Best Argentina experience
People sharing how was their journey into the Pampas as an Argentina experience:
GlobeTrekkerRM April 23, 2019
Excellent, Authentic Gaucho Experience and Pampas experience.
My wife and I spent an excellent day in the countryside outside of Buenos Aires enjoying the Camino Pampa experience. A 1.5 hour drive brought us to a quaint and authentic town, where we met our guide, Juan Manuel Hernandez. He was really a highlight of our day – incredibly interesting and engaging, spoke perfect English, and very knowledgeable as well.
After a brief tour of the town, we took a brief drive to an absolutely beautiful estancia (ranch), where we spent the day horseback riding (optional, but easy and fun for beginners), eating incredible barbecue, and watching real working gauchos working the ranch. After a wonderful lunch, we were treated to an informal show by the gauchos that included music, dance, and a display of horseback riding skill.
One of the most amazing experience was a performance by a young and very talented gaucho who showed us how new horses are trained in their culture. If you love horses (or animals in general) this is a must-see. One of the most touching and gentle displays of love between horse and rider we’ve ever seen. In all a wonderful way to understand the very complex and sophisticated gaucho culture.
Best argentina experience
A day in the countryside where the gauchos are working every day in the Estancia
Vavistravelling August 31, 2019
A great Argentina experience!
My experience in this Pampa was absolutely great! From the start till the end everything was perfect. Our guide, Guillermo, was funny, smart, kind, and made us feel safe and welcome every moment that we spent together. I highly recommend to do this experience!
Asado beef at the Estancia
This is the way to spend some days in the Gauchos` Pampas
Experience with horses
If you would prefer more information about the Gauchos in Spanish
fabian c April 25, 2018
Great Argentina experience to learn about the gaucho culture.
I highly recommend experiencing this while visiting Buenos Aires. It was a short ride from the city. The booking was very easy and friendly. Our experience include on time shuttle service from hotel to estancia with a very entertaining driver. Upon arrival to the picturesque town of San Antonio de Areco we met up with our wonderful guide Guillermo. He was very knowledgeable and informative about Areco. After a tour around town we made our way to the estancia. Everyone at the estancia is very hospitable and welcoming. My group and I felt at peace with such a change of pace from big city life. I highly recommend doing this tour as you will have a great experience from the delicious food to meeting the great people that make this all come together.
You can check more than 500 5 stars reviews in Tripadvisor here: Reviews for Buenos Aires Gaucho Tour
Best argentina experience in the pampas
Gwen E March 4, 2017
Awesome Argentina Experience
We are seasoned travelers, and this is one of the best tours we have ever done. The entire experience is entertaining and enjoyable. The lunch was outstanding, and our guide, Laura, was fantastic. She knew the area, spoke excellent English, and became a friend.
If you would like to take this Full Day tour Estancia near Buenos Aires with San Antonio de Areco Gaucho town visit.
Martin Tatta the Gaucho horse breaking
He is not a magician, but for sure he is a Gaucho horse breaking
Martin Tatta was born in San Antonio de Areco, a small city in northern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.
Since he has memory always had a special contact with horses, a special way to treat them, for the past 11 years he has been showcasing his unique bond with horses through performances to tourists from around the world who wants to know the Argentinian culture and they should definitely come here to see it.
Foto: Somos Arraigo
When Martin was very young he used to ride a horse with his father, but he received his first equine when he was 6 years old, he named him “Bandera”, and do you know why?, well it was because Martin used to tied his horse on the flagpole, Bandera was a “Picaso”, with a “white tie” on his face and legs.
This awesome Argentinian guy started and learned everything on his own; we could say that his father did not like to do “tricks” with the horse, “It is something that comes natural to me,” he said. “Nobody taught me, it just came out.
Foto: Somos Arraigo
Breaking a horse is not an easy job;
can you tame a wild horse?
A wild horse can be tamed and domesticated with careful training but Martin calls it Indian breaking in, it takes a lot of time and dedication with the horse.
He communicated in a unique and special way with the horse, his father thought it would be a wayward horse that he would not do what he was told, anyways Martin kept doing what he did until today and for this great gift, he was able to travel to many places around to world to show it.
Foto: Martin tatta by Somos Arraigo
When he was young, he started to train some horses, he was an actual horse tamer, originally it was a sport for him and many people there.
Breaking a horse was a process where a wild horse becomes an exemplary one to be useful, but when he discovered his skills, Martin stopped doing it and started to training a horse to be ridden through its qualities.
How to deal with a horse
Communicating with the horse, stroking it and trying to make the horse relax, he just was a gaucho breaking a horse, Martin always tries to have a connection between the horse and him, a connection with no force, screams or whips.
Nevertheless, Martín does not describe himself as a horse tamer, he thinks he is a gaucho who makes a show, with his own style; he thinks the horse is everything.
Foto: by Somos Arraigo
For this reason Martin Tatta is a great gaucho horse breaking who has gone far showing his talent with passion, the connection between him and the equine is magical.
There are many horse tamers, horse whisperers, gauchos, and just people, who love horses, but this guy is very popular for his lifestyle, passion, and his incredible way to treat equines, also his history, how he started loving the equines while he was just a small kid.
It is very impressive how Martin relaxes, trusts, brings the horse to ground, and lays down on top of the horse and rubs his head against its neck.
Foto: Martin by Somos arraigo
Martin thinks that anyone can do what he does, “all it takes is some patience and love” and in his interview he describes the horse as if it were “everything” for him, so we can figure out that he can’t even think about a life without a horse.
More “Criollo horses” origins in Spanish here
Or if your would like to meet Martin and his amazing horses
Horsing around! Argentine Gaucho cowboy performs some amazingly controlled yoga with a horse for TV show ‘World’s Most Talented
Self-Taught Horse Whisperer Shares a Magical Bond with the Majestic Creatures
Meet Martin Tatta, Argentina’s Horse Whisperer
Source: Somos Arraigo (some of the photos here)
El gaucho que encanta a los caballos con susurros
The Argentina Criollo Gaucho Horse breed was originated from the old Andalusian horse brought by the Spanish conquerors. A breed of great strength and hardiness, they quickly adapted to the harsh conditions of the new geography of the Pampas and to the needs of the native and gauchos, specially those from the current province of Buenos Aires.
The ancient Andalusian horse didn’t have Arabic origins. The studs that existed in the days of the conquest, in Cordoba, Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera, had its origins in the Barb (or Berber) horses from northern Africa, brought centuries earlier by Moorish invaders.
These horses, mixed with the native ones originated the famed Spanish horse, then known as ‘horse rider’ referring to the warriors of the Moorish tribe, who were eminent breeders and warriors.
They expanded in the Castilian kingdoms and implemented, sports and practices known as the ‘school of the rider’, which gave way to the traditions, styles, methods for breaking and riding that still pervade among gauchos in Estancias.
Parade of Criollo Horses
The Argentina Criollo Gaucho Horse breed is born
The horses of the conquerors gave rise to different types of South American horses.
“From those stallions and mares, exposed to different weathers, fed with different pastures, employed on different tasks, the descendent horses got adapted to the geographies, treacherous diseases and risks of the environment. In turn, somatic morphologies and physiological gifts managed by the crosses and selections imposed by men appeared, either within the wild herds or the cavalries.
During Colonial times, the Criollo horse became part of the history of those lands, it contributed to the construction of the new countries. The Criollo horse generated a culture around himself, a new venue for human expression. It helped indigenous groups to become riders too -Araucanos, Pampas and Tehuelches- to prolong their freedom with help of these animals, which joined their collective life, becoming their weapon, vehicle, food and passion.
Some of the animals used for warfare, brought in 1535 by Don Pedro de Mendoza, were set free after Buenos Aires was destroyed. Thanks to the conditions of the pampas, that little lot of horses adapted and reproduced portentously. The descendants formed herds of hundreds of thousands of wild horses –known as baguales- which were regarded in amazement by the Spanish conquistador Garay when he arrived to those territories in 1580.
The colonial life and stormy history of the nascent Argentina revolved around cattle and horses. Sales of leather, beef and tallow sustained the country. The cattle ranches were handled using horses until the introduction of barbed wire. The gauchos emerged as the most complete expression of man on horseback.
Some Argentina Criollo Gaucho Horse in the Pampas
Decline and new rise of the Argentina Criollo Gaucho Horse
Argentina was a country populated by native horses descendent from the Andalusian breed. However, from the mid-Nineteenth Century, British and Percherons horses were introduced to the country. The indiscriminate crossbreeding spread in search of higher horses. However they were not very functional for war, livestock or travelling. By the early Twentieth Century in some areas of the province of Buenos Aires it stopped being usual to find pure Criollos.
Some ranchers, including the Argentine zootechnist Don Emilio Solanet, noticed such a serious situation and undertook the task of restoring the purity of the breed. Solanet found pure Criollos in the distant lands of Chubut. He bought a number of mares and stallions from an indigenous leader and led them on a historical journey of 1800 miles to his farm ‘El Cardal’ in the province of Buenos Aires. From that batch of horses, carefully preserved by isolation and the zeal of the indigenous tribes, the pure Criollos resurfaced. From such an effort the breed registry was born and its traits asserted.
Among the Criollo horses acquired by Solanet in Chubut, there were two mature ones ‘Gato and Mancha’. They did, between 1925 and 1928 the historic raid Buenos Aires -New York that covered 22,500 kilometers by mountains, desert and jungle. This is one of the most demanding functional testing distance that positioned the Criollo breed as the best on longest routes. Both horses returned to ‘El Cardal’ by boat, and died at thirty years of age.
Breed standard of the Criollo Horse
The breed standard adopted by associations of Criollo breeders in Argentina is: mesomorph, average height between 1.40 and 1.50 m hands. Chest 1.70 to 1.86, near land. Broad-based head and fine vertex. Medium lenght, robust neck, muscular and slightly prominent cross. Wide and square rump, good bones, remarkably broad chest, big muscular structure. Usually trot and gallop, although some pace, durable and adaptable to very stringent conditions.
Predominant colors are chestnuts, dun, auburn, roan and tobiano layers. Features are the dark stripe along the spine, also known as ‘mule stripe’, and the cebraduras or zebra stripes on the legs.
History of the Criollo breed written by Fabian Corral Burbano de Lara
In the Estancia there are near 80 criollo horses for horseback, simply pet them or admire in freedom in the pampa: just book this tour for this experience: Full Day Tour Estancia departing from Buenos Aires