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Estancia Don Joaquin, Corrientes, Argentina

Another little slice of paradise, Max's first time on a horse, riding with Gauchos, seriously good steak and amazing hospitality! Very very hard to leave 20 - 22 June

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We arrived after another overnight bus ride from Puerto Iguazu, via Corrientes, to Esquina. A 14.5 hour journey.
What we had come to was amazing. A traditional working ranch (in Argentina they are called estancias), with 800 hectares of stunning land, 700 cattle, 70 horses, dogs, and a family of skilled and very friendly gauchos.
Despite only staying here for 2.5 days, the owners of Estancia Don Joaquin (The estancia's website), Angie and Diego went out of their way to make us feel at home, as part of the family.

Here are some views from around the estancia
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A very cute puppy
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and some of the beautiful horses
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Then off on our first of 5 long rides over the next days around the estate... Max has NEVER riden before!
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Amanda on Marta and Max on Giuseppe (both extremely obedient, former gaucho working horses, around 11 and 12 years old, 13-14 hands tall)
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A fun guest from Italy called Hugo, who was a repeat offender at Don Joaquin (4th consecutive year!) and who loved to wind up the gauchos when out riding
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Believe it or not, this is actually Max in a canter!
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Watch us in action in this video!

Heading back to the estancia for dinner
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We watched the gauchos at work in the ranch
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and went with them on horseback as they worked in the fields, lassoing and vaccinating calves
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Trying mate (pronounced mah tay) tea for the first time with Angie and Diego (About the Latin American drink)
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A blind wine tasting, with some delicious Argentinian cheese. Around the table with the other guests, trying to guess the Malbec, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvingnon
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and then there was the DELICIOUS food...
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DEFINITELY GOING BACK! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT DON JOAQUIN!

Posted by ayrestours 07:58 Archived in Argentina

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Dearest Amanda and Max,
Thank you for your lovely visit our home.We have such wonderfull time with you and we know we have new friends.We hope to see you back in the nearest future.Keep on riding!Kisses and love from Solanet Family and all the gauchos and Estancia Don Joaquin staff

by Angie Solanet

Love the riding video - Can't believe Max has never ridden before. Amazing. I thought you were both going to be lassoed at one point!

Like the blind wine tasting - great stuff.

Looks like a really friendly place.

by Melanie Wheatland

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