Argentine Guest Ranches Offer a Warm Winter Escape

BY Jody Dahl | Sat 29 Sep, 2012

As we head into autumn, winter weather isn’t far behind — and you may already be longing for a little warmth in planning your next vacation. If your travel plans include a visit to a guest ranch, you can find some of that sun by heading south of the equator, where during our winter, they are experiencing summer weather. One travel destination that should be at the top of your list is an Argentine guest ranch.

Ranches, or estancias, play a huge part in Argentina’s culture, economy, and history, and contributed to make the country one of the biggest meat and grain producers in the world. It’s not uncommon to find more than 50 cuts of meat at an Argentine restaurant, and ranch guests will get their fill of beef as well. Nightly, expect to be treated to amazing culinary indulgences, including asado, the traditional Argentine barbeque, and empanadas, breads stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. Guests can also dine on some of the finest freshwater fish, usually caught right on the ranch’s grounds. Cooking and eating are activities to be appreciated by all, often under the stars, around the fire, with guitars in hand. Enjoy Spanish folk songs, whether you’re listening or joining in. As at American ranches, the estancias of Argentina are all about building camaraderie.

Most estancias are more than 200 years old and maintain the traditional approach to ranching, including gauchos, the Latin version of American cowboys, and historic residences boasting architecture that combines the best components of French, English, and colonial styles. No matter what you’re looking for in your Argentine ranch vacation, you will find it in spades. Activities include traditional ranch work with gauchos, horseback trail rides, whitewater rafting, bird watching, hunting, fishing, golfing, tennis, swimming, and hiking. Whether you seek a romantic escape, family adventure, or a luxurious getaway, Argentina delivers. Estancias abound across the country from just outside Buenos Aires to Patagonia.

Tour Top50Ranches.com to choose the perfect estancia for your Argentine vacation.

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