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Ranch (Estancia) and Gauchos of Argentina and Chile

Despite their different histories, both Chile and Argentina are countries where the “estancia” (ranch) and gaucho (cowboy) are icons for travellers. I can suggest a themed trip involving stays at “estancias” to experience the customs of these cowboys of the great south. I know very traditional estancias where you can spend many hours or several days living to the rhythm of the estancia, sharing mate (traditional tea), eating asados (barbeques) and horseback riding.

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The Gaucho
Bariloche
"La Buitrera"
El Calafate
the patagonian steppe
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El Calafate
the patagonian steppe
Bariloche
Gutierrez Lake
El Calafate
the patagonian steppe
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Puerto Madryn
Road Península Valdes
Puerto Madryn
Road Punta Loma
Bariloche - Steppe
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Bariloche
Colonia Suiza
Chili
Puerto Natales
"Tierra del Fuego - Río Grande"
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Bahia Bustamante Bariloche - Limay river "Día de la Tradición"
Bariloche - Limay River  

| Estancia : 15 miles from Bariloche

| Duration : half day at several days.

| The ultimate trip ! The Fortin Chacabuco Estancia (stub farm) is quite typical, and will delight you with many opportunities for horse back riding across the steppe, forests, rivers and mountains. Over 25,000 acres of land are waiting for you ! This estancia is very typical of Patagonia, and sure you'll enjoy the quality of the horses provided to you for this trip. You'll be able to choose : whether half a day only, or a full day with an "asado" lunch, or even if you are really enthusiastic, you'll be able to sleep on site and spend a few days. Of course, you can also enjoy long walks, watching deers, flying fish and even discover sheep shearing in September.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche
"la Buitrera""
 

| Estancia : 20 miles from Bariloche

| Duration : half day or more.

| With a guide.

| The "El Desafio" Estancia (stud farm) is very typical of Patagonia, with its more than 12,000 acres of land. You'll be offered multiple activities, such as horseback riding, walking amidst millenial lengua forests, condor watching, etc... You can sleep on the farm if you wish. But the top best is undoubtedly to ride up to "La Builtrera" to watch condors, early in the morning or late at night...

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
El Calafate - the patagonian steppe  

| Estancia : 30 miles from El Calafate

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| With a guide.

| We suggest the estancia "Rio Mitre", where you'll be welcomed by Esteban, quite a passionate guy. With him you'll spend a whole day in his estancia, and learn many many things about Southern Patagonia habits. Among the possible activities, let's quote riding, fly fishing, trekking, mountain biking, wild fauna watching... It's a place with 5,OOO acres of land, and a single country house; therefore you can be assured of quite an exclusive and almost private service . Of course, not to be missed !

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
El Calafate - the patagonian steppe  

| Estancia : 50 miles from El Calafate

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| With a guide.

| Situated in the "Los galciares" national park, the estancia "Nibeko Aike" borders the "Brazo Rico" or the lake Argentino. It is a typically traditional Patagonian estancia. It offers quite a wide range of activities, such as walking, horseback riding through hills and forests of "lengas" and "nires", flora and local fauna watching. You'll even be invited to take part in some rural activities, and of course to taste and enjoy some typical Patagonian food, namely the famous "asado". It's quite a soothing spot : no doubt you'll appreciate the 11 rooms in which you'll have a refreshing sleep...

  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche - Gutierrez Lake  

| Estancia : 20 miles from Bariloche.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| With a guide.

| The estancia "Peuma Hue" is the ideal spot for people looking for a few day stay, with a top class service. Situated on the lake Gutierrez bank, the surroundings are really beautiful, with quite an interesting environment, and various rustic houses. All the rooms command a splendid view, with for some of them the addition of a jacuzzi and private bath. Sure you'll enjoy there a top class service. A wide range of activities are offered, such as riding, trekking, fly fishing, yoga, and... tango training and show.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
El Calafate - the patagonian steppe  

| Estancia : 25 miles from El Calafate.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The estancia "Eolo" is the ideal place for people wishing to enjoy Patagonian life thanks to a top class service. "Eolo" is a "lodge de campo" (country lodge) type of estancia, a roomy and convenient place quite typical of the traditional Patagonian estancias. It's set up on a big 7,400 acre estate, in the Santa Cruz district. You'll be allowed to choose either one of the 5 "Premium suites" (400 sq feet or 520 sq feet) or the 2 "corner suites" (520 sq feet). You'll be proposed horseback riding and trekking at the "Cerro Frias" and in the Anita valley, mountain biking on quite original country lanes, star watching through a telescope, wild fauna, flora and bird watching.

  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
To envisage : Asado :
Puerto Madryn
Road Península Valdes
 

| Estancia : 20 miles from Puerto Madryn.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The "Deseado" estancia  can be considered as quite an adequate accomodation choice for people looking for a typical exotic spot, not very far from Valdes Peninsula. "Deseado" offers all the convenient opportunities for a pleasant stay in the estancia. The people working there will offer you to share their traditional way of life for a few days. You'll choose one of the 6 rooms, all of them with private bath. It's a nearly 42,000 acre estate. Several activities are proposed such as riding, trekking, mountain biking, wild fauna watching from a 4WD van...

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Puerto Madryn
Road Punta Loma
 

| Estancia : 25 miles from Puerto Madryn.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The "San Guillermo Estancia" offers quite pleasant, comfortable and charming rooms for a nice stay near Valdes Peninsula. As regards accomodation, this is a much more relevant choice than Pedro Madryn. The estancia has 10 rooms with private bath. Moreover, across the 7,500 acres of land, you'll be able to ride at full gallop, or merely have a walk in the "campo". All the more so because the estancia is ideally situated as a starting point for trips to the whole area or the Valdes Peninsula.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche - Steppe  

| Estancia : 30 miles from Bariloche.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The "La Esperanza estancia" is with no doubt one of the most pleasant accommodations, especially as regards its environmental qualities. With its 7,500 acres of land, quite close to the National Park, the place offers countless opportunities : in Summer, you'll be able to have riding and trekking; in winter, that could be riding again, snowshoe walks, and even ski touring. Of course there are lots of opportunities for undertaking mixed activities for several day trips. There's no doubt you'll be delighted by the quite pleasant "casco" of the estancia. But you may choose as well the much more secluded "hut", which will provide you with quite a peculiar "land's end" atmosphere.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche - Colonia Suiza  

| Estancia : 20 miles from Bariloche.

| Duration : half day or 1 day.

| Now let's make Eduardo's acquaintance, and discover this 75 year old guy's peculiar way of life, inherited from ancestral habits. Spending a few hours with him can really be both rewarding and time suspending. As he rules a 2,500 acre campo, Edouardo owns 15 horses, 20 cows (or so), more than 120 sheep, 1 boar, and several hens. Sure you'll take the opportunity to share his "mate" (local drink), and have a chat with him about his everyday life. You'll be also acquainted with Edouardo's hobby : he can play the accordion, and sing very nicely. Of course, no tourist is to be seen here : Eduardo is above all my friend.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage :    
Chile - Puerto Natales  

Ranch : 43,50 miles from Puerto Natales.

| Duration : 1 day.

You will discover a estancia which particularly holds me with heart. Located between Puerto Native and the national park Torres del Paine, large of more than 9 884 acres, comprising more than 2 000 sheep, horses, cows… You will be received by its owners: the young person Cristian and Loréna. You will be able to taste all the products houses of this estancia (with the breakfast especially), to have a visit to measure of the "galpon" or is carried out the shearing of the sheep, a demonstration by "Chuma" of Chilien rodeo. You will be able of course to make horse, or a small walking to discover the super lake "Toro". Midday you will be entitled to super "an asado" prepared by Omar. You will be able to see how life a family in an estancia: hard work of wool of sheep, and this in the middle of a landscape destabilizing with 360 degrees. Cristian was my friend as of my first meeting because its simplicity and its courage allured me.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
"Tierra del Fuego - Río Grande"  

Ranch : 80,78 miles from Ushuaia.

| Duration : 1 day.

I propose to you to go to discover the family "Daniels", very attaching which saw all the year in the estancia "Tired Hijas", cut world, in the middle of an imposing framework. You will be accommodated by all the "team" and all the Daniels family: Richard, Carola, Esteban and Patricio (two wires), Maria. You will eat super "a cordero", specialty of the house and you will be able to make a ballade with horse in the middle of the 9 884,22 acres of this estancia which makes party of my favorite, for its simplicity and its authenticity.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Argentina - The Gaucho  

| Duration : half or 1 day.

| The figure of "the gaucho" plays quite a symbolic part in Argentina. In contrast with European urban trends, and politicians prevailing corruption, he's considered as a kind of Argentinian national and traditional icon,. The gauchos image is quite stereotyped : they were strong (as regards their jobs), taciturn but at the same time arrogant and quite ready to react to any provocation with violence. I can arrange a one day meeting (or more) with such special people. Then you'll be able to rasp the opportunity to apprehend their way of life, their habits and their social rites. That will be an unforgettable experience, provided that you prove your ability to take over with such a special world, and understand these bygone times survivors.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Défilé de gauchos  
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| Durée Plusieurs jours.

| Dans de nombreuses petites villes d’Argentine et du Chili, lors de diverses dates, des fêtes sont organisés. C’est alors l’occasion pour les gauchos des environs de ces points de rassemblement de défiler. C’est un spectacle de toute beauté que de voir ces gauchos, hommes et femmes de tout âge, habillés impeccablement, avec leur plus beau chapeau, poncho, ceinture, bottes, montures… et bien sur le fidèle compagnon, le cheval, « coiffé » comme jamais. En effet lors de ces défilés, c’est l’occasion pour ces gauchos, de représenter leur ferme ou estancia, et donc il se doit d’être à la hauteur de l’évènement. Voir arriver de toutes directions ces gauchos est un vrai plaisir pour les yeux, car on ne se douterai pas qu’il y en ait autant.

| Activité avec guide.

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« Día de la Tradición »  
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| Duration : Few days.

| The Día de la Tradición is a national holiday throughout Argentina on the 10th November, but San Antonio de Areco is really the place to be if you can find a place to stay. As the centre of celebrations, the town draws foreign tourists and Argentines alike from all corners, and is usually packed out all week. It’s a slap-up feast of a festival, an orgy of indulgement, a near-parody of all that Argentines love, and love to boast about, not just in the rural corners of the pampa but throughout the cities and the capital itself. The central character in all the action is the gaucho, and to really appreciate the meat, the dancing, the handkerchief-waving and equestrian acrobatics you’ll need to bone up on a bit of the history of this rough, tough, real man of a man. If you're in Buenos Aires, pop along to the Feria de Mataderos to see him in Sunday-afternoon style action. The yearly festival of the Día de la Tradición usually takes place the weekend before the 10th November, but do confirm this nearer the time as it is postponed to the following weekend in case of rain.

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Bahia Bustamante  

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| most ancient history, back to the time when it was a green oasis. Now you will discover the tree trunks of a petrified forest, the silent survivors of that era. Six comfortable houses by the sea were remodelled to house our guests. Each house includes 2 twin bedrooms, living room, fully equipped bathroom, heating and hot water and a terrace with a sea view. A generator provides electricity to the village from sundown until 23 h. At the grocery store, you will be delighted with our exclusive regional meals based on our own products such as seaweed, lamb, fish and seafood. This program invites you to explore the area, discovering the secrets of this land of pioneers and explorers. You will get a glimpse of the real Patagonian lifestyle: the harshness of its weather, the remoteness, and desert plateaus that end with the sea. In the arid stillness of the landscape and the whistle of the wind, you will discover the core of this marvellous ecosystem that is full with life. You will learn to take care of it, in order for man and nature to live together.

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  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
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Borispatagonia

Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!