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

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"

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El Ombu Estancia is over 300 hectares and guests can explore on foot or, accompanied by seasoned gauchos, on one of the 38 horses that are part of the working drove. Horse drawn carriages are also available. Those that want to learn some of the thousand species of Argentinean birds are provided binoculars and guide books.

Other recreational activities include:

  • Swimming pool with solarium
  • Ping-pong
  • Metegol (table football)
  • Volleyball and football
  • Bicycle rides
  • Golf and tennis at a friendly country club only 15 minutes drive from the estancia.


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Located twenty minutes from the small town of San Antonio de Areco, Estancia El Ombu is just over an hours drive from Buenos Aires, making it the perfect and most accessible location to experince the Pampas and the estancia experience.

  • Buenos Aires- 1 hour 15 minutes drive
  • San Antonio de Areco- 20 minutes drive

Estancia El Ombu offers nine spacious, bedrooms (6 doubles and 3 triples) defined as Standard rooms.

Standard Room

The Standard rooms at Estancia El Ombu are spacious and comfortable and all of them come with en suite bathrooms, large windows and an interesting array of period furniture. In winter, guests enjoy the warmth of central heating in every bedroom, augmented, if desired, with the friendly glow of the gaucho's typical wood-burning salamander. All the rooms are roughly the same size, all decorated in simple antique style with ceiling fans, all showing a little wear and tear (that simply adds to the authenticity). Some rooms can fit up to two extra beds for families, request on booking. The west-facing rooms catch all the afternoon sun and seem to trap the heat in the evening, so aim for the poolside rooms during summer.

  • Check - In: 3pm
  • Check - Out: 11am
  • Early Check In: 100% of Room Rate
  • Late Check Out: Subject to availability and extra charges

A Stay at Estancia El Ombu de Areco Includes;

  • Breakfast
  • Barbecue lunch with soft drinks and wine (1/2 bottle per person)
  • Afternoon tea/coffee with “pastelitos” (local pastry)
  • Dinner with a set menu including soft drinks and wine (1/2 bottle per person)
  • Activities at the estancia such as horseback rides, carriage ride, use of swimming pool, bicycles and playroom. 


We specialise in holidays to Argentina and Estancia El Ombu is a great choice for an estancia holiday to the Argentina Pampas.

Standard Rooms - FB & Activities

Low Season - from £335 per room per night
High Season - from £355 per room per night

Prices maybe based on minimum number of nights and twin / double occupancy. Rates include tax and subject to availability. For more information or single supplements please contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist.

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