The Truth about Estancia Tours

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There are many “Estancia/Gaucho Tour” departing from Buenos Aires:

 

  • Run by: Big Company based in Buenos Aires performing around 10 different tous in Buenos Aires every day, and sold by a Wall Street Company
  • Transfer: You will be in a big bus through the Buenos Aires city picking up people in many different hotels for about one hour. Then with the excuse to use restrooms, the bus will stop by in a souvenir store of a gas station
  • Activities: Not visiting San Antonio de Areco gaucho town, the photo do not belong to the ranch.
  • Tour guide: Their tour guides lives in Buenos Aires, and barely know about the life, culture and history of the gauchos and Estancias, sometimes trying to disguise their guests wearing some clothes from the countryside
  • Ranch: The ranch is not real working ranch, the gauchos that you will see are not performing real gauchos tasks: herding cattle, training horses, fixing fences, etc. The photo do not belong to the ranch. Horsebackriding: a walk around in a big circle.
  • Where is your money going: Wall Street 30%, Travel Co. 15%, Gaucho community 0,00%, Ranch 55%

 

  • Run by: Big Company based in Buenos Aires performing around 10 different tous in Buenos Aires every day, and sold by a Wall Street Company
  • Transfer: You will be in a big bus through the Buenos Aires city picking up people in many different hotels for about one hour. Then with the excuse to use restrooms, the bus will stop by in a souvenir store of a gas station
  • Activities: Not visiting San Antonio de Areco gaucho town, the ranch have a little old house kind of a museum
  • Tour guide: Their tour guides lives in Buenos Aires, and barely know about the life, culture and history of the gauchos and Estancias, sometimes trying to disguise their guests wearing some clothes from the countryside
  • Ranch: The ranch is a real working ranch, the photo do not belong to the ranch: the photo has been taken in Estancia El Ombú and the gaucho has been living in Holland for the last five years. Horseback ride: a walk around in a big circle.
  • Where is your money going: Wall Street 30%, Travel Co. 15%, Gaucho community 0,00%, Ranch 55%

 

 

  • Run by: Big Company based in Buenos Aires performing around 10 different tous in Buenos Aires every day, and sold by a Wall Street Company
  • Photo: STOLEN photo from www.caminopampa.com: the real Estancia Tour
  • Transfer: You will be in a bus for up to 19 people, through the Buenos Aires city picking up people in many different hotels for about one hour. Then with the excuse to use restrooms, the bus will stop by in a souvenir store of a gas station
  • Activities: When you reach the gaucho Town, the only “attraction” that you will be “visiting” is when you will be push in to a silversmith store, and the guide will only highlight the quality of the pieces that can be bought
  • Tour guide: Their tour guides lives in Buenos Aires, and barely know about the life, culture and history of the gauchos and Estancias, sometimes trying to disguise their guests wearing some clothes from the countryside
  • Ranch: The ranch is a real working ranch.
  • Where is your money going: Wall Street 30%, Travel Co. 20%, Gaucho community 0,00%, Ranch 50%

 

  • Run by: Big Company based in Buenos Aires performing around 10 different tous in Buenos Aires every day, and sold by a Wall Street Company
  • Transfer: You will be in a bus for up to 19 people, through the Buenos Aires city picking up people in many different hotels for about one hour. Then with the excuse to use restrooms, the bus will stop by in a souvenir store of a gas station
  • Activities: “Small-Group” means between 12 and 18 people regularly. When you reach the gaucho Town, the only “attraction” that you will be “visiting” is when you will be push in to a silversmith store, and the guide will only highlight the quality of the pieces that can be bought
  • Tour guide: Their tour guides lives in Buenos Aires, and barely know about the life, culture and history of the gauchos and Estancias, sometimes trying to disguise their guests wearing some clothes from the countryside
  • Ranch: The ranch is a real working ranch
  • Where is your money going: Wall Street 30%, Travel Co. 20%, Gaucho community 0,00%, Ranch 50%

 

 

  • Run by: Big Company based in Buenos Aires performing around 10 different tous in Buenos Aires every day, and sold by a Wall Street Company
  • Photo: STOLEN photo from www.caminopampa.com: the real Estancia Tour
  • Transfer: You will be in a car/minivan or in a bus for up to 19 people. Then with the excuse to use restrooms, they will stop by in a souvenir store of a gas station
  • Activities: Depends on tour guide: probably the only “attraction” that you will be “visiting” is when you will be push in to a silversmith store, and the guide will only highlight the quality of the pieces that can be bought
  • Tour guide: Their tour guides lives in Buenos Aires, and barely know about the life, culture and history of the gauchos and Estancias, sometimes trying to disguise their guests wearing some clothes from the countryside
  • Ranch: The ranch is a real working ranch
  • Where is your money going: Wall Street 30%, Travel Co. 20%, Gaucho community 0,00%, Ranch 50%

 

 

Camino Pampa: The Real Gaucho Tour:

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  • Run by: Argentine Official Travel Company: Campos de Areco EVT: Leg. 17395 Disp. 242/20, based in San Antonio de Areco: historical Gaucho town and “Capital de la Tradición”, owned and run by an argentine person living in the gaucho town
  • Transfer: Not buses, not minibuses: just cars of minivans with official license, special insurance and professional drivers. Door-to-door. At the most three different pick ups in Buenos Aires city and then direct trip to the Gaucho Town.
  • Activities: In town we are visiting: gauchos´ bars, historical church, one or two silversmiths´ workshops, walking through the preserved neighbourhood, maybe visiting the small chocolate factory and the atelier of the gaucho painter. You will never be point out about buying nothing here.
  • Tour guide: The tour guides are Argentine people, most of them living in the gaucho historical town San Antonio de Areco, with extensive experience working in farms, Estancias and participating in the local gaucho community
  • Ranch: It is an historical working ranch, run by the family owners. Beautifully preserved.
  • Local Social Responsibility: Camino Pampa have a comprehensive approach in covering the aspects of being socially responsible with the Destination (the Areco gaucho town)
  • Where is your money going: Wall Street 0.00%, Travel Co. 10%, Gaucho community 40%, Ranch 50%

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