I was invited to this estancia because of my then new job at Class Adventure Travel so I could see the place myself. We offer El Ombu on our tours. I have to say, I understand why our travelers send such fantastic reviews back on this place. The grounds, activities, food and people are all outstanding!
When we got there, we were just in time for the big lunch asado. The tables were set up outside, under a huge old tree. It looked like something out of a storybook or a Pinterest board. Plate after plate after plate kept coming around with lots of meat and delicious sides. Delicious wine accompanied the meal. After we had finished eating, we were treated to a very interesting show. A gaucho (or cowboy) came out with his horse and started the show telling about the history of the gaucho and ended up leading his buddy into what I can old describe as a sort of horse yoga. To show how connected a gaucho must be with his horse, he got it to lie of it's back while he did a head stand on top, among other awesome tricks. It was truly a unique performance.
The building where you stay is a beautiful old estate with that's both regal and charming. I had the pleasure to several different unoccupied rooms as well. Each one has its own unique personality, with great mix of antique and new furnishings so that you get all the modern conveniences with a look from another time. There are such great sitting areas outside in big, stately furniture or cozy rockers.
The grounds made you want to move there. You could choose from a sweet little pool beside the house or a bigger infinity one further away. Also, you could go for horse back rides or choose a carriage, if you like. Huge, old trees around the grounds offered wonderful shade for a quiet afternoon and a beautiful aesthetic effect.
I was already planning my next trip back there before I left. It's such a great addition to a Buenos Aires visit, should you be coming down this way.
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