As autumn nears we can at last look forward to some nice long rides on the pampas without melting in the midday sun. In January it’s often far too hot for long rides as the heat really affects the horses and of
course the riders. We therefore, tend to offer shorter rides in the hot January days and the rest of the day guests often spend enjoying the peace here, dips into the pool along with enjoying the tasty dishes prepared by Eduardo our chef. I love those hot summer days I really do but I also love it when the leaves start to fall and the longer rides start. We have just introduced a new ride which takes the riders to the house of Roberto Campos a true pampas gaucho who lives on the outskirts of Tapalque . He is of a very famous family of landowners who many years ago fell on hard times sadly and lost their fortune. However, Roberto kept many gaucho mementos from that era and of course the stories of those interesting times when Argentina was starting to conquer the world in agriculture. After mate (typical Argentine drink bit like tea) with Roberto and some very interesting stories for those who have the energy the ride moves goes on to the river to let the horses drink and rest a bit in preparation for the return ride to La Margarita. Arrival back on La Margarita is normally in time to take in a late tasty lunch and of course a well earned siesta - in all it takes around 4- 5 hours. I have a feeling its going to be a popular ride.
As always the most popular long ride here is the ride to the famous pulperia Gervasio about 20klms from the estancia (see web page for details). Just yesterday (13/03/2014) the ride was done by a group of Brits who are guest on the estancia for four days. Nine of them set out on the ride and on arrival at the pulperia a typical gaucho lunch was enjoyed by all . The weather was great and the guest’s; judging from their faces and comments had an excellent ride out. After setting out at 8am the group finally arrived back on La Margarita at 3pm tired but very happy to have done this exhilarating ride.