Unique and friendly Argentina cowboys
Customers` reviews on trip advisor talking about the Argentina Cowboys that they met at the Camino Pampa Tour.
Review of: “Mark B”
September 7, 2017
Fantastic day that exceeded all of our expectations
First off, I highly recommend this tour and our guide Juan..
We were looking for a day away from BsAs to just enjoy and learn about life in Argentina outside the city and Argentina cowboys. We hoped to enjoy the outdoors and have a new experience.
Wow! What an amazing experience. We were staying in a flat in San Telmo and were met very early for nice drive out to San Antonio de Areco. Great conversation, many questions answered and context given to us that prepared us for the day made the drive fly by. We met our guide, Juan, in the town and he took us on a journey of history, culture and weaved in some terrific stories. He really helped us step in to another world. The town was beautiful and the little chocolate shop, La Olla de Cobre, was amazing…the best Alfajores I have ever had. Then it was off to the Estancia. The Estancia was very beautiful and all the people we met welcomed us warmly and we felt truly blessed to be there. Being from the US I had no idea how different the Gaucho lifestyle and relationship with their horses were from Cowboys in the north. Frankly, it was beautiful to see with demonstrations that highlighted the subtle but deep relationship that the Gaucho and horse maintain.
The horseback ride was very nice and relaxing which suited my daughter well on her first ever time in the saddle. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and rounded out the experience with demonstration of traditional dance and music.
Juan, José and Guillermo, thank you so much for making our holiday and leaving us with an experience we will never forget.
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Review of: “SporeanGranTurism”
February 24, 2015
A Different Perspective of Buenos Aires
My wife and I selected this tour, because it offered not only an opportunity to visit an Argentine estancia with Argentina Cowboys to get a feel of life in the pampas, but also to visit a small provincial town. Overall, we were pleased with this experience, and would recommend taking this tour.
A driver named Jose Maria picked us up at our hotel in Buenos Aires at 8:30am. Along the way, he provided a near continuous commentary about various aspects of Argentine life and Argentina cowboys, particularly outside of Buenos Aires city centre, and in the pampas.
We had not expected this value added service, and it was much appreciated. Also, he was a skillful driver, and was very friendly and personable.
After a two-hour or less drive, we arrived at the town of San Antonio de Areco, and were greeted by a guide named Juan Manuel. He too had a wealth of information and stories to share with us, as we tour a traditional bar, a church, a traditional and a modern silversmith shops, and a chocolate confectionary shop, each of which reflected a specific aspect of the history of this town, particularly as a melting pot of immigrants from different countries.
Note that the silver jewellery in Patricio Draghi and the alfajores in La Olla de Cobre are good buys.
Afterwards we headed to the historic El Ombu de Areco estancia. By this time, we had become friends with Juan Manuel, who was very charming, on top of being an excellent guide. At this estancia, we had time to walk around and explore the estate manor and grounds, take a horseback or horse-drawn carriage ride around the pampas, have an ample and tasty lunch of Argentine BBQ specialties whilst being entertained by a bona fide gaucho performing traditional milonga music, and watch an amazing “horse whisperer” achieve complete control of his animal.
Along the way, we learnt how incorrect it was to define a gaucho as a cowboy, and what that culture truly entailed.
Afterwards, we exchanged contact details with Juan Manuel, bade him farewell, and headed back to Buenos Aires. Along the way, Jose Maria was kind enough to stop at a mini-market so that we could buy some water for use back in our hotel. At around 5pm, we arrived back at our hotel.
It was a day well spent.
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A day in the countryside where the gauchos are working every day in the Estancia
Martin Tatta, a real gaucho who lives a typical gaucho life, In San Antonio de Areco, a small city located in Buenos Aires province, Argentina.
The population of the city has a very country lifestyle, surrounded by horses, and gauchos.
There are still Gauchos today!, but we are going to talk about a “a countryman” Martin, he was raised in the countryside, with his family, the son of a gaucho from whom he inherited the “taste” for the countryside.
Since childhood he wanted to have a country life, with animals, but especially horses, this guy had a very special connection with the horses, he received his first horse when he was 6 years old.
His father was a gaucho, who had already had the pleasure of living a gaucho life but living a Gaucho life could be hard, far away from the city and hard jobs, however some people love and enjoy this lifestyle.
In Argentina there are many popular gauchos, this is a culture, Gauchos were usually mestizos (persons of mixed European and Indian ancestry), but some of them were white, black, or mulatto (of mixed black and white ancestry) gauchos are characterized by their “outfit”, very unique, and it is not easy to see in other places.
They have a special way to dress, they work in the countryside and with cattle, but something really important to highlight is what they drink, Mate! A traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, today Argentinian people drink lot of mat, Mate invites people to join.
As Pedro Luis Barcia, (president of the National Academy of Education) says in an interview you have to “Matear” (drink mate) everywhere, “on the train, in the bus, on the beach, in the mountains, in the car and at the picnic”, for this reason Mate is so important for the gaucho culture.
When Martin was young he left school, his father told him that he should work and it helped him begin to deal with horses even more than before, Martin was raised in the countryside and all his life was dedicated to horses and his ranch.
As he clarifies in the interview made by Fernando Freixas, Martin was born in San Antonio de Areco, “he created a method of dressage and training based on trust”.
He is a good example to show to the people what’s like living a gaucho life, He wears a gaucho’s outfit, drinks mate, he lives in a house (kind of a ranch) in the middle of the field, Martin wants to keep the customs and traditions of his place, He feels very honored to live where he likes and do what he wants with horses.
Martin, before to be a horse whisperer, he used to be a horse tamer in his city, it was a sport, but when he found his quality with horses he left it and dedicated his time and passion to the horses until today, horses helped to Martin to travel all over the world to show his talent.
He does not imagine working on something else or away from the horses, He does not want to lose contact with his equines, even if he is older.
So, Martin, with his knowledge, relationship with horses, lifestyle and customs, he is really living a gaucho life.
Source: Somos Arraigo
El mate, símbolo de unión.
Gaucho, SOUTH AMERICAN HISTORY
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He is not a magician, but for sure he is a Gaucho horse breaking.
Martin Tatta was born in San Antonio de Areco, a small city in northern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.
Since he has memory always had a special contact with horses, a special way to treat them, for the past 11 years he has been showcasing his unique bond with horses through performances to tourists from around the world who wants to know the Argentinian culture and they should definitely come here to see it.
Foto: Somos Arraigo
When Martin was very young he used to ride a horse with his father, but he received his first equine when he was 6 years old, he named him “Bandera”, and do you know why?, well it was because Martin used to tied his horse on the flagpole, Bandera was a “Picaso”, with a “white tie” on his face and legs.
This awesome Argentinian guy started and learned everything on his own; we could say that his father did not like to do “tricks” with the horse, “It is something that comes natural to me,” he said. “Nobody taught me, it just came out.
Foto: Somos Arraigo
Breaking a horse is not an easy job; can you tame a wild horse?
A wild horse can be tamed and domesticated with careful training but Martin calls it Indian breaking in, it takes a lot of time and dedication with the horse.
He communicated in a unique and special way with the horse, his father thought it would be a wayward horse that he would not do what he was told, anyways Martin kept doing what he did until today and for this great gift, he was able to travel to many places around to world to show it.
Foto: Somos Arraigo
When he was young, he started to train some horses, he was an actual horse tamer, originally it was a sport for him and many people there.
Breaking a horse was a process where a wild horse becomes an exemplary one to be useful, but when he discovered his skills, Martin stopped doing it and started to training a horse to be ridden through its qualities.
Communicating with the horse, stroking it and trying to make the horse relax, he just was a gaucho breaking a horse, Martin always tries to have a connection between the horse and him, a connection with no force, screams or whips.
Nevertheless, Martín does not describe himself as a horse tamer, he thinks he is a gaucho who makes a show, with his own style; he thinks the horse is everything.
Foto: Somos Arraigo
For this reason Martin Tatta is a great gaucho horse breaking who has gone far showing his talent with passion, the connection between him and the equine is magical.
There are many horse tamers, horse whisperers, gauchos, and just people, who love horses, but this guy is very popular for his lifestyle, passion, and his incredible way to treat equines, also his history, how he started loving the equines.
It is very impressive how Martin relaxes, trusts, brings the horse to ground, and lays down on top of the horse and rubs his head against its neck.
Foto: Somos arraigo
Martin thinks that anyone can do what he does, “all it takes is some patience and love” and in his interview he describes the horse as if it were “everything” for him, so we can figure out that he can’t even think about a life without a horse.
More “Criollo horses” origins in Spanish here
Or if your would like to meet Martin and his amazing horses
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Horsing around! Argentine Gaucho cowboy performs some amazingly controlled yoga with a horse for TV show ‘World’s Most Talented
Self-Taught Horse Whisperer Shares a Magical Bond with the Majestic Creatures
Meet Martin Tatta, Argentina’s Horse Whisperer
Source: Somos Arraigo (some of the photos here)
El gaucho que encanta a los caballos con susurros
Women in the Argentine countryside were present since small villages and the first estancias in Buenos Aires were settled throughout the vast fields. The women were the ones who inhabited these places throughout most of the day, while men were working in the fields and riding horses. They stayed in the estancias and towns, taking care of the children, and also cooking and cleaning.
Women social and economic situation in the Argentine pampas
For most of history, the role of the female rural worker in Argentina has been made invisible as they were relegated to household activities. The lack of statistics about their place in the rural economy has also contributed to this invisibility. There was a gender discourse that positioned men as the head of the production unit, and it subordinated the female labor. This did not allow them access to natural and economic resources, and therefore, did not allow them to have a monetary income, or manage productive activities or participate in public decision-making spaces.
In this way, poverty in rural areas affected and still affects women in a more profound way that it affects men. This also results in a vicious cycle in which rural families cannot get out of poverty, as they continue to be poor for generations. Argentina has been through its history a country that predominantly sustained itself thanks to agriculture and cattle raising, in different estancias in Buenos Aires’ province and throughout the country. Therefore, issue of the subordination of women in rural areas is key to understand the development of our economy.
Little by little, and in recent years, various public projects and programs have appeared, whether international or from non-governmental organizations, which want to raise awareness among women about the importance of their participation in production and technical training aimed at the agricultural sector. This was accompanied by studies and the realization of statistics regarding the national agrarian reality, which were developed including a gender perspective. However, within the Argentine provinces, this discourse and these practices continue to take place in some measure in rural areas. Especially, in the more remote areas, rural communities tend to be more culturally conservative, as they adhere to traditional views and roles.
Also, the story of female gauchos has been invisibilized. The landscapes that the gauchos traveled through were thought to be too tough for women to survive. Nevertheless, there were women who did gauchos’ tasks such as gathering the cattle and riding a horse on long distances. Slowly, the role of the gaucho is developing into less “macho” habits.
Women’ activities in towns and estancias in Buenos Aires
But as it was mentioned before, throughout history, women in the pampas mostly stayed while the gauchos worked, and in this way they found an incentive to also develop new activities for themselves. This is how, eventually, they gave an identity to what now are the colonial towns in the countryside.
In this way, women developed several areas of argentinian culture: they handcrafted, created new delicious recipes, educated themselves through local libraries they maintained and managed, and more.
For example, in the colonial town of San Antonio de Areco, women created the first Public Library, which still exists. It was founded in 1906 and has been ever since, run by women. These women that lived scattered throughout the pampas decided to educate themselves through books. In this way, they knew about books and about how to manage a library much better than the men who worked in the fields and in the estancias in Buenos Aires. Also, in the town you can find folkloric handcrafts shops, restaurant and bars.
The gaucho’s wives, the “chinas”, were the ones who traveled with their husbands and kids. In these trips, once again they were the ones who had to take care of the children, they cooked and cleaned for them also. Eventually, they created some famous and delicious recipes that now are part of Argentina’s culture: from the famous “locro”, to “pastelitos”, to “empanadas”, and even more. Any curious tourist can try these recipes in most of the restaurants and bars in San Antonio de Areco.
Finally, women also created and invented new ways to handcraft sets of crockery, and sets of beautiful and colorful blankets and more. These creations are spreaded all over San Antonio de Areco town as well: in shops, in restaurants, even in public spaces. This handcraft style is nowadays the last decorating trend in these colonial towns, and tourists from all over the world arrive to San Antonio de Areco to buy these objects.
Women in the Pampas have made this town a delight for the five senses as they developed several activities: from reading and telling stories, to creating and cooking the most delicious dishes, to making the houses and the town more beautiful for our eyes with their creations. All of this makes San Antonio de Areco a perfect place to be in the presence of the women’s influence in the Pampas.
If you are interested in visiting the town, you can schedule a tour to visit San Antonio de Areco and estancias in Buenos Aires province in this link: Camino Pampa
Also: you can stay in a great working ranch, an historical one founded in 1870, managed by a Lady: Estancia de Areco
Mate experience in an argentine Estancia is THE traditional beverage of Argentina.
Five things you have to know about mate:
The mate for Argentines is national pride, an excuse to meet, a family habit that is inherited and accompanies all day. It is associated with the hospitality of rural people and gauchos.
It is the most social and preeminent infusion, it represents union and sharing, helps to socialize, facilitates the generation of bonds, lengthens the talk or promotes it.
From parents to children, for many parents it is a source of pride that their children start drinking mate. Children begin to take when they see adults, and see it as a game, they ask for it because it catches their attention. Young people incorporate the consumption of mate during the last years of high school and when entering the faculty.
Its consumption can occur in two ways with different meanings:
If the consumption is individual, it accompanies, it is a hobby, it entertains. When we are with friends, couple, family, invites to talk, to reflection, to debate.
It is present throughout the day people with thermos under his arm and mate. During breakfast, late morning or during the snack at the afternoon.
Partially extracted from the book: ¡Che Boludo! by James Bracken: Che Boludo Book :
For the Argentines, “los mates” are a fundamental part of life.
Mate is a strongly caffeinated tea drunk from a hollow gourd about the size of an apple.
The gourd is filled with the herb and hot water and then drunk through a metal straw (la bombilla) with a perforated end that allows the liquid to pass without the herb.
Although mates can be fashioned out of anything from wood to a bull´s horn and intricately ornated with silver and traditional carvings, a common gourd or small metal cup is more commonly used.
Upon first glance, a mate session can appear to be some sort of tribal drug ritual and some uninformed gringos have even been known to try to ignite and smoke the contents of the mate when passed their way.
Mate, like coffee or tea in most other countries, is consumed in the morning to help wake up as well as anytime of the day between friends who want to relax and speak frankly about matters.
It must first be made clear that mate is both the drink itself, as well as the gourd from which it is drunk.
The actual herb placed inside the mate is yerba.
Not hierba nor mate, but yerba. Yerba is grown in the warm and fertile provinces of Corrientes and Misiones in northern Argentina.
Mate customs vary from person to person and place to place but some fundamental practices are important.
There is one server (cebador) who must take charge of serving the mates.
It is traditionally the chore of the youngest person present to serve the elders the mates.
The server must begin by heating the water in the kettle (pava) and filling the mate with an appropriate portion of yerba.
It is important that the water does not reach a boil.
Most experts agree that 82 C is optimal.
Once the water is properly heated the server will pour himself the first so as to be sure it is suitable for consumption.
Sometimes the server will spit out the first couple of sips as they tend to be quite bitter.
Some servers will place a spoonful of sugar in the mate to curb the bitterness and sweeten the yerba; this depends on the persona tastes of those drinking the mates.
The mate is then passed from person to person.
Each person drinks the entire contents of the mate and passes it back to the server who refills the mate and passes it to the next.
You are not to say “gracias” until you do not want anymore mate.
After several rounds the yerba will become diluted or “washed” (lavado) and it will be necessary to change a portion (ensillar) or all of the yerba in the mate.
This mate infusion has its origins many hundreds of years when the Guarani Indians of the Mesopotamia area of Argentina start drinking it for its energizing properties.
Once the gauchos start being with the company of the mate drink daily and every day, they start developing procedures, ways of preparing, “ceremony” of the mate and etiquette.
If you would like to be part of this preparation and ceremony in its original place, “Las Pampas” you can book this Tour Estancia Buenos Aires and San Antonio de Areco gaucho Town, here.
You will see the gauchos at the Estancia El Ombú de Areco in their break during the tasks of the ranch, slowly preparing the mate gourd and herb, then pouring small amounts of hot water into the container and then trying it with very short sips.
If you have time and wanted to be totally relaxed in the Pampas: Best gaucho experience hotel in the Pampas near Buenos Aires.
While in the Estancia you can have Mate tea every breakfast, during the morning, and specially during the late afternoon.
Also you can be supplied with the whole equipment to prepare your own mate, going on a horseback riding till near the river or in the middle of the “sea of grass” of the Pampas to sip your mate the most original way and place with the company of the gauchos of the Estancia.
You can specially plan to include this Mate and Full Day tour to Estancia and Pueblo gaucho San Antonio de Areco in the “Inspirock Trip Planner”
Unas de las mas típicas danzas folclóricas del Estancia tour Buenos Aires es la muy popular “Chacarera”
El movimiento folclórico de la Argentina re introdujo una gran variedad de danzas folclóricas tradicionales para el público argentino, incluyendo la chacarera, una danza folclórica caracterizada por su alegre ritmo.
Su nombre proviene de la palabra “chacra” que en su forma coloquial significa una parcela pequeña de tierra agrícola, generalmente de entre 5 a 30 hectáreas, trabajadas para la producción agro-ganadera.
A pesar de que sus orígenes no son claros, la chacarera comenzó a bailarse cerca de la década del 1850 en la Argentina rural del noroeste y centro del país, antes de que finalmente llegara e hiciera su entrada a las ciudades.
Según la mayoría de las versiones de las danzas folclóricas , se inicia en la provincia de Santiago del Estero, ya que los testimonios prueban que en esa provincia del norte Argentino existieron chacareras en el idioma de los originarios nativos de allí: el quechua.
Fue Andrés Chazarreta a principios del 1900 que escribió la primera versión musical.
Dentro de las danzas folclóricas de la Argentina, esta está dentro de lo que se llama “danzas picarescas”, con un ritmo bien alegre y ágil, con letras que retrataban las situaciones de la población del campo, a pesar de lo cual luego se incorporó a los salones de baile de las ciudades del interior del país, llegando a casi todo el país con pocas excepciones.
Casi no hay documentos que testifiquen cómo fue su evolución, pero la originaria parece que se bailaba en la provincia de Tucumán.
Como muchas de las 70 danzas folclóricas de la Argentina, esta también tiene cuatro párrafos en las cuales se cantan los estribillos y en el intermedio que sólo es instrumental. Los compases puede ser de seis o de ocho según las versiones.
La música correspondiente a esta danza se realiza mediante acordeón, bombo, violín y la siempre presente en el folclore argentino la guitarra criolla.
A comienzos de 1900, esta danza llegó a Buenos Aires pero sólo a los lugares populares de los barrios, no pudiendo competir con el mas popular “Tango” instalado en el centro, grandes salones y teatros de Buenos Aires. Recién en la década de 1960 empezó a tener popularidad a medida que mas y mejores músicos empezaron a tocar folclore tanto en espectáculos como en las radios, revitalizando toda esta música tradicional originada en las zonas rurales.
La Chacarera es una danza de pareja suelta, pero los dos bailarines bailan separados e independientemente, y no se tocan durante la coreografía. Es muy similar a la muy popular danza “gato”. Todo se trata de una pareja cortejándose con mucha galantería y formalidad como en la mayoría de las danzas folclóricas
Luego de la introducción musical, uno de los músicos exclama “adentro” como indicación a las parejas para que comience la danza. Luego de completada la coreografía se hace un intermedio y a la voz de “segunda” se repite la misma coreografía realizada en la primera parte por segunda vez, esta repetición es típica de las danzas folclóricas argentinas.
Si mas de una pareja están bailando al mismo tiempo, las parejas no interactúan entre ellas.
Sus distintas versiones son: simple, doble y trunca y también según la región de la Argentina
En la Estancia Buenos Aires las mujeres usualmente visten sandalias que llamamos “alpargatas” y muy largos vestidos o polleras muy amplios de colores lisos o con estampados de flores que cubren incluso los tobillos.
También a veces atan su pelo en una o dos trenzas.
Los hombres acostumbran a usar tanto botas de cuero o “alpargatas”, pantalones muy amplios que llamamos “bombachas de campo” cómodos para realizar las tareas rurales y cabalgar, camisas de cualquier color y estampado pero siempre sobrios, los típicos sombreros de los gauchos o sino las “boinas” traídas originalmente por los vascos, y parte del típico atuendo gaucho: un pañuelo de seda con variados nudos especiales de los gauchos atado alrededor del cuello.
Usted podrá disfrutar de estas danzas folclóricas tal cual como es en realidad en el campo argentino tomando el Tour de Estancia y pueblo gaucho San Antonio de Areco.
(for English information: The real gaucho tour Buenos Aires )
Si Ud. está alojado en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, esta es la mas cercana experiencia que podrá vivir con la autenticidad de los gauchos saliendo todos los días desde su hotel o apartamento en Buenos Aires, incluyendo una visita única durante la mañana al pueblo mas tradicional y gauchesco de la Argentina: San Antonio de Areco, incluyendo a partir del mediodía la visita y el disfrute de una Estancia original e histórica: Estancia El Ombú de Areco, dentro de lo que son Las Pampas de Argentina
Esta experiencia fue desarrollada y es organizada por argentinos que viven en San Antonio de Areco, con un conocimiento y recursos únicos debido a su experiencia de mas de 10 años realizando este Tour de Estancia y pueblo gaucho.
El objetivo de la excursión es mostrarle y que viva como un local mas de nuestro pueblo tradicional tratando de aclimatarlo al ambiente local del pueblo y la Estancia de gauchos de la mejor forma.
Esta es la excursión mas completa que podrá realizar saliendo desde Buenos Aires, en una jornada de día completo visitando San Antonio de Areco y Estancia El Ombu , haciendo una combinación perfecta: The gaucho tour
Es una experiencia exclusiva desde su diseño para grupos muy chicos y con detalles que sólo pueden ser proporcionados por el equipo de Camino Pampa, haciéndolo un destino clásico para el viajero experimentado.
Además de lo que se genera durante la excursión, Camino Pampa se ocupa de que cada vez los recursos que se utilizan durante la jornada formen parte de un programa de sustentabilidad de la actividad a largo plazo con respecto al ambiente natural, los usos y costumbres locales, la infraestructura del pueblo y la comunidad tradicional de gauchos y vecinos de San Antonio de Areco.
Los pasamos a buscar por su lugar de estadía en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires con autos o minivans (siempre con choferes profesionales y todas las licencias oficiales) temprano por la mañana para partir saliendo de la ciudad hacia el campo.
Nuestro guía experimentado lo deleitará con las historias y características de este tan especial pueblo gaucho San Antonio de Areco, recientemente nombrado también “Capital de la Tradición Argentina”, por cerca de una hora y media.
Luego de eso y de un traslado de 15 minutos por un camino rural, llegará a la Estancia donde se pasará el resto de la jornada disfrutando de la recepción con empanadas, una cabalgata o si prefiere un paseo en carruaje tirado por caballos, un gran almuerzo de asado argentino (carne vacuna y otras variedades) con bebidas.
Y luego finalmente podrá disfrutar de los gauchos y paisanas de la Estancia bailando la Chacarera y otras típicas danzas folclóricas de la Argentina a las que los invitaremos a sumarse.
Este Tour de Estancia y pueblo gaucho incluye: traslados, un guía acompañándolos, visita guiada caminando por las calles del pueblo, y todas las actividades y gastronomía mencionadas dentro de Estancia El Ombú.
Nos puede contactar en cualquier momento en: Formulario de contacto para el Tour de Estancia
O si prefiere visitar la versión en Francés de esta experiencia: Venez à la rencontre des gauchos!
Si quiere ver cómo puede pasar una muy agradable estadía alojándose en la Estancia: La Estancia de Areco Hotel