Latin America

Argentina

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2010

Rates are $5,395 (four-five persons) with departures Nov. 18 and Dec. 5. Land arrangements are all-inclusive; internal air is additional.

the estancia experience Estancias, those vast working ranches, now treat guests to elegant accommodations, delicious meals and family hospitality. Travelers relax amidst beautiful surroundings, and can ride into the hills with the gauchos, herd sheep, play polo, swim in the pool, take a hike, or ride a bike. Estancias all over Argentina—many just outside Buenos Aires, others in more distant corners—open their gates to welcome guests.

Ladatco Tours offers a blockbuster tour called The Ultimate Estancia Explorer, an 18-day tour concentrating on estancias along Ruta 40, which runs along the eastern edge of the Andes in the Argentine Patagonia. Travelers spend the first night at the Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires and the second night at the Llao Llao Resort and Spa in Bariloche. The estancia adventure begins at the Estancia El Refugio in Esquel, and continues south to Estancia La Oriental in Perito Moreno National Park and Hosteria El Puma or Hosteria Lunajuim in El Chalten. In the Glaciers National Park, lodging is at the Hosteria Los Notros. The tour is priced from $9,900 pp dbl and includes accommodations, most meals, overland transport in private car with English-speaking guide, sightseeing per itinerary, roundtrip air from Miami and domestic flights.

For travelers who want to stay, play and capture the full estancia experience, there are many choice places to be. For instance, Estancia Los Potreros, located outside the air gateway of Cordoba and nestled between the Pampas and the Andes, is a 6,000-acre working cattle farm that has remained in the same Anglo-Argentine family for four generations. The family now invites guests to share their home and lifestyle, whether one’s passion is outstanding horses—Jackie Onassis once loved riding here—beautiful scenery, walking, birdwatching, golfing at nearby courses, visiting historic Jesuit churches, or simply enjoying a dip in the pool and some good company. Los Potreros is a particularly ideal choice for family vacations and, additionally, the estancia offers guests a chance to try their hand at polo, with lessons and informal games held weekly for riders and watchers. A 3-night all-inclusive package starts at $870 pp dbl and includes transfers from Cordoba, all food and drinks, and all activities.