Our Kind of Place | Estancia Alinco
Estancia Alinco is nestled in a valley deep in Argentina’s northern Patagonian mountains. Situated in the heart of 5,000 hectares of countryside, Estancia Alinco is flanked by the roaring river Aluminé. Days are spent riding, hiking, rafting and fishing some of the finest rainbow and brown trout in Patagonia.
Owned by Jorge and Celina, Estancia Alinco is a family affair. Guests are made to feel as though they are staying in a private home.
An avid horsewoman, Celina runs a stud alongside her two daughters. The trio is considered to be amongst the top breeders of Quarter Horses in Argentina.
Well adapted to Patagonia’s mountainous terrain, Quarter Horses are gentle, strong and resilient, making them excellent steeds for longer trails.
Those keen to explore northern Patagonia on horseback can head into the wilderness on a 6-night ride. An exclusive and personalised experience, owners Celina and Jorge lead guests personally, only offering the ride three weeks of the year. Groups are small with just eight riders at a time.
Take in the jaw-dropping landscapes of soaring peaks, rivers and lowland pastures. Try your hand at cattle herding alongside Estancia Alinco’s gauchos, or brave the rapids by raft. Red deer, guanacos, condors, eagles, wild boar, river trout and puma roam the estate.
Long active days under the sun end with meditative yoga sessions in the orchard followed by sundowners.
Mealtimes are a highlight, typically featuring local beef, lamb or Patagonian trout cooked over an open fire, accompanied by homegrown vegetables and Argentine wines.
Built in 1934, Estancia Alinco is beautifully preserved. With just five rooms, there is space for up to eight people. Design is simple, rustic and comfortable. Each room has a fireplace and is a cosy retreat for relaxation following long days in the countryside.
Estancia Alinco combines well with further exploration of northern Patagonia’s Lakes Region on both the Argentine and Chilean sides. Travellers may extend their journey to include further fly fishing, hiking or stalking, or perhaps continue south to the glaciers, near El Calafate.