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    Dia de la Tradicion (The Day of the Tradition)

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 19, 2013

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    This is a festival day that honors the traditions and life of the Argentine gaucho. The day was selected as it was the birthday of the poet Jose Hernandez, who wrote the classic Martin Fierro, which was the story of the Argentine gaucho, his traditions, values, daily life. A somewhat romanticized portrait.

    Prepare to see the gauchos out in force, all dressed up in their finest, the horses will be groomed beautifully and have their best saddles and finery on as well. Big parades, lots of music and food

    Este es un día de fiesta que rinde homenaje a las tradiciones y la vida del gaucho argentino. El día fue seleccionado ya que era el cumpleaños del poeta José Hernández, autor del clásico Martín Fierro. Esta fue una historia del gaucho argentino, sus tradiciones, sus valores, la vida cotidiana. Un retrato demasiado romántico, pero todavia importante..

    Preparate para ver a los gauchos en vigor, todos vestidos bien elegantes, los caballos estaran bien arreglados y tienen sus mejores sillas de montar y también. Grandes desfiles, mucha música y comida y bailes.

    To give you an idea of what you might see, here are some of the highlights of events past. The Feast goes on for 8 days usually. There are a lot of cultural activities, photo exhibits and tours sponsored by the city office of tourism. There will be plenty of folk music and dancing.

    One of the highlights is the arrival into the town of the tropillas (little troops) groups of gauchos representing a particular region or estancia. They do come from all over the country. There will be competitions, horsemanship shows galore. A big bonfire is lit to mark the celebration.

    The ritual is intimately connected with patriotism. The Argentine national flag is raised over the main square. Then the big parades start. You will see the tropillas, the carriages and paisanos. After the parade there is a skills competition. The feast ends with a thanksgiving Mass in the local church.

    Para que te hagas una idea de lo que puede ver, aquí están algunos de los mejores momentos de los eventos pasados. La fiesta continúa durante 8 días por lo general. Hay una gran cantidad de actividades culturales, exposiciones de fotografía y viajes patrocinados por la oficina municipal de turismo. Habrá un montón de música folclórica y baile.

    Uno de los aspectos más destacados es la llegada a la ciudad de las " tropillas" (pequeños) grupos de gauchos que representan a una región o estancia. Ellos vienen de todas partes del país. Habrán concursos, equitación muestra en abundancia. Una gran hoguera se enciende para conmemorar la celebración.

    El ritual está íntimamente conectado con el patriotismo. La bandera nacional se alza sobre la plaza principal. Entonces los grandes desfiles pueden empezar. Verás las tropillas, carruajes y los paisanos. Al terminar los desfiles hay una competencia de destrezas. La fiesta termina con una misa de acción de gracias en la iglesia del pueblo.

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    An Argentine Estancia--La estancia en la Argentina

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 19, 2013

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    Don't get the idea that you have to visit one or another estancia because you might never get another chance to see something similar. It just ain't so! When Argentina was settled, huge parcels of land were handed out. These parcels of choice land sooner or later became productive ranches, (estancias in Spanish). Not particularly different from what you might expect to see on a ranch anywhere else- horses, cows, a main house, barns, stables, some sheep perhaps. The estanciero (the rancher) was of course tied to his ranch, the gaucho (cowboy) was more of a nomad tied to his profession.

    The estancias differed more in what they produced. The majority of course produced beef, Argentina's #1 export for so many years. The estancia owners grew rich, so much so that some liked to flaunt the fact that they went to Miami for the weekend. Some estancias were more into breeding horses, some even specialized in polo ponies.

    With the great economic crisis things changed significantly. There was an enormous loss of financial stability. A great deal of money and value was wiped out. Argentina used to be far too expensive for most tourists, now it was suddenly very affordable. At the same time, the ranchers couldn't afford to live the lifestyle they once did.

    The long and short of it, the estancias were gradually opened to visits from tourists. Most remained working ranches but the tourist visits brought in much needed income. Taking a day trip from Buenos Aires you will probably see the little "show" they put on for the tourists. Over time, the estancias have also started to welcome overnight guests. Some are luxurious, others quite simple. If you want to stay at an estancia see if you can fix it with your travel agent so they can arrange for the appropriate level of comfort. A rule of thumb though, the farther out in the country you go the more likely to be genuine the experience will be.

    Furthermore, depending on where you stay there will be different activities available to you. Most estancias will offer horse riding and other activities. Some of the less touristy ones will offer you the chance to ride along with the gaucho and see what they do day in and day out.

    No creas que tienes que visitar una u otra estancia, la verdad es que son mas o menos iguales. Algunas son mas grandes o tienen mas gauchos o ganada, pero son todas similares. En los tiempos coloniales estas grandes llanuras quedaban mas o menos vacias. Estas tierras se regalaron a los que ayudaron con la conquista. Tarde o temprano se convirtieron en ranchos productivos. No es particularmente diferente de lo que se podría esperar ver en un rancho en otro sitio-caballos, vacas, una casa principal, graneros, establos, tal vez algunas ovejas. El estanciero (el ganadero) fue, por supuesto, atado a su rancho, el gaucho (vaquero) fue más de un nómada ligado a su profesión.

    Las estancias diferían más en lo que producían. La mayoría, por supuesto, produce carne de res, la mas importante exportacion de la Argentina durante tantos años. Los estancieros se hicieron ricos, muchos iban de compras en otros paises y se la pasaban bien en Miami o Paris. Algunas estancias fueron más en los caballos de cría, algunos incluso especializado en caballos de polo.

    Con la crisis económica las cosas cambiaron bastante. Argentina solía ser uno de los paises mas caros en el continente, ya que era de repente muy economico. Al mismo tiempo, los ganaderos no podían darse el lujo de seguir con el mismo estilo de vida.

    Las estancias se abrieron poco a poco a las visitas de los turistas. La mayoría permanecieron ranchos de trabajo, pero las visitas turísticas llegaron a ser una importante fuente de ingresos. En algunas de las estancias han comenzado a recibir a los huéspedes, casi como un hotel. . Algunos son de lujo, otros bastante simples. Si quieres quedarte una o dos noches en una estancia tu agencia de viajes te lo podra arreglar facilmente. Generalmente, La regla de oro, sin embargo, cuanto más en el país que vaya más genuina de la experiencia será.

    Además, dependiendo de donde estés alojado, habrán diferentes actividades disponibles. La mayoría de las estancias ofrecen paseos a caballo y otras actividades. Algunas de las estancias te brindaran la oportunidad de viajar junto con el gaucho y ver lo que hacen día a día.

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    Time for dinner (La hora de la cena)

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 2, 2013

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    If you stay at an estancia, one of the things you will never be permitted to do is participate in the preparation of the asado. The gauchos will be happy to show you how they live and all that, it probably won't be any different from a ranch anywhere else most likely.

    If you come on a tour, you will sit down to have a nice bife once you have seen the mansion house and seen a bit of the farm and the show. Your eyes will likely pop out when you see what a big operation this is! They are cooking a lot!

    Si te quedas en una estancia, una de las cosas que nunca se te permitirá hacer es participar en la preparación del asado. Los gauchos estarán encantados de mostrarle cómo viven y todo eso, lo cual sera mas o menos igual que en cualquier rancho.

    Si te estas en un tur, te sentarás a comer un bife despues de haber visto la mansión y ver un poco de la estancia y el espectáculo. Va a ser una gran sorpresa cuando veas la cantidad de comida que estan cocinando. Esto por cierto que no es chico.

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    Museo Ricardo Güiraldes

    by anabelsousa Written Jul 16, 2005

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    This Museum was built in 1938, is a colonial style house.
    Ricardo Güiraldes was a writer who wrote "Don Segundo Sombra" a well known book in Argentina.
    He lived in San Antonio de Areco and died in 1927.
    In 1933 one Güiralde's relative who was mayor, created the Museum, This Museum has a great show of silver things which belonged to the gauchos, iconography, weapons, books and a lot of things that belgonged to Ricardo Güiraldes like the desktop and the chair where he used to write.
    You can see the way they lived in XIX century in the real enviroment.
    Entrance: $2
    Wednesday to Monday 11hs to 17hs

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  • El Museo "La Recova" de Gasparini

    by Wade123 Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Miguelangel Gasparini is a very nice man who has his museum/art shop next door to the Restaurante Almarca de Ramos Generales on the corner of Zapiola and Segundo Sombra. He specializes in gaucho art. He has scores of paintings laying about dealing with everything gaucho/horse. We liked a lot of what we saw and ended up buying two for a total of 40P/$14US. I am not an art critic, but both paintings are hanging on my wall and I appreciate them everyday.
    He provided (free of charge) a plastic tube in which to carry the rolled paintings.
    As we wandered around town, we saw more of his work painted on various walls, including outside of the Iglesia Parroquial.

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    Gaucho Festival

    by Jasoninlondon Written Jun 11, 2004

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    In this town you have the chance to see real Gauchos (or cowboy types). We were lucky enough to be in town when there was a big show with markets and all kinds of displays and competitions.

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