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Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch

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Escape the bustling streets of Buenos Aires with a full-day fiesta at the Estancia Santa Susana gaucho ranch. Discover the traditional way of life in the Argentine countryside with a horseback ride, ranch tour, and an impressive horseman show by the gallant gauchos. Feast on an array of grilled meats and sides at a traditional ‘parrillada’ barbecue, and watch a performance of folk song and dance.
  • Go horseback riding or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage
  • Enjoy a delicious Argentine barbecue lunch accompanied by wine
  • Watch a tango and folk music show and see gauchos perform with throwing weapons
  • Hotel pick-up from downtown hotels
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Argentine BBQ Lunch with beverages
Afternoon snacks
Horse and carriage ride
Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Hotel pickup (Downtown hotels only)
Drop-off in a central location in Buenos Aires
Gauchos show
Entry/Admission - Estancia Santa Susana
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Buenos Aires , Buenos Aires, Argentina

Departure Point: from selected hotels in the downtown, Recoleta and Congreso areas. If your hotel is not located in the pickup area, please meet your guide at the meeting point indicated on your voucher.

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9:30 AM
Buenos Aires , Buenos Aires, Argentina

Return point: Downtown Buenos Aires (no drop off to hotels).

If your hotel is not in the list, please, add it at the time of booking. If your hotel is outside the pick up area, we will confirm the pick up from a central meeting point.
Traditional customs of Argentine ranch life are still celebrated at the handful of estancias near Buenos Aires. Your full-day country retreat begins with morning pickup at your city hotel in an air-conditioned van and a lovely drive across the pampas (plains). 

After arriving at Estancia Santa Susana, you’ll be welcomed at the ranch house with warm empanadas and wine. Take a tour of Santa Susana’s grounds, chapel and museum while hearing stories about this historic working ranch.

Meet the friendly gauchos — talented wranglers and horsemen similar to cowboys of the American West. Climb astride a horse from the ranch stables or hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through the surrounding farmland.

When you return to the ranch, settle in at a rustic banquet table for a savory parrillada (Argentine barbecue) featuring many different cuts of expertly grilled meats and sausages served with salads and regional wine. Top off your feast with a sweet pastelito (pastry) and a cup of mate — a favorite Argentine drink made from steeped yerba mate leaves.  

As you dine, enjoy a performance of traditional folk music and dancing, plus a boleadoras show where gauchos perform impressive feats of weapon throwing. Head outside to the pasture where the gauchos will continue displaying their skills through daring horseman stunt tricks, animal herding, and the ring race known as la sortija.

After your full day of ranch festivities, relax on the return drive to Buenos Aires to be dropped-off at a central location.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Buenos Aires
You will be pick up from your hotel and around 9.30 am depart Buenos Aires in a comfortable bus for the scenic ride of 2 hours through the Argentine pampas (plains) to Estancia Santa Susana, located in Los Cardales.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Estancia Santa Susana
Your day of gaucho fun begins with a friendly welcome reception at the ranch pub with empanadas and wine. Take a tour to some of Santa Susana’s attractions, including its museum and church, before enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride or going horseback riding to explore. Back at the ranch, tuck into a delicious parrillada of asado lunch of grilled specialties such as sausages and chicken, accompanied by salad and beverages (red and white wine, soda, water and coffee). Then sip on a glass of mate (an Argentine drink of yerba mate leaves steeped in hot water) and finish with a pastelito (pastry)! During lunch, be entertained by a tango and folk show of classical music and dance, and watch an exciting boleadoras show, with throwing weapons used by gauchos. When you’re done eating, the real entertainment begins as you watch the gauchos show off their incredible ranch skills. Be impressed by a ring race (known as la sortija), animal herding and the cuadreras race, a typical gaucho game.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Buenos Aires
When your day of fun on the ranch is over, you’ll be driven back to Buenos Aires and dropped-off at a central location.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, date of birth, expiry and country is required at time of booking for ALL participants
  • IMPORTANT: You must bring your passport at the time of the tour as there may be checks during the trip
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Cruise Passengers are not allowed to take this tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tangol
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Lunch is also unlimited (including beverages) and is made right there on the open fire grill." See review
  • "Pick up was fine but drop off wasn’t (we were next to last on pick up and last on drop off!)." See review

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star-5
An adventure out of the city!
Patricia_P
, Mar 2020
The trip was fun and our guide was informative and friendly. The small group experience made it easier to hear the information and to share experiences with fellow travelers. It was well organized and the food was great.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thank you for your comments! We are glad you enjoyed the experience, our guides organize our groups so that everyone can enjoy the service. We hope you remember us for your next visit to our country. Regards.
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Santa susana day
PATRICIA_P
, Feb 2020
A little too much unstructured time, good food and plenty to drink. Pick up was fine but drop off wasn’t (we were next to last on pick up and last on drop off!). Estancia was beautiful!
star-5
Awesome
Donald_L
, Feb 2020
Our guide was very informative and helpful. Nice to be out of city and spend a day in the country. Lunch meal was absolutely wonderful.
star-4
A fun day at Santa Susanna Ranch
Barbara_L
, Jan 2020
I especially enjoyed the gaucho show. It was amazing to see the gauchos leading a horseback ride, serving the meal and demonstrating their skills with their horses. They worked really hard and were super hospitable.
star-4
Good food, nice surroundings, lousy horseback riding!
172jannel
, Nov 2019
The place was very nice and cosy (even if it was big and with 300 guests). The gauche show as well as the gaucho show was good. The horseback riding on the other hand was lousy. We expected to be allowed to ride the horses, not to go on a ride at horses with their head in the arse of the horse in front.
star-4
Good day out to "dude" Gaucho ranch
JassyTheDog
, Oct 2019
Not a working ranch but a great day out and a lot of history in what was once a vast real gaucho ranch. Great food, song and dance routines after lunch and gaucho show made for a nice day. The riding skills demonstration was awesome and I managed to get one of the rings at the end of the show. You know what they will mean if you go!
star-4
Wonderful day out!
Lauren M
, Oct 2019
(We visited on a weekday and not on a holiday so it was not very busy). We had a fantastic time at the estancia. You are welcomed (as promised) with all-you-can-eat empanadas and wine/juice/beer. We were able to ride horses and take a carriage ride and leisurely peruse the historic home and chapel before lunch. I was worried we’d have too much time given we were with kids but it was just right. Lunch is also unlimited (including beverages) and is made right there on the open fire grill. It was all very tasty and fresh. We all enjoyed it. The show during dessert was enjoyable and even kept a tweens attention. The gaúcho horsemanship show displayed their skills, but was a bit repetitive / short. I was expecting a bit more, but still found it worthwhile. Plus they really can’t do everything, it was an appropriately paced day as it was! We gave it a 4, not a 5, as it was expensive, given the current exchange rate here in Argentina. Also, our guide was very nice and spoke excellent English, but could have added even more history during bus rides or at the site for our Taste. All in all this is a great day trip from Buenos Aires.
star-4
Nice trip
DWAYNE_N
, Dec 2018
Be sure to bring mosquito repellent! Nice day in the country. Superb dancers, lots of good meat, fun to watch the Gaucho's in action.
star-4
nice day out of the city
Nicole_D
, Jun 2018
Enjoyed the gaucho excursion. Not too far from Buenos Aires, and it was good to get a feel for life in the country even through an experience clearly tailored to the tourist industry. The horses were in good shape and seemed well cared for, which is always a concern with respect to a tourist operation dependent upon animals. The gauchos were fun and really nice--willing to answer my many questions about the horses and their training/uses. Food was good as well, and the ranch was very happy to make adjustment for my vegetarian menu (my companions loved the meat, too). I would recommend the tour--it's a nice, different day out of the big city.
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Nice tour. Good entertainment and...
Stephen_T
, Apr 2018
Nice tour. Good entertainment and great food and service. Would rate 5 stars but the horseback ride was a little cheesy. Just a walk around in a big circle. Good for first time riders and there were a lot of those but if you are expecting more of a ride you will be disappointed. But all-in-all it was a good experience.
star-4
We had a lot of fun at the ranch...
Helane B
, Apr 2018
We had a lot of fun at the ranch, although I thought the horse ride was okay, but just slightly disappointing. This was obviously a popular trip, and it was crowded, so the wait to get on the horse was long. I understand they are trying to maximize the visit, but it would probably be better to stagger the arrival times so that the wait to ride wasn't so long. I think we waited about 30 - 40 minutes for a 10 minute ride. The other thing is the pick up from the hotel was later than we were told on our voucher, so perhaps it would be better to coordinate that a little better. We were told 930 AM, the pick up escort was told 950 AM and the actual pick up was closer to 1000 AM or a little after. We were sitting in our hotel lobby for 30 minutes waiting for the pick up, and that time could have been better spent. I'd still go on the tour, but I would be prepared for delays.
star-4
The ranch was lovely and the Gouchos...
Victoria M
, Mar 2018
The ranch was lovely and the Gouchos were great. Fantastic skills display at the end and the entertainment of the dancers and folk singers was excellent. Very interesting to look around the ranch house as it was left. The food and wine was plentiful, but a few sauces would have been nice as you get a bit 'meat overload' when it's plain, or a few potatoes they did have salad. And the empanadas on arrival were the best I've ever tasted. The ride around the paddock on a horse was sedate, so brilliant for anyone to have a go even if you've never sat on a horse before. I personally would have liked to do a little more as a novice rider back home, but I can understand it keeps it safer that they just walk around.
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