Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
From Buenos Aires we decided on a day trip to Estancia, the Argentine countryside, to spend a day with the Gauchos. Estancia means Ranch and the Argentine Gaucho, much like the American Cowboy, has become a national icon.
Estancia is located about 80 minutes NW of Buenos Aires, and there are many ranches from which to choose. We arranged our excursion through Tours By Locals, and again we had our favorite tour guide Andres Miguel, who speaks fluent English. He reviewed the wheelchair accessible ranches and selected Estancia Santa Susana, a traditional family ranch in a tranquil and beautiful setting. The tour buses are not wheelchair accessible so Andre picked us up in his car.
As a side note, the GPS on the Google Map didn’t work so well in the countryside, so bring a map and phone number or just hire Andre. Upon arrival at the ranch, we proceeded along an easy wide, level concrete pathway, which ran throughout the property and was beautifully maintained. We were casually able to tour the old Gaucho residence, the bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, chapels, kitchens and surrounding buildings (now a museum) dating back to about 1900. All the room were wheelchair accessible.
After a casual tour through history we were welcomed and escorted to the dining hall and entertainment area, which is all on one level, spacious and easily accessible. We were seated along with several tour groups at a large accessible dining table and served an abundant “Asado” lunch including different types of traditional Argentine barbequed meats, salads, wines and plenty of other local specialties.
For the lunch entertainment they provided great local gaucho entertainment (watch the video). There is a large wheelchair accessible restroom available off the dining / entertainment area, and there are really no steps or steep grades on this property.
After lunch everyone went out to the horse stables for riding and gaucho entertainment. The dirt pathway to the viewing area was wide, level and reasonably easy to navigate. I let the other join in the horse riding. The gauchos were all personable, willing to pose for hundreds of pictures and their riding skills a real memory. (Again, watch the short video clip).
If you’re visiting Buenos Aires, you should really plan a day trip to the countryside for an unforgettable experience in Argentinian history and culture. Our Gaucho day and Estancia Santa Susana was very wheelchair accessible. We had a great day. Another real memory!