Although its origins are not clear, the chacarera began to dance around the 1850s in rural Argentina in the northwest and center of the country, before it finally arrived and made its entrance into the cities.
According to most versions of the folkloric dances, it begins in the province of Santiago del Estero, since the testimonies prove that in that province of northern Argentina there were chacareras in the language of the native natives there: “Quechua”. It was Andrés Chazarreta in the early 1900 who wrote the first musical version.
Within the folk dances of Argentina, this is within what is called “picaresque dances”, with a very happy and agile rhythm, with lyrics that portrayed the situations of the population of the countryside, despite which it was later incorporated to dance halls in the cities of the interior of the country, reaching almost the entire country with few exceptions.
There are almost no documents that testify how its evolution was, but the original one seems to be dancing in the province of Tucumán.
Like many of the 70 folk dances of Argentina, this one also has four paragraphs in which the refrains are sung and in the intermediate one that is only instrumental. The measures can be six or eight depending on the version.
The music corresponding to this dance is performed by accordion, bass drum, violin and the ever present in Argentine folklore the Creole guitar.
By the early 1900s, this dance arrived in Buenos Aires, but was unable to compete with the popular tango. In the 1960s it gained popularity again as musicians revitalized the dance’s traditional music.
Chacarera is a couple’s dance, but the two dancers dance independently of each other, not touching.
If more than one couple dances it at the same time, the couples do not interact with each other.
In the Estancia Buenos Aires women usually wear alpargatas shoes and long flowing dresses.
They often wear their hair in one or two braids.
Men usually wear boots or alpargatas, baggy pants, shirts of any color, hats or “boinas”, and silk scarves tied at the neck.
Thet real gauchos Estancia Tour Buenos Aires with town and ranch
The authentic gauchos experience departing from Buenos Aires includes visit to the gaucho town Areco and the working Estancia in the pampas of Argentina
Run by Argentine people (not French) who live in San Antonio de Areco for many years, with unique knowledge and experience in Estancias, gauchos´ culture, and gauchos tradition.
This tour is aiming to put you in contact with local people and Estancia gauchos in an original immersion
It is a complete Day Tour to the San Antonio de Areco Town and Estancia El Ombu , combining the best of the pampas: The gaucho tour
Exclusive tour near Buenos Aires visiting the gaucho ambience, in an unique Argentina destination, making it a sustainable experience.
We pick you up at your residence in Buenos Aires in licensed minivans in the morning. The local tour guide will show you all the edges of this gaucho Town (name “cradle of the argentine traditions”) for near 90 minutes. Then you will spend the rest of the day at the working Estancia El Ombu: empanadas, a horseback riding guided by the gauchos or a carriage ride, a complete lunch of argentine beef on the grill with argentina folcloric live music .
Tailored Cultural Tour Gauchos including the cultural and arts legacy of Gauchos
and Criollos beautifully preserved since the colonial times
in this area of the Pampa of Argentina: in towns and Estancias.
San Antonio de Areco is a community that nested generation after generation
the knowledge and spirit of the handicrafters that mixed
the immigrants artisanal skills with the roots and environment of the native locals.
Quite unique workshops filled with basic and old devices and tools,
where the experienced artisans turn used and new materials into old fashion pieces of work.
– 8:20am hotel/address pick up in Buenos Aires – 10:00am arrival to San Antonio de Areco: Guided tour visiting a Creole Silversmith´s Workshop. Handbuilding Pottery and painting demonstration. Textile studio: Natural dye of wool and hand woven indian style textile pieces in working looms. Chocolate and “alfajores” artisanal factory. Locally handmade cheeses and sausages shop. – 1:30pm lunch in typical local parrilla (steakhouse) – 3:00pm walking tour in the colonial historical neighborhood: Main square, San Antonio´s church, 100 years old gauchos´ bars. – 4:00pm departure from San Antonio de Areco, return to Buenos Aires – Approx. 5:30/6:00pm arrival to Buenos Aires
This cultural gauchos tour includes: – Round trip with hotel/address pick-up in vehicle with official license and special insurance – All the activities, tickets and transfers within the town – Bilingual local guide – Lunch – Horseback ride
Juan Jose Draghi silversmith: Born in San Antonio de Areco, from a family of farmers in the province of Buenos Aires. Inspired by a strong vocational impulse, and generating a great technical command of the trade learned solely through experience, intuition, and a creative genius that earned him prestige as the re-discoverer of traditional Argentina silverwork.
His Draghi silversmith concerns and unique ability to handle the chisel led him to be in 1971, one of the 38 craftsmen present in the first week of Crafts Exposition in San Antonio de Areco.
Midway through the 20th century, silverwork in Argentina was losing its essence, as well as one of its most important qualities: its identity.
Industrialization stripped the works of their unique character, just as it did to so many other trades, substituting individual craft with the generic printing techniques of mass production.
Ricardo Güiraldes from San Antonio de Areco took the journey of preserving the gaucho spirit of the epoch intact-embodied in his immortal Don Segundo Sombra acclaimed book: the most important novel about gauchos.
His work demands commitment to the preservation of the estate of noble traditions passed from generation to generation.
Therefore it’s not by chance that Juan José Draghi silversmith, devoted advocate of these values, always speak out loud: “I became a silversmith because I was born in Areco.” In San Antonio de Areco he found the source of inspiration to develop his work and start with tenacity upon a self-taught path.
He undertook a profound study on national fashions and customs, and inspired himself by trying to re-create the classic pieces on exhibition in the Ricardo Güiraldes Museum of the Gaucho, and wear by real gauchos in the Estancias.
The handicrafts of Juan Jose Draghi silversmith are today spread out in a tour throughout the world. Many of them are very far away from Areco and Estancias, where they were conceived.
Juan José Draghi is faithful interpreter of the aesthetic personality characterized by the gaucho and its current expression, his contemporary equivalent.
Juan Jose Draghi silversmith was devoted to his principles, as well. Another loyalty that stand out.
This silversmith that is important in San Antonio de Areco and Argentina, has received many awards and satisfactions of a different order. But we imagine that none can be so overtaken experienced as when he was handed the gifts to be given to the Kings of Spain, Don Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. That “facón” sheathed silver and gold, and that “rastra”, must be the most admirable few garments created by Draghi silversmith
Presidents of USA: Reagan and Bush; the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Turki and Saud Faisal Al Saud; Chancellor Hellmut Kohl of Germany, among other world figures, have presents in silver with the Draghi´s punch.
The flag bearer of the Argentina Army 1st Battalion Logistics and their escorts, will take forever pieces of work of this great Argentina silversmith.
Currently his sons are still nurturing this art: Juan Patricio and Mariano, whose pieces have been selected to represent Argentina craftworks in the United States and France for World Cup 1994.
Argentina horses Rehab center: Departing from Buenos Aires in kilometer 95 of National Route number 8: before arriving to the town and Estancias of San Antonio de Areco, namely the actual core of the horse race and of the Gaucho tradition, where well-known establishments for thoroughbred horses reproduction and breeding are settled, and also only 30km away from the city of Pilar, the epicenter of Polo playing. There, with a strategic location stretching over 36 ha that used to belong to Estancia El Candil stud farm, the “Centro de Rehabilitación y Hospital de Equinos Kawell” (Horses´ Rehabilitation Center and Hospital Kawell) was built, with the investment of US$ 8 million.
In the only Argentina horses rehab center, the facilities of the Equine Service Rehabilitation comprise 32 boxes of 4×4 meters in what used to be the Estancia, “monturero”, a walker tour for up to 8 horses, underwater treadmill, oval swimming pool of 120 meters in perimeter with live underwater monitoring, treatment room, two showers, solarium track proprioception, inside walking track, outdoor track, pickets and fences.
Kawell, which in Mapuche language means horse, it is today a center combining clinical medicine, world-class rehabilitation services, investigation and teaching.
Some of the equipment: anesthesia equipment fitted with fans, multiparametric apparatuses, computerized radiology, high definition ultrasound, scanners with color Doppler and a Centellography Department that is the first in South America.
As far as rehabilitation is concerned, Kawell is fitted with a system of aquatic therapies tours including a 1-million-liter pool. The treatment includes a walker, showers, and an aquatic belt placed under the water where the horse can walk in a semi-floating position.
The equine swimming pool has an oval-shaped and a depth of four meters. There is an island from where you can follow the movements made by the horse in the aquatic therapy. “There will be salt water, heated to 20°, which is the optimum temperature for the animal,”
The rehabilitation also goes through physiotherapy, magnetotherapy, laser therapy, ultrasound and electro-stimulation.
Kawell facilities includes the only hyperbaric chamber for horses in Latin America.
The surgery department is fitted with all the cutting-edge elements: “We have a 24-hour service, and a spacious operating room with a bed. The joint work of the hospital and the rehabilitation center and the unique equipment and professionals makes Kawell the only one with this complexity in the world.
Gaucho Tradition Day Festival 2019: “80th FIESTA de la TRADICIÓN”
Special Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the “Fiesta de la Tradición” : 1939/2019
This is the oldest and more prestigious gaucho festival in Argentina, that takes place every month of November in San Antonio de Areco Town, that ends in a Sunday with a large parade of gauchos and horses going through the parks and streets of the Town.
There are gauchos from all over Argentina gathering here with their families and horses for an entire week of different events: folkloric music, dances, fairs, large barbecues, cultural events, arts expositions and gauchos´ rodeo.
Official Program of the National Tradition´s Day: Gaucho Tradition Day Festival 2019 From Saturday November 2nd to Sunday November 10th, 2019
Gaucho rodeo: Demonstration of gaucho skills in the El Parque Criollo.
• Traditional Fogón in the Quinta de Guerrico. Organized by the Asociación de Amigos del Parque Criollo. • Tribute to Jose Hernandez with gauchos on horseback. In the Güiraldes monolith. • Opening of the Rawhide (Guasquería, Soga) Crafts Exposition. Dedicated to Maestro Luis Flores. At the Museum Las Lilas.
Exporting the Argentina Asado: The argentine chef Francis Mallmann develop a fancy way of the typical Argentina asado, and he did it for two another celebrities: David Beckham and Guy Ritchie in Ashcombe, in England. Francis create a dome where there are hanging pieces of meat, vegetables and fruits, surrounded by wooden coals on fire set in a pit. He name it: cooking “al hilo” and he has being producing it in restaurants, events and Estancias all over Argentina.
David Beckham and Guy Ritchie BBQ
Francis called this last event: “Early tease of coals and smoke at Ashcombe. A fire palace of grace, taste and hope. @guyritchie @davidbeckham The busy bee has no time for sorrow.”
And Beckham answer “Thank you to Mr Francis Mallmann for an unforgettable and never done before BBQ… Also to Mr Ritchie for always being the graceful host… Lovely day in the country.. Btw don’t try this at home it was carefully watched by Francis and his amazing team…”
David Beckham and Guy Ritchie BBQ
Francis Mallmann: Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the work of his father took him to live in Patagonia, where he fell in love with the kitchen. He began his culinary training in France with the nouvelle cuisine. Years later he returned to Argentina, and for several years devoted himself to different projects between Europe and Buenos Aires.
Finally, in 1983 he opened his first venture: a restaurant at night and cooking school day. Gradually, he abandoned the foundations of nouvelle cuisine to devote to the rustic kitchen, which is the return to basic, everyday ingredients, simple utensils and classic preparations, combined with the passion for the combination of flavors and a gourmet twist.
He is also the creator of “Siete fuegos”: This proposal is for lunches or meals outdoors with a tour through seven fires cooking techniques. The same can be done in the pampa fields, desert, snow or at the beach. For them it requires adequate space where they can ignite fires using firewood and charcoal. These techniques were inherited from some ancestors of the native peoples of South America and other ones in the life of the gaucho and the European migrations in Argentina.