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Estancia Santa Maria

Pampas, Buenos Aires and the Pampas, Argentina

At a Glance

  • Authentic Argentine working cattle estancia

  • Learn the gaucho customs and traditions such as lassoing

  • Within driving distance of Buenos Aires in the Pampas

  • Home from home lodge and very personalized service

  • Wonderful Criollo horses bred at the estancia's stud farm

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Buenos Aires and the Pampas is a year round destination, spring and autumn (October/November and April/May) being the most pleasant. It can be hot and humid in the peak summer months of January and February. Winter is usually pretty mild.

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Description

Estancia Santa Maria is an authentic Argentine estancia, situated in the Pampas of Entre Rios. With over 2500 hectares of open farmland, Santa Maria offers guests the chance to experience a traditional working estancia.

Santa Maria offers guests an authentic estancia experience, comfortable and homely, there are just five guest rooms and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. Explore the pampas on foot, by bike or horse back. Or simply wile away the day by the pool and soak up the sun or read a book under the shade of a tree.

From horse riding to herding and branding cattle, Santa Maria allows guests to enjoy the traditions that Argentina is famous for. Santa Maria is also a renowned breeder of pedigree Argentine Crillo horses. Ride across the vast plains and take in the views of the rich green pastures and the stunning scenery, only stopping for a picnic lunch. In the evenings, enjoy a hearty Argentine asado and other local fare, accompanied by delicious wines.

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Accommodation

Estancia Santa Maria runs as a small boutique style hotel on a traditional working estancia. Refurbished to create a comfortable and homely environment, there are five tastefully decorated guest rooms, all traditionally furnished, with private bathrooms.

Childcare

Families and children over 10 years old are warmly welcomed at the estancia, and children will love the riding, the barbecue lunches, watching the harvesting and silo stacking or participating in the feeding and branding of the cattle.

Facilities

The estancia specialises in homemade, rustic food. Delicious informal lunches are served up inside or al fresco, and in the evenings guests can enjoy the Argentine asado (barbecue).

The estancia has wireless internet and a TV and DVD room for guest use. Transfers, guest programmes and excursions can all be arranged with a minimum of fuss.

Activities

Horse riding is a must when coming to Argentina and day trips including a barbecue lunch or shorter rides are a wonderful way to spend the day at Santa Maria. For non-riders, take in the scenery with an old fashioned carriage ride. Watching the harvesting and silo stacking or participating in the feeding or branding of the cattle give guests the opportunity to get a real feel for life in the Argentine countryside.

Take walks through the pampas and enjoy the flora and fauna, especially the wonderful bird life. Bird enthusiasts will be spoilt with the many kinds that migrate to the estancia such as the nandu (ostrich), partridges, wild ducks and rare finches.

Experiences

  • Across the River Plate to Colonia

    Take the fast ferry from Buenos Aires' port to the charming and lively UNESCO world heritage town of Colonia on the shores of the Rio de la Plata in neighbouring Uruguay. Explore the historic quarter and top highlights with your very own private guide.

  • Argentine Tango Lessons

    When you're in Buenos Aires, don't miss the chance to learn the Argentine tango with a private dance lesson. Our expert tango teacher will get beginners dancing more than just the basic steps, or they will help more experienced dancers to move up a level.

  • Private Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

    Love Malbec and want to sample more? Or perhaps you're keen to taste other varietals such as Torrontes or Bonarda? Whatever your palate, our acclaimed sommelier will guide you around Argentina's best wines with a tailor-made tasting in Palermo.

Location & directions

Pampas, Buenos Aires and the Pampas, Argentina

Estancia Santa Maria is set amidst an estate of over 2500 hectares, situated across the flatlands (Pampas) of the province of Entre Rios, near the city Gualeguaychúa a 3 hour drive from Buenos Aires.

How to get there

13-hour 40-minute international flight to Buenos Aires, followed by a 3-hour drive to Estancia Santa Maria.

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