About 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.