We use cookies on our website in order to improve your experience. By using our website you consent to our use of cookies. See our privacy policy here.

Book with confidence during the coronavirus outbreak, we've introduced a number of flexible booking measures – See our Relax and Book Policy

El Ombú de Areco is a historical and tradional working ranch which is ideally located in San Antonio de Areco, about an hours drive from Buenos Aires

Enquire About Latin Routes

When Do You Want To Go?

Family run Working Estancia offers Fantastic Traditional Farm Experience

Estancia El Ombu de Areco is a historical and traditional working ranch which is ideally located in San Antonio de Areco, about an hours drive from Buenos Aires. For those looking for Argentina holidays with a traditional experience,San Antonio de Areco is the birthplace of the Gaucho tradition so there is no better place to experince a true Estancia experience. The ranch is a colonial style house that was built in 1880, and sits amongst beautiful grounds which make for a wonderful stay.

The present owner is Eva Boelcke, a very hospitable lady who cannot do enough to make your stay an enjoyable one. It was her grandfather that  originally purchased El Ombú in 1934 and he ran the estancia as a working ranch until his death. Now, as well as farm manager and overseeing the day to day running of the farm, Eva has opened her doors to allow tourists from all over to experience the life on a working estancia.

There are nine rustic rooms with modernised en suite bathrooms, they offer the simple comforts that you need for an enjoyable stay at an Estancia. The original living room is now a communal space for guests to relax in. Guests can watch TV or play a game of billiards or chess. There is also a table tennis table and table football if you fancy.

The main house is surrounded by a covered gallery typical of the late-Colonial period, with a richly tiled floor and cascaded steps that lead into the gardens of the park. The gardens are beautiful and expansive. Take one of the ranches horses on a trip round the grounds with the local Gaucho, even if you are a complete beginner, they are very experienced with the horses and are more than happy to help you.

Presiding majestically over the park is the estancia's namesake, the great ombú (Phytolacca dioca), a plant as characteristic of the pampas as the baobab is of the African savanna. Nearly as ancient as well: gauchos have been hitching their horses to the estancia's main ombú for over a hundred years.

Centennial oaks, araucarias (monkey-puzzle trees), palms, eucalyptus, casuarinas and magnolias adorn the four-hectare (ten-acre) park, tempting guests to stroll about and enjoy the scent of gardenias, roses and lime trees. The park and surrounding ranch land, with its natural lagoons and small water courses running to the Areco River offer a rich habitat to a large proportion of Argentinas 1000 bird species.

In the cosy and warm dining-room, facing a large hearth, guests are treated to a wide selection of international or creole cuisine served with local wines. No stay would be complete without at least one asado, the typical Argentinean barbeque of the world's finest beef raised free-range on the estancia.

In the summertime lunch is served al fresco in the shadow of the great ombú. Drinks and snacks are available at any hour, and, of course, guests are always welcome to share the famous Argentine maté with Eva and her family, your friends and the gauchos.

  • El Ombús professional staff provide great service to its guests and day visitors
  • Family run and friendly
  • Really authentic working estancia with over 300 cattle roaming around the grounds
  • Great location just over an hours drive from Buenos Aires and located in the beautiful little town of San Antonio de Areco 
In Our Opinion

"Whilst on your holiday to argentina to get the real experience , Estancia El Ombu de Areco is where to go! This is one of the few working estancias that has opened its doors to visitors"

argentina holidays / holidays to argentina / holidays in argentina

Enquire About Estancia El Ombu
About Us
  • Our Truly Individual Holidays allow you to choose the destinations, inclusions & budget

  • Our Escorted Small Group Tours offer fantastic itineraries, travelling with like-minded people

  • Winner of 'Best Tour Operator' at the 2019 & 2018 L.A.T.A. Achievement Awards

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind


Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2019 - Tour Operator Of The Year Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2018 - Tour Operator Of The Year

More About Us >

Why book with Latin Routes?

  • Tailormake your holiday, including the destinations, inclusions and budget
  • From charming guesthouses to 5* luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit you
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you to create your perfect holiday to Latin America

Discover Truly Individual >

  • You will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Latin Routes tour leader
  • Size does matter! This is why we keep our groups' maximum number to 16
  • Make Your Day Individual - Choose from 3 different experiences that are already included in the price

Discover Group Tours >

  • We receive excellent reviews from our clients and have a fantastic score on Trustpilot.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind
  • An assured member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)

Discover More About Us >