South America for the Action Adventurer
For those looking for an off-the-charts adventure to South America covering Peru, Chile and Argentina. Extreme thrills mixed with spectacular culture
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Completely private tours of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Perito Moreno Glacier and Buenos Aires
- Luxury train to Machu Picchu
- Sacred Valley rafting excursion
- Via Ferrata Sacred Valley climb
- Private tour options in Lima, Torres del Paine and the Pampas
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This is a trip of extreme thrills mixed with spectacular culture. From raging rivers, ancient citadels, Patagonian hiking, glacier trekking and riding with the Gauchos – you won’t see more exclusive and one-off active adventures mixed in with luxury and expert planning.
Spend time at the awe-inspiring Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the enchanting cities of Cusco and Lima, before finding yourself at the base of the majestic Torres del Paine peaks: one of the world’s premier destinations for off-the-charts adventure activities. Your adventure wouldn’t be complete without a trip to see Argentina’s humbling glacier region of El Calafate, horse riding in the Patagonian Steppe before arriving in the buzzing capital city of Buenos Aires, and ending with a stay at a traditional and relaxed estancia in the Pampas.
Example Trip Itinerary
The Sacred Valley
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Private transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
Accommodation in The Sacred Valley
- 22 rooms
- Private villas for families and groups of friends
This is without doubt one of the most comfortable and luxurious places to stay in the Sacred Valley. Set in a beautiful spot by the Urubamba river the hotel is close to the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. The construction and design of the 22 rooms is in keeping with the rustic surrounds of this historic location with extensive use of natural materials, yet never compromising on luxury. The hotel has a good restaurant and a high quality 230 square metre spa in which to relax after a day exploring the area. There are also two very spacious and well-appointed villas suitable for families or groups of friends travelling together.
- 43 casitas
- Adjoining ranch and stables
Set among beautiful gardens in the magnificent location of the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna is a charming and comfortable hotel with wonderfully relaxing amenities. Your bungalow, or ‘casita’, is designed with Andean touches and stylish interiors and boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. Spend your days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you can partake in exciting activities such as horse riding, bird watching and para-gliding. Back at Sol y Luna the indulgent spa, sauna and pool is a peaceful place for you to unwind, while the dining consists of a restaurant, Killa Wasi, where Peruvian and European cuisine is served and a bar, Chicha Wasi, where you can enjoy authentic pisco sours. You can also enjoy traditional Andean cuisine at Wayra, a separate restaurant set in the hotel’s Wayra ranch, paying homage to the wealth of natural ingredients cultivated in the Sacred Valley since the time of the Incas. The hotel is also recognised for its community initiatives, particularly in education. After 10 years of working with different schools and programs, Sol y Luna opened the Sol y Luna Intercultural School, providing educational services to a number of local students.
A great expedition for those looking to combine the wild beauty of the Sacred Valley with a bit of adventure and thrill, you will be collected from your hotel for an early morning transfer through the Andes to Pachar. Here you will receive a safety talk and equipment, and after a brief period practising on the flatter parts of the Urubamba river, begin your rafting experience led by trained professionals. First you will past the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, through class II and III rapids. Once through these you will go onto the final leg of the journey with ‘El Resbaladero’ (The Slippery One) which has strong class III rapids, waves and whirlpools. After this there will be time to go ashore, dry off, change your clothes and then sit down for a tented picnic lunch on the river’s banks.
From your hotel your guide will take you to the 300-metre rock face in Pachar, and with safety equipment and instructors you’ll begin the climb that will give you fantastic views over the valley and spectacular mountain scenery. Once at the top, you’ll rappel back down and enjoy a picnic lunch with fantastic panoramas in front of you. After lunch you’ll get to zipline across canyons and rivers before being ferried back to your hotel for the evening.
Private transfer from the Sacred Valley to Ollanta station
Transfer to Ollanta station in the Sacred Valley, where you board your choice of train to Machu Picchu. The journey is around two and a half hours through scenic landscapes by the Urubamba river.
Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you'll descend to Aguas Calientes for a delicious lunch at the rustically elegant Inkaterra hotel, before an afternoon at your leisure: you can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.
Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
- 31 rooms
- Two restaurants
The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion. Inkaterra is a leader in ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. They have a commitment to research, and sharing knowledge about biodiversity and culture with the world through authentic travel experiences. Because of this, they have been granted the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by Control Union Green Choice and the Sustainable Tourism Standard Conservation Award. They are also Rainforest Alliance verified and there is no single-use plastic at the property.
- 60 rooms
An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.
You have the morning free to explore the famous site on your own.
Board the train for the journey back from Machu Picchu with refreshments served on board.
Private transfer from Ollanta Station to your hotel in Cusco
Accommodation in Cusco
- 55 oxygen-enriched suites
- Outdoor pool
- Poolside bar
Palacio Nazarenas, a beautifully-restored old palace and convent, is Belmond’s latest hotel in Cusco and another triumph on the same par as the nearby Monasterio. The hotel has been conscientiously renovated so that guest bask not only in modern luxury but in the history of Cusco, with cloistered gardens, fountains, walls of Incan stones, lovely terraces and flowered patios to wander amongst. The style is sympathetic to the colonial era in regards to its lavishness but also outfitted to modern demands and designs. For example, all of its rooms are oxygen-enriched to help ease the altitude for visitors, and it boasts the city’s first outdoor pool.
- 16 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, sauna and massage rooms
- Hydro massage pool
Casa Cartagena has a uniquely sharp and contemporary look in a town dominated by colonial style hotels. The boutique hotel has a sleek, minimalist concept with clean, white lines and modern furnishings for the interiors, whilst the historical exterior has been renovated beautifully in keeping with the surrounds of the city. Service is attentive and professional and the hotel sits just 200 metres from the main historic square of the city. The sixteen rooms are spacious and airy, and the central courtyard is beautifully lit up by a large luminescent globe.
- 126 Rooms
- Select rooms oxygen enriched
- Two restaurants
- Lobby bar
Cusco’s most famous and prestigious hotel, Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery in the heart of town just steps away from the main plaza, finest restaurants and best museums. Built around Incan foundations, adorned with antique Spanish design, the hotel is an important historical landmark and is protected by the National Institute of Culture. The 126 unique rooms offer a great mix of elegance and comfort, ranging from cozy quarters to expansive suite. The hotel also goes the extra mile in terms of guests’ comfort with the provision of some oxygen enriched bedrooms to help acclimatize to the high altitude. There are two restaurants – Illariy in the cloisters opening out over the leafy courtyard where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and light lunches, and El Tupay which serves fine international cuisine created from local ingredients, often accompanied by opera. The relaxed lobby bar is the place to sip pisco sours after a day exploring.
- 43 rooms
- Oxygen enrichment
- flat screen televisions
- Bar and restaurant
- 4 treatment rooms
- Ipod docks
- Steam Room and Dry Sauna
- Steam Room
- Dry Sauna
The Aranwa is an excellent boutique option in Cusco. Decoration is a mixture of colonial style, modern furniture and opulent restored antique pieces from the owner’s personal collection. The hotel retains a historic feel whilst modern touches make your stay that much more comfortable. The forty three rooms are equipped with such features as iPod docks, oxygen enrichment (optional) and large, all marble bathrooms with jacuzzi’s or colonial style claw-footed bath tubs.
Your local expert guide will collect you from your hotel for a tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery. This former Colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to the worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Your next stop will be the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. After touring the most interesting sites of the city, you will be driven by private vehicle to the countryside just outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area such as the cult centre of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.
Transfer back to your hotel
Transfer to Cusco airport
Flight from Cusco to Lima
Private transfer to your hotel in Lima
Accommodation in Lima
- Five king bedded rooms, eight king two twin bedded rooms and four contemporary queen bedded rooms
- Restaurant, bar and lounge
- Living room
- Rooftop sun deck and patio
At last a hotel with lots of Limeño character and heritage. Combining intimate and modern boutique hospitality, with stylish, historical elegance, Hotel B offers both a polished and decidedly local stay to your time in Lima. Located in the city’s bohemian district of Barranco and housed in a historical Belle Époque mansion, once the palatial, ocean view residence of the Peruvian president Augusto Leguia, its architectural features and flair captures Peru’s colonial past in 21st century luxury. In fact, the Arts Hotel renovation team included sculptors from the Fine Arts academy and a host of talented carpenters under the direction of an Italian master woodworker. Each of its 17 rooms (coming in three different categories) all display chic furnishings and modern amenities, with contemporary style and smart design blended together in a very refreshing and unique way.
- 82 guestrooms
- Observatory Restaurant
- Rooftop pool
This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru. The hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to one of the most exclusive residential areas and commercial districts of Lima. Miraflores Park prides itself in offering outstanding personalised service and a home away from home atmosphere. With 82 rooms, the amenities include three massage rooms, a rooftop heated pool, state of the art gym and a special observatory restaurant with sea views while dining. This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru.
Enjoy an evening in Peru's capital.
Private transfer to Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Santiago
Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas
Torres del Paine
Transfer from Punta Arenas to your Torres del Paine lodge
Accommodation in Torres del Paine
- Fifty rooms
- Heated Indoor swimming pool
- Four open air jacuzzis
Perhaps the most famous hotel in all of Chile, the Explora Patagonia one of the most stunning settings in the world. Looking quite ‘average’ from the exterior, things could not be more different once inside. There are large picture windows everywhere (even in the bathrooms) to make the most of the stunning vistas surrounding the hotel. Much of the furniture is hand crafted from local wood and slate, and there are many little design touches to make things more comfortable. The hotel also has a large indoor swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzis. All activities are included in the programme as are all meals and drinks. Food is generally of a high standard at the restaurant.
- 54 Rooms
- Three suites
- Complimentary WiFi
- Restaurant § Bar
- Full Spa
Housed in the restored, post-Victorian cold-storage factory “Frigorifico Puerto Bories” first built in 1915, the Singular is in fact a National Monument and has been sympathetically and stylishly converted into one of Patagonia’s most elegant exploration hotels. By this we mean its remoteness has in no way inhibited its refinement. Located on the shores of the Señoret Channel, at the end of the Ultima Esperanza Sound, Singular is ideally placed for expeditions to some of Patagonia’s most inaccessible parts and sights. With two of their own boats to explore the intricate fjords, channels and islands, as well as a wealth of other land-based activities, you really are in the best hands. The hotel’s décor has been expertly and creatively designed to a high but understated level of luxury, blended with regional character and the building’s unique history all for a contemporary industrial chic fused with a warm, old-style comfort. All of its 57 rooms command steely Patagonian views over the channel water or rugged plains, and soft carpets, cosy beds and traditional pieces of furniture add a warmth to their contemporary, bunker-style design of bare concrete walls and seamless glass windows. In-between these lie rooms displaying much of the factory’s restored machinery and galleries detailing its history, so Singular acts as much as an offering to the region’s past as it does a hotel. The service and food are both excellent, and apart from the simple task of deciding on whether to go for the Magellenic Lamb or conger eel for dinner, or perhaps what spa treatment you’ll go for to end your day, the bigger challenge is choosing from over 20 different well-thought-out and extraordinary expeditions on offer by Singular. We also highly recommend Pisco Sours at sunset.
- 40 rooms
- Uma Spa
- Bar, lounge, TV room
- Indoor swimming pool
It’s this hotel’s bizarrely beautiful shape, designed to imitate that of a sun-bleached fossil on the ruggedly wild shores of Lake Sarmiento, which makes Tierra Patagonia such a striking place to stay. In fact, this sustainable lodge is known worldwide for its innovative architecture, which blends naturally into the landscape. The revitalised pampa, where the complex is based, has benefited from great conservation efforts, as well as focus on minimising footprint in this beautiful area. This impressive blonde-wooded, design-led ‘shell’ houses 40 simple yet sophisticated Scandinavian-style rooms. Their exposed timber interiors create a tangible Sauna-like warmth that contrasts well with the views of the desolate pampas outside. There are family apartments of two adjoining rooms available, as well as the extensive Uma Spa, which is particularly welcomed after a hard day hiking the Torres del Paine National Park, which is simple given the hotel’s superb team of guides and the varied activities on offer here. From horse riding to climbing, this great range of opportunities means you really can take full advantage of your truly magnificent surrounds.
Depending on the lodgings you have chosen and your individual preferences your travel designer can design a program of activities featuring a whole host of different and diverse ways to explore and encounter Torres del Paine.
Transfer from Torres del Paine to El Calafate
Accommodation in Calafate
- 17 suites
- Living room
- Bar and restaurant
- Indoor swimming pool
Eolo sits on a 10,000-acre estancia in the Patagonian steppe between the town of El Calafate and the majestic Perioto Merino glacier. Surrounded by lakes, vast plains and the imposing peaks of the Andes, this is nature at its very best. The hotel has been built to ensure that wherever you are, you can take in these incredible views. Eolo is centred around a courtyard garden, a nifty bit of architecture that means guests can enjoy the great outdoors whilst being protected from the wild Patagonian winds. There are 17 beautiful rooms characterised by pastel colours and simple lines. Nothing is overly complicated here, simplicity is key when your surroundings are so dramatic. There are no televisions in the rooms, instead guests are encouraged to curl up on one of the sofas that are placed in front of the large picture windows. Eolo was inspired by the historic estancias of the area and you’ll find antiques, maps, telescopes and lots of other traditional touches. The food at Eolo is a real highlight. Excellent local, seasonal produce is used to create a dynamic and exciting menu. The views that await from your dining table make the experience even sweeter. This is an area begging to be explored, and there are plenty of activites on offer. Hiking, horseriding, birdwatching and mountain biking are some of the experiences to keep you busy. At the hotel itself there is an area for relaxation with a small heated pool, dry sauna and massage room. All meals and non-alcoholic drinks are included during your stay at Eolo.
- 20 Rooms
Accessed by crossing the Cristina Channel of Lago Argentino by boat, Estancia Cristina enjoys a truly stunning setting. The journey to the lodge allows excellent viewing of the Upsala Glacier, one of the largest in the region, and once you arrive you are treated to views of the ajestic Norte, Pfifter and Moyano mountains. 20 rooms are split between five cabins and are appointed with warm fabrics and large picture windows from which to appreciate the particularly spectacular views. Service and food are excellent – the Patagonic lamb, fresh vegetables and homemade breads are a delight. There are many activities on offer to enjoy the spectacular surrounds, including hiking, 4×4 excursions and horseriding. Estancia Cristina operates on an all-inclusive basis with transfers, accommodation, full-board, non-aloholic drinks and all excursions included.
- 70 rooms
- Two dining areas and a bar
- Indoor-outdoor swimming pool
- Spa and gym
On a steep bank overlooking Lago Argentino a little way outside of El Calafate, Xelena Hotel & Suites enjoys a quiet, majestic location. It is the perfect base from which to explore Argentina’s breathtaking Patagonia area. Comfort and warmth defines the hotel’s personality, and the team pride themselves on the attentive and personalised service offered to guests. Many of the 70 rooms have lake views, and all are extremely spacious with contemporary features. There’s also a large heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool and spa – a real highlight of the hotel – two large dining areas and a bar.
This is a full day's tour of the magnificent Perito Moreno National Park and its humbling glacier complete with private 4WD vehicle and one of our expert guides.
Beginning with a scenic drive through the National Park followed by an guided-tour along the specially built in walkways facing the glacier, various optional additions can be made to this tour such as the nautical boat safari, minitrekking or Big Ice trekking. Talk to your travel designer about your individual preferences.
This is a full day’s adventure excursion for those looking for a more daring and thrilling experience of the Perito Moreno glacier.
Starting early you will be collected from your hotel and driven to the Bajo de las Sombros Port to board a chartered vessel that will cross the Rico Arm of Lake Argentino. After about fifteen minutes you will reach the opposite side of the shore and your private mountain guides will lead you to where you select your crampons. At this point, you’ll begin a hike to approach the glacier in the area of the southern moraine reaching a spectacular vantage point at the end. This is where the true adventure begins. Having fastened on your crampons and harnesses, you will then start to explore the glacier from a different perspective discovering the blue lagoons, deep fissure and cracks, huge drains and surreal caves. Dimensions become almost unreal when you find yourself inside the core of the Perito Moreno, one of the most fascinating glaciers in the world.
Along with expert guides who explain the characteristics of the ice and its surroundings, the inside of the glacier is toured for over four hours. A picnic is organized on the icy blanket where you’ll have the chance to sit down rest for bit and take in this surrealist scenery.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Only people aged between 18 and 45 and of good physical condition can take part in this excursion. As for clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable warm clothes, hat, waterproof jacket, gloves, and good hiking boots are recommended.
Private transfer to Calafate Airport
Flight from Calafate to Buenos Aires
Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires (from domestic airport)
Accommodation in Buenos Aires
- 88 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Library bar
- Fitness centre
- Outdoor pool
- Cabaret show
The Faena Buenos Aires is a striking design hotel in the waterside neighborhood of Puerto Madero, the brainchild of local empresario Alan Faena and designer Philippe Starck. The hotel is located in the restored El Porteño building, an enormous silo built in 1902 that produced grain for post-war Europe. The decor encapsulates the grandeur of the belle epoque that characterised Buenos Aires at the turn of last centrury. A red, black and white colour scheme runs through the hotel teamed with exposed brick walls and concrete pillars that hark back to its industrious past. Rooms and suites are filled with eye catching touches such as hand embroidered throws and filifree mirrors and feature huge windows which look out over Ecological Reserve, the parks, Río de la Plata and the quaysides of Puerto Madero. Eating and drinking at the Faena is a real treat. Enjoy fine dining at Bistro Sur where the menu is inspired by the finest seasonal Argentinian produce, or opt for something more casual at El Mercado which is inspired by the country’s famous cantinas and the open air markets of Europe. The Library Lounge is an intimate space filled with antique books and crysal chandeliers, while El Cabaret, inspired by the city’s 1920s tango clubs, is where you can catch the award-winning show, Rojo Tango. The hotel also features a spa, fitness centre and an outdoor pool.
- Thirty rooms
- L'??Occitane Products
- Wine Cellar
- Spa & Swimming pool
- Complimentary WiFi
- Mio Lounge (breakfast, lunch, tea, snacks, cocktails, tapas, French Patisserie)
For a neighbourhood of Buenos Aires better known for its five-star business hotels, Mio’s originality, contemporary character and hi-tech homeliness makes it a real individual among the suits. A sophisticated cocktail of materials from olive wood to steel, and silks on glass are thrown together contemporarily throughout the hotel. You even pass through a front door made of French oak wine barrels. Its thirty rooms come in varying categories growing in size and luxury amenities, and the atmosphere is cool, stylish, sensually polished and above all, relaxing – which it goes one step further with, thanks to its eighth-floor spa. Whilst Mio serves breakfast and has a lounge serving lunch and snacks, the hotel rightly encourages you to go out and explore the city’s renown for having some of the world’s best restaurants, chic cafes and bustling traditional brasseries.
- 11 rooms
Set in the fashionable and leafy district of Palermo, Legado Mitico is a beautiful boutique hotel within easy reach of the city’s main attractions and restaurants. Located in a refurbished three-storey townhouse, the hotel draws on the rich historical culture of Argentina. There are 11 rooms each inspired by a famous figure such as tango dancer Carlos Gardel, writer Jorge Luis Borges, and Evita. A warm colour scheme runs throughout the rooms and wooden floors and period antique pieces give them lots of traditional charm. The cultural theme extends into the communal areas with a small library in the lounge where the more inquisitive guest can read all about the historic figures that inspire the decoration of the room. The library opens out onto a small patio where guests can relax with a drink.
- 140 rooms
- Indoor Pool
Located in the heart of the elegant Retiro neighbourhood, this Sofitel hotel features a perfect blend of modern and classical design. The elegant rooms are decorated in harmonious colours with Argentine leather furniture providing a feel of comfort and class. The hotel’s restaurant, Le Sud, is one of the best in the city featuring gourmet Mediterranean cuisine infused with local Argentine products. The cafe and library are very traditional with a style and elegance reminiscent of the early 20th century and the extravagance of Buenos Aires at that time. A fitness centre, heated pool, and exclusive boutique are available to guests as well as weekly wine tastings and other special events.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you (with private vehicle) on a fascinating half-day private tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the soubriquet of the Paris of South America. Including a trip to La Boca district in the South and then up to the charming cobbled alleys and colonial architecture of San Telmo. Along to the Plaza de Mayo, up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress and then on to the historically fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, you will discover the facts, stories and anecdotes that make up the colourful tapestry of the history of Buenos Aires.
Tours can be extended to include la Boca, Shopping, the Colon Opera house etc.
Located on the western side of the Plaza de Mayo, this is the Argentine National Congress and the legislative branch of the government of Argentina, made up of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.
Plaza de Mayo in the central area of Buenos Aires is dominated by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Nación Bank, the Cathedral and original Parliament House
It might seem strange to visit a cemetery, but Recoleta doesn't fail to impress. Many mausoleums and tombs are the work of famous artists, seventy graves have been declared national monuments, but perhaps the most famous for our visitors will be the tomb of Evita Perón.
This is where the famous Caminito Street lies, scarcely 100 metres long, yet very much an emblematic post-card of the city. Designed by the Italian-Argentine artist Benito Quinquela Martín at a disused rail port terminal just beyond the iron cantilevered Puente de la Boca which bridges the river, it is a short yet busy pedestrian alley of brightly-painted houses which cluster above the cobblestones. The sheets of corrugated-iron shimmer with glossy blues, reds, yellows and greens and recall the original colours of the leftover paint with which the dockworkers painted their homes in the 19th century.
Private transfer from Buenos Aires to the Pampas
Accommodation in The Pampas
- Eleven rooms
- 11 rooms
- Billiard Rooms
- La Pulperia lounge
- Massage Room
- Swimming Pool
- Polo Fields (the Estancia has its own team)
- Certain outdoor activities
One of Argentina’s best boutique Estancias for experience and elegance, you can’t really get more authentic, intimate and refined than La Bamba de Areco. Positioned at the heart of the Pampas plains, 120 kilometres from Buenos Aires and but a few minutes drive from one of the oldest towns in Argentina, San Antonio de Areco, this estancia is not only perfectly placed but captures the rugged romance of the gaucho whilst still being impeccably stylish and well-run. Avenues of plane trees lead you through the ranch’s lush parklands and paddocks to the typically 19th-century corralled casco (main house) painted in proud Vermillion red and white – permitting in parts a couple of vines to steal up its walls. This was once an important private home along the Camino Real (Royal Road). Its eleven rooms are all done up in a smart, farmhouse style that is classically rural but with a contemporary lift. These open up onto the ranch’s shaded wraparound patios, perfect for relaxing, watching the ponies and where you can dine in summer. La Pulperia is the estancia’s own authentic gaucho inn converted to a separate lounge bar and boutique, and of course then there’s the array of different equestrian activities and excursions to choose from.
- Six rooms
- Swimming Pool
- Lounge areas
La Bandada is set in 200 acres of land and with just six rooms, a stay here is an intimate and authentic experience. Although more recently refurbished to be a hotel (in 2004), the rooms are decorated in a very traditional style with 19th century antiques and period style linens and fittings. Unlike many of the larger more touristy Estancias close to Buenos Aires, La Bandada has excellent personalised activities including: horse riding, taking part in the traditional gaucho lifestyle, wine tasting or simply relaxing by the pool. The food is excellent traditional fare with most ingredients grown and reared on the Estate.
Choose from our selection of estancias for an authentic and luxury ranch-style stay in the sleepy Pampas plains. Ride out with gauchos, enjoy an afternoon asado (BBQ), fishing or polo lessons.
Private transfer from the Pampas to Buenos Aires
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