We absolutely loved our experience with Camino Pampa! We were traveling around Argentina quickly and cheaply, so this was a bit of a splurge. We debated spending the money, but were very glad we did! We were picked up in front of our hotel in a minibus/van with only one other couple aboard, who we enjoyed getting to know during the day’s trip. It was about an hour/hour and a half drive outside of Buenos Aires, but very comfortable and enjoyable. We first stopped in the city of San Antonio de Areco and saw the local church, a silversmith’s museum, and an artisan chocoloate shop. The history and information that Juan Manuel gave us was great! He was knowledgeable, knew everyone, and was funny! He was a great guide! After the the tour of the town we drove to the estancia. Arriving there had me awe; It was gorgeous! We got settled in and were offered empanadas and drinks (water, juice, wine, etc.). I’m vegetarian, and forgot to email them until late the night before, but when we mentioned it to Juan Manuel, he made sure to find me a veggie friendly snack and made sure that something special was prepared for our meal later. After our snack we had the option to browse the grounds, go on a carriage ride, or ride horses. We wanted to ride horses and had the most amazing time! I’m not a rider but have gone on tourist riding experiences before and felt a little uneasy. However, this time was amazing. The saddle was different than ones I’ve been on before and they made you feel comfortable and secure on the horse. I didn’t want to ever stop! When the ride was over, we had about 15min or so before lunch was served so they offered to take me, my friend, & our new friend from the minibus ride back out. After the ride we had lunch outdoors on the lawn with large round tables and nice table settings. We had endless wine, and to my husband’s and friends’ delight, what seemed like endless offerings of Argentinian meats. Lunch was amazing and our guide, Juan Manuel, ate with us. We felt like friends by the end of the meal! Afterwards, we heard live gaucho music and saw a gaucho perform a ceremony with his horse. It was one of the best life experiences I’ve had! While this is a tour package, it doesn’t feel touristy. The tour of the town was just us six and very personal and the owner of the estancia ate lunch with us so it felt like she was just having you over to her place. If you don’t go on this tour, you’re missing out!
Camino Pampa is the only tour company with a Socially Responsible Access to the Gaucho Heritage : with the main destination: San Antonio de Areco “cradle of the Argentine tradition”, and its gaucho community.
We have a comprehensive approach in covering the aspects of being socially responsible: social aspects, promoting business, environmental issues, supporting cultural events and specifically the gaucho heritage expressions.
* For us Travel is an Exchange:
We have the opportunity for a cross-cultural understanding with our visitors, the best way of providing them with a unique experience, and also support our families, community and Argentina Traditions.
* Travel features included into our Tour:
_ We are contracting as many services as possible from local Areco town providers: transfers, tour guides, gastronomy, designers, artists, etc.:
Your money will stay and be multiplied in our gaucho Areco town, improving our community conditions in many ways you’d never expect, because of the Socially Responsible Access to the Gaucho Heritage that we have developed in San Antonio de Areco
_ Everything in our town was made in human scale, so does our experience: we arrange just small groups that do not interfere/invade locals´ places and facilitate the interchange.
_ Promoting reciclyng actions in town and the Estancias: Plastics in a special program, paper and bottles.
* We´ve also been spreading our contribution to some local NGO´s, communities, institutions and social centers:
_ Conin Areco: Association against the children´s malnutrition in San Antonio de Areco community
_ Amigos del Parque Criollo y Museo Ricardo Güiraldes (Gaucho association for preserving the most traditional Gaucho Heritage)
_ “Asociación de Turismo de San Antonio de Areco” : Local Tourism association that includes the old fashioned handicrafters of silver, leather, iron, wood all in the gaucho´s style
_ Apropdis: A workshop where people with some disabilities are handcrafting the most typical Gauchos´ shoes: Alpargatas. That are sold to the gaucho community.
_ Arecos: Eco-friendly projects and Education in San Antonio de Areco:
Mas acerca de las tradiciones del gaucho en Español: Tradiciones en Tour de Estancia Buenos Aires y San Antonio de Areco
Just tickets for a comfortable transfer to San Antonio de Areco
More information here: Full Day Tour Estancia with Argentine Beef and horseback riding
If you would like to just visit the authentic Estancia: try Estancia Tour