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The Estancia experience - relaxing homestay on an Argentine cattle farm  |  10/11 days

Estancia Los Potreros is a 6,000 acre working cattle farm which has remained in the same Anglo-Argentine family for four generations. The estancia is situated at an altitude of 915m, nestled between the pampas and the Andes in the heart of the beautiful region of Cordoba. The main house is steeped in family history that goes back to the days of the Jesuits, who first organised farming in the area before they were forced to leave in 1769. The family today provides short and long breaks for those who want to experience first-hand the majesty and rural tradition of Argentina.

Riding is usually centred round estancia life with occasional overnight excursions. Accommodation on the farm is simple and offers all creature comforts. Alternatively, enjoy a longer ride away from the estancia, during which you may be in the saddle for four to five hours a day. Nights away from Los Potreros are spent camping or in local dwellings, which offer a glimpse of another way of life.

 

Suggested 10 day tailor-made itinerary at Los Potreros:

Day 1:Fly to Buenos Aires
Day 2:Arrive Buenos Aires and touring this fascinating and colourful city

Day 3:Fly to Cordoba and drive to Los Potreros
Days 4-8:Estancia Los Potreros
Day 9:Fly to Cordoba/Buenos Aires
Day 10:Fly to London

 

Suggested 11 day tailor-made itinerary for trail riding:

Day 1:Fly to Buenos Aires
Day 2:Fly to Cordoba and drive to Los Potreros
Day 3:Preparation ride
Day 4:Ride to Estancia Potrero de Loza
Day 5:Day ride from Estancia Potrero de Loza
Day 6:Ride to La Cumbre
Day 7:La Cumbre
Day 8:Ride to Mentas
Day 9:Return to Los Potreros
Day 10:Fly to Cordoba/Buenos Aires
Day 11:Fly to London

 

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Fiona’s travel tips

FOR THE LESS ACTIVE: If you don’t want to trek the whole Inca Trail, take the train and hop off early to enjoy a wonderful day’s walk instead.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE: (Once I had got over a slight vertigo moment), sitting atop Wayna Picchu watching the cloud drift over the ruins of Machu Picchu spread out below me.

DON’T MISS: Superb camping at the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. The walk-in tents, though not en-suite, each have a built in stove and the view from the loo is to die for.

TOP TIP: See Lake Titicaca and its floating reedbed islands from the Bolivian side — it’s much less visited than from Peru.

BEST TIME TO GO:
Argentina: October to April
Bolivia: April to September
Chile: October to April
Ecuador: October to June
Galapagos: year-round
Peru: April to October   

JOURNEY TIME:
Argentina: 16 hours (indirect)
Bolivia: 18 hours (indirect)
Chile:
18 hours (indirect)
Ecuador:
14½ hours indirect
Galapagos:
14½ hours indirect
Peru: 14½ hours (indirect) 


 

Clients’ comments

“Your arrangements for our recent trip worked well and we had outstanding help from our guide in Buenos Aires.”

James and Shelagh WestwoodArgentina

Excerpt from an email sent to their guide by our clients:

“We should like to thank you for all the hard work and research which you did, particularly on my behalf, to find out all that you discovered about my grandfather, my uncle and my aunt.  Your guided tours each day in Buenos Aires were excellent (it must be so difficult to know what to show clients of your fascinating city) and your choices of where to take us and what to show us were perfect. I now have a much clearer picture of my family background and, thanks to you, have learnt so much more about the Cromwell roots. Once again, enormous thanks for all that you did to help to make our visit to Buenos Aires so unforgettable.”

James and Shelagh Westwood, Argentina

 

“Having arrived back overnight, I was going to email you, but you got there first! It was a wonderful trip. Awasi, in particular, was amazingly good in every respect. I’ll get to the questionnaire in due course, but I did want to say thank you and how much we enjoyed ourselves. I do hope we will get to travel with Arcturus again”.

Andrew and Hilary Reicher, Argentina and Chile

The whole trip was successful and memorable. I was very pleased with the private guides you arranged who were charming and helpful. The drivers were excellent and all very polite and pleasant. I had the services of the same guide three times in Buenos Aries and she was she was very keen to make sure that I was safe before she left.”

Eileen Turner, Argentina

“We loved exploring a part of the world that neither of us knew previously. Without your guidance we would not have known where to start and we felt we came away with a very good and broad experience”.

Mr and Mrs Charles Pybus, Argentina, Chile and Brazil

“From the moment I contacted Fiona again, I knew that I was going to have a fabulous time. She always seems to make my trips holidays of a lifetime. I loved the dramatic way in which we travelled to the Napo Wildlife Centre and the MV Santa Cruz was great despite being quite a large ship. The guides were tremendous. I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you put in”.

Charlotte Langley, Ecuador and the Galapagos