"Estancia Visit-- Visita a una estancia" San Antonio de Areco by GentleSpirit

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San Antonio de Areco

San Antonio de Areco is located about 70 miles (113km) from the capital, in Buenos Aires Province. This is on the pampa humeda, the vast expanse of grasslands near Buenos Aires. Since colonial times this region has been enormously important to the national economy in that Argentina based much of its wealth on the export of beef, leather and other products from the cow. The conditions were right in Buenos Aires Province, with favorable weather and large expanses of unsettled land. Enter the estancia, a swath of land dedicated mostly to livestock.

San Antonio Areco was founded in 1730. Today, more than anything else, it is at the center of tours to visit the estancias. San Antonio Areco's claim to fame is that it was the home of Ricardo Guiraldes, who wrote the novel "Don Segundo Sombra," a story about the real life of the gaucho as well as his character and traditions.

San Antonio de Areco se encuentra a unos 70 millas (113km) de Buenos Aires, en la provincia de Buenos Aires. Esta es en la Pampa Húmeda, la enorme extensión de los pastizales. Desde la época colonial esta región ha sido de enorme importancia para la economía nacional en el que la Argentina basó la mayor parte de su riqueza en la exportación de carne, cuero y otros productos de la vaca. Las condiciones eran muy buenas, con un clima favorable y grandes extensiones de tierras sin resolver. Entonces entro la estancia, una franja de tierra dedicada principalmente a la ganadería.

San Antonio Areco fue fundada en 1730. Hoy, esta en el centro de la industria turistica que esta ofreciendo visitas guiadas a las estancias. San Antonio Areco fue donde vivio Ricardo Güiraldes, autor de la novela "Don Segundo Sombra", una historia sobre la vida real del gaucho, así como su carácter y tradiciones.

A visit to the estancia

An estancia is a ranch, a gaucho is roughly the equivalent of a cowboy. Are either of them limited to this part of the country, absolutely not! Is it genuine? Sure, its a bit softened up for tourists, but you do get to see a working ranch. You will get to see the estancia's main house and a bit of its history and traditions. There will be cows, there will be horses. You will see an entertaining display of horsemanship. You will then sit down for a nice meal and perhaps some tango dancers. Touristy, sure. Enjoyable? Absolutely!

Una estancia es un rancho, un gaucho es más o menos el equivalente a un vaquero. Los gauchos se pueden encontrar en varias partes del país, no solo en esta region. ¿Es real? Claro, es un poco ablandado para los turistas, pero se llega a ver a la ganadería. Se llega a ver la casa principal de la estancia y un poco de su historia y tradiciones. Habrá vacas, habrá caballos. Usted verá una espectaculo de la equitación. A continuación, sentarse a una buena cena y tal vez algunos bailarines de tango. Turistico, claro. Agradable? ¡Por supuesto!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:friendly people, great horsemanship, wonderful asado
  • Cons:a bit expensive
  • In a nutshell:an enjoyable day in the country
  • Last visit to San Antonio de Areco: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated May 19, 2013
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Looks like a real adventure Val! And I love your pix mate!! Good job! Hugs, Ann :o)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    I would have loved this celebration. The horses look so beautiful.

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Great pages and tips. Even managed to read the page en espanol which is very rusty now.

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