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Gaucho Festival, Argentina

Gaucho Festival

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£1,800 ex. flights

Experience the raw traditions of Argentina during the annual Guacho Festival in San Antonio de Areco, watching cowboy rodeos and tucking in to asados by day and returning to a cosy Relais & Chateaux estancia by night.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Gaucho Festival, Argentina 1

Gaucho Festival

Experience the largest Gaucho Festival in Argentina, a traditional annual event.

Estancia La Bamba de Areco, Pampas, Argentina 2

Estancia La Bamba

Stay on an expansive and authentic Relais & Chateaux estancia surrounded by pampas.

Gaucho Competition, Patagonia, Argentina 3

Horse Whispering

Marvel at the estancia’s daily horse whispering show, conducted by gauchos.

Polo Player, Argentina 4

Riding & Polo

Gallop with a gaucho across the pampas or perhaps watch an off-season polo match.

Why we like it

The sophisticated capital of Buenos Aires may be at Argentina’s head, but the heart of the nation and the people is out in the countryside. Journey to an unapologetically authentic estancia to witness gauchos from all over the country congregate in a dazzling annual cowboy display, accompanied every step of the way by guides from the Relais & Chateaux estancia.

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Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-3
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 4
    Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco
  • Days 5-6
    San Antonio de Areco
  • Day 7
    San Antonio de Areco - Buenos Aires
Estancia La Bamba de Areco, Pampas, Argentina
Estancia La Bamba de Areco, Pampas, Argentina

The Estancia Experience

Travel overland to one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, Estancia La Bamba de Areco. With all meals included, guests can tuck in to the chef’s legendary crepes with dulce de leche and partake in an authentic Argentine asado washed down with wine. Horse whisperer shows are conducted daily, home baked empanadas accompany barbeque lunches, and sociable dogs run around the house and grounds.

Horse, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina
San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

Gaucho Festival

Once a year, gauchos come flocking from far and wide to San Antonio de Areco, a town whose antiquated architecture and narrow cobbled streets hark back to the 18th century. For just one week in November, powerful gleaming Criollo horses and striking riders in full traditional dress parade around town. Equestrian parades, breaking-in demonstrations, folk dancing, craft stalls, food stands and smoking grills are daily occurrences, and guests of the estancia have access to an exclusive base serving food and drink in the middle of the festivities.

Pampas, Argentina
Pampas, Argentina

Pampas Activities

Don a fringe poncho and saddle up for a horseback ride across the pampas in the company of a gaucho or observe a thrilling polo game played by the international team that use the estancia as their base. Ride a mountain bike to the nearest town to visit the master silversmiths in their workshops or explore the charming Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum.

San Telmo District, Buenos Aires, Argentina
San Telmo District, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discover Buenos Aires

Known as ‘The Paris of Latin America’, Buenos Aires is quite simply one of the world’s greatest cosmopolitan cities. Wander its world-class museums, antique markets, colonial architecture and cobbled streets, and visit the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery that is home to the resting place of Eva Peron. Perhaps visit a tango show or take the hydrofoil to Uruguay.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Estancia La Bamba de Areco £££££

  • Argentina
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Set within 600 private acres of vast pampas wilderness, Estancia La Bamba de Areco is one of the oldest family-run working estancias in all of Argentina and a Relais & Chateaux property to boot. Retaining the ambience of a cosy private home yet harnessing the gaucho traditions that make estancias so magical, the colonial-style property is encompassed by plane trees and comprised of a series of houses, a traditional stable, an al fresco pool, and a few friendly estate dogs for good measure. With all meals included, guests can tuck into the chef’s legendary crepes with dulce de leche and partake in an authentic Argentine asado washed down with wine.

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Legado Mitico £££££

  • Argentina
  • City
  • Boutique

A highly conceptual property founded on the notion of Argentine identity, Legado Mitico is a boutique property that is all at once avant-garde and undeniably homely. Despite its position in the hub of the bohemian barrio of Palermo Soho, the townhouse is a tranquil oasis peppered with foliage and draping vegetation. Its 11 refined rooms are individually decorated with wood floors and memorabilia inspired by historic figures of the nation that include Che Guevara and Eva Peron, while one boasts its own private terrace. There are inviting lounge areas that appear in the form of a serene library, a living room with sofas set around a roaring fireplace, and a small garden terrace with a bubbling Jacuzzi.

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Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau £££££

  • Argentina
  • City

Ideally located on the famed Avenida Alvear, Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is situated in the most exclusive and fashionable residential and shopping district of Buenos Aires. The hotel boasts a state-of-the-art gymnasium with a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool and health spa. There are four restaurants to choose from – the Duhau, Vinoteca, Gioia and Piano Nobile Salons – and all rooms are beautifully decorated with lavish finishing touches such as marble bathrooms and walk-in rain showers.

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Thanks to James for planning this trip of a lifetime through Argentina, a place we have always wanted to see. We were able to visit everywhere from Patagonia in the south to the Iguazu Falls in the north, and all with very little effort on our part.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: James

Paul listened carefully to what we wanted from our travels in Argentina and put together a really special itinerary that was perfectly tailored to us.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Paul did everything from making dinner reservations in Buenos Aires to booking specific rooms in the Lake District that he knew would give us the best view.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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When to travel

Argentina in January

December to February is the peak of summer in Argentina, bringing long summer days and pleasant temperatures. As this is the busiest time of year to travel, expect peak prices and we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance for availability. Summer is the best time of year for all the outdoor experiences that the country has to offer.

Argentina in February

January and February are the peak of summer in Argentina, bringing long summer days and pleasant temperatures. As this is the busiest time of year to travel, expect peak prices and we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance for availability. Summer is the best time of year for all the outdoor experiences that the country has to offer.

Argentina in March

March brings the end of summer across the country. If you are planning to visit Patagonia, it is best to start here in early March as it is still accessible.

Argentina in April

April starts the autumn in Argentina. As the temperatures lower, crowds thin across the country. This can be a great time to avoid large numbers of visitors and to experience the autumnal colours across the countryside.

Argentina in May

As the country moves further into late autumn, temperatures continue to drop. However, cooler temperatures can make for a pleasant visit to Iguazu Falls, Mendoza and the desert avoiding the crowds.

Argentina in June

June begins the winter season across the country. Although Patagonia becomes more challenging to access, this can be a good time to visit other more popular destinations further north without the crowds. This is also the best time to view the southern right whales off the Valdes Peninsula.

Argentina in July

July and August are the depths of winter for the country. This brings much cooler temperatures and snow in some regions. Although perhaps not an ideal time to see the highlights, this can be a good time to visit Buenos Aires in an off-peak time with cooler temperatures.

Argentina in August

July and August are the depths of winter for the country. This brings much cooler temperatures and snow in some regions. Although perhaps not an ideal time to see the highlights, this can be a good time to visit Buenos Aires in an off-peak time with cooler temperatures.

Argentina in September

September officially welcomes spring across Argentina. This is a great time to experience the northern region without the peak season prices or crowds.

Argentina in October

As the country moves further into spring, the countryside starts to bloom with wildflowers. This is a great time of year to get involved with outdoor activities while temperatures are still cool and the crowds are quieter.

Argentina in November

November is a great time of year to visit as summer begins yet beating the peak season crowds that come in December. Patagonia is in full bloom and the vineyards of Mendoza are surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Andes.

Argentina in December

December in Argentina brings the start of the peak season. Temperatures are warm, although due to the size of the country these can vary so it is advisable to bring layers. Weather is at its most desirable for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Following from the spring rains, the falls of Iguazu are at their most impressive during December.

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