When having an extra day to spend in Buenos Aires, many travelers will take advantage of the time to explore the area outside the city known as the Pampas. This region is most known for its gaucho culture – Argentine cowboys who roam the plains on horseback tending the land or corralling cattle. The landscape is unspoiled with acres of flat grassland fields and lush agricultural farms. In the southern part of this region, lays the exclusive polo community of Santa Maria de Lobos where you can spend the day exploring the beautiful Pampas on horseback, carriage ride or even from water via a relaxing kayak trip through the natural lagoon that borders the 1,000 hectare property.
Home to many lavish estates that surround a polo field where polo players come to play during the summer season, Santa Maria de Lobos feels like you are visiting a friend’s countryside house. During our time at Santa Maria, we explored the property on a carriage ride. As we made our way through the property, we were stunned by the pristine natural surroundings and the unmistakable sense of serenity. A variety of birds flew past us and the horses trotted through the fields with such force were felt in awe of their sheer power. The relaxing carriage ride is just one of many activities that are offered to visitors at Santa Maria de Lobos. While spending a day at the property, visitors have the option to learn about polo, kayak across the private lagoon, go for a horseback ride on the many expansive trails that encircle the property or even go fishing in the lagoon.
However, the highlight of the day was the asado, a traditional Argentine BBQ, hosted in an English lord’s home. After our morning excursion, we were brought to the house where we could relax while our meal was being cooked. The estate features a game room, outdoor pool, and inner courtyard. The gracious hosts spared no expense with either the estate or the asado. We started off with appetizers made from the nearby gardens on the property accompanied with top-notch wine and champagne from the Mendoza region. From there, we indulged in a variety of delicious cuts of meats grilled to perfection by the asador. To top it all off, our superb meal ended with sweet local treats and coffee. It was the perfect way to not only end such an exquisite meal but as well it was prefect end to a lovely day in the pampas.
A trip to this region is perfect for those who find themselves with an extra day in the city and want to learn about the slower paced life of the Pampa’s region. Complete with outdoor activities, cultural significance and tasty food, a trip to Santa Maria de Lobos is a splendid way to experience the pampas and gaucho culture.
Alessandra Motola Luxury Travel Expert