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

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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:


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

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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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  1. Anonymous

    The best part about the excursion was the musical performance and the empanadas. The ranch itself didn't impress me but the people working there were very nice. I did not appreciate the 35 minute stop to shop in a small store. I was not expecting that at all.

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  2. Anonymous

    Driver 90 minutes late on arrival, lied to about why late, told it was a private tour, 20 others on bus, rushed into area and almost missed horse back ride.

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  3. Anonymous

    This was the same tour offered by our Holland America cruise ship although we didn't know at the time, the cruise excursion was considerably cheaper. We were not picked up from the port as arranged and after much delay, we were told we had to get a taxi at our own expense. The port taxi's are expensive but we arrived at the Alvear Palace Hotel to meet the guide Aimee. We waited with other passengers from the Hotel for another half hour . The guide was very nice and tried to make the trip really enjoyable. The cruise ship passengers arrived well before we did and the food and drink was ample but not plentiful. I really enjoyed the horse ride and buggy ride but not the museum because with 460 guests, time ran out and it was time for the lunch. I asked for a new bottle of wine from 2 different waiters and it never came the dancing and singing was good as was the food but passing the hat to tip the entertainment was unexpected but others must have been happy as it was overflowing. I enjoyed this trip but it was not relaxed and easy going, it was running late, tightly scheduled and frantic. The riders were skilled and their horse riding display was entertaining.

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  4. Anonymous

    Wonderful people at the ranch, delicious food and an all around good time. The travel arrangements could have been a LOT better. We were supposed to have been met at the port terminal at 9 am for the tour to start at 930. We weren't met until 9:40 and then we were just moved to a different spot at the terminal and told a van would be along to pick us up and the driver would be wearing a pink shirt and the bus would have a certain logo on it. We waited until 10 am and along came a bus for us. It took us around town, picking up other people for different tours and then dropped us off somewhere in Santiago and said another bus would be along to pick us up. Luckily, the bus came before the other bus pulled away and the person ran back over to tell us because we would never had known it was there, across the street in traffic. This bus then started our journey to the ranch, after again making several stops in the city. Needless to say, we got there a little late and frustrated. Then, which we knew, we were dropped off in town and had to get a cab back to the port. We did get a cab and a great cab driver. He was the best part of our transportation that day, as the rest was horrendous!

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