Argentina is well known for its authenticity and local traditions, but some locals are more conventional than others. For example, the Argentine gauchos, a loose equivalent of Latin American “cowboys”, are known for living in La Pampa that include the Argentine provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Córdoba, as well as in the region of Patagonia.
If you want to become an Argentinian gaucho in Patagonia for one day, you should book an expedition with “Secret Compass”.
Initially you’ll get involved in a period of estancia-based activities like fishing, riding, farming, and blacksmithing. Next, you’ll embark on a trip into the remote volcanic peaks on the border with Chile.
Also, this expedition will give you the chance to escape the tyranny of your inbox to immerse yourself in the nitty gritty of gaucho life, embracing everything this slower-paced way of life has to offer. You’ll additionally learn to horseback ride, or just improve your existing horsemanship skills, from the estancia staff or perhaps from some of the legendary gauchos themselves. On the other hand, you’ll camp beneath the Patagonian stars, share fireside anecdotes with your fellow adventurers, and local support team.
If you want to experience the gaucho life on your own, you could visit the popular Estancias such as the “Estancia Cristina” situated in Los Glaciares National Park where you will be offered a fascinating insight into the life and history of traditional Patagonian Gauchos.
Another interesting Estancia to visit would be “25 de Mayo”, where you will be able to witness the Patagonian gauchos herding their sheep in their traditional manner. Afterwards, you will be able to sit side by side with them as you sample typical food and beverages while watching traditional folkloric shows.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit these places and witness the characteristics, and characters, of rural hardworking Argentina.
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