Estancias - Chile

Experience Level

Estancias Ride 10 days-9 nights

5 star rating   28 December 2018

It is difficult to give a single rating regarding the horses given that we ride different horses (from the different estancias/gauchos) during the ride. My last horse at Cerro Guido (Zorzal) was wonderful, and luckily I had him for the last 3 days. My horse at Tercera Barranca was good too - I would easily have done another day on him. The horses the first day were ok but not the greatest ever. The horses for the 3 days around Serrano were not the most enjoyable to ride; a few were better than others, but generally they were all extremely hard to move. The good thing is that they are totally bomb proof, but having to push and hit to move for 3 days was not the most enjoyable riding.

The riding was great. Good mix of paces, great trails, varied terrain.

The tack was great with all horses and Vicky's added tack was wonderful - great saddlebags, waterproof bag (which we didn't actually need since it didn't rain!), full length chaps for those who wanted. I was glad for my laces that I had brought with me, to tie my jacket at the back of the saddle.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
3 star rating

The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Vicky's B&B is very nice; she clearly has a lot of taste. The comfort of the accommodation goes increasing throughout the ride, which is enjoyable. Although we had severe water issues at Cerro Guido (hardly any water for a day, no water at all for a night and early morning, and low pressure the rest of the stay), which they didn't handle very well (no information, no "we are sorry", no contingency planning).

The saddlebag/packhorse lunches prepared by Vicky are by far the best lunches I've had on trail (and generally!). Wonderful products, always something different, great wines. The food in the evening was nice but not stunning.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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Wonderful varied scenery, great trails and best trail lunches ever.