Rural Tourism at farms or in country areas
Tourism at farms or in country areas is a product demanded by the
traveler seeking for a change of environment, something different,
allowing him to recover strengths as well as to live real experiencies.
This is the place for whoever looks for an exclusive time to be
in contact with nature, traditional life styles and to meet country
For almost one decade, this program has been conducted to open the
gates of farms to the tourist. It is oriented to families and groups
of national and international friends.
The basis of rural tourism: is the rural environment, the natural
landscape, the traditions, the local history, the handicrafts, and
the recreational activities.
Land extentions of over 5,000 hectares.
Mixed cattle breeding.
Plants far away from the city.
Guest lodging in the main farm house or a country house.
Personal service run by owners and country people.
Country taste attributable to customs and traditions, and
to the everyday plain life of country people.
Affable relationship between host and guest.
Contact with country people.
In the vast geography of La Pampa, farms are located near organized
communities (Municipality - Welfare associations). The farms, located
in different natural environments, allow the participants of one
activity to have different experiences. For instance, a ride in
the woods or in the plain. When the premises are located in the
same natural environment, you can participate in different activities
like hunting game, fauna observation or photographic safaris.
Each place provides a unique offer, which constitutes a products
itself. The difference lays in the surrounding landscape, the activities
you can participate in, and the kind of production of that area
Regional dishes vary depending on the location, the natural environment
surrounding it, the production and the traditional ways in which
they are prepared. For example: the criollo barbecue prepared with
piquillín (var. of tree) firewood; or roasted beef, lamb,
goat or pig.
Within the gamut of recreational possibilities, the guest can choose
his preferred activity. Examples: participating in the habitual
country activities, visiting other premises located nearby, which
offer different products like dairies or milk factories. You can
also tour the nearest town, visit a museum or the culture house,
observe the work of an artisan or participate in a traditional feast
of a neighbor location.
The rural tourism of La Pampa Province offers
A real stage, where the plain life of countrymen and their
families takes place.
A marvelous landscape to enjoy nature and breath pure air.
A stage plenty of starry nights, dawns and sunsets.
And you will go back home with the desire to return.
it is appropriate to know more about this representative of La Pampa
: the Cervus Elaphus or Red Deer.
The origin: Brought into the country by Pedro O. Luro at
the beginning of the century, the Red Deer, native animals from
the Carpathian mounts, were acclimatized in what today is known
as Parque Luro; from where some of them were later taken to Neuquén.
Following the death of Luro and consequently with the abandoning
of his great domain in La Pampa; the deer and wild boars living
there escaped, spreading through the woods areas of the province;
becoming adapted to a wide extension of land.Nowadays they are a
highly esteemed trophy in big game hunting.
Deer are most active in the late hours of the evening, at night
and early in the morning. The fully grown males form small tribes
while the old ones live alone until breeding season comes, when
they approach the other herds. Their self preservation instinct
makes them very cautious and wary. Their sight, smell and hearing
senses are highly developed. The bellow is the males powerful
call to fight, as a preliminary step to love among deer. Deer have
adapted perfectly to local climate and to living in these woods.
They share the territory with another foreign species : the European
Wild Boar; and with local species such as the puma, the fox, etc.,
considered as big game and game; which make of La Pampa a heaven
Deer hunting season starts every year by mid march; and has a previously
established number of specimens allowed to be caught by each hunter
in one season as well as a minimum established number of points
or candles in each antler. Hunting is done by prying or by stalking.
In the first case, full moon nights are advantageously used by the
hunter in his wait by the deer trails, as he camouflages himself
hiding where the wind blows contrary to the expected place of appearance
of the deer. Stalking instead, requires the tracking of the animal
recognizing its trails or following its bellows, whose short intervals
between bellows guide the hunter in his tracks. The hunter must
have a good knowledge and ability to go in the woods.
The point system established to qualify for the National ranking
requires a minimum of 190 points, utilizing a formula adopted by
the Federación Argentina de Caza Mayor, which
is the organization that does the measurements. The trophy is made
up of the skull with its corresponding antlers; and the points are
granted through the use of a table where the length of the antlers
and of the candles or points is taken into account, as well as the
circumference of the rosetas and of the antlers, the
weight of the antlers, their separation and the amount of candles
on each antler. Points are granted as well for beauty, color, shine
and the shape of the candles and crown. Point penalties
are applied when ugly factors appear.
Red Deer new national record
In these lines, it should be mentioned the Red Deer Trophy, won
in 2002 by a Spanish hunter in his own game reserve. His 265.34
points not only turned him into the new national record, but also
into the eighth position of the world ranking (according to the
measurements made by the International Council for Game and Wildlife
One of the most remarkable cultural characteristic is food. The
pampean cook has as a first traditional course a barbecue called
«asado criollo», done in its own skin and roasted
with «piquillín» firewood.
In the west you can taste liver roasted in its own fat. It
is also common the Spanish meat stew, and the «pucheros».
As Argentine people came from different parts of the country, so
did flavors of «empanadas», which are prepared in various
The Italian pasta influenced the pampean cooking tradition: spaghettis,
cannelonis, raviolis, agnolottis are frequent and the diverse and
tasty sauces make the difference with the original «dry pasta».
German and Russian incorporated milk to the meat, noodles and flour,
making food nutritious. According to historians, cold meats are
the product of great hunger and express the principle of saving
in abundance to have in scarcity. Another typical specialties are
the «asado» of young mare, «piche» in hot
ashes, marinaded «vizcacha».
Text & photos: Guía
REGION® de La Pampa 5ta Edición