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
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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.
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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.
How is the gaucho life
Martin Tatta, a real gaucho who lives a typical gaucho life, In San Antonio de Areco, a small city located in Buenos Aires province, Argentina.
The population of the city has a very country lifestyle, surrounded by horses, and gauchos.
There are still Gauchos today!, but we are going to talk about a “a countryman” Martin, he was raised in the countryside, with his family, the son of a gaucho from whom he inherited the “taste” for the countryside.
Current and real gaucho life
Since childhood he wanted to have a country life, with animals, but especially horses, this guy had a very special connection with the horses, he received his first horse when he was 6 years old.
His father was a gaucho, who had already had the pleasure of living a gaucho life but living a Gaucho life could be hard, far away from the city and hard jobs, however some people love and enjoy this lifestyle.
Gaucho life in Argentina
In Argentina there are many popular gauchos, this is a culture, Gauchos were usually mestizos (persons of mixed European and Indian ancestry), but some of them were white, black, or mulatto (of mixed black and white ancestry) gauchos are characterized by their “outfit”, very unique, and it is not easy to see in other places.
How is the gaucho life in the Estancia
They have a special way to dress, they work in the countryside and with cattle, but something really important to highlight is what they drink, Mate! A traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, today Argentinian people drink lot of mat, Mate invites people to join.
As Pedro Luis Barcia, (president of the National Academy of Education) says in an interview you have to “Matear” (drink mate) everywhere, “on the train, in the bus, on the beach, in the mountains, in the car and at the picnic”, for this reason Mate is so important for the gaucho culture.
When Martin was young he left school, his father told him that he should work and it helped him begin to deal with horses even more than before, Martin was raised in the countryside and all his life was dedicated to horses and his ranch.
As he clarifies in the interview made by Fernando Freixas, Martin was born in San Antonio de Areco, “he created a method of dressage and training based on trust”.
He is a good example to show to the people what’s like living a gaucho life, He wears a gaucho’s outfit, drinks mate, he lives in a house (kind of a ranch) in the middle of the field, Martin wants to keep the customs and traditions of his place, He feels very honored to live where he likes and do what he wants with horses.
Tasks in a gaucho life
Martin, before to be a horse whisperer, he used to be a horse tamer in his city, it was a sport, but when he found his quality with horses he left it and dedicated his time and passion to the horses until today, horses helped to Martin to travel all over the world to show his talent.
He does not imagine working on something else or away from the horses, He does not want to lose contact with his equines, even if he is older.
So, Martin, with his knowledge, relationship with horses, lifestyle and customs, he is really living a gaucho life.
Source: Somos Arraigo
El mate, símbolo de unión.
Gaucho, SOUTH AMERICAN HISTORY
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Mate experience in an argentine Estancia
Mate experience in an argentine Estancia is THE traditional beverage of Argentina.
Five things you have to know about mate:
The mate for Argentines is national pride, an excuse to meet, a family habit that is inherited and accompanies all day. It is associated with the hospitality of rural people and gauchos.
It is the most social and preeminent infusion, it represents union and sharing, helps to socialize, facilitates the generation of bonds, lengthens the talk or promotes it.
From parents to children, for many parents it is a source of pride that their children start drinking mate. Children begin to take when they see adults, and see it as a game, they ask for it because it catches their attention. Young people incorporate the consumption of mate during the last years of high school and when entering the faculty.
Its consumption can occur in two ways with different meanings:
If the consumption is individual, it accompanies, it is a hobby, it entertains. When we are with friends, couple, family, invites to talk, to reflection, to debate.
It is present throughout the day people with thermos under his arm and mate. During breakfast, late morning or during the snack at the afternoon.
Image of a Mate experience in an argentine Estancia
Partially extracted from the book: ¡Che Boludo! by James Bracken: Che Boludo Book :
For the Argentines, “los mates” are a fundamental part of life.
Mate is a strongly caffeinated tea drunk from a hollow gourd about the size of an apple.
The gourd is filled with the herb and hot water and then drunk through a metal straw (la bombilla) with a perforated end that allows the liquid to pass without the herb.
Although mates can be fashioned out of anything from wood to a bull´s horn and intricately ornated with silver and traditional carvings, a common gourd or small metal cup is more commonly used.
The mate gaucho ceremony
Upon first glance, a mate session can appear to be some sort of tribal drug ritual and some uninformed gringos have even been known to try to ignite and smoke the contents of the mate when passed their way.
buying the mate experience herb
Mate, like coffee or tea in most other countries, is consumed in the morning to help wake up as well as anytime of the day between friends who want to relax and speak frankly about matters.
It must first be made clear that mate is both the drink itself, as well as the gourd from which it is drunk.
The actual herb placed inside the mate is yerba.
Not hierba nor mate, but yerba. Yerba is grown in the warm and fertile provinces of Corrientes and Misiones in northern Argentina.
How is the procedure of a Mate experience in an argentine Estancia
Mate customs vary from person to person and place to place but some fundamental practices are important.
There is one server (cebador) who must take charge of serving the mates.
It is traditionally the chore of the youngest person present to serve the elders the mates.
The server must begin by heating the water in the kettle (pava) and filling the mate with an appropriate portion of yerba.
It is important that the water does not reach a boil.
Most experts agree that 82 C is optimal.
Once the water is properly heated the server will pour himself the first so as to be sure it is suitable for consumption.
Sometimes the server will spit out the first couple of sips as they tend to be quite bitter those first ones, also sometimes this action is taken like “returning back something to mother earth” according to very old believes.
how is the mate experience cup
Some servers will place a spoonful of sugar in the mate to curb the bitterness and sweeten the yerba; this depends on the persona tastes of those drinking the mates.
The mate is then passed from person to person:
Each person drinks the entire contents of the mate and passes it back to the server who refills the mate and passes it to the next.
You are not to say “gracias” until you do not want anymore mate.
After several rounds the yerba will become diluted or “washed” (lavado) and it will be necessary to change a portion (ensillar) or all of the yerba in the mate.
the mate gourd
mate herb packages at the supermarket
This mate infusion has its origins many hundreds of years when the Guarani Indians of the Mesopotamia area of Argentina start drinking it for its energizing properties.
Once the gauchos start being with the company of the mate drink daily and every day, they start developing procedures, ways of preparing, “ceremony” of the mate and etiquette.
How to have a Mate experience in an argentine Estancia
If you would like to be part of this preparation and ceremony in its original place, “Las Pampas” you can book this Tour Estancia Buenos Aires and San Antonio de Areco gaucho Town, here.
You will see the gauchos at the Estancia El Ombú de Areco in their break during the tasks of the ranch, slowly preparing the mate gourd and herb, then pouring small amounts of hot water into the container and then trying it with very short sips.
While in the Estancia you can have Mate tea every breakfast, during the morning, and specially during the late afternoon.
Also you can be supplied with the whole equipment to prepare your own mate, going on a horseback riding till near the river or in the middle of the “sea of grass” of the Pampas to sip your mate the most original way and place with the company of the gauchos of the Estancia.
You can specially plan to include this Mate and Full Day tour to Estancia and Pueblo gaucho San Antonio de Areco in the “Inspirock Trip Planner”