as a means of defense against the Indians.

This was the origins of the estancias where the gauchos were working.


The house reproduces an 18th century farm house with its welcoming corridor, its two side wings, whitewashed walls, tiled roof and low wrought-iron window railings where all these gaucho collection is preserved.


Gaucho museum Collection

Gaucho museum Collection


Various items of silver as well as representative paintings decorate the walls of the other rooms

Rural labor, countryside themes, horseback rides, bonfires, mate rounds and other images summarize perfectly the countryside feeling.

There are daily Full Day Private tours to this gaucho museum and to the traditional historical town of San Antonio de Areco: Tour to Gaucho Museum



The paintings collection

These paintings are the work of Uruguayan Pedro Figari, who met Ricardo Güiraldes’ father and after a long friendship, they ended up being part of the Güiraldes family furniture.



The music, the dancing, the singing, the paintings and other artistic work, apart from literature, can be felt while touring around the museum. These may have been the feelings experienced by those who have taken care of it, still do and will keep an eye on it every day of the year in the future, as if it was their own home.


All the information about Museums in San Antonio de Areco

More information in Spanish about The Gaucho Experience

Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu

Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu

Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu episode was filmed this year 2016 in Estancia El Ombu de Areco Province of Buenos Aires.


Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu

Gauchos and Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu


Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date from the first season of The Bachelor, offering the opportunity for Rehn to choose a husband among 25 bachelors.


Horses at the Bachelorette

Horses at the Bachelorette


The 2004 season of The Bachelorette again took a runner-up from the previous season of The Bachelor. After last airing on February 28, 2005, the series returned to ABC during the spring of 2008, following an absence of three years.


History of the Bachelorette

All of the rules are adopted from its parent show, The Bachelor. The series revolves around a single bachelorette (deemed eligible), who is usually a reject from the previous Bachelor season, and a pool of romantic interests (typically 25; 30 in season 5), which could include a potential husband for the bachelorette. The format is the same as the parent show.


Unlike The Bachelor, one of two male suitors proposes to the bachelorette for the final selection. The Bachelor does not, however, always propose at the end of the show. At the end of Juan Pablo’s season, he decided to “choose” a girl to keep spending time with, but evidently was not ready for a proposal. A proposal at the end of the show is not always guaranteed. It is up to the bachelor/bachelorette to decide that.


Gauchos meeting Bachelorette

Gauchos meeting Bachelorette



This year 2016 it was the Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu episode in Argentina and they came to the Estancia Tour:


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Alex’s gaucho outfit:
Honestly, though, poor Alex. Our last image of him on this show will be dressed like a clown. He literally looked like a clown when they put him in the gaucho (Argentine cowboy) outfit to go horseback riding.


I couldn’t stop picturing him with his face painted white and a red nose. JoJo said “he actually looks really good,” but she was just being polite.
She also said “you are a cute little gaucho,” and that was the moment I knew for certain Alex was toast.



More about the Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu


Alex gets the first one-on-one date this week, and it is perfect timing if he is to convince JoJo to come meet his family. The two spend the day picnicking and horseback riding and even witnessing horse whispering, a time-honored tradition between the gaucho and his horse, in this bachelorette estancia episode.

Alex is ready to open up and admit his true feelings to JoJo for the first time. But will it be enough to greet her in his hometown? Unfortunately, no. JoJo knows Alex isn’t the one for her and sends him home before the rose ceremony.



Bachelorette in Estancia El Ombu

THE BACHELORETTE – “Episode 1207” – The drama of Buenos Aires is behind JoJo, but she still must determine which four men will have the chance to take her home to meet their families. So it is on to the countryside, steeped in Argentinian gaucho culture. There is a crucial date for Alex, who charms JoJo on a romantic day of picnicking and horseback riding. A private jet whisks Jordan and JoJo away for a tryst at an Argentinian vineyard to make wine, but later, he shares a stunning revelation which changes how JoJo feels about him. Bad weather cancels plans for a group date, but Robby, Chase and James Taylor still have a blast as the only date rose this week is up for grabs. Finally, Luke and JoJo share time horseback riding and skeet shooting, and his gentle way only makes her choice more difficult. JoJo faces a difficult emotional decision at a critical rose ceremony, as she looks to join the final four men in their hometowns, on “The Bachelorette,” MONDAY, JULY 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Veronica Gambini) ALEX, JOJO FLETCHER

Estancia La Bamba de Areco Buenos Aires

Estancia La Bamba de Areco Buenos Aires

In Estancia La Bamba the Areco you can choose the “bahamba” you prefer, that is, your relaxing spot, as in its translation into Celtic.


estancia near Buenos Aires

The Estancia near Buenos Aires


This property of San Antonio de Areco district, birthplace of the gaucho Don Segundo Sombra, is the one that their original owners decided to call it with that curious name.


The origin of the Estancia La Bamba dates back to 1830, when it was kind of an old Post Mail office on the Camino Real, the oldest path in Argentina that was linking Buenos Aires to the north.


Castex families and Duggan were the first owners, and eventually the H disappeared from the name and the stay was renamed La Bamba. Today is one of the oldest Estancias of Argentine with a colonial style.


el ombu in the pampas

El Ombú in the Pampas


Personalities in Estancia La Bamba

The unforgettable Carlos Gardel slept several times in the its rooms and Manuel Mugica Lainez wrote about the indelible moments that lived here, maybe sitting in the living room, in front of white Carrara marble fireplace that belonged to Julio A. Roca.


The Estancia La Bamba continues its love affair with the arts when Maria Luisa Bemberg decided to shoot here his masterpiece: the movie “Camila”, with Imanol Arias and Susu Pecoraro, which in 1984 was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film in Hollywood.


Estancia La Bamba patio

Estancia La Bamba patio


With its main building and its watchtower that served to warn the attacks of the Indians, the barns and stables, and its bicentennial park, is part of the history of Argentina and the Gauchos.


The pioneering spirit in Estancia La Bamba:

Estancia La Bamba is on a dirt road of the Buenos Aires province that now joins Zarate with San Antonio de Areco, 8 kilometers from Route 41. It is one of the first Estancias in the country which opened to tourism.


Ricardo Aldao, whose family had bought the property in the 1940s, decided to transform it in 1986 after its endless barbecues with friends.

On an opportunity for visitors to meet the enormous cultural heritage of La Bamba, declared a place of historical significance by the City Hall of San Antonio de Areco on November 10, 1970.


On a tour to France, Aldao had visited in a excursion the castles that after World War II had become hotels and decided to implement, with surprising success, that of travel and tourism concept in our country.


Polo in Estancia La Bamba

Polo in Estancia La Bamba


The main house, reddish color, heritage when it was painted with cow blood and lime, rests on a park of 16 hectares where are wisely arranged cypress, cedar, pine, casuarinas, magnolias, sweetgum and century-old eucalyptus trees, among other species.


From the tower of the house, marking colonial design, the threat of the native Indian raids is no longer cared, but you can admire the Areco river and the fertile cultivated fields.


The “Matera” ancient adobe building where the gauchos were gathering, became a games and living room with a large fireplace. The main dining room has a table for 12 guests and the tradition is that all the Estancia guests dinner together.


New stage of the Estancia

It was completely renovated in 2009 respecting the original architecture, also the Gaucho traditions and equestrian sports contribute to the special charm of this place that you can include in your Tour Estancia La Bamba de Areco and gaucho town San Antonio de Areco


Gaucho bar in Estancia La Bamba

Gaucho bar in Estancia La Bamba

The origins of the Estancia Buenos Aires part II

The origins of the Estancia Buenos Aires part II

The origins of the Estancia Buenos Aires differ from the rest of the ones in some other regions of Argentina

When Argentina turned into the most important meat and corn producer in the world, mainly because of the fertile plains in Buenos Aires province, the owners of these Estancias became the rich people of America.


History of the Estancia Buenos Aires

In that period of splendour, some of the Argentine owners of an Estancia started building palaces of European inspiration.

Jules Huret, a French traveller who made a tour through Argentina in 1910, wrote, when reffering to the estancia Buenos Aires: “Truly, there is nothing in the world that bears resemblance to them, neither in England, where modern farming industry was created, nor in France where there are excellent new style farms”



estancia mansion buenos aires

Estancia Mansion in Buenos Aires



The owners of the estancia Buenos aires behaved as if they were feudal lords but keeping the best virtues of the gaucho: hospitality, courage, loyalty.

Even today you can visit one of those working ranch in Estancia Tour


The writer Alicia Jurado says that her father, a typical estancia Buenos Aires owner of the beginning of the twentieth century, could as easily catch a young bull with a rope as sit in his tail coat in the Teatro Colón; in the gaucho peon´s  kitchen he would drink mate with them, but he spoke English, French and Italian, and in all those languages he bought a big library while in tours in Europe.


The beginnings:

The first steps to turn the pampa in to a promised land was fencing, the use of wind mills and cold stores and the development of the railway.

Today, the estancias are efficiently managed and as the most modern technologies have been incorporated, their yield is on a par with a most developed rural estates of the world.



Gauchos working in the Estancia buenos aires

Gauchos working in the Estancia buenos aires



According to Virginia Carreño the word estancia (farm) fundamentally derives from the concept of estar (to stay) : to inhabit with houses, people and animals. This is seen today as the heroic deed of the time.

It is the Spanish equivalent to the Australian word station and it implies the achievement of being the settler in a permanent lot.

Based in the book La Pampa by Mónica Hoss de le Comte


More information in Spanish about the Estancias of Argentina

This is the ” Estancia Tour ” if you would like to visit an historical one.

The origins of the first Estancias near Buenos Aires

The origins of the first Estancias near Buenos Aires


The first Estancias near Buenos Aires had an economic and evangelizing purpose in their origins


After founding a new town, the conquistador (conqueror) usually distributed the fields around the place of foundation to those who had accompanied him.

In the pampa those plots of land formed an arch around Buenos Aires and became, later on, the first estancias, and their owners were called estancieros.


The first organized estancias near Buenos Aires were those of the Jesuits:

When the Company of Jesus was expelled from America, the estancias passed to the hands of native owners who continued with the work that had been started by the enterprising padres.


The most important activities were rodeos, the breaking of colts, cattle marking and agricultural activities such as sowing and harvesting, sheep shearing, etc.



Origins of the Estancias near Buenos Aires

Origins of the Estancias near Buenos Aires


By the end of the nineteenth century, the number of estancias in the pampa started growing.

The old hut turned into a house made of bricks, and the original natural countryside was transformed into establishments with an orderly production.

Size and location of the Estancias

These estancias near Buenos Aires did not have less than 400 hectares. Since the principal preoccupation of the estanciero was security, the houses were constructed in elevated places so that possible attacks of the Indians could easily be detected.

Some were even fortified with a deep ditch, and some of them had a small brass cannon, chiefly used to signal to the sparse neighbours, for naturally its range was short, and the Indians took care not to advance too near and separated when is was fired, so that it did but little execution on the open plain.



Gauchos activities in an Estancia

Gauchos activities in an Estancia

Today, just the Museum Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes located in historical San Antonio de Areco town “cradle of the gauchos traditions” in the province of Buenos Aires remain with this same architecture, layout, arrangement, showing how it was the life and house of old Estancia in the Pampas of Argentina

Based in the book La Pampa by Mónica Hoss de le Comte

Best transportation to the Estancias near Buenos Aires: Arecobus