2+ nights
Private & shared rooms

Surf, live music & art

"Surf, surf, and surf. Spend days riding waves with our crew and then head to our ranch. Enjoy the cultural scene and get to know local artists, who are always around performing something new. Fantastic bars and restaurants are just a ride away, so you can appreciate our authentic cuisine. Need a place to work in between surf sessions? Take a shower, get your computer and feel free to work before the next surf session."

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

The north swells are blocked by the north part of Buenos Aires from November to March, so we get primarily small waves, perfect for beginners. If you are looking for bigger waves, good for intermediate and advanced surfers, the best time of the year to visit us is from March to mid-November. That's when we get east and south swells, making the waves in our breaks much bigger!

The lodge

AFT Rancho del Mar offers beachfront accommodation, only 2.1 km from Luna Roja Beach and some of the best breaks in the area. The lodge facilities include a bar, a shared lounge, an outdoor shower, an oceanfront terrace, a parrilla, and a garden.

There's a fully equipped shared kitchen with a fridge and a stove. AFT Ranch offers double and shared rooms, healthy breakfasts, wifi, towels and pillows, and mattresses for the most comfortable sleeping in the world.

In the evenings, you will be able to enjoy live music in our shared lounge, the perfect way to finish the amazing days in Chapadmalal.


Enjoy the time by AFT Rancho to explore Chapadmalal. We can take you to the best breaks close to us during your stay. From beginners to advanced surfers, there will be places to go, ride some waves and have fun. You will get to see the cultural scene and visit local bars and restaurants in your free time. If not, just chill in our ranch while listening to some live music and get to know other people who are also staying with us.

Getting there
Fly into Astor Piazzolla (Mar del Plata) International Airport (MDQ). From there, it is a 1-hour drive to AFT Rancho.
Fly into Astor Piazzolla (Mar del Plata) International Airport (MDQ). From there, it is a 1-hour drive to AFT Rancho.

AFT Rancho

Leading trips since 2011
Franco Rivas
Franco Rivas

For more than 9 years, Pepe has been a surf coach. He learned to teach surfing at the age of 14 at the Mar del Plata Surf School, located in Playa Grande, one of the most recognized schools in the area.

The school is directed by Rulo Prenski, who trained him during his years for his junior championship competitions. Now, he's been giving 1-week surf courses, helping people improve their surfing skills in a short time.

Throughout the years, Pepe left the competition to enjoy surfing in another way. He learned to appreciate the waves and discovered that he doesn't need to always maneuver. He realized that there are many types of waves and that you need to read them in other genuinely enjoy the ride.

With that in mind, Pepe invites you to take one AFT Surf Trip to learn and take your surfing skills to another level. He will teach you techniques and help you improve your performance through photographic analysis, a good diet and concentration in a week of pure surfing.

Languages: English, Spanish
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

4.50 · 1 review

Casual surfer, Nov 2022
It was the first time I had contact with the sport and despite living in BR, I don't regret starting with the Rancho program. Pepe is an incredib... show more
It was the first time I had contact with the sport and despite living in BR, I don't regret starting with the Rancho program. Pepe is an incredible teacher, patient and i... show more
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Choose your accommodation

Accommodation in a private double room.
From $59 / night
For dates and accommodations not listed, or if you want to book further out


What's included?
Accommodation, breakfast, linens, and use of social areas.
What's not included?
Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, surfing gear, lunch and dinner, and other activities.
What's the check-in and check-out time?
Check-in starts at 2 pm. Check out is at 10 am.
What's the price for early check-in?
50% of your nightly stay.
What's the price for late check-out?
50% of your nightly stay.
What time do you offer breakfast and what's included?
Breakfast is served daily from 8 to 11 am. It includes fruits, cereal, toasts, butter, coffee, and tea.
Do you have shared bathrooms?
Yes, we have 4 bathrooms for men and women. Bathrooms are cleaned twice a day.
Do you accept children?
Yes, during our low and medium season. Please, send us a message to check availability.
Do you accept pets?
Does it include towels?
If you book a double room, towels are included.
Do you have a laundry room?
No. But there's one 2 blocks away from the hotel.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.