Home of the Gauchos, a perfect place for rural tourism

This region is formed by the enormous plains extending westward across central Argentina from the Atlantic coast to the Andean foothills, bounded by the Gran Chaco (north) and Patagonia (south). Its name comes from a Quechua word meaning “flat surface”.

Apart from a few sierras in the northwest and south, most of the region appears perfectly flat. Home of the Gauchos, this extensive area includes the provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Santa Fe, Entre Rios and Cordoba. For those who love rural tourism, there are more than 300 estancias (farmhouses) over a hundred years old that have been refurbished into comfortable lodgings where country people perform the art of being your host.

You can join typical tasks in farms, such as cattle herding and branding, breaking-in, playing sports on horseback (polo and pato, the latter being the national sport) or simply riding on horseback, riding carriages, or seeing the flora and fauna. Once night has fallen, under the stars, you can certainly enjoy a typical asado (barbecued meat), bonfires and traditional guitar playing.