El Bordo de las Lanzas
One of the oldest estancias in the country, El Bordo de las Lanzas' its property title dates to 1609. Part of the history of Argentina was written in El Bordo, as the main house was built by General Martin Miguel de GŁemes, the independence hero. Here GŁemes trained his gauchos to fight. Nowadays, the estancia maintains its agricultural and cattle activities and is especially known for breeding Paso horses. It also shelters archeological remains, valuable books, centuries-old historical documents, furniture, carvings and paintings, as well as culinary recipes handed down from colonial times. Each of the seven guest rooms has a fascinating history of its own.
El Manantial del Milagro
16 miles (25 kms) from the city of Salta and located on 3,707 acres (1,500 hectares) of beautiful, untouched countryside surrounded by the Andes, this estancia has a wonderful panoramic view of the Lerma Valley. Its stately house, built in 1897, was renovated recently to provide all modern comfort without losing its unique colonial charm, and each of the ten guest rooms exudes an understated European elegance. The swimming pool with its view of the mountains, the horseback rides and lazy afternoons having tea in the galleries overlooking the park (park designed by architect Carlos Thays) are just a few of the many charms of El Manantial del Milagro.
Finca Santa Anita
It may look like a typical colonial estancia: a pretty, pink adobe, nineteenth century building with long columned terraces, four quaint bedrooms opening onto the garden, and a peaceful rural setting amongst lush green tobacco plantations. But Santa Anita is like no other estancia.
The owners have won awards for their organic food, biodiversity, and the way they care for their staff. Even their 6 children get involved. Watch goat cheese being made, explore Argentina's first tobacco museum and a small archaeological exhibit, and ride horses with their gauchos to the vast Cabra Corral reservoir. For many, this is what Argentina is really about: forgetting urban life and sitting under the stars, chatting with a gracious Argentine family.
Its 27,182 rural acres (11,000 hectares), dedicated to cattle raising and horse breeding, spread towards the Andes in the west across plains with pastures and thick woods of walnut, Salta cedar, ceibos and tipas blancas trees. Finca Lesser's many varied sceneries are best seen on horseback, and its many trails can reach a vantage point of almost 9,000 feet (nearly 3,000 meters) along the still-used ancient Indian paths. In addition to its picturesque horseback riding opportunities, Finca Lesser offers its visitors various options for rest, sport and day trips to see the attractions of the nearby city of Salta, just across the San Lorenzo River.
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