Foodie Tour to Estancia and San Antonio de Areco

Foodie Tour to Estancia and San Antonio de Areco

 

Foodie experience in San Antonio de Areco Town

Locro as a Foodie Tour to Estancia

 

There is no special restaurant in San Antonio de Areco where you can find these dishes since all of the restaurants and bars and coffee shops have at least a couple of these marvelous recipes.

Some of the typical foods you can find in a Foodie Tour to Estancia are:

  • Locro
  • Chorizos
  • Asado
  • Empanadas
  • Puchero criollo
  • Guiso
  • Provoleta
  • Picada criolla
  • Pastelitos criollos
  • Dulce de Leche
  • Alfajores
  • Pastafrola

 

Foodie Tour to San Antonio de Areco Town & Estancia alfajores estancia buenos aires

The sweet alfajores

 

These are some of the typical dishes from the Pampas.

Locro, Puchero and Guiso are some dishes that have similar main ingredients: beef, beans and vegetables.

 

Foodie Tour to San Antonio de Areco Town & Estancia picada estancia

“La picada”

 

The Asado that you can enjoy in Foodie Tour to Estancia and San Antonio de Areco is the most popular dish in Argentina, the one that represents our country and is simply beef cooked on the grill or, as we call it, “parrilla”.

 

Foodie Tour to San Antonio de Areco Town & Estancia asado buenos aires

Pork “matambre” in the menu of the Foodie Tour to Estancia

 

Empanadas are small pieces of dough filled with beef and then fried or cooked in the oven.

 

Provoleta is a type of cheese, cooked in the grill and covered in different spices.

 

And Picada criolla is a snack which consists in a big tray with many small portions of salami, cheese, cooked ham and raw ham, sausages, olives, peanuts, pickles, potato chips and bread.

 

And for people with a sweet tooth, there are also heaven-like desserts such as the pastelitos criollos, which is a piece of dough filled with quince jam and then fried or the Pastafrola, which is a cake filled with the same jam.

All of these great sweets in Argentina should be taken with the national drink created by the gauchos in Buenos Aires: The mate tea, the most important company for a Argentine during breakfast or during all day long.

 

But, the star in these sweet recipes is the Dulce de Leche, a delicious jam made out of milk, sugar and vanilla. More about alfajores.

 

Literally any recipe that has dulce de leche as an ingredient will be spectacular: people often make pancakes filled with this, or ice cream, or the typical Alfajor, which consists of two cookies, filled in the middle with dulce de leche and then covered in chocolate – a winner!

 

San Antonio de Areco Town & Estancia

Preparation of the asado

 

Briefly: Foodie Tour to Estancia and San Antonio de Areco is the gaucho town (in the province of Buenos Aires) that gathers all of these typical foods in almost all of the towns’ restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

 

It´s a perfect opportunity to try the typical foods people living in the Pampas have been cooking for the last centuries and have perfected through the years.

 

A delight to the palate!

 

For booking the most Real gauchos Tour Buenos Aires Areco Estancia

 

Foodie Tour to San Antonio de Areco Town & Estancia : Contact for Tour Estancia San Antonio de Areco

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez Guereno

Origins of Argentina Criollo Gaucho Horse

Origins of Argentina Criollo Gaucho Horse

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.

 

criollo horse buenos aires

 

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.

 

criollo horse estancia ombu

 

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.

 

criollo horse areco estancia

 

Breed standard of the Argentina Criollo gaucho 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.

 

Source: https://www.criollo-horse.com/en/history-of-the-criollo-breed.html
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

Estancia El Ombu de Areco

Estancia El Ombu de Areco

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.

 

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.

 

tour gauchos horseback

 

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.

 

estancia tour san antonio 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 El ombu de Areco 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 tour gauchos

 

Overhead you will see caranchos, chimangos, barn owls, herons and many other native birds of the Pampas.

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.

 

asado barbecue tour estancia

 

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 gaucho Estancia El Ombu de Areco 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 de Areco

Estancia Los Patricios de Areco

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.

 

swimming pool estancia tour areco

 

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.

 

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.

 

park estancia tour areco los patricios

 

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

 

house estancia los patricios areco

 

Full Day Tour at 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.

 

vargas llosa tour estancia

 

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

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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