The Gaucho's Stand: Defending Santa Barbara

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Embark on a thrilling historical adventure in "The Gaucho's Stand: Defending Santa Barbara." 

Step into the boots of Joaquín Moreno, a young gaucho, as he teams up with iconic historical figures to protect the town from the notorious French pirate Hipolito Bouchard.

Explore iconic sites like the Presidio and the Santa Barbara Mission. 

Immerse yourself in the rich history and stunning architecture of early 19th-century California, discovering vibrant cultural insights and legendary stories. 

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  • Can be played on
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  • During these hours
    Whole day

  • Languages


  • Visit Historical Landmarks- Mission, Presidio, Historical Homes

  • Get to know real-life heroes and their lore

  • Live through a true story adventure in 19th-century Santa Barbara

  • Learn about the beautiful history of Santa Barbara

  • Experience a gripping narrative filled with suspense and unexpected twists of Santa Barbara's people during a time of turmoil


During the year 1818 in Santa Barbara, Joaquín Moreno, a young gaucho of Spanish descent, felt the winds of change blowing through the sprawling ranchos and rolling hills he called home. 

The pirate raid at Refugio Shore was brutal, pillaging and burning the Ortega family's ranch, killing cattle, and destroying property. Joaquín, hearing the news, felt a deep fear for Santa Barbara, knowing the pirates might soon target his beloved town. That day, his life would change forever. 

Experience's route

Starting point Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA
Finish point Hill-Carrillo Adobe
11 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

Places you will visit


It will take you

87-117 mins

You will walk

5910 steps

Total distance

4.5 km

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  • Wear a hat and sunscreen, have enough water
  • Family friendly
  • You can stop for a break any time
  • Fun to do as a couple
  • Pay attention to traffic
  • Comfortable shoes are highly recommended!
  • Route open 24/7 but better during daylight hours
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