Estancia El Ombú de Areco
Ruta 31 Cuartel VI, Villa Lía, San Antorio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Welcome to Horse CountryAbout two hours north of bustling Buenos Aires lie the flat, fertile grasslands of the Pampas - gaucho country. Farms and ranches abound as do these friendly Argentine cowboys.
In the center of this region is a sleepy town called San Antonio de Areco, where I spent a couple of days soaking up the easy-going atmosphere and chatting with the locals.
Before heading back to BA, I knew I wanted to experience life on an estancia, so I headed to El Ombu for a full-day of horseback riding. We rode on the open land, walking, trotting, cantering and even galloping - there were no rules. You just ventured as you liked as the gauchos herded cattle around us.
Back at the ranch, we were treated to a veritable feast of steak - T bone, rump, strip, etc etc. I had never seen so much barbequed cow flesh in one place in my entire life. And it was delicioso.
We also spoke with some of the gauchos to learn a bit about estancia life, during which time the Malbec was free-flowing. Hours later, after consuming pounds of steak and liters of wine, we miraculously got back on the horses for a late afternoon ride.