Travel Guide: The Working List of Argentina's Best Estancias
At the risk of sounding bias, Argentina is one of, if not the most, culturally diverse and unique countries in South America. From the tops of the Andes to the depths of Patagonia, Argentina is filled with a rich history from the gaucho lifestyles that once dominated this rich land.
Luckily, and because beef is one of its main exports, the gaucho lifestyle and tradition is still prevalent throughout the country. Due to the desire to capitalize on the beloved tradition, many of the estancias have opened their homes to be enjoyed by tourists and travelers who relish the chance to immerse themselves in the tradition that is still at the soul of Argentina.
If you're looking for the best estancias to visit in Argentina, look no further, for we've compiled the working list of the best ones to visit.
The historic compound of the estancia includes a superb Tudor-Normand rural palace that was built in 1927 by the prestigious architect Alejandro Bustillo, and which today operates as a boutique hotel and estancia.
In the heart of the pampa, just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Buenos Aires, La Bamba de Areco is an early 19th-century estancia that emanates charm and character. The colonial-style buildings have been tastefully converted into a luxury hotel infused with the gaucho spirit. The dark red facades of the main house and the stables, the immense tree-shaded grounds and the warm, attentive service make this a unique, magical place. A polo team practices on the field next door, and the rooms, fittingly, are named after famous horses. Decorated in leather, wood and wool, each one has its own distinctive “thoroughbred” style, making La Bamba de Areco a veritable microcosm of Argentine culture.
At the foot of the Andes, in the spellbinding town of Salta (meaning “beauty” in the Quechua language), the elegant House of Jasmines cultivates the art of hospitality. On 100 hectares of grounds, guests can listen to nature quietly breathing under the centuries-old trees and smell flowering jasmine in a landscape imbued with the magic of the ancient Quechua civilization. In the new restaurant, La Table de House of Jasmines, you can admire the large open fireplace, watch meat being cooked in the old earthen oven and enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes. The simple, tasty cuisine showcases fresh produce from the garden.
Strategically located 25 minutes from the Ezeiza International Airport on a 543-acre estancia, Puesto Viejo is a fully affiliated Polo Club and Boutique Hotel that allows guests to experience the Argentine countryside and the region's sophisticated polo scene.
Candelaria del Monte is surrounded by nearly 200 acres of Argentina’s famous pampas, vast pasturelands whose striking topography is broken only by occasional stands of eucalyptus. The intimate four-bedroom and two-suite colonial property was a private residence before it opened to guests in 2004, and it retains a cozy, lived-in feel: black-lacquered antiques, a riot of chintzes, armchairs with tassel trims. Guests can swim in the pool, play paddle tennis, or saddle up for one of the hotel’s polo clinics and learn the proper way to wield a mallet. The fruit, eggs, vegetables, and beef used to prepare the regional dishes are homegrown, as is the honey, produced at the ranch’s own apiary.
Enjoy outdoor life in northern Patagonia by spending a few days at Huechahue, a working estancia just 30 minutes from San Martin de los Andes and within easy access of Bariloche. Accommodation is very comfortable, comprising of ten double or twin rooms. There is also a new veranda, ideal for eating outside and enjoying cocktails, wine or tea in the evenings. The dining hall features a huge sunken indoor barbecue, on which huge joints of local beef are cooked to perfection - no matter your steak preference. After a day's ride or hike, relax weary muscles in the sauna and hottub under the stars.
With the Sierras de Córdoba in the background, the Estancia El Colibri – member of the Relais & Châteaux – synthesizes the Argentinean dream of Stéphanie and Raoul Fenestraz. With its dark parquet floors, its colonial style and mottled furniture, this charming hotel is primarily inspired by the Argentinean estancias of the beginning of the prior century. But the call of the great outdoors is omnipresent. Horseback riding, polo lessons or lazing by the pool precede delicious culinary experiences, with the asado – the renowned Argentinean barbeque – as a final flourish…
Set at the end of the Gutierrez Lake, around 30 minutes drive from Bariloche, Estancia Peuma Hue is an idyllic getaway. The series of buildings and cabins that make up this private and secluded enclave are all built from local wood and have superb views out onto the lake beyond, providing a warm and inviting environment. The lodge offers all sorts of activities including walking, kayaking and riding. Really good for those wanting to be immersed in nature.
Estancia Los Potreros is an exclusive 6,000-acre working cattle farm that has remained in the same Anglo-Argentine family for four generations. Polo is part of the tradition here, and this extends to Gauchos and Guests. The estancia is in a very secluded location at an altitude of 3,000 feet nestled between Pampas and the Andes in the heart of the beautiful region of Cordoba. If you have a love for the wild and enjoy the thrill of arriving by horse, this adventure allows you to experience Argentine wildlife, scenery and culture at close quarters while not abandoning creature comforts provided by good accommodation, the best tack and fabulous horses.
The warmth of the welcome, the traditional style of the Estancia El Bordo and the natural beauty of the setting. These things haven’t changed since El Bordo de las Lanzas was first established, way back in 1609. So if you want to truly relax, and immerse yourself in the authentic estancia lifestyle of a Northern Argentine country mansion, you couldn’t do better than to stay here.
In 1924 the architect Martín Noel (1888 – 1963), the builder of many Hispano-American wonders, built the new main house, a great Spanish styled castle. The construction has several elements from his Spanish and Creole eclecticism, mixed in an exquisite way. It was a titanic work, since all materials and furniture were shipped from different European countries, such as France, England, Spain, and Portugal.
This 100 acre park contains approximately 240 tree species and was designed by Carlos Thays, the famous landscape architect which among his most notable accomplishments is the design of the Bosques de Palermo, in Buenos Aires and the Iguazú National Park in the province of Misiones.
A premier Patagonia destination for anglers and non-sporting travelers, this sprawling ranch property affords anglers on-ranch access to multiple stretches of the Chimehuin River and the nearby Collon Cura and regional spring creeks. Ideally situated for daily adventures on horseback, Kayak or trek, Tipiliuke tailors to the active traveler looking to explore Northern Patagonia and return to a welcoming staff, fine Mendoza wines and exquisite Argentine and international cuisine.
Lovers of nature and outdoor activities like hiking or watching the countryside will feel at home at Estancia las Cañitas. This luxurious getaway located in the Calamuchita Valley, south of Córdoba, offers unique, comfortable lodges with views of the forest as well as excellent service and wine tastings with wine from their own cellar.
Estancia Arroyo Verde is not only paradise for anglers, there are incredible, majestic hiking, walking and riding trails. The 10.000 thousand acre property is crisscrossed by numerous paths, some taking you to the high peaks over looking the lake, valley, river and offering spectacular views of the Andean Condor in flight.
16. Finca Los Alamos
Finca Los Alamos is a historical Argentine estancia located in San Rafael, Mendoza. The estate was built in 1830 by the Bombal family, and originally served as a frontier fort. Domingo Bombal, who served eleven terms as Governor to the Mendoza Province (between 1863–1890), owned the estate until his death in 1908.