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Chile - Estancias Ride
A scenic trail ride through one of the most beautiful places on earth, Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia.
The route takes you across open pampas, past lakes and up to the face of impressive glaciers. You will also see ‘Cuernos del Paine’, the famous granite towers from both the south and the north side of the massif.
Along the way you will experience a first hand view of Patagonian estancia life, including the challenges faced by those who farm sheep and cattle in this remote corner of the world.
You should be a competent rider, used to riding in open spaces and confident enough to try a different riding style. The tack is Chilean in style and utilises local materials. The saddles are basic frames with felt, leather and sheepskin layered on top. Most of the horses go in simple bridles with snaffle bits.
There are opportunities for faster riding where the terrain permits, with slower riding in the steeper sections. There are some days of seven or more hours in the saddle, so you need to be riding fit.
The horses are willing, forward-going Chilean Criollos and Criollo crosses and stand at around 14-15hh. You ride horses belonging to the different estancias as you journey along, so you may have up to four different set of horses.
Hard hats are mandatory.
Accommodation is in a combination of park hotels, working estancias and guest estancias, chosen wherever possible for their locations and panoramic views.
The rooms are mostly twins, all with en-suite facilities. Double rooms are scarce, but we can request one for you with advance notice. The working estancias offer an authentic family-stay environment, but the accommodation on these properties tends to be simpler.
A single supplement is payable to guarantee single occupancy. The number of single rooms is limited and so if having your own room is particularly important to you, then please let us know in advance so we can check availability for you.
Typical Patagonian food is served throughout. Patagonia is a culture largely founded on the farming of sheep and cattle, so preparing, cooking and eating meat, especially asados (BBQ) is an important part of local life.
Below are the scheduled dates for the nine night itinerary. Additional dates and shorter four night rides may be possible between October and April for groups of two or more. Please enquire for details.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||20 Oct 2019 - 29 Oct 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
||8 Nov 2019 - 17 Nov 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
||1 Dec 2019 - 10 Dec 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
||5 Jan 2020 - 14 Jan 2020||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
||19 Jan 2020 - 28 Jan 2020||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
||2 Feb 2020 - 11 Feb 2020||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
||19 Feb 2020 - 28 Feb 2020||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
||4 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020||9 nights 9 ngts||£5,025.40||Book|
INCLUDES Riding; boat trip to Balmaceda; guides; meals (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10).
Optional Glacier Grey boat trip on Day 4 (must be booked in advance) £117.28 .
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply which depend on the total number of people booked:
2-3 riders in group £837.71
4-5 riders in group £418.85
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if prepared to share otherwise £829.33 to request a single room. Please note the number of single rooms is limited.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Other meals; drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Punta Arenas.
TRANSFERS Transfers between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales are included at set times. Alternatively there is a very reliable and inexpensive bus service which we can pre-book for you.
Set in southern Chilean Patagonia, the starting point for trips to Antarctica.
The weather in Patagonia is very changeable and you will be riding in conditions including: sun, wind, snow, rain, hail and sometimes all of these conditions in one day! Patagonia is often windy and so good weather can be quickly replaced by bad and vice versa.
The trails only run during the spring and summer months when the weather should be more settled, but you should still be prepared for most eventualities.
Wanted to go to Patagonia for 40 years, so finally made it! Everything about the ride, location, accommodation and most importantly the horses were beyond my expectations, and I have been on many horse riding adventures.
Sue ,YorkshireOverall rating: 5/5
If you like riding in remote places and enjoy dramatic scenery, then this ride should definitely be on your wish list.
As the saying goes, "there's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing". This trip takes place in an extreme environment, so you'll need to pack accordingly. But don't worry, we'll send you a detailed kit list when you book!