Estancia stay in Argentina : Pampa & North-west – 1
An unforgettable experience meeting the Gauchos in traditional estancias of Argentina.
DAY 1 : BUENOS AIRES / ESTANCIA BAMBA DE ARECO
Description: one of our drivers will meet you at the airport to take you to San Antonio de Areco in the Province of Buenos Aires, where the La Bamba de Areco is located. After just a few miles, you will find yourself immersed in the Argentinean Pampas. These vast extensions of land, favorable for livestock breeding, make Argentina the “horsemen” country par excellence. The soul of the gaucho is embodied in this refined estancia. After a warm welcome and an initial briefing, a member of staff will take you to tour the park, the polo field and the stables. Lunch: not included, or at the estancia, depending on arrival time. Distances: the estancia is 148 km, 2h from the airport. Dinner and accommodation: Estancia La Bamba de Areco.
DAY 2 : ESTANCIA BAMBA DE ARECO
Description: a full day at Estancia Bamba de Areco enjoying its many facilities and activities, such as horseback riding, sulky rides, criollo cooking lessons and a visit to country house. Built on the XVIIIth century, it was recently restored, in the respect of original furniture in each of the 11 rooms. This estancia has a swimming pool and a place to play, the pasion of the owner. He will be happy to advise you on how to organize your day in the best possible way. Lunch, dinner and accommodation: Estancia La Bamba de Areco.
Description: after breakfast you will be driven to the airport and fly to Salta. We suggest an initial tour of the most interesting sites of the city and its surrounding area: 9 de julio Square, the Cathedral, the city hall, the San Francisco Basilica, the San Bernardo Convent, San Bernardo Hill, the General Guemes monument and the artisans’ fair. The circuit concludes with tea at San Lorenzo Castle (14 km – 9 miles from Salta). Then, you will be driven 3 hs to discover estancia Pampa Grande. Built on the XVIth century, it has been first owned by the founder of the city of Salta, Hernan de Lema. Its colonial architecture and its original furniture create an very special atmosphere, far away from the main turitical road. Lunch, Dinner and accommodation: Estancia Pampa Grande. Distances: approximately an 80km-(50 mile) circuit, around 2 hours 30 min from Salta Airport. Lunch: at Doña Salta Restaurant – regional dishes, beautiful decoration.
DAY 4 : ESTANCIA PAMPA GRANDE
Description: a day to yourself devoted to discovering the surrounding area, rich in history, where the soul of traditional Argentine countrymen known as gauchos blends with the Indian folklore of the Northwest. The best of Argentina can be found here. You can choose between a number different activities offered by the estancia. Its 30.000 hectares, located at 1700 m, in the middle of the mountains, offer a great point of view to admire the surrounding landscape. You can follow some cow-boys while they take care of the 6.500 cows of the cattle. You will witness the life and customs of some of the locals. The day will end with a dinner around the chimney. This estancia prides itself on the quality of its fresh products: fruits and vegetables grown on the farm and garden, as well as homemade steack. Lunch, dinner and accommodation: Estancia Pampa Grande.
DAY 5 : ESTANCIA PAMPA GRANDE / LOS COLORADOS / LAS FLECHAS / CAFAYATE
Description: you’ll depart early in the morning for the Calchaquí Valleys, crossing the tobacco plantations of Lerma Valley, then the towns of Cerillos, La Merced, El Carril and Chicoana. You will discover subtropical vegetation on the Escoipe Valley road. Under the intense blue Andean sky, the vegetation becomes more scarce as you ascend the impressive Obispo’s Hill, which takes you to the highest point in your excursion, the Windmill Stone, 3,348 meters (10,985 feet) above sea level. You then cross through an incredible region called Los Colorados inside Los Cardones National Park. Zigzagging between the cactuses, the road merges with the famous route 40, in the Calchaqui Valley; you will be taken aback by the Quebrada de las Flechas and its surprising mineral universe. You will quickly visit Cafayate before reaching the hotel, located at the entrance of the Quebrada de las Conchas. This hotel has an exceptional view, with its vineyards framed by the orange and ochre mountains. Distances: 354 km (220 miles) circuit, 4 hours from Salta to Cachi and 3 hours 30 min from Cachi to Cafayate. Lunch: gourmet picnic during the circuit. Dinner and accommodation: La Casa de la Bodega Boutique Hotel
DAY 6 : CAFAYATE / ESTANCIA EL BORDO DE LAS LANZAS
Description: after breakfast, you will depart for the Valley of Las Conchas, which offers countless excuses for stopping and taking a brief stroll. Multicolored rocky formations and desert-like mountains: a show nature has been preparing for centuries. If you like, you can do a mini trek through the Yesera region. After a late lunch, you can devote the afternoon to relaxing and exploring the estancia. Optional: 45-minute trek through the Yesera region. Distances: 255 km (158 miles) circuit, about 5 hours 30 min. Lunch, dinner and accommodation: Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas. Note: if you want to make it for lunch, you’ll have to depart quite early.
DAY 7 : ESTANCIA EL BORDO DE LAS LANZAS
Description: an entire day devoted to discovering this ancient family estancia founded in 1609. It belonged to one of the most important families of colonial times, and since then it has been fully dedicated to agricultural and stock breeding activities. It is one of the most famous and oldest estancias in the country. The main house was built as a resting place for the mother of General Guemes, a hero of Argentine Independence. The furniture of the estancia takes us 4 centuries back in history. Guests mingle with the gauchos of the estancia, assisting them in their traditional farm activities: herding, counting, branding and caring for livestock. You’ll also be able to tour the tobacco and sugar cane plantations. The estancia also features a caiman reserve and breeds Peruvian horses known for their robustness and docility. Finally, you can enjoy the swimming pool, a 2500-hectare park with attractive subtropical vegetation and the great variety of birds and mammals such as the grey wolf and the peccary. Lunch, dinner and accommodation: Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas.
DAY 8 : ESTANCIA EL BORDO DE LAS LANZAS / QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA / PURMAMARCA
Description: after breakfast, you will tour the Quebrada de Humahuaca, stopping at different towns during the descent, each with its distinctive features. First you will visit Humahuaca, ancient post of the Incan Empire, later of the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata, located 2940 meters (9645 feet) above sea level. After lunch, you will continue to Uquia, located immediately after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, with its lovely chapel. Then you will visit Tilcara and its interesting “Pucara”, a pre-Columbine fortress built sometime in between 1000-1480, the Archeological Museum and Devil’s Throat. Before reaching the hotel in Purmamarca, you will detour towards Maimara, to enjoy the famous Painter’s Palette, whose wide range of color tones are due to the successive appearance of diverse geological layers. Optional: during the day, the possibility of doing a mini trek through the Valle de las Señoritas (40 minutes, Uquia region). Distances: 250 km (155 miles) circuit; 2h45 from El Bordo de las Lanzas to Humahuaca. Lunch: in Humahuaca at the regional restaurant La Casa Vieja. Dinner and accommodation: El Manantial del Silencio Hotel.
DAY 9 : PURMAMARCA / CORNISA / SALTA / BUENOS AIRES
Description: when leaving Purmamaca, you’ll descend to the city of Jujuy, a circuit still very rich in colors. You’ll then take the Cornisa route which takes you to a completely different landscape: the yunga forests. After your flight back to Buenos Aires and once you’ve settled in at your hotel, a dinner show will offer you the opportunity to experience the passion and grace of tango. Just before your departure, Argentina reveals its soul… Distances: 150 km (93 miles) circuit, about 3 hour trip. Note: in case of significant fog, the return to Salta will be via General Guemes. Lunch: at La Cienaga Dam Inn restaurant. Dinner show: at Piazzolla or similar. Accomodation: Casa Calma Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 10 : BUENOS AIRES / INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Description: before leaving for the airport, you can discover Buenos Aires and/or, ic you prefer, go shopping. The leather-goods and gaucho articles shops offer typical and original products. The city tour goes through 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world with its 65 meter (213 feet) obelisk and Avenida de Mayo, which is well known for its buildings of Galician architectural influence. At Plaza de Mayo you will discover the Casa Rosada, the president’s HQ. You will then visit the La Boca neighborhood, with its colorful houses made with materials recovered from ships, inspiration for painters and poets. You can then discover San Telmo, home to antique shops and traditional tango bars. La Recoleta is a traditional residential neighborhood, where walking is a true pleasure due to its numerous parks and squares. To end your tour, you’ll visit Puerto Madero, the old city port which has recently been completely refurbished. Option: flight over Buenos Aires in a private helicopter. Get an unforgettable panoramic view of Buenos Aires from 200 m in the air, 30 to 45 min tour, covering around 100km. Lunch: at Gardiner restaurant or similar. Dinner and night: on the plane.