Going gaucho in Argentina
Muck out the stables, frolic with farm animals and giddy-up on a real-life dude ranch (estanciadonjoaquin.com.ar/en). This working cattle station in Argentina’s southwest has a whip-cracking array of activities ideal for the cowpoke-in-training, including all-abilities horse riding, lassoing, livestock herding and cooking on a campfire oven. It’s rousing, rugged, fresh-air fun, and all of it is led by authentic gauchos, Argentinian cowboys who have been honing their skills for centuries.
Parental pointer: Though the kids may end up smelling of eau de horse, this estancia (estate) offers a wealth of grown-up luxuries; indulge in a spa treatment, try your hand at polo or saddle up to the bar to sample fine Argentine vinos.