Foodie Tour to Estancia and San Antonio de Areco : Known for having the best beef in the World, in Argentina, especially in San Antonio de Areco, the main dish in any meal will have at least ideally 99% beef in it.
So, it won´t be surprising to see that even snacks have some meat in them: from empanadas, or salami and even ham. Locals have used their imaginations to create different and delicious dishes with local raw materials.
There is no special restaurant in San Antonio de Areco where you can find these dishes since all of the restaurants and bars and coffee shops have at least a couple of these marvelous recipes.
Some of the typical foods you can find are:
Dulce de Leche
These are some of the typical dishes from the Pampas.
Locro, Puchero and Guiso are some dishes that have similar main ingredients: beef, beans and vegetables.
The Asado that you can enjoy in Foodie Tour to Estancia and San Antonio de Areco is the most popular dish in Argentina, the one that represents our country and is simply beef cooked on the grill or, as we call it, “parrilla”.
Empanadas are small pieces of dough filled with beef and then fried or cooked in the oven.
Provoleta is a type of cheese, cooked in the grill and covered in different spices.
And Picada criolla is a snack which consists in a big tray with many small portions of salami, cheese, cooked ham and raw ham, sausages, olives, peanuts, pickles, potato chips and bread.
And for people with a sweet tooth, there are also heaven-like desserts such as the pastelitos criollos, which is a piece of dough filled with quince jam and then fried or the Pastafrola, which is a cake filled with the same jam.
Literally any recipe that has dulce de leche as an ingredient will be spectacular: people often make pancakes filled with this, or ice cream, or the typical Alfajor, which consists of two cookies, filled in the middle with dulce de leche and then covered in chocolate – a winner!
Briefly: Foodie Tour to Estancia and San Antonio de Areco is the gaucho town (in the province of Buenos Aires) that gathers all of these typical foods in almost all of the towns’ restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
It´s a perfect opportunity to try the typical foods people living in the Pampas have been cooking for the last centuries and have perfected through the years.
The Buenos Aires gaucho tour with argentine beef asado is one of the most 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.
The Buenos Aires gaucho tour with argentine beef asado is the authentic gauchos 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.
We are locals of San Antonio de Areco born in Argentina (not in France) 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 argentine beef asado 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 a Full Day Tour Buenos Aires gaucho tour with argentine beef asado, departing from Buenos Aires every day heading to San Antonio de Areco town and then spending the rest of it at the Estancia El Ombu , in a combo of the most important attractions in the Argentina pampas.
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.
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
This is the most real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires with Areco Estancia ranch
The most original and authentic gauchos experience pampas in Buenos Aires including gaucho town Areco and real working Estancia ranch pampas of Argentina
Run by Argentine locals of San Antonio de Areco for the last 9 years, with extensive knowledge and experience in farms, local Argentine history culture, gauchos tradition and tourism.
This pampas tour is based in being in contact with local town people and Estancia gauchos in a real old fashion Argentine experience
Full Day Tour to the gaucho Areco Town and Estancia El Ombu de Areco , making the perfect combination in the Argentina pampas.
Providing an exclusive gaucho tour Buenos Aires, while making this unique Argentina destination a sustainable one through our operation and support.
Direct trip departing from your residence/ hotel Buenos Aires in executive comfortable vans between 8 and 8:30am, going through one of the oldest routes in Argentina: The Camino Real, crossing the oldest settlements in Argentina since the Spanish Colony times and finally reaching the open Pampas of Argentina: a huge plain with one of the most fertile soils.
You will be bring into Argentina grasslands that are most of the year totally green because of its fertility and humid condition.
Our specialized local tour guide will immerse you in the ambience of the traditional gaucho Areco Town for about one hour and a half.
And then day at the working ranch Estancia El Ombu: reception with empanadas / drinks, horseback /cart riding , argentine barbecue asado lunch and folcloric gaucho music .
Arriving back in Buenos Aires approx. 6pm
This program includes:
– Round trip Buenos Aires transfer with residence / hotel pick-up in vehicle with official license and special insurance
– Tickets and transfers in the gaucho town Areco
– Tour with bilingual local Argentine guide
– Reception / Lunch: complete gaucho asado with drinks
– Activities at the Estancia ranch in the pampas
Only real small group tour of up to seven people per group, every day departing from your Buenos Aires hotel or residence front door in a direct trip to the traditional gaucho San Antonio de Areco town.
English, French and Spanish gaucho tour guides , specialized for nine years in this unique gaucho experience
This is the only Social Responsible Gaucho Tour : we as Camino Pampa have been supporting and nurturing the sustainability of San Antonio de Areco as a destination for the last eight years:
– We live and work in San Antonio de Areco – Most of the services are provide by locals from this town – We have developed the only sustainable experience in Areco – Contributions to many NGO´s from our gaucho town San Antonio de Areco: o Social Community Center for young people o San Antonio de Areco Center for Babies´ Nutrition o Asociación de Amigos del Museo gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes o Main Library in town o Local Tourism Association in Areco
San Antonio de Areco town had many changes in its architecture.
Was originally located in the road “Camino Real” to the Alto Peru, becoming a colonial post for the riders of the Pampas.
In the fringes of the village, there were small forts dedicated to the defense of the villagers from the attacks of the local indians that were attacking the town.
The local villagers were bulding up their San Antonio de Areco chapel and all the main buildings and houses of “adobe”: mix of straw with mud or clay. Originally for 100 years it was a “muddy” town.
Some local people of the Estancias San Antonio de Areco learnt how to make bricks and then the whole architecture of the village change dramatically with the spanish and italian people bringing their own style of construction and design of houses and buildings.
Authentic horseback riding in Real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires Areco Estancia ranch:
With the company and lead by real argentine gauchos going through the countryside of the Estancia (ranch property)
If for you it is your first time in a horse or you do not have much experience, you can make the standard horseback riding in the Tour Estancia in Buenos aires . But if you are an experienced rider, you will be assigned a special horse and making a private trail horseback ride through the countryside of the gaucho property.
The gauchos can choose from the almost 70 horses in order to assign the best one for you for the horseback riding with the company and lead by the real gauchos of the Estancia El ombu de Areco.
Folcloric music in the Estancia El Ombú de Areco with Real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires Areco Estancia ranch
By the end of the Tour Estancia El ombú the gauchos will perform some argentina folcloric music: some of them are: gato, escondido, chamame, bailecito, triunfo, and many others. One of the most important and more widespread is the dance at the Estancia Buenos Aires that is the very colorful “Chacarera”
There is a great variety of dances in the tradition of Argentina, many folk dances quiets and many others full of rhythm.
Beef in Real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires Areco Estancia ranch: beef is the most important meal in Argentina, the gauchos had it for hundreds of years in the Argentina pampa where they were hunting the wild cows.
The Tour Colonial Architecture in San Antonio de Areco: will show you the evolution since the expansion under the crown of Castile that was initiated by the Spanish conquistadores and developed by its administrators and missionaries, till nowadays.
The motivations for colonial expansion were trade and the spread of the Catholic faith through indigenous conversions in large Estancias.
European explorers arrived in Río de la Plata in 1516. Their first Spanish settlement in this zone was the Fort of Sancti Spiritu established in 1527 next to the Paraná River. Buenos Aires , a permanent colony, was established in 1536 and in 1537 Asunción was established in the area that is now Paraguay.
Buenos Aires suffered attacks by the indigenous peoples that forced the settlers away, and in 1541 the site was abandoned. A second (and permanent) settlement was established in 1580 by Juan de Garay, who arrived by sailing down the Paraná River in a tour from Asunción (now the capital of Paraguay).
He dubbed the settlement “Santísima Trinidad” and its port became “Puerto de Santa María de los Buenos Aires.” The city came to be the head of the Governorate of the Río de la Plata and in 1776 elevated to be the capital of the new Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata.
By the 18th century, members of the Bourbon dynasty held the throne in Spain. This meant several changes, including changes in the Americas. Particularly in the Virreinato de la Plata, there was a change in the economy: the commercial activities were released from their mercantilist scheme to economic liberalism.
So, now, instead of focusing only in silver and gold, many other economical activities were going to be exploited.
Focusing in the Tour Colonial Architecture, there were many changes.
Tour Colonial Architecture in San Antonio de Areco
Being in the road to the Alto Peru (where the Spanish got the precious metals), this town was, in its origins, just a colonial settlement for the travelers.
In the towns´ sorroundings, there were several small forts destined to fight the attacks from the indigenous people who wanted to recover the lands.
The region was not only threatened by these invasions but also from continuous droughts and plagues that affected their crops. So, it can be said that the San Antonio de Areco towns’ architecture had a spontaneous beginning.
The staging posts were simple ranchs (origin of nowadays Estancias ) where the ceilings were made of hay and the walls made of adobe (sun-dried bricks) because there was no stone in the region.
In this Tour Colonial Architecture you will discover that the town has a clearly Hispanic inheritance since the towns ‘centre is located in the main square from where the rest of the towns’ constructions expanded.
According to the Hispanic laws of construction (dictated by Ferdinand of Aragon in 1513) , the main square should be rectangular and the streets should be wide enough to place commercial stands. It´s in this square were the main house of Ruiz de Arellanos´ranch, the towns’ founder.
Regarding the construction materials, the main technique was frameworking made out of wood, in which the mud and leaves mixture was placed.
Once the brick was dry, the walls were painted with lime and sometimes some animal blood was added to the lime to obtain a pink color.
This technique was preceded by the classical brick many years after.
Because the adobe bricks couldn´t support heavy weight, the windows and doors had a special design based in a segmental arch.
– Discover the oldest Argentine traditions in rural labors, social activities, local food, arts and handicrafts, and support the people who keep them alive.
– Only 90 minutes away from Buenos Aires City, you will find one of the prettiest towns in the Pampas: San Antonio de Areco . A 280-year-old historical town, known as the “Cradle of Gaucho’s Traditions”.
– Experience the culture, the way of life and the characters of the Argentine farmlands, in a town that is deeply proud of preserving their traditions.
– Meet the people who practice, teach and keep our original culture alive: they use horses daily, they manufacture native handicrafts and cultivate our authentic folklore music and dance.
– Help us support the main characters of this small town that, despite the issues of modern life, they preserve their original traditions with great devotion and commitment.
– Visit to an old-fashioned self-sustaining gauchos´ farm
Visit to a local Association which promotes and give jobs opportunities to special people.
It´s an association where young and adult people with different abilities produce in a handmade way “alpargatas”: typical gaucho shoes used in the countryside… very casual and comfortable shoes!
This factory is the only working opportunity this people could have in the town
This is the place where they can find a shelter, learn a technique, earn their own money through their efforts/work, and also socialize practice sports, learn theater.
Activity: During the visit, group members will visit the atelier and see how people work and how people can be inserted into society being & feeling useful.
This alpargatas shoes are the version of “Toms” a success in USA: http://www.toms.com its creator was awarded by Hillary Clinton.
Why this Responsible Gaucho Tour is considered fair and sustainable? Because through purchasing local goods (alpargatas shoes) and / or supporting with donations group guests will be helping to keep the business alive and employees to preserve their jobs.
Visit to a typical countryside ranch
We won´t be visiting a typical touristic ranch in the Responsible Gaucho Tour. Just the opposite, we will visit a small ranch which survives thanks to the few animals they have: some horses, cows, sheep, hens and turkeys, all of them are used for the family own consumption.
– We will visit a real family living at this ranch.
– Family will open their home/ranch for guests and will share them the way they live, and invite them with a full lunch in a rustic and simple way, just the way they live.
– Why this visit is considered fair and sustainable? Because through this visit guests will be helping this family / supporting them economically so this people can preserve the place where they live and keep their traditions alive. Guests will have an unforgettable experience in a really authentic ranch.
Social Responsible Gaucho Tour Areco: Camino Pampa has been always supporting and nurturing the sustainability of San Antonio de Areco as a tourism destination, and its cultural heritage in many ways:
– It is locally based – All the guides are locals from this town – Has developed the only sustainable tour in Areco – We contribute and promote these San Antonio de Areco´s Institutions: o Apropdis: Social Community Center o Conin San Antonio de Areco o Asoc. de Amigos del Parque Criollo y Museo Ricardo Güiraldes o Biblioteca Manuel Belgrano o Asociación de Turismo de San Antonio de Areco