Visiting an Estancia Outside Buenos Aires

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February 2, 2011 12:46 am

Even if only for a day, a popular getaway for porteños (Buenos Aires natives) and visitors to the city is to an estancia outside Buenos Aires. Argentine estancias are located in the countryside, which is a term used loosely to describe anything outside the — or any — city. The properties are essentially really classy dude ranches that channel the gaucho lifestyle. Though all vary, most offer horseback riding, bike riding, outdoor activities and entertainment and have a restaurant on site, as well as plenty of wine and mate on hand.

I spent a recent Sunday at the Rodizio Campo in Luján, a smaller city about two hours outside Buenos Aires and a name you might recognize for its famous church. In addition to the amenities and activities mentioned above, all of which are included in most estancia visits for a fixed price, Rodizio Campo had pools and even a small collection of farm animals (if beavers, turtles and flamingo-like birds can count as farm animals, that is). Below is a slideshow of some photos from the day.

Riding up to Rodizio CampoOut-of-service but decorative tractorsTables outside were filled with mate, other drinks and picadas (appetizers or snack foods)Visitors outside near the drinks and picadas tablesHorseback ridingWIth the lovely, tranquilo horse I rodeThe stables and pens were filled with animalsRodizio Campo poolsRestaurant buffetThe buffet lunch also included meats and sausages, which waiters brought around on swords to serveRodizio Campo
Riding up to Rodizio Campo

Riding up to Rodizio Campo

Tractors

Out-of-service but decorative tractors

Mate and picadas

Tables outside were filled with mate, other drinks and picadas (appetizers or snack foods)

Enjoying the drinks and picadas

Visitors outside near the drinks and picadas tables

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding

Horseback riding at Rodizio

WIth the lovely, tranquilo horse I rode

Rodizio Campo pens

The stables and pens were filled with animals

Rodizio Campo Pool

Rodizio Campo pools

Restaurant Buffet

Restaurant buffet

Lunch at Rodizio

The buffet lunch also included meats and sausages, which waiters brought around on swords to serve

View of Rodizio Campo

Rodizio Campo

Look for a post later this week that includes video from the estancia and some explanation and background about the Argentine term gaucho.

Karina for TKGO

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