Rancho Culture In Argentina
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Whereas Spanish colonization had occurred in the 16-17th centuries, there one may find numerous rancho housings. Especially, it is referred to South America, including Argentinean lands. However, in this country these farms and houses go under name of gaucho estancias, which got popular once again in 1940-1970s, after World War II and massive immigration of Europeans to the New World. As a result, at present rancho households are a part of national culture, architecture and, of course, travel allurement of the country.

Ranchos are mainly distributed on lands favorable for cattle breeding, warm climate and weather conditions, and are usually associated with farmers and middle class. Naturally, ranchos in Argentina are popular on the north, where they invested in prevailing architectural style around. Specifically, conventional Argentinean gaucho might be characterized with long, low profile and minimal use of external and internal decoration. Buildings are based on the ideas of modernism and the preferences of the commonplace workers, who often attempt to create a very informal but comfortable home.

As an architectural style ranchos decayed at the beginning of the 20th century, but, as it has been mentioned, it was revived decades later. At present, some features of original estancia could be outlined, which include one floor, long and low roof line, sliding glass doors opening onto a patio, simple interior and planning inside, L or U-shaped external view of a house, brick or wood claddings of buildings, big windows, etc. At a first glance, these features might not catch one’s attention, but in sober fact they create an image of a real gaucho, depicted in numerous movies and books about the Wild West. In Argentina, one can perceive gaucho culture if going on a tour to one of the top ranches in Argentina. Besides, there are other benefits of such a trip, like hunting, dining exquisite of Argentinean cuisine, horseback riding and many others.

Numerous historic estancias belonged to European families, and nowadays many are turned into luxury hotels, though their design speaks the opposite. One of them is the House of Jasmines. It is owned by the French family and appears to be secluded gorgeous placement in sprawling orchards and stunning gardens of roses and jasmines, bordering Arenales River in Salta town in Argentina. In addition, there is La Table de House of Jasmines, in which it is possible to enjoy the best of Argentinean dishes, especially those made of Argentine beef. The entire complex covers 900 acres of local lands, thereby, giving space to intrude and examine advantages of living on rancho.


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