We arrived at the estancia in a state of exhaustion and hunger after an all-night bus ride from Salta. After showering, we were greeted by a delicious spread of lunch on the big plantation-style porch that goes all the way around the main house. It was like a southern plantation, with a constant flow of ice tea on the porch or under shade trees. But it was also like a ranch because they have lots of cattle in addition to the thousands of hectares of pine forests. Very authentic gauchos took us on horseback rides that covered only a fraction of the total expanse of the estancia. The hostess also walked around with us and explained what the various trees were and how they are used. (We spoke Spanish). The rest of the day was spent swimming in the pool. This was one of our biggest splurges of our Argentina trip, but well worth it, considering that it was real exposure to the gaucho/estancia way of life.