Most of our properties offer good horses and a handful specialise in top-class riding holidays, where the quality of the mounts matches the splendour of landscapes and the warmth and knowledge of local guides. Though Brazil and Uruguay also offer wonderful experiences, we focus especially on Argentina and Chile, which combine a rich gaucho heritage and breathtaking scenery with charming family-run farmsteads.
You can ride from estancia to estancia, stopping to cast a line or dip into electric-blue meltwater lakes; or join the gauchos on cattle drives, sleeping under canvas and cooking over campfires. All these experiences are tailored to meet the personal needs and budgets of each guest and can be as raw or as pampered as you choose, depending on the estancia and region.
To give you an idea of what your trip could look like, we’ve picked one of our favourite 8 day itineraries:
Fly to San Martin de los Andes where you’ll be met at taken to boat on the shores of Falkner Lake, which will take you across to the other side where your horses will be ready to take you up to your camp. After settling into your large and very comfortable tents, you’ll enjoy sundowners overlooking the expanse of Patagonian landscape
Rise early to the beautiful morning sun and hearty breakfast. Your gaucho will lead you for the 3 hour ride down the valley to boarder the lake where you’ll stop for an asado lunch. The afternoon ride will take you on a slightly more challenging path, traversing the mountains, arriving back at base camp around 6pm to shower and sit by the river for a glass of Malbec.
You’ll be packed up with supplies for your night stay at the fly camp. This small, remote camps is high in the mountains. You’ll face a challenging day , crossing the ‘Pass of Tears’ – as the name precludes, for the faint hearted this can be testing, but incredibly rewarding! The long ride will conclude with spectacular panoramic views overlooking the ‘Boque’ mountain. Sitting around a fire with the gaucho’s, you’ll be prepared a traditional Argentine stew.
Bidding farewell to the fly camp, you’ll descend the valley to follow the river, stopping to plunge into the cool water and enjoy another delicious asado. Back to the comfort of the camp for a much needed shower and rest.
A day to relax, normally an improvised gentle ride to see the herds of horses or visit the estancia’s owner. The afternoon is spent resting, reading, swimming or walking around the sunning surroundings.
You will leave your luggage and won’t see it again for another two days. You will leave the base camp for the last time, not returning. Day 6 will be spent riding up to Filipe’s fly camp, which looks out over the stunning Chilean volcanoes.
Waking to the smell of scrambled eggs and bacon at the fly camp, your gauchos will leave you the 4 hour ride to Filipe’s house on the shores of Lake Traful. You’ll spend the night in one of this beautifully rustic barns.
A morning of ride along the river and a quick swim before lunch. Around 2pm you’ll be taken to the lake crossing where you’ll be met by a mini bus to take you to Bariloche airport.