The Gauchos

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
Trip End Sep 07, 2006

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Hi Everyone,

On Thursday we took a tour to San Antonio de Areco about 120kms from Buenos Aires. It is the most famous town in Argentina for preserving the gaucho culture (cowboys). As it is Winter here and not so busy we were the only two people on the tour so was fantastic, we had a tour guide all to ourselves. on our way he gave us a history of the Pampas and the Gaucho culture. We went to visit the small town and saw a silversmiths workshop which continues the tradition of handmaking cutlery, belts etc. We were then taken to an Estancia which is a big ranch with horses, cows and sheep. The ranch dated back to the 1880īs.

The main reason for visiting an Estancia is to go horse riding with a Gaucho. We were introduced to Oscar who has worked on the ranch all his life and his grandfather was a famous gaucho who wrote a book on the history of the Pampas. We told him in very broken Spanish that it was our first time on horses, donīt think he understood! No such thing as helmets on the ranch! He picked out two horses out of about fifty that were in the field, Lisa needed a stepladder to get on hers. Off we went on an hours ride through the countryside, miles of miles of completely flat fertile land. (The Pampas extend 1000 kms towards the Andes).

Paulīs horse was a bit on the lazy side and lagged behind all the way until he saw home and then kept going into a gallop everytime Paul tried to slow him down.

We had a traditional barbecue for lunch, we declined on the meat that was described as glands!. In the afternoon we were brought for a carriage ride around the grounds, it felt like being in The Waltons (see pictures).

Had a brilliant day,
Little bit saddle sore on Friday,

Love Lisa and Paul x
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