Estancia Tour Buenos Aires
One of the most typical attraction at the Estancia tour Buenos Aires is a dance with folcloric music : the popular “Chacarera”
The Folklorica movement in Argentina re-introduced a wide variety of traditional dances to the Argentine public, including chacarera, a folk dance characterized by its cheerful rhythm.
Its name comes from the word “chacra” which in its colloquial form means a small plot of agricultural land, generally between 5 to 30 hectares, worked for agro-livestock production.
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.
The choreography of the Chacarera:
Chacarera: folk dance at the Estancia tour Buenos Aires
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.
How to experience an Estancia tour Buenos Aires
The real gauchos Estancia Tour Buenos Aires with town and ranch
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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 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 San Antonio de Areco (named “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 .
The Estancia Tour Buenos Aires includes these services:
– Transfer back and from Buenos Aires with pick up at your hotel/apt. with a professional licensed driver
– Gaucho Museum visit
– Tour guiding in English
– Empanadas and asado argentino lunch with wine, beer, sodas
– All the previously named activities at the Tour Estancia Buenos Aires
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Mas acerca de las tradiciones gauchescas en Español: Las tradiciones del gaucho de la Argentina
Estancia El Ombu de Areco :Just 120km away from the city of Buenos Aires in San Antonio de Areco district, the General Pablo Riccheri bought this property in 1870, and then transformed it into a working ranch and then the years later finished the construction of the main house, with its italian style villa architecture, for his family.
History of the Estancia
President Julio Roca appointed Riccheri Army Chief of Staff, and on July 13, 1900, citing his “intelligent furor and single-minded dedication to our military procurement needs,” President Roca named him the nation’s War Minister. His tenure was marked by ongoing efforts to modernize the Argentina Armed Forces.
In 1910 was promoted to the rank of Major General. Riccheri believed the military should remain a disinterested party in Argentina politics. He nevertheless lent his support in 1909 to UCR leader Hipólito Yrigoyen’s call for universal male suffrage and the secret ballot.
Many years later the Estancia El Ombú was sold to Robert Dowdall: an expert (English origins) criollo horses breeder (you can buy his book “Criando Criollos”)
In 1934 Eva and Cristina´s grandfather, Enrique Boelcke, bought this Estancia property of 300 hectares. It is still, as it was then, used for arable farming and raising cattle, which allows the visitor to also experience these activities.
At the Estancia el ombu de areco
Nowadays part of the Estancia is populated with near 350 Aberdeen Angus cows, approximately 80 criollo horses, few sheeps a some other farm animals managed by the gauchos.
In 1993 the Estancia was adapted to receive tourists looking for an authentic gaucho experience in the Buenos Aires pampa.
The San Antonio de Areco River runs within two kilometres of the house and can be reached by walking through a wild landscape of tall grass and mixed woodland.
Horseback riding at the Estancia
Overhead you will see caranchos, chimangos, barn owls, herons and many other native birds of the Pampas.
Architecture of Estancia el Ombu de Areco
The porch surrounding the Estancia house is absolutely beautiful with an abundance of climbing plants, columns, big heavy wooden doors and a light airy atmosphere. Flowers and more flowers surround the two swimming pools.
Some of the bedrooms overlook the refreshing water. The bathrooms are in perfect condition and full of dainty details.
Barbecue at the estancia el ombu de areco
Eva is an agricultural engineer, but for the last more than 20 years she is devoted also to this hospitality activity of the estancia receiving visitors in a full day tour.
Learn more about the program of a real gaucho experience
You can book a Full day tour to San Antonio de Areco town with a visit to the gaucho Estancia by clicking here
This Buenos Aires gaucho tour program includes:
– Transfer from Buenos Aires picking you up in your apartment or hotel
– Tickets for the Workshop/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
If you prefer to take a Tour focused in the Colonial Architecture of the gaucho town
Mas información en Español sobre las Estancias: Las Estancias
Estancia Los Patricios in San Antonio de Areco:
The trees at Estancia Los Patricios in San Antonio de Areco incluye a wide variety of acacias. The huge garden in front of the house with the pool to one side has a one-hundred years old maple casting a deep shadow big enough to shelter 500 people at 50 tables for an open air “asado”.
It is owned by Maria Luisa de Bary de Brane and Hector Juan Brané Istueta Landajo, descendants of Basque and French arrived in Argentina in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to the family house where there are two big towers (one west and another east), a kind of stud with carriages and classic cars.
The estancia in San Antonio de Areco is known for its beautiful house, main style home “pampeano colonial” and all its infrastructure, storehouses and stables. Its large park has century-old trees of great magnitude and variety of species.
History of Estancia Los Patricios
Héctor Juan Brané and Maria de Bary de Brané have been living in this pampa colonial style house for the past 36 years and have been taking in guests in a Estancia Tour for over 28 years.
Their children, following the family tradition, play polo. They had run a polo school and can even offer a wooden practice horse for beginners.
The park of the Estancia
Los Patricios is a 200 hectare estancia dedicated exclusively to farming.
In Estancia Los Patricios de Areco you will find an exclusive place where the old family house stand out from the rest.
The park has large centenaries trees and variety of species along the natural lake, providing an ideal spot in contact with typical nature of the pampa from province of Buenos Aires , Argentina
Main house of the Estancia Los Patricios
Full Day Tour to the Estancia Areco: In Los Patricios you can have an exclusive place with the necessary infrastructure and organization to serve large groups in a daytrip. The gastronomy includes cocktail reception and typical argentina asado.
There is a variety of activities like horseback riding, carriage ride, bikes and the swimming pool.
The place was visited by Literature Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa in 2011: he was received with a typical argentina asado, folkloric music, gaucho dances and demonstrations of gauchos skills on horseback.
An unique original tour can be taken in a private service to this Estancia in San Antonio de Areco: Full day tour to Areco Town and Estancia departing from Buenos Aires
Jules Charles Thays (1849-1934), better known as Cárlos, born in Paris on August 20, 1849, was the creator of many Estancia landscapes in Argentina.
Architect, naturalist, landscaper, urbanist, writer and journalist, was nationalized Argentine. Also he was disciple and secretary of the famous architect Edouard Francois André (the great nineteenth century French landscaper)
He arrived from Paris in 1889, and adopted Argentina as his country: He went in a tour across all over Argentina looking for native species in order to decorate walks, parks and squares. He brought from the north and acclimatized tipas, jacarandas, lapachos, ceibos and “palos borrachos”, devoted to his promise not to leave any Buenos Aires street without trees or without flowers.
In the following years he produced hundreds of projects: the Centenario square, Lezama park, Patricios and February 3 parks; Bosques de Palermo (which expanded and remodeled) and Barrancas de Belgrano; the Constitution square, Congress and May Square; including 69 squares and public walks attributed in Buenos Aires, and 16 in the interior of Argentina.
Design of the Estancia landscapes:
“Thays always incorporated water, either in the form of lake, creek, pond or fountain. After adding sculptures, pergolas, and open spaces to see the nearby fields…”
“Around the main house of the estancia landscapes, the garden was French, rigid and geometric style, while the rest of the park get into the nature of the environment being more free and with wild design.”
In pampa Estancias like La Candelaria, Lobos (with a French chateau style), Thays landscaped 100 hectares and introduced 240 species such as pine, palm trees, ombúes, or casuarinas pines.
Who made the Estancia Landscapes
In La Porteña Estancia, in San Antonio de Areco district, that used to belong to Manuel Güiraldes (and where his son Richard wrote the Don Segundo Sombra gaucho book), Thays planted eucalyptus trees, cedars of Lebanon, oaks and an avenue of access with a tree native to the Mediterranean, the hackberry (Celtis Australis). Also in Areco: the gardens of the traditional gaucho Estancia “El Flamenco” that belong to Jorge Castex.
Some Estancia Landscapes
He himself designed and directed his estancia landscapes and park projects personally and worked tirelessly around twenty hours a day. He was the author of the first Argentine book on landscaping.
Foundations of Gardens in Buenos Aires:
He founded the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden to develop and adapt plant species for scientific, recreational and landscape projects. Opened on September 7, 1898, it became internationally renowned scientific center.
He designed with ingenuity, creativity and love for native species.
Extracted from Teresa Bausili, published in “La Nacion”: Thays, el apellido detrás de los grandes parques y estancias
You can enjoy our countryside and Estancias in this Full Day Tour to the Estancias and gaucho town
Cabañas and Estancia Las Lilas is a family business dedicated to agricultural activity, starting its second century of existence.
Las Lilas Museum
The Las Lilas Foundation is focusing on the artistic expressions that, in the present and in the past, Argentine people have externalized, whether they were original from our ancient cultures, indigenous, or as more recently, European settlers.
This is the part of our history that interests us, because we firmly believe that people are better when they know their history, their origins, their identity.
It is no coincidence that this museum, owned by the Estancia Las Lilas Foundation, was erected in San Antonio de Areco, paradigmatic place of country culture, birthplace of the gaucho tradition.
Patio of Las Lilas Museum
Museum and Estancia Las Lilas collection
The permanent exhibition is a tribute of the Florencio Molina Campos Foundation, the most recognized and admired painter of the Argentina popular culture.
Don Florencio deeply understood the spirit and values of the man from the pampa. As subtle observer and brilliant caricaturist, he tells us with wit and humor about the life of the gauchos.
The famous calendars, Don Florencio made on behalf of the factory Alpargatas Argentina between 1930´s and 1950´s, that you can find in the remotest corners of the country.
Museum Las Lilas collection
The majority of the paintings on display belonged to the Alpargatas Collection, and are the works that resulted in the almanacs exhibited in Estancia Las Lilas Museum.
His paintings are disputed by collectors from Argentina and abroad, in addition to museums and galleries.
Due to the deep knowledge that Don Florencio had of the Argentina countryside, his paintings have been and are subject of consultation and study.
Many of the traditions of our Estancias near Buenos Aires and countryside have been lost by the inexorable advance of modernity in all its edges; as a result, new generations have grown up with some other expectations and other interests.
Molina Campos memorabilia
Behind the creation of this museum, there is also a pedagogical intention, which welcomes those who have an interest in our topic and tradition.
Focus of the Museum
This museum will be always oriented to the dissemination of our culture and open to other expressions that reflect and talk about the history of the interior of Argentina. Like the most important gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes in San Antonio de Areco
Octavio A. Caraballo
Presidente Fundación Las Lilas
(extracted from the Museo Las Lilas catalog)
You can visit this museum and estancia las lilas and some other gauchos museums, galleries and culture attractions in this Tour: Cultural & Arts Legacy of the Gauchos Day Tour
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