“Estancias” are essentially cattle ranches in Latin America or the southern region of the US. Argentina’s estancias are closely linked to the history and essence of its culture. They range from extremely simple — a family home with rooms for a few guests — to fancier, purpose-built country-house structures. Although there are many estancias in Argentina worth visiting, such as Estancia El Colibri and Estancia Los Potreros, perhaps the most well-known estancia is El Bordo de las Lanzas. For this reason, it will be the focus of our examination.
El Bordó de las Lanzas
This historical landmark is one of the oldest estancias in the country and is situated in the Province of Salta. Owned by the Arias family, El Bordo de las Lanzas provides one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Salta because of its thick walls, woodcarvings, robust ironwork, and colonial doors leading out to a veranda. The warm welcome you receive, the hospitality, its traditional style and the natural beauty of its setting are what make Estancia El Bordo worth visiting. It’s been offering all of this since it was first established in 1609. So if you’re looking to relax and immerse yourself in the authentic estancia lifestyle of a Northern Argentinian (a region rich in traditions) country mansion, this is the place to be.
The décor is charming and elegantly simple, with certain classic estancia styles like crisp linens, dark antique furniture and exposed wood. All rooms are equipped with a wood burning stove, decorated with religious paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, and overlook the charming and extensive gardens. There is an outdoor swimming pool, a fireplace in the lobby, and a library. The estancia is still a working farm, growing crops such as maize and chia. You can also work on these farms as an educational experience.
The cuisine is made using fresh, local ingredients and the breakfast includes homemade jams and bread. The service here is impeccable and definitely worth your while!
The many things that you have the opportunity to experience here are:
- cattle round-ups and gaucho lifestyle
- Horseback riding
- Nature spotting and bird watching
- Cycling tours and rides
- Handicraft, folklore, and gaucho
- Cooking lessons and folk/tango dancing classes
- Excursions to caiman reserve, Salta la Linda, the land of salt and colors, volcanoes and wineries.
El Bordó de las Lanzas is the perfect place for anyone interested in history, the culture of South America, or simply looking to enjoy some peace and quiet. The best months to stay at these estancias are from October to March.