Jill’s managed to connect to the Internet once again, and has sent the following report:

“For the last two days, we’ve stayed in the delightful town of Pejuaho. We have had the chance to enjoy the town’s many shops, and we’ve become something of celebrities, with people coming up to us in the street or shops and asking where we’re from, how we like Argentina, etc.!

“Yesterday, we drove a hundred kilometers northwest of town to La Adela, the estancia belonging to Carolitits Lattuada, a young man who inherited the large estancia about four years ago following his father’s death. The weather was PERFECT and once we arrived and were warmly greeted, we loaded up three pickups and were taken around the estancia to see the llamas, the cattle, the crops and, of course, the Hackney horses. This estancia was at one time (and still may be) the largest breeder of Hackney horses in the world.

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part of the llama herd at La Adela (photo by Jill Ryder)

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some of the Lattuadas' Hackney horses at Estancia La Adela (photo by Jill Ryder)

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“Following the fascinating tour, we enjoyed a lunch and then a walkabout in the thirty-hectare Park (or garden). Fantastic. This estancia still has its own chapel and school and other outbuildings.

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Milagro Lattuada (third from right) and her son, Carolitis (second from right), pose with the dancers & musicians who entertained the group during lunch (photo by Jill Ryder)

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enjoying a walk in La Adela's extensive park (photo by Jill Ryder)

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“Then two pairs of horses were produced so that people could drive or ride in the carriage, after which it was time for tea in the main house.

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getting ready to go for a drive with a pair of Hackney horses (photo by Jill Ryder)

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in the harness room at La Adela (photo by Jill Ryder)

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“We had a full and wonderful day with the Lattuadas and returned happy to our hotel after a twelve-hour visit!

“Today, the town of Pejuaho continues the celebration of Tradition Day with a carriage display in the town square. We have the morning free to explore, as the estancia we were to stop at today for lunch was too badly damaged in the strong thunderstorms of this week. We are making our way today to Areco and the Gaucho Festival.”