ABOUT HACIENDA AND ESTANCIA TOURISM
Historic Haciendas was conceived through a desire to create an easy to use review website which features wonderful South American haciendas and estancias. There are endless beautiful places to stay in this part of the world but the idea here is to present the best ones with a historical aspect. The unique atmosphere of these properties makes them somewhere memorable to spend the night and also somewhere guests enjoy the genuine warmth of the hospitality offered. While staying on a hacienda or estancia the visitor receives a more personalised service which makes them feel rather like a house guest than a paying one. Many will agree this ensures it's a far more special and rewarding experience than staying in an ordinary hotel.
All over South America there are historical haciendas and estancias, which have now opened their doors to guests. Hacienda tourism is really starting to grow throughout the continent. They can vary enormously – from grand and luxurious colonial farming estates to smaller and more rustic farms but all make wonderful places to spend a few days. One of the main reasons for this type of tourism is to see a unique South American environment and whilst there learn about the traditions and customs of the countryside and participate in a wide range of farm and other leisure activities.
Another good reason to stay at a hacienda is for the gastronomy. Most places provide their guests with delicious food and of course depending on which country you are in, fabulous local wine. You can enjoy gourmet meals in historic surroundings set amidst the beautiful countryside. For the carnivores an estancia stay with their endless asados (barbeques) will undoubtedly be a highlight.
Some may say that the most authentic experience to be had is staying on a working ranch, which also has a few guest rooms. Here you may meet the gauchos, the ranch hands and perhaps assist the hacendado or estanciero with some daily tasks. You may also have the opportunity to partake in the everyday life of the gaucho by working alongside them during their long days in the saddle.
Over time many of these larger estates have suffered problems of a financial, political and economic nature as well as changes in ownership and natural disasters but still a considerable number belong to descendants of the first owners.
In the last few years many haciendas have diversified by opening their doors as places to stay. What they offer is a taste of rural life from the comfortably rustic to the luxurious. Many of the haciendas retain their historical furnishings and atmosphere, such as their traditional tiled floors, murals and colonial decor. Some have whitewashed walls, pantile roofs, courtyards, arches, fountains, pretty gardens and far reaching views of the surrounding countryside.
If you want to be welcomed and treated as an honoured house guest, discover and explore the past whilst enjoying some scenic views then a stay on a hacienda might be what you are looking for. Soak up the atmosphere, take day trips to nearby attractions, sit on the terrace contemplating the beautiful country before you and receive generous hospitality from the most welcoming and engaging hosts.