Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
61Trip End Sep 07, 2006
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On Thursday we took a tour to San Antonio de Areco about 120kms from Buenos Aires. It is the most famous town in Argentina for preserving the gaucho culture (cowboys). As it is Winter here and not so busy we were the only two people on the tour so was fantastic, we had a tour guide all to ourselves. on our way he gave us a history of the Pampas and the Gaucho culture. We went to visit the small town and saw a silversmiths workshop which continues the tradition of handmaking cutlery, belts etc. We were then taken to an Estancia which is a big ranch with horses, cows and sheep. The ranch dated back to the 1880īs.
The main reason for visiting an Estancia is to go horse riding with a Gaucho. We were introduced to Oscar who has worked on the ranch all his life and his grandfather was a famous gaucho who wrote a book on the history of the Pampas
Paulīs horse was a bit on the lazy side and lagged behind all the way until he saw home and then kept going into a gallop everytime Paul tried to slow him down.
We had a traditional barbecue for lunch, we declined on the meat that was described as glands!. In the afternoon we were brought for a carriage ride around the grounds, it felt like being in The Waltons (see pictures).
Had a brilliant day,
Little bit saddle sore on Friday,
Love Lisa and Paul x