Wednesday, 20 December 2017
20.12.2017 - 20.12.2017
Beautiful weather and after an extensive breakfast we are picked up for a guided tour to San Antonio de Areco a small gaucho town North West from Buenos Aires. On arrival we strolled across the central park and visited the historic church established in 1730. The outstanding feature of the area is the endless flat pampas in all directions.
Back on our bus for a short trip to the Estancia El Ombu de Areco where we are greeted by the staff and invited to enjoy a beverage of our choice and freshly fried empanadas. After a stroll through the gardens we wandered down to the stables where we were invited to mount for a short ride. I decided to opt for the sulky ride rather than risk total embarrassment or broken bones,
We assembled on the verandah for lunch, again with copious refreshments. We were plied with a vast array of BBQ meats. Sausages, chicken, beef and ribs. Anything that was not to our liking was quickly devoured by one of the dogs that lurked under the table. The food just kept on coming and there was no sense of urgency. Icecream and coffee was served as we formed a circle to watch some traditional gaucho dances. Some of the more daring joined in after a basic dance was demonstrated. The highlight was the son of one of the gaucho couples all of two years old and fully decked out in the appropriate outfit.
To finish off the day we were invited onto the lawn where one of the gauchos demonstrated the close bond between him and a newly trained horse. Using his bare hands and a gentle voice he caressed the animal and slowly lowered it onto its side. He coaxed the horse into more and more unusual positions, at one stage the horse was flat on its back with all four legs pointing in the air. Had I not seen it, I would not have believed it.
Back on the bus for the long drive back to our hotels. We were back here just after 19:00 bringing this 10 hour outing to a close. An amazing day.
Tomorrow we are on the move again, a 06:00 pick-up for the transfer to the domestic airport and three hour flight to Ushuaia.
Stay healthy and safe.
Cheers .. Tony