Female Gauchos

Female Gauchos

Female gauchos in Argentina

Most of the female gauchos in Argentina follow their Father’s footsteps to become a Gaucho, the hero wanders of the Pampas. The romanticized lawless cowboys. The free-living legends of the Argentina society. Once nomad cowboys of the vast fertile grasslands of the Pampas.

Female gauchos play an essential role within the gaucho society, being the bridge between history and the new generations. Women are in fact responsible to pass on the gaucho traditions to their children and to raise them according to their own culture, uses and customs.

 

Rural women role⁣

 

The social role of the female gauchos is therefore crucial, and not being limited to the family: most of the times includes working with the cattle to help their gauchos.

During the 19th century, the activities carried out by female gauchos were varied and normally they were in charge of milking cows, orchard work or caring for farm animals.

Those who were married divided activities with their husbands and they were in charge of sales in stores, while their husbands carried out work on farms or on their own plots.

They were also in charge of herding and taking care of the horses in the posts for travelers.

 

Female gauchos in Buenos Aires

 

Female gaucho in buenos aires estancia

A Female gaucho in buenos aires estancia

More than 120 years ago there were more than 40,000 women engaged in agriculture and other rural activities. It was very common for them to shearing, also making threads of wool, weaving and sewing. In order to contribute to the household economy, they help selling and buying animals, eggs, sweets and cakes.

Rural female gauchos were not accepted by the established society along the 19th century, because they did not meet the ideal of women, also because they were the companions of the gauchos, considered uneducated and barbarians.

Rural women performed domestic work but they were complemented with small production activities for family consumption.

 

Rural women in the Pampas

 

female gaucho in the pampas of Argentina

A female gaucho in the pampas of Argentina

Living in the countryside for women not only means dedicating themselves to housework or to the education and care of their children, but also to work in the fields: taking care of the orchard, feeding the animals, driving the tractor, checking the plantations after the frosts, light the firewood so that the hail in an instant does not spoil the sacrifice of months of hard work and long wait, fight against the desertification of the land, milk the cows, attend to their calving, watch the cattle or wait to collect the fruits of the earth.

It is about the daily life of female gauchos, who over the years were stereotyped or represented only as mothers or housewives, although they fulfill these roles, their work as farmers and ranchers who contribute to the economy either family or paid

If we remember several years ago, the woman took care of the house and the animals. Who took care of everything? Women! But not only take care of the children and make them dinner and stay knitting socks: but everything. The animals had to be cared for, the horses had to be caught, the children had to go out, send them to school.

All the field tasks were done by the woman, the more you go back in the years, the more she did. The woman was always linked to the horse and the countryside, from performing tasks such as caring for animals, riding a horse and riding a carriage.

There was always equality, it’s not that she was relegated to a specific space. The vision of the role of women in the countryside and their different participation in the different activities: The female gauchos in the countryside dressed the same as the man, she put on pants, a sash and they breaking and riding horses; there are many cases here that she has done it with her husband.

The role of women in the field: If it is in a dairy, the couple usually goes to milk the cow, today there are few who have remained because it is done mostly with machines. But normally they go together or with an assistant.

Later, in the field, the woman does the housework, if she has a garden, if she has pigs, if she has chickens, goats, sheep. Sheep shearing is generally done as a family, the woman does it with her children and if her husband is there, he does it.

A female gaucho from a rural family from whom she learned to harvest thanks to her father and to weave with sheep’s wool thanks to her mother.

With this knowledge she began her weaving venture that includes blankets, quilts, table runners, vests and ruanas using ancient techniques. She comments that she works with “the natural fibers of the mountain, now I add color to them. I teach my daughters, who also make fabrics and help me sell online”.

 

Female gauchos in Buenos Aires Tourism

 

female gaucho in the pampas tourism

A female gaucho involved in the tourism

On the other hand, rural women have also found a new role that they can play through tourism, in the rural sector it is a complementary source of income and together with traditional rural activities it contributes to female empowerment.

Tourism provides women with employment opportunities, financial autonomy and in turn gives them the opportunity to establish contact with the outside world.

Although it has not yet been possible to modify the traditional division of tasks by gender in which the participation of women in the tourism sector continues to be perceived as an extension of domestic tasks.

When the roles played by women in rural tourism are analyzed, they are generally in charge of the organization and logistics of rural accommodation, where they also take care of the tourist who visits the establishment.

It should be noted that rural women are characterized by their entrepreneurial and creative nature, which often allows them to manage their own businesses or work independently, this can be seen to a greater extent in the younger generations.

 

Female gauchos in Buenos Aires Estancia Tours

 

Female gaucho in an Estancia Tour

A Female gaucho in an Estancia Tour

Most rural tourism ventures today are led by women, in Argentina they lead more than 80% of rural tourism.

Tourism is consolidated as a tool that can allow the empowerment of women, in several rural communities training and workshops have been provided that have a gender perspective, these provide knowledge and training to start tourism ventures generating an increase in confidence and self-esteem of groups of women.

The benefits that rural tourism can provide are varied and generate positive changes in the lives of women, discovering new roles that they can assume, but to achieve this, tourism activity must be developed with a gender perspective.

Also since 2008, October 15th marks the International Day of Rural Women, which is consolidated as a resource to make visible and value the role of these women, and in turn demand more rights.

 

Female gauchos in San Antonio de Areco

 

Female gaucho in San Antonio de Areco

A Female gaucho in San Antonio de Areco

The participation of women during the Tradition Festival in San Antonio de Areco has always been a fact, even since the first editions they have contributed greatly to the Areco culture and the transmission of traditions just like men.

A woman was the one who brought the Creole loom to San Antonio de Areco and started a weaving loom school in the 1940s. Today the Creole loom is the tool used to make Areco`s ponchos and the textile handicrafts that are exhibited during the Festival of Traditions.

“She arrives with Ramona Risso de Beristayn who brings her to San Antonio de Areco, at that time the Mayor was José Antonio Guiraldes”. Ramona Risso de Beristayn remained for some time head of the “Academia de Teleras Criollas”, transmitting her knowledge, among others, to Guida O’Donnell, who taught her techniques “Guida was Ramona’s student.”

The Criollo and Pampa Loom Workshop at the Ricardo Güiraldes Gauchesco Museum exhibits the pieces made by students in the framework of the Traditions` Festival or in different events, and also began a technique of dyeing wool with natural dyes, something completely new in San Antonio de Areco.

The weaver woman has a lot of value for the traditions. The workshop serves as a meeting space for women, it is constituted as a learning space and has great cultural value since traditional practices continue to be transmitted for decades.

This is where women find themselves with a new role as artisans, which they try to show at the Festival of Tradition, but which was not valued when they were given a more visible space.

 

Women founding the Folckoric dances School in San Antonio de Areco

Another great contribution that Guida O’donnell made to the culture of San Antonio de Areco was in the field of dance. Supported by the “patronage” of Commodore Güiraldes, O’donnell dedicated herself to teaching and disseminating the folcloric music dances of the region such as the footprint, the “Huella” and “El Triunfo” in the historical style of Areco: “She was the one who institutionalized the dances and with dances genuinely gave it an imprint, the imprint of areco and “El Triunfo de Areco” have an imprint that was born here”

She was a folklore teacher for several generations of Areco`s neighbors, she transmitted a soft and moderate way of dancing that marks an Areco`s way of dancing southern folklore. Likewise, she carried out work on a Creole loom and transmitted her knowledge to many local women.

The dances during the Tradition`s Festival are one of the most important activities, they take place every day of the event, either as a presentation or inside a performance, even before the parade of gauchos and female gauchos begins.

Attending grocery stores was considered a male activity, in which women did not participate and if they did they were frowned upon, generally they had to stay at home to care for their children.

 

Women in San Antonio de Areco society

A rural woman explains: The Bessonart bar used to be, 20 years ago it was only for men, only men entered. That bar used to be a grocery store, today they made it a pub with all that old structure that it still maintains, but both women and men enter. Not before, the corner door was the bar and the side door on Zapiola street was the grocery and that’s where the women entered through the grocery. It’s not really that it was forbidden: it was machismo, you felt you couldn’t go in, they were all leaning on each other, smoking or having a beer, a “fernet” there at the door and it was like you couldn’t.

Women play a very active role in the gastronomy during the Festival of Tradition, since there are several canteens inside Parque Criollo and grocery stores or restaurants throughout Areco “There are canteens inside Parque Criollo that work hard: they work making empanadas or helping the grill.

The rural woman says: All men cut meat for example and women have to serve it. But you do it with pleasure because it’s a party, you don’t see it as much as there is a machismo in that sector. Generally it is the women who are in charge of cooking, but this changes when the barbecue is done since this activity is reserved for the gauchos.

Women have roles related to domestic tasks that are linked to the kitchen, in turn they are the ones who must serve food, and help men during their activities. Their participation is very active in gastronomy and adds great value to the event.

This very active role in gastronomy is also kept outside the scope of the Festival, during the “yerras” is when the butchering is carried out and the women are the ones in charge of the kitchen where various dishes are cooked, they know the recipes and the procedures.

 

Activities of the women in San Antonio de Areco

The heads of the kitchen are always women. The men did not get close. Because the work of making blood sausages, of doing a thousand things… in making different varieties of things, respect for each job… all those sectors were women’s, they did all of that. The men did the dirtiest, toughest parts, butchering, removing the bones, mincing the meat, cooking the asado all those things… But the rest, making the foie gras… is always done by the women.

Another of the activities in which the participation of female gauchos in the Festival of Tradition can be highlighted is in the organization of the event. They receive the traditionalist centers, sometimes carrying riding chairs, helping. They receive the gauchos, write them down, welcome them, if you’re on the commission you have to do that.

The role of women is very important, not only because she is the gaucho’s companion, but also because of her participation in both the parade and the organization.

 

Female gauchos horseback riding

 

Female gauchos horseback riding

A Female gauchos ready for horseback riding

The parade in the streets of San Antonio de Areco during the Tradition`s Festival is one of the most popular activities, traditional groups from other towns or provinces, gauchos, boys and girls participate here.

Previously, women participated as companions of men on the same horse but years ago they rode on their own horse, although certain rules have been imposed on them to participate. They say that women are not horsemen, but they have the essence to ride.

In 1970 it was established that women should ride sideways and not like men rode, this situation was highly criticized and was maintained for a while but later it was left aside.

At the end of the 90s, it was discussed again how women should ride on horseback, in a search of the groups that organized the event to return to the traditions as they were before, it was decided that women should ride from the side. This decision generated great controversy, since the participation of women was conditioned, they had to comply with certain norms with which not all were identified. In the year ’93-’94 there was a great discussion.

 

Female gauchos clothes

 

female gaucho clothes

The female gauchos clothing

As for the clothing: female gauchos should wear to participate in the parade, changes were also imposed, women cannot parade with pants, they must wear skirts. They didn’t want the women to parade in pants, they wanted them to do so in skirts, they don’t allow you to parade otherwise. What’s more, the women also stopped parading because of that.

The Tradition`s Festival is presented as a festive occasion, therefore the participants try to wear formal clothes and their best clothes, both men and women, which is why the idea of women wearing skirts and men typical gaucho pants. “It’s a party you have to come with the best you have, with the best horse, with the best “pilcha””

Although the women dress in country pants in their daily lives, during the event an image of the countrywoman with the skirt is shown, which is related to femininity, while the gaucho pants are reserved for the gauchos, being cataloged as a male garment that women should not wear as it would be an informal garment.

The roles that women occupy during the Tradition`s Festival are varied, they show that they are not tied to the stereotype that classifies them only as companions of the gaucho, they are also generators and transmitters of traditions.

Their participation has increased over time, they have even managed to occupy places that were previously only reserved for men, but it is a reality that there are still certain activities that are considered masculine and feminine that continue to limit the participation of both men and women. in the same.

Although there are issues that still need to be resolved, such as female gauchos participation in the rodeo, have already begun to be questioned and debated by various participants, this could mark the beginning of a very positive change that contributes to gender equality in the framework of the celebration in San Antonio de Areco.

Real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires with Estancia ranch

Real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires with Estancia ranch

This is the most real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires with Estancia ranch

Original and authentic gauchos experience in Buenos Aires including: traditional town San Antonio de Areco and a real working ranch of Argentina, locally called “Estancia”

 

full day gauchos tour

 

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 traditions and tourism.

 

gaucho town areco

 

This pampas tour is based in being in contact with local town people and Estancia gauchos in a real old fashion Argentine experience

 

ombu estancia ranch

 

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.

 

buenos aires transfer

Transfer of the gauchos Tour Buenos Aires

 

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.

 

argentine barbecue asado

 

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

 

buenos aires estancia tour

 

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

 

You can book your gauchos tour buenos aires : Full day gauchos tour

Sustainable gauchos Tour Buenos Aires

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:
. Social Community Center for young people
. San Antonio de Areco Center for Babies´ Nutrition
. Asociación de Amigos del Museo gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes
. Main Library in town
. 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 Areco Estancia ranch:

With the company and lead by real argentine gauchos going through the countryside of the Estancia (ranch property)

Traditionally, the gaucho and the Criollo horse of Argentina, are inseparable partners in the Pampas.

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.

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez Guereno

Tour Colonial Architecture

Tour Colonial Architecture

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.

 

Tour Colonial Architecture intendencia Areco Tour

 

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).

 

Tour Colonial Architecture San Antonio de Areco carnicería Lennon

Building of the preserved colonial neighbor

 

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.

 

 

San Antonio de Areco iglesia Areco Tour

Main church of San Antonio de Areco

 

 

 

Tour Colonial Architecture in San Antonio de Areco:

 

The town of San Antonio de Areco is characterized by these changes in architecture.

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.

 

Tour in San Antonio de Areco casa Draghi Areco

Colonial house

 

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.

There are some many things to enjoy that you can spend two days in the best place of the pampas

If you plan a Tour Colonial Architecture in San Antonio de Areco : Tour to San Antonio de Areco & Estancia

If you prefer to enjoy the countryside The Gaucho Experience

Also in Spanish: Orígenes del caballo Criollo en Pampas de Argentina y Estancias de Buenos Aires

Juan Jose Draghi silversmith

Juan Jose Draghi silversmith

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.

 

spurs san antonio de areco Draghi silversmith

 

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.

 

san antonio de areco Draghi silversmith history

 

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.

 

juan jose Draghi silversmith in san antonio de areco

 

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.

 

workshop Draghi silversmith

 

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

 

Draghi silversmith full day tour san antonio de areco

 

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.

 

Partially extracted from the website of Draghi Plateros Orfebres, and Comodoro Juan José Güiraldes letter from May 9th, 1994.

 

You have the opportunity of visiting this great Criollo silversmith workshop in San Antonio de Areco and many other artisans in this Full Day Tour to the Gaucho town Areco

 

Mas acerca de las tradiciones del gaucho en Español: Tradiciones en Tour de Estancia Buenos Aires y San Antonio de Areco

Bus tickets and Tours to San Antonio de Areco and Estancias near Buenos Aires

Estancia landscapes in Argentina

Estancia landscapes in Argentina

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)

 

carlos thays tour

 

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.

 

estancia plan proyect

 

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.

 

“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.

 

 

carlos thays buenos aires

 

In La Porteña Estancia, in San Antonio de Areco district, that used to belonge 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.

 

estancia la porteña

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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