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Argentina - Estancia Huechahue
Estancia Huechahue covers 15,000 acres and supports 900 head of Hereford cattle. Some 400 acres are under irrigation where alfalfa is grown for hay and there are also extensive fruit and nut orchards. The estancia prides itself on its self-sufficiency whether in the form of fruit, nuts, vegetables or electricity. Beef is home-produced and you may have the opportunity to enjoy an “asado” – a traditional Argentine barbeque lunch.
Ride out across the estancia to explore rolling hills, rocky gorges or the Chenque Hills; cross water meadows, visit burial caves where Indian drawings can still be seen on the walls, or try your hand at working cattle with the gauchos. There are great views of the Andes and Patagonia and you might even see condors or eagles along the way.
The riding style is similar to Western with the horses responding to neck reining. The saddles used are “montura de monte” which are similar to the old English army saddles with a sheepskin on top. The riding programme is tailored to the needs and abilities of those visiting the estancia and is suitable for expert riders and confident intermediates alike.
The horses are Criollo crosses, part anglo-normando standing at about 15.2 - 16hh. They are bred on the estancia and used by the gauchos as working cattle horses. They are forward going and enjoy their work, so are best suited to those who are more experienced in the saddle.
Accommodation at Estancia Huechahue is in comfortable en-suite rooms, with warm, bright furnishings in typical Argentinean colours.
There are a total of ten guest rooms which can be made up as twins or doubles. Two guest chalet house six rooms and there are a further four rooms in the main house. For relaxing after a day in the saddle there are sitting areas with open fires.
There is a hot tub and a cold water pool for jumping in on hot days.
Arrive and depart any day and stay for as long as you wish. The minimum stay is three nights, but we recommend stays of seven nights.
Sample Itinerary for Estancia Huechahue
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The price below is on the basis of a seven night stay and reflects the Argentinian sales tax refund for non-residents. Shorter or longer stays are possible; please ask for a quote.
£2,494.10 for seven nights. Shorter or longer stays are possible; please ask for a quote.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required.
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; drinks; riding; rafting; ranch activities; ranch fishing (except permit); trips to Junin de los Andes.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No supplement for a single room subject to availability.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Fishing permit (c. US$ 35 per day); fishing guides (c. US$ 390 per day per guide for up to two fishermen); off ranch fishing; tips; laundry.
NEAREST AIRPORT Chapelco airport at San Martin de los Andes (40 minute road transfer) or Bariloche (2.5 hours road transfer).
TRANSFERS Included from Junin de los Andes. You can travel by bus to Junin de los Andes from a number of locations including Buenos Aires and Bariloche. Transfers payable from Chapelco from £56.58 per vehicle each way. Payable from Bariloche from £185.91 per vehicle each way.
In northern Argentine Patagonia in the foothills of the Andes.
September to November is spring time when days are warm, although it will be cold at night. Summer is December through to February when day time temperatures may rise into the late 20's°C. Autumn is March to April.
The bulk of the rain falls between May and July when the Estancia is closed, although because you are in the mountains you do need to be prepared for rain at any time.
The horses I rode were all amazing. I rode 3 throughout the week. The guide was always attentive to make sure we were comfortable with the horse, saddle etc. They were extremely well looked after and very sure footed over all different types of terrain covered.
Hannah, New YorkOverall rating: 3/5
The perfect combination of fun out-rides, cattle work, mountain scenery and comfortable accommodation.
Evening meals can be quite late at the estancia so you may wish to take some snacks with you if you are used to eating early.