For those of you that read my Destination: Argentina Post, you will recall that spending time at an authentic Argentinian ranch (estancia) was a really important wish list item for me when planning my trip. I fortunately stumbled upon Estancia Los Portreros which far exceeded any expectation that I could of had for staying on a ranch in South America. Warning: the pictures do not do it justice!
The buildings are traditional and have architectural references references to the Jesuits that once lived in this area. With large patios and wide walkways connecting each room, the Estancia truly embodies the meaning of indoor/outdoor living. One of my favorite details was the kerosene lanterns that would be put out every evening to light our path.
A Good Night's Rest
Living in Nature
The ranch is spread out over 6,500 acres and though they can accommodate up to a dozen people, their preference is to keep it closer to 6-8 people at a time. There are two great benefits to this... first and foremost, the level of care and attention you get is truly special and secondly, the connection you experience with nature is pretty remarkable.
Christmas at the Estancia
Though I had a brief stay at Estancia Los Portreros, I was so happy that one of those days happened to fall on December 8th, which is the holy day of The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is the day the staff at the Estancia pull out all of their Christmas decorations and literally sprinkle the holiday cheer throughout the communal living and dining spaces. It was so unique to experience the Christmas holiday in the middle of the Argentinian summer!
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