Argentina - Fin del Mundo

  • Open Nov-Dec
  • Set arrivals
  • 11 nights / 8 days of riding | 6 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Ushuaia
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

An expedition ride on the island of Tierra del Fuego, at the extreme tip of South America. This is your chance to explore on horseback ‘Fin del Mundo’; the End of the World. Tierra del Fuego itself is divided between Argentina and Chile. On this ride you explore the Mitre Peninsula, at the easternmost part of the Argentinean side of the island.

Leave civilisation and everyday life behind and journey into a true wilderness area. The Mitre Peninsula is home to some of Tierra del Fuego’s most diverse wildlife, so you may catch sight of condors, sea lions, guanacos, foxes and penguins along the way, as well as varied bird life.

This trip is designed for those interested in travelling on horseback, following in the footsteps of the first heroic explorers of Patagonia and sharing a little of their experiences in an incredibly unique place. It is a real wilderness adventure and not for the faint-hearted.

You need to be a fit, confident rider to undertake this riding expedition.

You could be riding for up to seven hours a day, but since you are riding in such a remote area you should be prepared for longer days in case things do not run exactly to plan.

Your progress will be dictated by the tides of the Atlantic Ocean; you may start early in the morning or not until later in the day to ensure the tide is in your favour. As well as long stretches of beach, there are river crossings and areas of peaty ground to negotiate, so this is sure to be a real adventure. There are times when you will need to lead your horse on foot. The pace of the ride is usually at a jog/trot, but there are opportunities for canters when the conditions allow.

The horses are Argentinian Criollos and Criollo crosses bred in Tierra del Fuego. Varying in size between around 14hh and 15.2hh, the Criollo is a strong horse with an excellent walk and good character; they are sure-footed and ideally suited to the terrain.

You ride with Argentinian tack. Some of the horses will have traditional Argentinian curb bits, whilst others may go in simple snaffles or bitless bridles. All the horses are ridden on a loose rein and respond to neck reining. The saddles are typical Argentinean gaucho ‘Cangalla’ saddles; metal or wooden framed, onto which is layered felt, sheepskin and leather. They are comfortable for long distance-riding, with a relaxed riding style.

The first and last nights of the ride are spent in hostel accommodation in Ushuaia. The nine nights in between are basic sleeping bag accommodation in simple refuges or tents. You must be prepared to share for the camping nights, but you can pay a single supplement to have your own room in Ushuaia.

Camp is set up each night outside remote gaucho huts along the riding route. Each shelter has a communal area, warmed by a central stove, where meals are cooked and eaten. Sleeping arrangements are communal bunk rooms or camping in two to three-person tents. The refuges provide a place to cook and warm up in front of the fire if the weather has been unkind.

There are shower and loo facilities only on five out of the eleven nights.

Meals during the trail are hearty and filling. Lunches will be picnics along the way, whilst supper will be prepared in the gaucho hut, or over a fire out in the open.

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Upcoming Dates

This ride runs between November and March.

 

 

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Mitre Peninsula 8 Jan 2020 - 19 Jan 2020 11 nights 11 ngts $3,600.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mitre Peninsula 5 Feb 2020 - 16 Feb 2020 11 nights 11 ngts $3,600.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mitre Peninsula 6 Mar 2020 - 17 Mar 2020 11 nights 11 ngts $3,600.00 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; meals (from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 12; dinner on days 1 and 11 are not included); riding.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT It is possible to pay a single supplement of $190.00 to guarantee your own room (subject to availability) in the hostel in Ushuaia (2 nights). You must be prepared to share for the 9 nights on the trail.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Dinner on days 1 and 11; drinks; tips.

NEAREST AIRPORT Ushuaia.

TRANSFERS Transfers from/to Ushuaia airport.


Getting There

The meeting point for the ride is Ushuaia.

On the first day your flight should arrive in Ushuaia early afternoon or before. In the late afternoon or early evening there will be a ride briefing with your guide.

On departure day your flight can leave Ushuaia at any time. Check-out is usually after breakfast, but you can store your luggage and explore a little of Ushuaia if you are booked on a later flight.

If the flight schedule means you require additional nights in Ushuaia before or after the ride, then we are happy to arrange this for you at La Posta hostel. Please enquire for details.

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Location

On the island of Tierra del Fuego, at the very tip of South America.


Weather & Climate

As you may imagine, the weather in this part of the world is highly variable and can be unpredictable. It is possible to experience four seasons in the course of a few hours and so you must be prepared for all eventualities.

The weather in the months the ride runs is generally cool and windy. Temperatures tend to range between 2-12ºC, but the wind can make things feel far colder and the temperature can change in the blink of an eye. You should always be prepared for rain.

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Ride Report

Chris Day
Chris Day
Riding along the coast of the Mitre Peninsula in Argentina, this journey takes you from civilisation to the End of The World. This is a trail ride where you must be ready to forgo everyday comforts for basic facilities, but the rewards are more than worth it.

Fin del Mundo Riding Specialist

Chris says

Your hosts are Adolfo & Laura Imbert, whose love and enthusiasm for protecting this special corner of the world is infectious.

My Top Tip

This expedition explores ‘Fin del Mundo’; the End of the World. As you can imagine, the climate is variable and so you need to be prepared for any kind of weather.

Email: chris@inthesaddle.com

Chris Day
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