The Pampas, Argentina

After a few days in the city we left for the Argentine Pampas to spend a day at an Estancia riding horses with gauchos and feasting on an asado lunch.

Estancia Los Dos Hermanos had great reviews online and they picked us up from Buenos Aires to transport us to Zarate, about an hour north of the city. On arrival we were treated to breakfast before getting kitted out with our chaps and helmet and heading off for a two hour horse ride around the grounds of the Estancia. Riding western style was something to get to used to, as they only use one hand for the reins! We have only really ridden a couple of times and never more than a walk but on the morning ride we got up to a trot and then even a canter!

Back at the ranch we enjoyed some Empanadas and beer before being served an asado lunch of beef ribs, chorizo sausage, bife de lomo and bife de chorizo. Also some bread pudding with the amazingly moreish Dulce de Leche – a thick toffee sauce.

After lunch we headed out on the afternoon ride which was the highlight. We went off the ranch and into the fields, doing more canters and going faster each time. It was great to be freely riding across the pampas and we felt really confident by the end. We rode back to the estancia as the sun was setting on an incredible day.

Estancia Dos Los Hermanos offer day tours with the above itinerary or you can stay the night on the ranch, which we chose to do. We were given a lovely little cottage, with an open fire for colder nights, but as it was the height of summer we needed the air con! It was really cosy and old fashioned inside and felt like somewhere in Wales rather than Argentina.

We would really recommend Estancia Los Dos Hermanos as an authentic Estancia experience where the focus is on the riding rather than gaucho-style horse shows. If you don’t fancy the afternoon ride you can chill by the pool or read a book in a hammock.


Included in the price is breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks throughout the day including alcohol. They also arranged our transfer from Buenos Aires and a taxi to our next destination, the nearby town of San Antonio De Areco.



  • denise gittens January 30, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Loved this blog😊 the horse riding would be the highlight for me
    and of course that bread pudding😋😋😋xxx

  • mattman2000 March 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Sounds fantastic…think we might try this one.


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