Gaucho Life on the Pampas
The pampas is a sea of green grass that covers fully one fourth of Argentina, and is the home of the legendary gaucho. Prairies extend beyond the horizon, dotted with thousands of head of cattle, which are the source of Argentine asados (roasts)—arguably the best meat in the world. Today you will visit an estancia (estate) in the countryside, approximately 1½ hours from Buenos Aires. The estancia is a beautiful country residence and old ranch, where you are welcomed with a typical snack of empanadas. You can stroll around the farm, take a horse and carriage ride, or watch the gauchos preparing your barbecue lunch (consisting of renowned Argentine beef steaks), salads and desserts. Lunch is accompanied by red wine, beer, mineral water, soft drinks and coffee as you are entertained by a delightful folkloric show, including dancing and singing that represents life on the pampas. Then, hear the thunder of hooves as the gauchos demonstrate their skills in the saddle with spectacular races and precision throwing of the boleador.
Wear sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a sun hat and insect repellent. The ranch outdoor programs such as the horse show, races and gaucho skills demonstration are subject to weather and terrain conditions. In case of rain during or before the visit, this part of the program may be canceled without notice. Horseback riding is available and requires a signed liability waiver form. Depending on the final bookings for this tour numbers some areas of the estancia will not be exclusive to Holland America Line. This option is available to only guests who are returning to the ship.