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Horse riding and ranch

Who has never dreamt of feeling free on a horse amid landscapes that stretch to the horizon around 360 degrees??? This sensation of freedom can be enjoyed in, above all other places, Patagonia. Whether you take horseback rides lasting a few hours for beginners, up to multi day treks for enthusiasts, you will see that the horse occupies a very special place in both Argentina and Chile. You may see references such as “animal sagrado (aqui no se come la carne de caballo)”, which stands for “Sacred” animal (one does not eat horse meat here). In these parts the horse really is the true friend of man.

A highlight of your trip will be the experience of living in contact with the gauchos on an "ranch" which is the Spanish word for a ranch. Of course, to have the best experience it is necessary to avoid touristy estancias with no "gaucho soul", where everything is prepared and repetitive. I know many excellent estancias that are still traditional. Whether you stay for a few hours or several days, the visit to an estancia and the possibility to live to the rhythm of these men of the countryside, should be a must for your programme.

Here I propose some examples of horse riding and ranch, though others are available.
To find a program to fit you, please send me an email through the link on the contact page.

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Bariloche
Gutierrez Lake
Bahia Bustamante Bariloche
Pampa Linda
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Valley of Cochamo
(Chile)
Bariloche
Manso
Bariloche
Moreno Lake
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Bariloche
Limay River
Bariloche
La Buitrera
El Calafate
the patagonian steppe
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El Calafate
the patagonian steppe
Bariloche
Gutierrez Lake
El Calafate
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Puerto Madryn
Road to Península Valdes
Puerto Madryn
Road to Punta Loma
Bariloche - Steppe
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Bariloche
Colonia Suiza
Chile
Puerto Natales
Tierra del Fuego - Río Grande
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Chile - Torres del paine  


Bariloche - Gutierrez Lake  

| Starting point "San Carlos de Bariloche".

| Duration half or complete day.

| In the southern zone of Gutierrez Lake, in an imposing landscape, you will be able to trot on horseback in half day or a complete day. Route to be chosen.

| Activity with guide.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Meal :
Bariloche - Gutierrez Lake  

| Starting point "San Carlos de Bariloche".

| Duration 2 days.

| On the basis of south of Gutierrez Lake, it will take you 2 days to attain Pampa Linda (in option other routes). Splendid walk which will carry out you between rivers, forests and mountains, on length of the Tronador arm, the lake Mascardi and on length of the Manzo River.

| Activity with guide.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Meal :
Bariloche - Pampa Linda  

| Starting point "Pampa Linda".

| Duration half or complete day.

| From Pampa Linda, multitudes on horseback trots are possible, in half or complete day. The zone is splendid and the imposing landscapes. Of course the Tronador Volcano is the principal beauty actor of nature which will be offered to you, but also some lagoons and mountains. The most interesting on horseback trots from Pampa Linda are: Glaciar Alerce, Refugio Meilin, Paso de las Nubes, Laguna Ilon, Garganta Del Diablo, Glaciar Castaño Overa, Saltillo de las Nalcas... Route to be chosen.

| Activity with guide.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
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Valley of Cochamo - (Chile)  

| Starting point "Cerro Otto base".

| Ride wild on horseback adventure from the Pacific Ocean across the Andes into a plateau of lakes, waterfalls, rivers and ancient forests. Follow part of the legendary 300 year old "gaucho trail" once used by local indigenous, Spaniards and missionaries and the notorious outlaw duo Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Today it is used by "huasos" (Chilean cowboys) and "gauchos" (Argentinian cowboys) and their families who drive their cattle between pastures on the Patagonian frontier. A 6 day small group adventures on horseback will take you into a forgotten world of pure nature far from the tourist tracks. Leading through dense forested valleys and high mountain passes, the trip passes through a scenic blend of isolated pioneer farms, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and the ancient El Arco rainforest, whose giant Alerce trees are dated at 4.000 years. Riding on through the natural grandeur of the Andes.

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  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
To envisage : Meal :
Bariloche - Manso  

| Starting point "San Carlos de Bariloche".

| Duration 1 day or 2 days.

| In the southern zone of Rio Manso, at nearly 80 km to south of Bariloche, in an imposing landscape, you will be able to trot on horseback in one or more days. Here nature is even wilder than elsewhere and you will even be able, over several days, go to Chile on horseback. Route to be chosen.

| Activity with guide.

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  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Meal :
Bariloche - Moreno Lake  
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| Starting point "San Carlos de Bariloche".

| Duration half day.

| Very beautiful on horseback trots in the Bariloche zone, at the beginning of the Km 15 approximately. There are a very sympathetic guide and beautiful horses for an excursion through wood, along a river to arrive east of the lake Moreno. Very beautiful beach where you will be able to gallop if you wish it while looking at the mountains neighborhood. 3 hours walk on the whole.

| Activity with guide.

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  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
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Bariloche - Limay River  

| Estancia : 15 miles from Bariloche

| Duration : half day at several days.

| The ultimate trip ! The Fortin Chacabuco Estancia (stub farm) is quite typical, and will delight you with many opportunities for horse back riding across the steppe, forests, rivers and mountains. Over 25,000 acres of land are waiting for you ! This estancia is very typical of Patagonia, and sure you'll enjoy the quality of the horses provided to you for this trip. You'll be able to choose : whether half a day only, or a full day with an "asado" lunch, or even if you are really enthusiastic, you'll be able to sleep on site and spend a few days. Of course, you can also enjoy long walks, watching deers, flying fish and even discover sheep shearing in September.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche
Zona Estepa "la Buitrera"
 

| Estancia : 20 miles from Bariloche

| Duration : half day or more.

| With a guide.

| The "El Desafio" Estancia (stud farm) is very typical of Patagonia, with its more than 12,000 acres of land. You'll be offered multiple activities, such as horseback riding, walking amidst millenial lengua forests, condor watching, etc... You can sleep on the farm if you wish. But the top best is undoubtedly to ride up to "La Builtrera" to watch condors, early in the morning or late at night...

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
El Calafate - the patagonian steppe  

| Estancia : 30 miles from El Calafate

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| With a guide.

| We suggest the estancia "Rio Mitre", where you'll be welcomed by Esteban, quite a passionate guy. With him you'll spend a whole day in his estancia, and learn many many things about Southern Patagonia habits. Among the possible activities, let's quote riding, fly fishing, trekking, mountain biking, wild fauna watching... It's a place with 5,OOO acres of land, and a single country house; therefore you can be assured of quite an exclusive and almost private service . Of course, not to be missed !

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
El Calafate - the patagonian steppe  

| Estancia : 50 miles from El Calafate

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| With a guide.

| Situated in the "Los galciares" national park, the estancia "Nibeko Aike" borders the "Brazo Rico" or the lake Argentino. It is a typically traditional Patagonian estancia. It offers quite a wide range of activities, such as walking, horseback riding through hills and forests of "lengas" and "nires", flora and local fauna watching. You'll even be invited to take part in some rural activities, and of course to taste and enjoy some typical Patagonian food, namely the famous "asado". It's quite a soothing spot : no doubt you'll appreciate the 11 rooms in which you'll have a refreshing sleep...

  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche - Gutierrez Lake  

| Estancia : 20 miles from Bariloche.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| With a guide.

| The estancia "Peuma Hue" is the ideal spot for people looking for a few day stay, with a top class service. Situated on the lake Gutierrez bank, the surroundings are really beautiful, with quite an interesting environment, and various rustic houses. All the rooms command a splendid view, with for some of them the addition of a jacuzzi and private bath. Sure you'll enjoy there a top class service. A wide range of activities are offered, such as riding, trekking, fly fishing, yoga, and... tango training and show.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
El Calafate - the patagonian steppe  

| Estancia : 25 miles from El Calafate.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The estancia "Eolo" is the ideal place for people wishing to enjoy Patagonian life thanks to a top class service. "Eolo" is a "lodge de campo" (country lodge) type of estancia, a roomy and convenient place quite typical of the traditional Patagonian estancias. It's set up on a big 7,400 acre estate, in the Santa Cruz district. You'll be allowed to choose either one of the 5 "Premium suites" (400 sq feet or 520 sq feet) or the 2 "corner suites" (520 sq feet). You'll be proposed horseback riding and trekking at the "Cerro Frias" and in the Anita valley, mountain biking on quite original country lanes, star watching through a telescope, wild fauna, flora and bird watching.

  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
To envisage : Asado :
Puerto Madryn
Road to Península Valdes
 

| Estancia : 20 miles from Puerto Madryn.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The "Deseado" estancia  can be considered as quite an adequate accomodation choice for people looking for a typical exotic spot, not very far from Valdes Peninsula. "Deseado" offers all the convenient opportunities for a pleasant stay in the estancia. The people working there will offer you to share their traditional way of life for a few days. You'll choose one of the 6 rooms, all of them with private bath. It's a nearly 42,000 acre estate. Several activities are proposed such as riding, trekking, mountain biking, wild fauna watching from a 4WD van...

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Puerto Madryn
Road to Punta Loma
 

| Estancia : 25 miles from Puerto Madryn.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The "San Guillermo Estancia" offers quite pleasant, comfortable and charming rooms for a nice stay near Valdes Peninsula. As regards accomodation, this is a much more relevant choice than Pedro Madryn. The estancia has 10 rooms with private bath. Moreover, across the 7,500 acres of land, you'll be able to ride at full gallop, or merely have a walk in the "campo". All the more so because the estancia is ideally situated as a starting point for trips to the whole area or the Valdes Peninsula.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche - Steppe  

| Estancia : 30 miles from Bariloche.

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| The "La Esperanza estancia" is with no doubt one of the most pleasant accommodations, especially as regards its environmental qualities. With its 7,500 acres of land, quite close to the National Park, the place offers countless opportunities : in Summer, you'll be able to have riding and trekking; in winter, that could be riding again, snowshoe walks, and even ski touring. Of course there are lots of opportunities for undertaking mixed activities for several day trips. There's no doubt you'll be delighted by the quite pleasant "casco" of the estancia. But you may choose as well the much more secluded "hut", which will provide you with quite a peculiar "land's end" atmosphere.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Bariloche - Colonia Suiza  

| Estancia : 20 miles from Bariloche.

| Duration : half day or 1 day.

| Now let's make Eduardo's acquaintance, and discover this 75 year old guy's peculiar way of life, inherited from ancestral habits. Spending a few hours with him can really be both rewarding and time suspending. As he rules a 2,500 acre campo, Edouardo owns 15 horses, 20 cows (or so), more than 120 sheep, 1 boar, and several hens. Sure you'll take the opportunity to share his "mate" (local drink), and have a chat with him about his everyday life. You'll be also acquainted with Edouardo's hobby : he can play the accordion, and sing very nicely. Of course, no tourist is to be seen here : Eduardo is above all my friend.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
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Chile - Puerto Natales  

Ranch : 43,50 miles from Puerto Natales.

| Duration : 1 day.

You will discover a estancia which particularly holds me with heart. Located between Puerto Native and the national park Torres del Paine, large of more than 9 884 acres, comprising more than 2 000 sheep, horses, cows… You will be received by its owners: the young person Cristian and Loréna. You will be able to taste all the products houses of this estancia (with the breakfast especially), to have a visit to measure of the "galpon" or is carried out the shearing of the sheep, a demonstration by "Chuma" of Chilien rodeo. You will be able of course to make horse, or a small walking to discover the super lake "Toro". Midday you will be entitled to super "an asado" prepared by Omar. You will be able to see how life a family in an estancia: hard work of wool of sheep, and this in the middle of a landscape destabilizing with 360 degrees. Cristian was my friend as of my first meeting because its simplicity and its courage allured me.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Tierra del Fuego - Río Grande  

Ranch : 80,78 miles from Ushuaia.

| Duration : 1 day.

I propose to you to go to discover the family "Daniels", very attaching which saw all the year in the estancia "Tired Hijas", cut world, in the middle of an imposing framework. You will be accommodated by all the "team" and all the Daniels family: Richard, Carola, Esteban and Patricio (two wires), Maria. You will eat super "a cordero", specialty of the house and you will be able to make a ballade with horse in the middle of the 9 884,22 acres of this estancia which makes party of my favorite, for its simplicity and its authenticity.

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
To envisage : Asado :
Chile - Torres del paine  
carnavals argentine chili | One day trip - Car tour to Parque Nacionale Torres del Paine - Departure 6h am, back 10h pm.

| The Torres del Paine National Park is without any doubt one of the most beautiful one in the world. There nature is quite adverse, and you may experience the four seasons in the same day. In the center of the park are the famous Paine Towers, with lots of lakes, lagunas, glaciers and wild animals, such as guanacos, foxes, pumas, huemuls, ñandus...This one day trip will take you to the Sarmiento lake, Armaga Laguna, Nordenskjod Lake, Pehoe Lake, Grey lake, Grey Glacier, Del Toro Lake, Visats de las Torres, ...This national park has been catogorized as part of the "Biosphère reservation" by UNESCO on April 28th 1978.

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Bahia Bustamante  

| Duration : 1 day or more.

| most ancient history, back to the time when it was a green oasis. Now you will discover the tree trunks of a petrified forest, the silent survivors of that era. Six comfortable houses by the sea were remodelled to house our guests. Each house includes 2 twin bedrooms, living room, fully equipped bathroom, heating and hot water and a terrace with a sea view. A generator provides electricity to the village from sundown until 23 h. At the grocery store, you will be delighted with our exclusive regional meals based on our own products such as seaweed, lamb, fish and seafood. This program invites you to explore the area, discovering the secrets of this land of pioneers and explorers. You will get a glimpse of the real Patagonian lifestyle: the harshness of its weather, the remoteness, and desert plateaus that end with the sea. In the arid stillness of the landscape and the whistle of the wind, you will discover the core of this marvellous ecosystem that is full with life. You will learn to take care of it, in order for man and nature to live together.

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  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
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Borispatagonia

Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!