Estancia Santa Maria
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The estancia specializes 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 programs and excursions can all be arranged with a minimum of fuss.
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 spoiled with the many kinds that migrate to the estancia such as the nandu (ostrich), partridges, wild ducks and rare finches.
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
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.