Away from the urban monotony of Argentina lies a diverse landscape comprising grasslands, rivers, forested hills, and salt lakes. Popular in musical folklore, this rich biome is where sunflowers and golden wheat “toss their heads in sprightly dance.” In an otherwise dull landscape lies some attractive little towns … and the Gauchos, who live on horseback and conjure up an image of a romantic cowboy. Visiting these lowlands can be the high point of your journey in South America.
Its name ‘Pampa’ means ‘Plain surface’ in Quechua language.
Things to Do in The Pampas
There is no dearth of tourist attractions in the region. From small traditional villages to modern cities, you will find it all here. Take a single-day trip from Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco, which is truly a Pampas town. Plaza Ruiz De Arellano and Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes are the highlights of this historic town.
Sightseeing – Cities such as La Plata, Luján, Rosario, and Santa Fe are popular for their colonial legacy and landmarks. Take a ride through the historic city of La Plata and explore the culture, lifestyle, and stunning architecture.
Adventure – Get a taste of country life and learn about local history by staying in an Estancia (Argentinian ranch). There are tour agencies that will plan your visit and co-ordinate your stay. If you can gather enough courage to pat and feed a Big Cat, Zoológico de Luján is the place to be.
Wildlife – The secluded landscape of Liahué Calel National Park is a paradise for nature lovers as it offers hiking and birdwatching opportunities. Spotting a Greater Rhea or Geoffrey’s Cat is not uncommon.
Iguazu Falls, Mar Chiquita Lake, Iberá Wetlands, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires.
It is primarily spread across western Argentina and extends to Uruguay and southern Brazil.
How to Reach?
By Air – Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires and Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo are the gateways to the Pampas.
By Road – Dense road networks connect the Pampas with urban areas of Buenos Aires, Rosario, Santa Fe, and Cordoba in Argentina. To explore the plains of southern Brazil, Porto Alegre is the nearest city.
Besides putting up a tent in a rural village or staying in a ranch in Buenos Aires, you can enjoy a luxurious stay at Alvear Palace Hotel, Hotel Madero, Hotel Boutique Purobaires, and Hotel Panamericano. For value-for-money accommodations, Play Hostel Buenos Aires, Borges Hostel, and Ostinatto Hostel are good options.
Barbecued Beef and Carbonada are the soul of Argentinian cuisine. In case you don’t know, the origin of Asado (a style of barbecue) can be tracked back to the Pampas. Exquisite steak served at the restaurants is matched by few other regions. You can dine like a Porteño at Parrilla Don Julio, Tarquino Restaurante, Hernán Gipponi Restaurante, and Chan Chan.
Best Time to Visit
Spring (September-November) and Fall (March-May) are the best seasons to visit the Pampas. Día de la Tradición, a grand traditional event, draws in travelers every November.
- These flat and fertile lands cover an area of nearly 300,000 square miles.
- Dry Pampas in the west has semi-arid climate and is mostly barren.
- Humid Pampas in the east has flourishing wetlands.
- The Pampas has one-third of Argentina’s population.
- The entire region is represented by the symbol of Gaucho (cowboy), which has achieved iconic status among residents.
Things to Remember
- If you get the opportuntiy, don’t miss the sight of the gauchos rounding up cattle on the Pampas.
- It’s wise to carry enough cash during your tour to Pampas because ATMs are not to be found easily.
Published On: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013