Once our guests arrive at the estancia and settle into the whole experience, we find they rarely want to leave.

 

However, for a change of scene there's plenty to do and see around Córdoba. The region around the estancia is rich is history and tradition, so if you enjoy a bit of exploring, a day trip to Santa Catalina and Candonga church is a must. The Jesuit Block and the Jesuit estancias of Córdoba were given UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000, while Santa Catalina is the largest of the Jesuit estancias and remains in private hands. Candonga chapel was built by the Jesuits in 1730 and is located at what was one of the main mule posts of the ‘Camino Real’ - or Royal Road to Lima. The fact is reflected in the name: Candonga is an old Castilian word for "loaded mule".

Argentines love a celebration and there are some really special local events you can attend, all easily accessible from the estancia. The calendar year starts with the National Rodeo and Folkloric Music Festival at the beginning of January. Over a full 10 days, this festival combines two of the gaucho's biggest loves – horses and music. Witness jaw-dropping rodeo action and if the mood strikes, dance along to Argentine folklore music. February brings us the Dia de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria at our local church. Mass is followed by a procession, the carrying of a statue of the Virgin Mary, with followers on foot and a gaucho cavalcade on horseback. As part of the local community, we love to attend this ceremonial day, arriving by horseback. If you're with us during this time, we'd love to take you along to witness a truly unique local celebration.