Horsing Around in Argentina
Argentinean horses are some of the best in the world, so on this 13-day itinerary we have chosen two of our favourite estancias where you can learn the ways of the gaucho - Argentina's seriously charismatic cowboys - and spend a few days exploring Buenos Aires to boot.
Itinerary at a glance
- Take a walking tour of Buenos Aires best bits
- Learn the polo basics - or the tricky bits, depending on your ability - on an estancia (ranch)
- Spend a few days learning the ropes on a working estancia
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Day 2: City Tour
This morning you will be met at your hotel by our expert guide for a private tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the soubriquet 'the Paris of South America'.
From the charming cobbled alleyways and colonial architecture of San Telmo to the picturesque district of La Boca, along the Plaza de Mayo dominated by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Nación Bank, the Cathedral and original Parliament House, up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress and then up to the historically fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, resting place of such legends as Eva Peron. After your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Day 3: Art Tour and Tango Lessons
Today you will be met at your hotel by our expert guide for a visually stunning introduction to the vibrant world of Buenos Aires' street art.
This city is one of the most exciting places in the world for street art, which has progressed from fiery political origins to its modern incarnation. With your guide, who will draw on the experiences of Buenos Aires' leading artists, you will search for the best murals in the city - which trace its recent past, giving a fascinating insight into Argentine socio-political history, before you visit a local artist's studio where you can pick up some almost criminally affordable art.
After your tour you will have a little time to further explore Buenos Aires before a private tango class this afternoon. In the company of two genius instructors, you will learn all the moves to tango the night away, before heading to dinner and a tango show to watch the pros light up the stage.
Day 5-6: Horsing Around Part Uno
The next two days are yours to fill as much as you like.
Your estancia hosts will help you choose from the myriad activities on offer, from learning the ways of the gaucho to bird watching, or even just alternating between pool and hammock.
- Polo lessons
- Swimming in natural rock pools
- Horse-drawn carriage rides
- Private tour of Cordoba
- Visits to the historic Estancia Santa Catalina and Jesuit Museum
Day 7: Internal Flight
After breakfast this morning you will be met at the estancia for a one-hour private transfer to Cordoba airport for your flight to Bariloche. After you have collected your luggage, you will be met by your driver for a private transfer to your next estancia.
Day 8-9: Horsing Around Part Dos
For the next two days you will be staying on a sprawling, 15,000 acres, working cattle estancia.
Your hosts will help you plan an itinerary for the duration of your stay, with as much or as little activity as you like. Activities include: horse trekking, cattle herding, fishing, rafting and wild swimming.
Day 11: International Flight
After checking out of your hotel this morning, you will be privately transferred to the airport to check in for your flight back home.
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Your flight will lands in the morning, and after clearing customs and collecting your luggage you will be met by our representative on the ground for a private transfer to your hotel.
As we imagine you'll want to freshen up after a long flight, we've arranged an early check in for you. After lunch at the hotel, we recommend stretching your legs and shaking off jet lag by taking a walk around the city - consult our detailed destination Dossier for our favourite places to visit.
Day 4: Cordoba
After breakfast this morning you will take a private transfer to the airport for the one and quarter hour flight to Cordoba.
After you have collected your luggage, you will be met by your driver for the one-hour private transfer to your estancia (ranch), where you will be free to spend the rest of the day as you please, be that exploring the estate or basking by the pool.
Day 10: Buenos Aires
After checking out of the estancia you will be privately transferred to the airport for the two-hour flight to Buenos Aires.
Having collected your luggage, you will be met by your driver for a private transfer to your hotel for the night. Once you've freshened up, you will be met in the lobby for a private transfer to one of the best tango bars in Buenos Aires. Here, you will be treated to a show from some of the best tango dancers in the world - a rather fitting end to your Argentine adventure.
Ollie is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.