Estancia El Ombu de Areco

We spent two nights at the estancia. From when you check in to when you are leave, you are welcomed with beautiful bird sounds and miles and miles of farm land. The estancia was built in the late 1800’s by an Italian. It was bought in the 1930’s and has been in the family ever since. In the early 1990’s, they decided to be one of the first estancia’s to welcome tourists in Argentina.

You are welcomed by about 10 dogs, shown around and given some empanadas. There are so many dogs that I always feel like there is a dog I haven’t seen yet. They serve lunch around 1:30 in a traditional Argentian asado (or bbq), served by gauchos. I thought I should try every meat for the first lunch and that was a mistake. I was so full from lunch. After lunch, they do some folk music and dances. They offer the guests two hour and half horse rides everyday, one in the morning and one after the dances. The night is capped off with dinner around 8. I was very full the first day so I learned how to pace myself the second day.

I was able to ride horses in the morning and afternoon today. The rides were led by the gauchos. The first horse I had was very content to just follow the pack as long as we were in the back. The second horse I had was complete opposite and had to be in the front. Both were nice horses but I can now say that I’m sore after 3 hours of horse riding. It has been so fun seeing so many different birds here. They have over 30 different species of birds here. My favorite is the pretty green bird that reminds me of a parrot. They are all too quick to get a picture of though.

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