La Bamba La Bamba is an imposing colonial-style house that sits amongst extensive grounds including a 600-acre cattle ranch and 32-acre park. Its beautiful red hues emerge from manicured lawns set up for a little light croquet and place to dine al fresco when the weather allows. The property is one of Argentinas oldest estancias and its location is deceiving: despite being only a stones throw away from Argentinas capital city, Buenos Aires (123km to be exact), this estancia feels a world away, tucked neatly in the rolling Pampas countryside. Monte Dinero This is perhaps my favourite estancia in all of Argentina; its beautiful setting, wonderful people and amazing food are hard to beat. The property itself lies in the heart of Patagonia and is the family home of the Fentons. The property has been in the same family since its establishment. Over the years Monte Dinero has been extended and adapted, and now houses six rooms, a library, billiards room, small restaurant and in house parilla serving some stunning food and wines. Learn the art of sheep shearing through demonstrations and visit the Cabo Vírgenes Lighthouse and the penguin colony, which neighbours the estate. Huechahue Huechahue is situated in the foothills of the Andes, near to the Chilean border and about 70km east of the quaint town of San Martin de los Andes. Outdoor activities are a must here and you can spend your time rafting and swimming in the river, traversing the awe-inspiring landscape on horseback, trout fishing and joining the gauchos in their daily activities, before refuelling with a traditional barbeque lunch. Dont miss birds of prey flying overhead, or the ancient Indian drawings in nearby caves. Peuma Hue Peuma Hue is an estancia with a difference. Situated in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, this property lies on the idyllic shores of Lago Gutierrez. Marketed as a wellbeing mountain lodge a stay here is a spiritual experience, where yoga and wellness treatments go hand in hand with horse riding and hiking. One of the guides is even a horse whisperer! Surrounding the property is 500 acres of countryside home to pristine forests, creeks, waterfalls and valleys for wandering at leisure. El Colibri Quite possibly the most luxurious estancia on this list, El Colibri is an imposing colonial-style mansion just 45 minutes from Cordoba Airport. Despite its extravagance, this is a great property for families, honeymooners and adventure travellers alike, where activities include polo, swimming, horse riding, mountain biking and trekking. Relax in one of the beautiful rooms or outstanding suites, the latter being luxuriously appointed with huge beds, an impressive sound system, fireplaces and separate shower and bathrooms, before enjoying a treatment at the spa. Head to the propertys clubhouse for a traditional asado and drinks, or join other guests in the living room for evening activities. Craig Burkinshaw is a Founder Director of Audley Travel. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.Argentina is famous for many things: great wine; spectacular landscapes; the tango; Maradona but for a truly authentic taste of this South American giant spend some time at one of the countrys beautiful estancias. Home to rugged gauchos or cowboys – estancias are places where you can get your hands dirty with activities such as cattle rearing, sheep shearing and horseback herding, or simply enjoy your surroundings with leisurely horseback rides, a game of polo and, of course, a delicious asado (barbecue). Here are some our favourite estancias in Argentina:
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