Buenos Aires Gaucho Day Trip (Group & Private)

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If you’re making your way through South America and find yourself in Argentina, then you’re in for a treat! After discovering the natural wonders of Costa Rica and the astounding heritage in Peru, its time to dive deep into the fascinating culture of Argentina.

The agricultural lifestyle of the cowboy, or gaucho in Spanish, is a big part of the heritage and culture of Argentina. This Buenos Aires gaucho day trip allows you to get up close and personal with this exciting way of life.

Round up your family and spend a fun day on a ranch in Argentina. Horses, their riders and farming locals will make you feel at home throughout your experience. Choose between a group or private tour and prepare for a wild day out.


  • Spend the day discovering an authentic Argentinean ranch
  • Go for a horseback ride around the ranch
  • Watch a traditional Argentinean music and dance show
  • Cheer on traditional gauchos

Know before you book:

  • If you book the transfer option, transport regulation requires certain information such as full name, ID and nationalities
  • Vegetarian meals are available with advance request
  • The majority of the ranch activities are outdoors and can be affected by the weather

tango demonstration

Argentinean life is founded on a fascinating history and culture that is influenced by various European countries, particularly Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

It’s easy to see this in the enthusiastic friendliness of the locals, national pride, beautiful architecture, and long-standing traditions. One of these uniquely Argentinean ways of life can be seen on a ranch, locally known as an estancia.

The Argentinean cowboy, known as a gaucho, lives a fascinating life that is rich in culture and tradition. A day trip to one of the best estancias near Buenos Aires is a fun learning experience for the whole family. Some of the most reputable ranches to look out for include Don Silvano, Santa Susana Ranch and Camino Pampa.

A full day on the ranch includes several activities such as horse riding, a gaucho skill demonstration, an Argentinean barbeque, and a traditional folklore show. Take your pick from some of the best day trip options below.

Gaucho Ranch, Argentina, Prices

The cost of the tours starts at about $48 USD (2954 pesos) to $434 USD (26 709 pesos) depending on whether you want a group or private experience. Compare prices across the ticket providers below:

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Most ranches open their doors around 10 am, and the itinerary begins at 11 am. If you’re traveling from Buenos Aires, then you would need to leave around 9 am. Transfers typically pick up passengers around 9:30. The full day on the ranch ends at 4:30 pm.

Monday – Tuesday: 11 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday – Sunday: 11 am – 4:30 pm

Best Time to Go To An Estancia Near Buenos Aires

The ranches are typically less busy on the weekends. If you want to avoid the crowds, then book your trip during the week. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast before booking as half of the activities are outdoors.


Gaucho Ranch Tours

Excited to saddle up and see what it’s like to live as a gaucho for a day? Then have a look at the following tours and decide which best suits your budget and travel preferences.

Group Tour

The group tour is the most popular for those who want a more affordable gaucho experience as the cost is diluted between many visitors. This is a great option for those who want to see a gaucho and horse in action and discover the Argentinean culture.

Enjoy a full day out on a local Argentinean ranch with this Buenos Aires day trip. Indulge in tasty empanadas, delicious local wine, and a barbeque feast fit for a king.

Take part in the traditional farm activities such as horseback riding, being drawn in a carriage and wandering around the grounds. Learn all about the Argentinean culture with a live music and dance show which highlights folklore traditions.

Just when your eyes start drifting from a fun day of activities, a full belly, and enchanting entertainment, you’ll be brought back to the present with a riveting demonstration of gaucho skills.

What we liked: A fantastic, all-round experience for the whole family to enjoy.

  • Bilingual guide
  • Snacks and beverages
  • BBQ lunch
  • Horseback ride
  • Traditional folklore show
  • Horse show demonstration
  • Pick up and drop off

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs

Argentinean bbq on a ranch


Although there are more people at the ranch at any given time with a group tour, the experience runs smoothly and the joy of the day is shared with many.

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Private Tour

If you want a more intimate ranch experience, then a private tour is worth the extra cost. Guests experience the same Argentinean Criollo horses, but in a more focused setting. If you prefer to avoid crowds and want a more one-on-one encounter, the private tour is for you.

What we liked: If you want a more intimate, less-crowded experience, then this is a great option.

  • Transport
  • Lunch
  • Various activities

  • Drinks

argentine man playing guitar

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover this important, vibrant part of Argentinean culture. Breathe in the fresh air of a country ranch and enjoy living the day like a traditional gaucho.

9Expert Score
This full-day trip from Buenos Aires is jam-packed with fun activities and engaging learning experiences. If you want to experience more of the traditional Argentine culture, then this tour is worth every penny.
Value for money
  • Transport is included in the cost
  • Meals and drinks are included
  • An agricultural experience that contrasts the city
  • A great, authentic Argentine experience
  • The tour can be affected by weather
  • The ranch can get very busy (especially on weekends)

Specification: Buenos Aires Gaucho Day Trip (Group & Private)


Wheelchair accessible




Live Entertainment, Lunch, Transport


Gratuities, Souvenirs

Meals & Drinks



Pick-up and drop-off included

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    Guide and tour both very good. Ranch hospitality v good, particularly food/barbecue. The wine was poor but they redeemed themselves with good beer. Music and dancing excellent as were the gaucho displays. Spoilt by 0900 pickup then 3/4 hour wait for coach and no drop off at port

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    I would have given you a 5 Star rating except for two things. 1) The pickup at the Cruiseport was a disaster-the Viator person was late, she had not arranged for taxi, and there was a lot of confusion. 2) We arrived at the Viator office in BA to find that we were crowded on a 14 passenger van/minibus – When the 5 of us got on, there were 16 passengers. The program at the Estancia was really good! Your guide was average.

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    First class tour guide, pick up time ok, excellent food and very good tango show. Lots of wine, beer and soft drinks included in the price.

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