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  • David F
    Marlow, United Kingdom308 contributions
    Fantastic experience with great horses, staff, location & food
    What a fabulous experience! We stayed 2 nights here & must admit it exceeded expectations. I am not a horse rider but to be able to 'live' on an iconic estancia & ride with the guachos was fantastic. The ride is @ 1 hour long so your backside is safe ! There is also an option to ride or go on a traditional 'cart' in the afternoonThe horses are very well trained. The staff at the estancia were fantastic & really welcoming. The culinary highlight is without a doubt the bbq each afternoon - meat just keeps on coming (good quality beef, pork & lamb) and the wine flows. The staff put on a great traditional music / dancing show which guests can take part in if they want to. Our room was clean & very traditional with all the facilities you need. There are 2 pools if you want to cool off after a ride. I would definitely advise staying for at least 1 - 2 nights rather than do a day tour so you get the full experience
    Written November 17, 2022
  • Maureen S
    Darwin, Australia753 contributions
    A relaxing day at the ranch
    A friend who had visited Buenos Aires recommended that we visit a ranch to experience the hospitality of the ranchers and the gauchos. We were welcomed with cold drinks and empanadas beside the lovely old building dating back to the 1850’s. We wandered around the beautiful parkland with its many old trees and found some very colourful parrots. Then over to the horses to decide whether we would go horse riding or go for a ride in the buggy. We chose the latter and thoroughly enjoyed the ride along the track beside the paddocks. By this time, we were ready for the amazing Barbecue lunch with a lovely wine under the shade of the old trees. So much delicious food that I could not think of eating any food that night. The entertainment came next with the gauchos performing their traditional dances. A young gaucho showed us how they tamed their horses which was so tender and beautiful. Then it was time for the long drive back to the city after a thoroughly enjoyable day.
    Written April 19, 2020
  • Explorer598466
    5 contributions
    Great Experience
    We finished off our tour of Argentina with two nights here. Diego and his staff were so welcoming and kind. The building dates from the 1880s so is a bit "shabby chic" but is all the better for it. It is like an opportunity to step back in time, leave the normal stresses of life behind and truly relax. The food is excellent and so is the rest of the experience you will have here. My wife is disabled but we managed to have a delightful trip around in a horse drawn cart and I later went on a horse ride (the first time in nearly 50 years) and it was amazing. The countryside is flat (it is the Pampas after all) but it is still delightful, with a beauty all of its own.
    Written February 10, 2020
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Frankfurt, Germany115 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
We stayed three days at the Estancia el Ombu and enjoyed every single minute! It’s a beautiful estate that allows its guests to unwind and relax and enjoy the Argentinian country side to the fullest! Our package included two horse back rides a day together with the Gauchos. From easy scenic rides, to fast galloping across the open fields - a wonderful experience.
The meals were excellent especially the grilled meat that was offered!
To cool off from the heat the estate offers two pools, lounge chairs and much more.
To sum it all up, we will be back!
Written January 9, 2023
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York, UK95 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
This is a lovely experience if you're only a day guest or staying 1 or 2 nights. We stayed 3 nights and had a lovely time, but were a little bored by the end. The website gives the impression you can get involved in the running of the estancia, you can't. After our 3rd horse ride, around the same fields (the estancia isn't really that big for many different and varied horse rides), we asked if we could do something different and get involved. We were told no. We asked if we could have some hints and tips on riding so we could improve, again the answer was no. The lady we spoke to gave the answer that gauchos simply learn through practice, which may or may not be true but there's always hints and tips to give out to those who don't ever ride at home. The only thing we were offered was a carriage ride, something that the older day guests who didn't want
to ride generally went on. We are a young couple and wanted a little more excitement.
The food at lunchtime is great, and there's lots of it. However breakfast was pitiful and dinner was average - vegetarian for the first two nights and plain grilled chicken on our final night.
What we didn't know before coming here is that there are so many day guests. When we arrived there must have been 70-80 people there, not the small number the website leads you to understand as an 'intimate' venue. Also it's a shame that full time guests don't get the information provided to the day guests who get the history of the estancia and more information from their guides.
The estancia doesn't really allow for privacy at meal times, you are made to sit with other guests, and although we had a lovely time doing this as we got on really well with the guests there at the time, however if you don't click with someone there seems to be no room for manoeuvre, certainly at lunchtime, so be warned if you're there for some romance or to get some time to yourself you won't get this during meal time.
Regarding the riding we thought the team there should assess riding ability and take different groups out. There were some riders who had professional qualifications and made to ride in a large group with compete beginners. During two of our rides there was a family with a 3 year old girl who was placed on a full size horse and led throughout the trek while the experienced riders had to plod along, if the team had split the group I think the experienced riders and the beginners would have enjoyed it more.
Finally the attitude of the management leaves a little to be desired. We met the owner who was lovely but was only there for a few hours when we arrived. The second in charge was there for our remaining time. I have some issues with certain foods, which we had let the estancia know about in advance. I had to ask about this at breakfast on the first morning and was basically made to fell like a trouble maker, it was my fault I hadn't told them in advance (even though we had), and apparently it's often not worth them getting special food in as guests come and go and it will go to waste. I really don't think this is the attitude that should be shown to guests, especially when paying a four figure sum to stay for 3 nights and left me with only an orange and small amount of ham for breakfast.
Written February 8, 2014
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Stanley Fagen
Rockville, MD27 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
My wife, 18 year grandson and I spent a delightful day and a half at Estancia El Ombu in June. It was an excellent experience from start to finish and Diego Viaggio, the owner, was reliable and easy to work with in arranging the visit and transportation from Buenos Aires. Speaking of the transportation from city to ranch, we had the good fortune of being with Guillermo Tore (driver/owner of Tore Savino) who works with El Ombu. He was fantastic- a tour guide, shopping helper in San Antonio de Areco ( the little town on the way to the estancia), peso changer and all around nice man.
The estancia met all our expectations and more. The asados (barbecues) were delicious, with 6 different servings of pampas meats/chicken; plenty of tasty empanadas and salads with liberal amounts of malbec. Our room for three was large and comfortable, with a log burning stove and good shower. Patricia, the manager, was friendly and helpful, and made sure that we were well taken care of with plans and connections. Lucky for us, the weather was cool and bright and we were able to thoroughly enjoy our two horse back riding outings with the authentic gauchos. Our grandson had the thrill of pairing off with Jose for a while and getting a real lesson on how to control his frisky horse, to the extent that he was soon cantering off by himself down a long country road. My wife and I loved the scenery and beautiful horses and got to canter a few times as well. There was plenty of free time to experience the spacious landscapes, cattle and birds, shoot pool and take a nap. Jose gave a fascinating demonstration of training horses by kind and loving methods and there were nice guitar renditions by the patio. The price may seem a bit high but when you break it all down and examine what you get for the stay it is quite reasonable AND WELL WORTH IT.
Written July 11, 2013
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Nashville, TN21 contributions
Sep 2012 • Friends
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.
Written April 19, 2013
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Lakewood Ranch, FL705 contributions
We spent about six hours at the estancia, participating in carriage ride, walking around the property, eating and drinking, gaucho music and dancing, and a gaucho show with the horses. The property is beautiful. The home is a 19th century Italian designed house with large porch and outside kitchen. Lodging is offered, but limited. It would be wonderful to spend a few days here. We were particularly impressed with the many birds. The gaucho and gaucha (the women) provided a fun show.
Written November 1, 2010
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Marcelo L
Buenos Aires, Argentina11 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
It is an amazing place to have some rest and to live the countryside experience. The ranch is not so far from Buenos Aires (2 hours), the route is mainly in good condition (last 6 km are a challenge, but you can do without any problem if it's not raining). Service in the ranch is incredible. Lunch, breakfast and dinner are homemade and delicious. Typical music and dances are part of the show during the lunch. It is a MUST experience if you want to know the Argentinian tradition. Awesome place if you are looking for peace and fresh air...
Written March 22, 2017
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Moscow, Russia117 contributions
Nov 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.
Written November 22, 2011
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New York City, NY26 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I had the pleasure of an overnight stay at El Ombu. Luckily, I had good weather which is not at all guaranteed in June. It was chilly at night, but there are wood burning fireplaces all over and wood burning stoves in the guest rooms. The dirt road to the estancia was almost impassable due to several days of rain.

During the day, tour groups come to spend a few hours, maybe ride a horse and then have an asado and show. The asado was great, very tasty and plentiful. The show was clearly geared to the tourists, not so much to my taste.

However, at 4pm the tour groups leave and it reverts to a beautiful cattle ranch. There were four of us staying overnight plus two young women from BA who just came up to go horseback riding. We went out for over an hour and watched the sunset from the back of a horse. We rode through fields with cows and sheep. It was magical. The two women from BA left after the ride and it was just the four overnight guests. We had a light supper, delicious lentil soup, which was appropriate after the massive asado lunch.

Because the sun rises so late, around 7:30, I was able to share the sunrise with all the animals, without other people around. It was truly beautiful. Had we wanted to, we could have gone for another ride after breakfast. However, I opted out of that and just walked around the beautiful estancia before getting a ride into San Antonio de Areco to catch the bus back to BA.

I highly recommend an overnight visit to El Ombu and thank Eva and her staff for a wonderful time.
Written July 4, 2019
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Denman Island, Canada79 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
I agree with all the other reviewers that this estancia is in a great setting. The surrounding are beautiful. My husband and I spent 2 nights there recently and found it to be what we expected.
The room had antique furniture but everything you expect in a hotel. The staff were very friendly and one evening when I was not feeling particularly hunger due to a cold the cook came out of the kitchen quite concerned and asked if there was something else I would prefer. Like another reviewer mentioned it would be nice if there were other activities and the trial rides were more varied. We only went out one due to this fact. Also the evening we went we were quite a large group with varied ability and it would have been nice if we had been split up into smaller groups.
We didn.t find the beef cooked at the lunch very good which was surprising.
Our main complaint was the cost of the trip from and Back to Buenos Aires. I didn't book it when I booked the trip as we were not sure if we would travel by public transport. When I did book it I was told that the price was $100 U.S. each way or $1100 pesos. Well I accept that they are charging $100 U.S but the $1100 pesos it the price for dollars on the street in Buenos Aires and not the official bank exchange. The Trip actually cost us close to $160 U.S, which makes you fell as if this is a money grabbing business.
Written February 20, 2014
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Lymington, UK214 contributions
Jan 2012 • Solo
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.
Written February 13, 2012
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