Virtuoso Life - May/June 2017 - 76
San Antonio de Areco, Argentina
San Antonio de Areco's horse
whisperer, Martin Tatta.
Venture two hours north of Buenos Aires and you're in
gaucho country, where Argentine cowboys populate the estancias (ranches) of the area's Pampas. Martin Tatta grew
up near Estancia La Bamba de Areco, a colonial-style former private home, learning the gaucho ropes and honing
another skill that's gained him notoriety beyond the ranch:
Tatta is a bona fide horse whisperer, meaning he can tame
a horse without using a whip or other aggressive methods.
He showcases his work during daily performances for
guests - an impressive series of graceful maneuvers and
commands that the animals respond to calmly.
How did you learn to
work so well with horses? I grew up on the
farm with my father. No
one taught me this; I
just started interacting
with the horses.
How do guests react
to your performance?
Some are surprised,
some quiet, and some
even cry. They have a
lot of questions: "How
do you do it?!" "Where
did you get the confidence?" "How long does
it take to train a horse?"
care of the horses and
get them saddled up
and ready for riding.
How long does it take?
When you're not at La
Bamba, we'll find you:
Usually about a year and
a half per horse.
The best way for guests
to experience gaucho
culture: Take a guided
horseback ride across
the grounds. Before
heading out, we show
guests how we take
At a local pulperia [bar],
drinking Fernet and Coke
with other gauchos and
singing traditional songs.
Doubles from $590,
including all meals and
a private tour of San
Antonio de Areco.
Palo Laziale, Italy
V I RT U O S O L I F E
- Paula Lanusse, Virtuoso travel advisor, Buenos Aires
Rome, of course, is filled with ruins, but only guests of La
Posta Vecchia have access to the treasures at the hotel's
private museum. On display: hundreds of relics and mosaics recovered from the 200 bc villa that used to exist where
La Posta sits today. The other treasure at this seaside
estate - a 40-minute drive west of the Eternal City - is the
cuisine of chef Antonio Magliulo, who grows most of the
produce for The Cesar restaurant in his organic garden.
Guests can combine artifacts and antipasti with a private
dinner in the museum. Doubles from $453, including breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.
Old-school seaside charm
at La Posta Vecchia.
(MARTIN TATTA) NATACHA PISARENKO/AP PHOTO
Polo, a national pastime, at
Estancia La Bamba de Areco.
"An estancia visit is a great day-trip from Buenos Aires and a wonderful opportunity to experience gaucho culture. I recommend going on a weekday; weekends
can get crowded with other travelers. Be sure to try some yerba maté tea and
have a delicious asado [barbecue] lunch."