Our top 10 Haciendas and Estancias in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay|
Discover why a tour in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile is incomplete without a stay in the charming estancias and haciendas that these countries are known for.
Does your South America travel plan include the experience of staying at haciendas or estancias in Argentina, Chile or Uruguay?
Today’s discerning traveler looks forward to enjoying a more defined luxurious statement, where historic mansions are converted into top class boutique hotels, both comprehensive and local, rather than staying in international hotel chains. South America’s Southern Cone, meaning Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, exemplify interesting accommodation that are charming, culturally significant and historically real, melding a strong sense of place, luxury, comfort, service and food. If you are planning Uruguay, Chile or Argentina tours, you must check these out!
Most haciendas and estancias in Argentina, Chile or even Uruguay are simply enormous farms, plantations, ranches or colonial estates, owned by wealthy families who faced a setback during the industrial revolution. Today, they have been converted into beautiful accommodation, authentically reflecting deep history and perfected by dreamy landscapes.
Our Top 10 Haciendas And Estancias In Argentina, Chile and Uruguay
An integral part of history, South America’s estancias and haciendas reflect their European roots with English and French styles, often luxuriously furnished and retaining their elegant colonial air. The owner of an estancia or hacienda is called the estanciero or hacendado. A hacienda or estancia stay in South America, lets you experience traditional local life, and participate in gaucho (cowboy) activities – driving cattle, sheep shearing, animal branding, and the occasional traditional guitar music and folklore.
We have handpicked our top 10 – a mix of different style haciendas, estancias and higher-end experience hotels, some of which are quite luxurious. Irrelevant of their standard, they all offer warmth, charm and an authentic taste of local life.
Haciendas and Estancias in Argentina
La Bamba de Areco (San Antonio de Areco, Argentina)
This is one of the oldest yet luxuriously traditional estancias in Argentina, combining comfort with elegant colonial flair. Originally built around 1830 just outside San Antonio de Areco in the heart of the lush Pampas region, this estancia was refurbished as a boutique hotel. Surrounded by a vine arbor amid a beautifully landscaped garden, it’s the ideal place to while away time with your favorite read under a shaded patio and enjoying the romantic atmosphere far away from big cities.
A visit during November is especially recommended if you wish to witness thousands of gauchos gather for the annual San Antonio cultural festival.
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Things to do in Argentina: Embrace Argentinian heritage and traditions while learning about the life of gauchos, watching unique folk performances or trying your hand at being a horse-whispered, aided by a trained equestrian. Explore the neighborhood on a prized horse-drawn cart, bike in the mountains, watch polo games during season and discover the colonial heritage of San Antonio de Areco. A visit during November is especially recommended if you wish to witness thousands of gauchos gather for the annual San Antonio cultural festival.
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Bahia Bustamante (Bahia Bustamante Village, Argentina)
Set literally at the end of the world, Bahia Bustamante is an idyllic seafront sheep breeding farm, featuring rooms with private terraces affording sea/garden views. One of the most unique estancias in Argentina, this hotel in the former Bahia Bustamante town was founded in the 1950s to harvest and process seaweed. On one side, a spectacular coastline with virgin beaches and crystal clear waters, and on the other, a picturesque village set again the vast Patagonian Steppes and towering, jagged cliffs in the horizon – those seeking a tranquil, romantic paradise will feel right at home!
Guanacos, sea lions and plenty of rare birds regularly gather in the region
Things to do on your Patagonia trip: Marvel at whimsical penguins go about their business at the many colonies nearby. Guanacos, sea lions and plenty of rare birds regularly gather in the region, which you can witness on your daily excursions. Go horse riding in Patagonia amid a legendary landscape, fraternize with gauchos as you learn about their culture, or spend a tranquil day ambling about the farm, soaking in the sights and sounds.
Nibepo Aike (El Calafate, Argentina)
Argentina and Chile vacations are incomplete without a visit to Patagonia. Estancia Nibepo Aike is a traditional Patagonian estancia on a sheep breeding farm, offering rural accommodation with panoramic mountain views. Set on the shores of a crystal clear glacial lake, spend at least a few days at this dreamy location, enjoying the cozy accommodation, warm hospitality and family recipes of an estancia that has beautifully preserved its old world charm.
The icing on this cake is the traditional asado barbecue with cordero patagonico (Patagonian Lamb), every evening.
Things to do: No matter which month you visit Patagonia, Nibepo Aike is bustling with activity. Participate in ranch chores as you watch sheep sheared and herded. Ride out into the vast open land with your gaucho guide to discover delightful hidden nooks of Los Glaciares National Park. Hike along the hillside or by the lakeshore, stopping for the occasional picnic in the open. The icing on this Patagonian cake is the traditional asado barbecue with cordero patagonico (Patagonian Lamb), every evening.
Estancia Cristina (El Calafate, Argentina)
This Patagonian gem is strategically located inside Los Glaciares National Park, just next door to one of the most stunning highlights of Argentina – the Upsala Glacier near Calafate. Remote and serene, this is one of the ideal estancias in Argentina for a Patagonian adventure while staying in former homes of farm workers. In this vast open expanse surrounded by majestic Andean peaks, expect panoramic views of the timeless landscape from each of the five cozy cabins, and delicious Patagonian cuisine and picnic boxes to boot!
Accompanied by experts, you can choose between low to medium and high difficulty levels for your activities.
Things to do: It’s the ultimate playground for adventure enthusiasts. Hike through the fossil valley or view the Upsala Glacier. Ride a 4×4 into the mountains, walk on glacier-cleaved lands, or ride a typical Criollo horse to a picturesque viewpoint. Accompanied by experts, you can choose between low to medium and high difficulty levels for your activities.
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Estancia La Bandada (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)
One of the most peaceful estancias in Argentina set just outside busy Buenos Aires, Estancia La Bandada is nestled a beautiful landscaped garden sheltered by centuries-old sycamores and gingkos. Expect all the generous comfort and old world charm that is typical of a Pampas manor, including welcoming interiors interspersed by unique art collected by local artist and owner Sebastián Goñi. This is one of the estancias in Argentina where you can while away time doing nothing or get busy with light farm work. In keeping with the theme of a cozy farm away from home, there’s always a cheery canine sidekick assigned to keep you company.
Expect all the generous comfort and old world charm that is typical of a Pampas manor as well as a unique collection of art by local artist and owner Sebastián Goñi.
Things to do: Soak in beautiful views of the 200 hectare farmland, or enjoy an afternoon siesta by the pool in true blue Argentinean style. Ride a horse in the open pastures, or lend a hand to the resident gauchos as they tend to the cattle and farm work.
Puerto Valle (Esteros del Iberá, Argentina)
Expect a unique blend of wildlife experiences and authentic hospitality at this estancia in Argentina. Classy Puerto Valle is a traditional manor set in a lush green park by the calm Parana River in the protected Ibera Wetlands, offering peace and comfort in the lap of nature. Catering to only a handful of guests at a time, vast rooms, cozy common spaces and the outdoor swimming pool, offer panoramic views of the gardens against a backdrop of marshes, plantations and plains where native wildlife roam free. Heritage goes hand in hand with comfort and sustainability at Puerto Valle, from luxurious amenities in your room to sustainable forestry and cattle rearing.
Expect a unique blend of wildlife experiences and authentic hospitality at this estancia in Argentina.
Things to do: The wetlands are brimming with curious creatures waiting to be discovered. Take a boat out to the biodiverse Laguna Valle, fish for your dinner, kayak in the Laguna river and watch hundreds of birds flit around palm groves and forests. After a hearty dinner with fresh ingredients from the organic garden, a quiet evening watching the landscape from the open veranda is much recommended.
Rincón del Socorro (Esteros del Iberá, Argentina)
This 19th century cattle ranch is a unique eco-hotel catering to only a few guests at a time. Simple yet elegant, expect sepia-toned accommodations furnished with rustic accents, a cozy library equipped with all kinds of information about the wetlands and its inhabitants, and a glittering outdoor pool where you can while away time.
We recommend a night drive to see your nocturnal favorites come out to hunt.
Things to do: With plenty of land and water-based excursions available, this is one of the few estancias in Argentina which is paradise for wildlife and birding enthusiasts. Go horse riding in the lush green countryside; take a boat out to the lagoon to watch caimans and capybaras in action; hike or bike to areas where hundreds of birds congregate. We recommend an exciting night drive to see your nocturnal favorites come out to hunt.