Estancia Pampa Grande is a spectacular private estate, extending over 30,000 hectares of sub-Andean mountains and valleys. Situated on the old Inca trail, 150 km south of Salta City, northwest Argentina, the estancia was once residence of the founder of Salta City, passing in 1816 to General Arenales, one of the founding fathers of the Argentine nation.
The large Spanish colonial house sits in a small village of 150 inhabitants, 50 of whom are gauchos for the estancia. Working the land and the cattle in the same way as their ancestors, little has changed in this rural corner of Northwest Argentina.
Estancia Pampa Grande is home to a herd of several hundred horses, with 150 used by the gauchos to work the estancia’s cattle. Avid horse riders can spend a couple of days riding in the hills, using mules to carry bags. Sleep under the stars in a tent or sleeping bags.
Pampa Grande provides a rare insight into authentic estancia life. Little has changed here over the past 100 years, and guests are invited to participate in the daily routines of the gauchos, rounding and branding cattle, enjoying rodeos and exploring the estate on foot or horseback.
Composed of wide galleries, a central courtyard, terracotta tiles and beautiful local furnishings. The estancia’s herb and kitchen garden is always busting with activity – everything that ends up on the table is bred, grown, and harvested from the estate. There is a swimming pool and games room with billiards, table tennis and countless board games.
There are eleven rooms, accommodating up to 20 guests. Each room has an open fireplace. Style is simple, rustic and cozy. Gaucho knives and handwoven textiles are displayed throughout the home.
Pampa Grande remains a word of mouth property, mercifully out of the mainstream circuit, combinine a stay here with a road trip through northwest Argentina.