La Candelaria is located just outside of Lobos, a small town approximately 115 km outside the city of Buenos Aires. As with most places we've visited outside of town, it doesn't have an address per se, just a kilometer marker where you turn right onto an unnamed road. The GPS will help you on your way to this place, but you don't want to rely on it exclusively. We made it there in just under 2 hours, though without traffic it is closer to an hour and 15 minutes.
|Our "family" portrait|
|Our rooms were all located in this separate building|
It was such a nice reprieve to get out of town, the air was crisp and clean and there was nothing but fields and open space to explore. There were a ton of things to do and see on the ranch, we spent our free time sightseeing and walking the grounds.
|Gretchen and Daddy enjoying the day|
|The Newhook family with adorable baby Talia|
On Saturday there was a whole dia del campo that is offered as a part of your weekend stay at the estancia or as a single day trip. This event consisted of a full asado meal, mid-meal entertainment and a gaucho show later in the afternoon. We enjoyed the full range of events - and it really drew a crowd of people that were just participating in the day trip.
Here is the beef cooking at the beginning of the day. I love the indirect heat method they use here, this photo was taken at 10:00am and the lunch wasn't served until 1:00pm.
At lunch, each table was served a little grill filled with meat. Some of the pieces are things we eat, and some are interesting strange-parts such as intestine and sweetbreads. The grill is a great little item, it keeps everything hot throughout the meal.
One of the more hilarious points in the weekend occurred during the gaucho show after lunch. The Argentine cowboys were really incredible horsemen, doing all sorts of cool and impressive tricks. At the end of the show they laid out two cow hides and asked for volunteers to participate in the show. Our friend Paul promptly volunteered and was then dragged behind one of the horsed by a rope in this sort of bobsled race. I can't imagine this happens at any resort in the US.
|Paul is in the red, I think he won the race|
|Gretchen loved the horse show|
|Paul and Trey enjoying the bikes|
After 2 days of watching these horses sit waiting for riders, I decided to try my hand at riding for the first time since I was 13. My mom goes riding all the time, how hard can it be??
The answer: pretty freaking hard. Here I am all smiles before the ride begins. In my defense, take note of the big pad and blankets that are tied onto the horses back - there was not really a full saddle to speak of. Also, the stirrups are just wooden rings AND I'm wearing leggins and tennis shoes (and no helmet - there wasn't even a helmet on the property). There, those are all of my excuses.
The weekend was great, we had an absolute blast. I would recommend an estancia to anyone who needs a break from the city, and La Candelaria was a great place to spend the weekend. We had lots of fun with our friends, came away from the weekend with lots of funny stories and cannot wait until we can spend another weekend in the campo.