Estancia El Ombu de Areco
This late-colonial Italian Palazzo-style building is located in the heart of the Pampas near the gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco, only a few hours from Buenos Aires.
It set in luxuriant parkland and has been adapted to receive paying guests. There are nine simple, atmospheric rooms each with a jumble of period furniture.
There are two unheated swimming pools, pleasant to use in the summer months. Activities available include horse riding within the estancia, carriage drives, nature walks. You'll also be treated to a delicious Asado, a feast of a BBQ.
What our clients say
Highlights?: Tango performance and landscapes in Patagonia.DB, London
Most memorable experience: "First - the Andean crossing from Puerta Varas to Bariloche. Perfect weather, scenery and organisation. Second - Patagonia Camp and the mini-treks we did around the Park. Beautiful Third - Salta and the Cachi/Cafayate trip. Interesting, historic and magnificent."RW, Cobham
We loved all of it, we really enjoyed the scenery of Humahuaca Gorge and the drive to Cafayate. Iguazu falls are incredible also and a definite highlight....We found our whole holiday experience excellent. It was nice to be able to see so much in 2 weeks whilst still feeling relaxed as we were looked after so well by all our guides. The personal itinerary and help we received made a huge difference to us and we were impressed by the standard of all our hotels. The only problem was that we wished we had longer so we could of seen more.HB, Abingdon
Most Memorable Moment?: Difficult to pick out one part. Patagonia Camp was fantastic. However we found the scenery in Argentinian Patagonia stunning.BS, Derby
Highlights?: View from top of chairlift in Bariloche. Iguazu falls. Penguins in Ushuaia.LS, West Wickham
The weather was very kind to us and every glacier, view and the falls were stunningly beautiful. I loved being in the hotel at Bariloche sitting on the terrace overlooking the lake. I even thoroughly enjoyed travelling through the Enchanted Valley from Nequen to Bariloche because the airport had been closed. It is impossible for us to put one memorable moment as every part of Argentina that we went to was beautiful.LL, Bexley
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