Wednesday 23 October 2013

Chillin’ on the ranch.

Day 13: 2013 Autumn Travels [Argentina à Estancia near Mercedes, Uruguay]

At the end of our 15 hour bus journey we arrived at our destination...essentially a trucker spot in the middle of nowhere in Argentina!

Shortly we got collected and taken to our Estancia (farm) home over the border into Uruguay.  We drove through miles of endless countryside (& cows!)

On arrival at our ranch, it felt like a little oasis – it had a traditional furnishings, a pool and BBQ plus cows, chickens and horses roaming around.

We had homemade pork and beef sausages in the shade of some streets before relaxing on the porch.

 Then we went on a lazy horse ride, where our gaucho made us perform various exercises on the back of the horses, much to our amusement!

After donning checked shirts and cowboy hats, we drank Argentinean red wine while watching the sunset over the fields.

Dinner was a homemade vegetable risotto in individual terracotta pots accompanied by baguette with chimichurri – pesto like flavoured sauce from Argentina, made from parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano and vinegar.

For dessert we had ‘flan’ which turned out to essentially be crème caramel.

Then we spent the evening playing cards, pool and chatting.

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