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“Great experience in the countryside” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Estancia El Ombu de Areco

Estancia El Ombu de Areco
RP 31, cuartel VI, Villa Lia, Buenos Aires, | San Antonio de Areco, Argentina
(54-2326) 492080
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Type: Ranchs
Activities: Horseback riding
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great experience in the countryside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Wasn't sure I wanted to include an estancia in my trip to Buenos Aires, because my sense was that they tended to be mostly touristy cheesiness. This place was a pleasant surprise. Yes, there's a gaucho show, and it's designed to impress the tourists, but it's also pretty amazing and nicely done. The horseback riding was well-led and easy to do (even with no riding experience). The grounds are a nice place for a relaxing walk or just some chill time in the country (you're on a farm that feels far from the city, though the distance is fairly close). The food was great and ample.

Getting there was more of an adventure than expected, because the bus from B.A. broke down for a couple of hours. With some help from other visitors, was able to reach the estancia by phone, and they were very gracious about keeping our place for lunch despite the very late arrival. The taxi is found around the corner from the bus station (which is on the main highway and not in town), and they won't be able to take you all the way to the estancia if it's been rainy, but in that case a 4-wheel drive vehicle will meet you at the intersection where the taxi will drop you off. (Consider it all part of the adventure.)

Didn't spend the night, but that looked like an attractive option.

Visited March 2012
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“I wish they had told us...2 experiences in February.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Several years ago, DH and I spent a wonderful day at Estancia El Ombu - we slept in town, but saw the rooms and were a bit sorry not to have planned more time there. We enjoyed walking the Estancia grounds, riding on the horse drawn cart and having a lovely parilla under the Ombu tree.

SO, when our friends visited us in Buenos Aires this year, and wanted to spend a day in an Estancia - Naturally, we recommended El Ombu. Because their time was short, they chose to take the transportation offered - costly, but worth it for them.

Unbeknownst to us in BsAs, the weather forecast for San Anotnio de Areco area was for torrential rains...AND RAIN IT DID ! Our friends were stuck inside the ranch house - with limited permission to use the public spaces, meant for the overnight guests. They had a pretty miserable time.

Now, no one is responsible for weather, but I do know that other Estancias have telephoned customers and cancelled rerservations when they have a forecast like this one. And I was very disappointed that the owners of El Ombu had not done so.

It was an awful and costly experience for our friends (who are experienced travelers and do not expect sunshine every day !) and DH and I felt guilty as we had recommended this Estancia. And I was dissappointed with the owners who had been lovely on our earlier visit. Not a good business procedure, IMO.

Visited February 2012
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“Touristy, but relaxing day out of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

I was prepared for this to be the sort of tourist trip I don't particularly enjoy, but it exceeded expectations. I took a private car out of BA, which ups the cost, but it's a fairly long drive - though this is the closest one to the city centre. The Estancia itself is attractive (serves as a small hotel as well, as many of them do). You don't get to see much of the ranch or the livestock - in fact you don't get to see much of anything. I went on the very placid horse ride with a large group, abandoning plans to have a longer solo ride (which they were perfectly happy to accommodate) because it was just too hot and humid for anything strenuous. The asado/barbecue lunch was excellent, with high quality meat, good trimmings (bread, salad etc.) and very decent wine. Service, to individual tables, was accomplished. The location is delightful. The musical accompaniment was mercifully unobtrusive and the little cabaret, with one gaucho doing an array of static tricks with his static horse, was surprisingly charming. I spent the afternoon lounging round the small pool. My one gripe here was that, despite the high cost of the day, I was charged 10 pesos (£1.50) for a towel, which is foolishly petty and penny-pinching.

Visited January 2012
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“Experience the real of life of the gaucho”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

This working ranch is about a 2 hours drive from the center of Buenos Aires. You leave your hotel about 9-9:30 am and drive through the many suburbs of the city and into countryside. Stop in a ranching town and then off the highway on to dirty roads to the ranch. This ranch has been in operation for more than 150 years by the same family. You can take a buggy ride drawn by horses or go horesback riding in the traditional gaucho style.A highlight is the great lunch they serve at about 2:00pm (hope you like steak).
The Gauchos give interesting presentation with their horses and also sing their music. well worth the price and the trip out. This is an all inclusive package price. Back to your hotel about 6:00pm.

Visited February 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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“Real Gaucho experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

While in Buenos Aires we wanted to learn more about Gauchos. we went to Feria de Mataderos on Sunday and spent a day at the estancia El Ombu. We chose this estancia based on the reviews and the photos. This is the beautiful estancia and is very well organized. after you arrive you have some refreshment and can go for horse-riding and just walk/swim in the pool. Lunch was delicious. After lunch the gaucho showed his mastery with the horses. Then you can again go for a horse ride or just relax. The day visit is from 11 am till 6 pm. we did not stay for the night but looked at the rooms and hope one day we will stay at this estancia. To get there and back to Buenos Aires estancia organized the car with the driver - Toré Savino .
Mr. Guillermo Toré at [--] if you are calling from abroad or [--] if you are calling from Bs.As city - highly recommendable. mr. Guillermo Tore speaks good English and told us a lot about Argentina. you can also arrange transfer to and from the airport with him and private excursions as well.
There are other estancias around Buenos Aires. We think the El Ombu provides the best combination of local and tourist attraction. We coresponded by email and they answered immediately all the questions.

Visited November 2011
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