1. Historic and atmospheric buildings
Most South American haciendas and estancias have interesting histories and architecture. Usually they have been turned into hotels only in recent years. Across the continent there are a variety of different styles reflecting each country’s unique history. The one thing they do all have in common though is they make wonderful places to stay.
Horse riding, trekking, mountain climbing, fishing, canoeing and playing gaucho are just a few of the activities that haciendas and estancias typically offer. They are great places to stay for the outdoors enthusiast but also for those who just want to sit back and relax.
Many of the estancias (particularly in Argentina) offer full board and it’s fair to say that you will definitely not go hungry if you take this option. Delicious breakfasts, filling lunches, reviving afternoon teas and satisfying dinners are the order of the day. And of course a nice glass of local wine to wash it all down with!
More often than not you will be hosted by a member of the family who own the hacienda or estancia. They are always keen to share their historical and local knowledge with you and also make you feel welcome – feeling like a home from home!
Haciendas and estancias are or used to be farms, so they are often situated in the most lovely countryside far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. They therefore make perfect places to spend a few quiet days getting away from it all.
And if these 5 highlights have sparked your interest in staying at one of these beautiful hotels have a look at Historic Haciendas for the finest collection across South America.
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