Riding with the Gauchos: How 1 Viator Tour Got a Vegetarian to Eat Meat

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We’re not usually big on organized tours, but, while working on our women’s guidebook to Argentina, we were kindly invited out by Viator for a fun day on a working Argentine gaucho ranch.

We expected some horse riding, and some time with the local gauchos–but we didn’t expect for our writer, a life-long vegetarian, to give in and succumb to the powers of Argentina’s meat.

The day started with an early morning bus ride two hours outside of Buenos Aires. Once we were there, the group gathered for empanadas and wine, where we learned a bit more about history and culture of the gauchos in Argentina.

Gauchos are traditional farm hands and herders, with a very unique culture that stretches back across hundreds of years, and it was fascinating to learn more about their traditional dress and see their horsemanship in action with a live horse show.

While other organized tours can feel like, “let’s go here, okay now let’s go here, okay have five minutes to go here,” this Viator tour was really great. The atmosphere was very relaxed and we were able to ride horses and visit the museum, without ever feeling rushed.

After this, we got onto the good stuff: the asado–where gauchos prepared a traditional meat lunch cooked to perfection over the fire.

Our writer, Erica, is a vegetarian, but the grilled meat smelled so, so delicious and everyone was marveling at the unique flavor, so she gave in and tried her first piece of meat in all of her life–blood sausage.

The verdict? “It was great!” She says.

And that, dear friends, is how Viator got a vegetarian to eat meat, and like it.

Note: Viator was kind enough to put us on this tour, and we highly recommend it! It was a great day away from the city of Buenos Aires and the day turned into so much fun with everyone laughing, drinking wine and enjoying the atmosphere.

Have you ever tried an Argentine asado?

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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