3rd January 2013
Sitting on the plane home with the inaugural Gaucho Christmas trip having come to an end, I have to say I feel pretty satisfied. Setting up trips, selling them and delivering them to a hard working and demanding clientele is not without its stresses and when we get it right, it feels good.
As I said in my first blog, I first came to La Rosita two years ago and then only for three days. But in that time I felt certain the place was somewhere special and that if I could raise the right group, the Christmas Gaucho trip – where they stayed put for eight nights – would work. And so it has proved.
Over the last week and a bit we have done everything I’d hoped we would. We’ve played polo, learned to tango, fished, relaxed, gone birding, swam and all importantly played at being gauchos. With a fantastic group, split pretty evenly between the sexes, we’ve laughed a lot and made new friends.
But I think the reason why this trip has worked so well is because of the family, the Landgrafs, who, from grandparents, Alicia and Raoul, through our main point of contact, Fernando, and his brothers Willie and Frederico, their sister Barbara, all the staff and all the gauchos, have made us feel so welcomed. Not once did we feel like tourists; we felt like house guests taken in over a special time of the year.
From the traditional family Christmas Eve dinner on our first night, to the spectacular New Years Eve party on our last, we’ve been included as family members and this has made the difference.
So if you or your partner are of an equine bent and are looking to get away over Christmas, do think very seriously about this trip. Like Castle Bijaipur, home of our Alternative Christmas trip in India, Estancia La Rosita and all who live there make the perfect location for a very special trip.