Day at an ESTANCIA!

Hello and greetings from Patagonia! In today’s video, we’re going to be visiting an estancia called Nibepo Aike, which is located within Los Glaciares National Park. This is one of the many excursions you can do from the town of El Calafate, and it’s a nice way to enjoy a day in the countryside, learn about the inner workings of an estancia, and enjoy a traditional barbecue while you’re at it. So let’s kick off another adventure!

The estancia Nibepo Aike was founded by Santiago Peso, a Croatian immigrant who arrived in Argentina at the beginning of the 20th century. He settled in an area which today sits inside Los Glaciares National Park, where he raised sheep and cattle.

Originally, the estancia was named La Jerónima, but when Santiago fell ill with tuberculosis and eventually passed away, his wife renamed the estancia in honour of their 3 daughters. Their nicknames were Niní, Bebe, y Porota, so by grabbing the first 2 letters from each name, they got Nibepo, and then Aike which means place in the Tehuelche language. Nibepo Aike. That’s the name.

During our afternoon visit we got to enjoy an afternoon tea, walk along the shores of Lago Argentino, go on a short hike for panoramic views of the estancia, attend a sheep-sheering demonstration, and then enjoy a Patagonian barbecue. It was nice to spend a relaxed afternoon out in the countryside, and next time, we'll definitely opt for an overnight stay!

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Day at an ESTANCIA!
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