In a previous post (Adrenaline Junkie seeks her thrills in South America), I wrote all about the ‘adrenaline pumping’ activities I’d done so far and I mentioned that I didn’t know what Buenos Aires would have in store for me.
Argentina is famous for its cowboys, or ‘Gauchos’ as they’re known here. So I decided to go to an Estancia (ranch) for a day. I went to Santa Susana Estancia, which is about an hour outside of Buenos Aires. I did it as an organised group tour, and when we arrived there, we were greated by a Gaucho and his wife, with wine and empanadas (at 11.30am!)
We were given the opportunity to ride a horse (just walking around a field), and I was planning on doing that until I got close to the horses and realised I’d forgotten my inhaler. With an allergy to horses, I didn’t want to get on one and make my asthma worse, so I settled for a ride in an old-fashioned horse and carriage.
It was a good ride, though it felt wobbly in parts.
After a few hours of being in the Estancia, we were called for lunch. We were given a three course lunch, which consisted of salad, an asado, and a traditional Argentinian pastry for desert.
It also included wine. A lot of wine. After lunch we saw some of the gauchos and their wives dancing tango, and there was a band playing traditional folk music.
It was very relaxing. We were given the opportunity to dance too, and when asked by a Gaucho, I couldn’t really say no!
One thing I did notice about the horses at the Estancia was that they all had their tails cut really short. I have no idea why this is, but it looked neat, so I assume it’s something to do with the aesthetics of the horses and Gaucho shows.