Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Over the weekend on my search for off the beaten path luxury experiences outside Buenos Aires, I came to the rural area of San Antonio de Areco, known by many as the cradle of the Guacho culture, right in the heart of the region known as La Pampa. For this I visited and stayed overnight at Estancia La Bamba de Areco, located approximately two hours from the city of Buenos Aires. 
Gauchos is the way to refer to the residents of the South American pampas, Gran Chaco, or Patagonian grasslands. Equivalent in a way to cowboys in North America. Experts in herding the cattle, full of traditions, mysticism and an incredible symbiotic bond with the horses, their best friend.

One of the main attractions at La Bamba de Areco, same as many other estancias in the area, is the chance to meet then face to face, learn from their culture, and enjoy them performing the old traditional skills and games, such us the bolas, the ring, herding, pato, polo and them most moving and unique, horse whispering. See the compilation of videos and photos I gathered during our one hour Gaucho Experience arranged by the exclusive Estancia La Bamba de Areco, a working ranch, not more oriented to tourism and breeding/raising Polo horses.

One of the most amazing parts of the show is the Horse Whispering, where you get to learn about the symbiotic relationship between the Gaucho and their horses.

Skills only to be match by the beauty of the scenery and the sounds of the awaking Estancia. We did this tour in private, and when at La Bamba de Areco, you can have the chance to book your own.

Pato, literally “duck game”, is a game played on horseback that combines elements from polo and basketball. It is the national sport of Argentina since 1953.

The game of the chair, one of the many ways Guachos used to play and entertain their selves, while showing off their skill on the horse.

Horses, Gauchos and Folklore at Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Guachos showing their skills with the Bolas aka Boleadoras, the weapon used by them to hunt and herd the cattle.

Gauchos showing their skill with the horses playing the ring. The whole concept is with a stick, to be able to thread the ring while on the back of the horse at full speed.

Folkloric Argentinean Rhythms at La Bamba de Areco, while zipping through some MATE, the local traditional Gaucho beverage and Argentinean signature non-alcoholic drink.
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