Pampas Towns & Estancias
The Pampas are South America’s fertile plains, extending from the Andes to the Atlantic. Throughout these rolling prairies, gauchos (cowboys) raise world-famous, grass-fed cattle.
The countryside around Buenos Aires is dotted with charming rural towns and historic ranches. Day trips and overnight stays can be arranged.
Founded in 1730, San Antonio de Areco is located 75 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, on the tree-lined Ruta Nacional 8.
It’s quiet square is lined with shops selling hand-woven blankets and traditional clothing. Masterful silver and leatherwork are also produced here.
A notable highlight, the local Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes is dedicated to pampas culture and named after the author of the classic novel Don Segundo Sombra. Outside of town, a handful of private estancias (ranches) open their gates to outside visitors.
Guests can enjoy:
- Horseback Riding
- Demonstrations Of Gaucho Equestrian Skill
- Traditional Asado Barbeque
San Miguel del Monte
San Miguel del Monte, a lakeside town surrounded by farms, is located 60 miles (90 minutes) south of Buenos Aires on Route 3. Here, elegant ranches offer polo lessons, wing shooting, fishing trips and fine dining.
In the nearby town of Ranchos, master silversmiths create museum-quality candlesticks and jewelry. Private helicopter service between Buenos Aires and San Miguel del Monte is also available.
The pampas are generally sunny year-round, with an average humidity of 80%. The warmest months are December through February, with highs around 80°. The winter months (June and July) are cooler, with highs around 60°.
“During the evening a great number of Gauchos came in to drink spirit and smoke cigars: their appearance is very striking; they are generally tall and handsome, but with a proud and dissolute expression of countenance…Their politeness is excessive; they never drink without expecting you to taste it; but whilst making their exceedingly great bow, they seem quite as ready, if occasion offered, to cut your throat.”