Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires during the morning. Pick up at International Airport at preset time. 1.5-2 hs. drive to the lodge at Capilla del Señor in the Pampas. Lunch. Horseback riding in the afternoon. With the help of your guide you will be introduced to the Argentine horse tack and riding style. You will ride the surroundings farmlands. A hearty Argentine welcome dinner. Argentina is now known worldwide for its wine production. Each night during your stay you will be enjoying a different wine from its terroirs. We have prepared a special selection which includes some of the world renowned Argentine Malbecs.
Day 2 – Polo day: Your visit to Argentina would not be complete without experiencing Polo. Polo is a sport intimately linked to Argentina, its countryside and its people. Today we will focus on the sport in a fun, easy going way and at your own pace. If you have the riding skills and enthusiasm, this is the perfect opportunity to embed in a sport from which there is no way out. For introduction to the sport or improvement of your skills, you will have lessons of its well kept secrets. You will also have the chance to interact with local players. Lunch at the polo fields and dinner at the lodge.
Day 3 – Horseback ride along the Paraná river: You will ride in a privately owned wildlife reserve that sits by the huge Paraná river. This river is 2500 miles long and its name means “as big as the sea” in the local Indian language. This is the second largest river in South America (second to the Amazon river) and the water flowing into the Atlantic Ocean roughly equals the Mississippi river. Pic nic at the river banks. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 4 – Horseback ride to El Tatú: Today is when you ride the farmlands following the old road to San Antonio de Areco. In the old days, this was the road gauchos used to ride their horses to town. Now, a new road gets the car traffic and ours is very much forgotten. But on the way you will stop at the small rural school and the old church at El Tatú (The Armadillo) where we plan our pic nic. After riding the morning and afternoon we go back to the lodge for dinner.
Day 5 – Estancia: After breakfast we move to the beautiful 19th Century Estancia for riding and cattle work where we will spend the night. There are a few activities, typical of an Argentine Estancia to enjoy, in case you prefer not to engage in full day riding, like horse driving, folk music, “Doma India” (Argentinian horse whispering), hiking, cycling and bird watching. This Estancia splits cattle breeding and farming. Lunch and dinner at the Estancia.
Day 6 – San Antonio de Areco/Buenos Aires: After breakfast, we will visit this town, very proud of its gaucho spirit at the heart of the Pampas. We will visit a couple of silversmiths who keep alive this skills dating back from Colony days. The gaucho museum in town is also worth paying a visit. Lunch at one of the old time gaucho restaurants. After lunch we leave Areco and head to Buenos Aires city. Hotel check in. Free time to wander around the city, go shopping, visit museums. Optional: Tango Show with dinner and a tango lesson. Night at hotel.
Day 7 – Buenos Aires: Breakfast. City tour. We meet to take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way: Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada’s balcony, Eva Peron, etc. Free time until transfer to Ezeiza International Airport. Flight back home in the evening. End of program.