Why We Like This Estancia

  • Huechahue offers the quintessential Patagonian estancia experience – an opportunity to sample the true taste of gaucho life on a working cattle ranch
  • The setting is wonderfully remote, with plenty of interesting rides straight from the door, a host of nearby rivers to fish and ever-changing landscapes to explore
  • Create the perfect blend of rest and play, ending days spent riding, swimming, and trekking around a roaring fire, enjoying home-produced food
  • The atmosphere is convivial; guests can enjoy the well-stocked bar and outside areas in which to relax and enjoy the Andean views.

Excursions

As well as horse riding, fishing and bird watching, Huechahue offers rafting, swimming, numerous hiking trails, and opportunities to explore the Native Indian past. Guaranteed with each activity are spectacular views of the northern Patagonian landscape.

Horse Riding

Everyone is catered to, from the enthusiastic novice to the seasoned rider. With such a variety of landscape (and 15,000 acres to roam), every ride is different: gallop the steppe, let your horse guide you over rocky riverside slopes or wind your way up to a condor’s nest. A typical day involves two half-day rides, with lunch at the estancia, or a longer ride with a picnic stop. Horses are criollo crosses, bred on the ranch and ridden with a neck-rein. You’ll be matched to a horse that suits your experience and confidence level.

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Fishing

Huechahue is perfect for fly-fishing, with the Chimenhuin, Alumine, Malleo, Quilquihue and Collon Cura rivers nearby. You can float and fish from drift boats or wade out, with an English-speaking guide (approx. USD $360 per day for 2 anglers) or on your own, in search of brown and rainbow trout. The estancia has 8km of fishing on private land and there are plenty of opportunities just a short drive away, too.

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Bird Watching

The estancia is also a fantastic location for birders, within easy striking distance of the high Patagonian steppe, grasslands, wetlands and various forests. Each of these hosts a different range of bird species. In total, some 200 species have been recorded locally, and many can be seen from Huechahue itself. Condors are regularly seen at the rocky outcrop close by, circling at dusk and waiting each morning for the thermals to build up.

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Hiking

From the property you can head out onto several hiking trails, either self-guided or with an English speaking guide. With views of the expansive steppe you'll hopefully be accompanied by red deer, wild boar, guanaco, armadillos and hares. Walking to Stoney Hill you'll be met with a wonderful view of the Cordillera while a hike up the Condor Cliff will allow you to see where the condors roost. Enjoy the river to yourself walking to the neighbouring settlement or head towards the Chenques and witness the Tehuelche Indian caves.

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About Estancia Huechahue

Location

Set in northern Argentinian Patagonia, at the foothills of the Andes mountains and close to the Chilean border, Huechahue feels remarkably remote. You can fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, which is 200 kms away, from where we can arrange a transfer to the estancia. San Martin de los Andes is 70 kms away and Junin de los Andes is 30 kms.

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Cuisine

The estancia is self-sufficient, so it’s no surprise that much of the food is home-produced: ham and bacon from their pigs is cured in the smokehouse, they produce their own beef, lamb, venison and wild boar, and eggs come from the chicken run. Produce is seasonal, vegetables are grown in the organic garden, and fruits and nuts in the extensive orchards. Even the jam is made from surplus fruit!

Meals are varied and delicious and set around the large dining table, and can be tailored - with notice - to suit dietary requirements. There’s also a quincho (a special building) for asados (traditional BBQs). The local wine flows!

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History

Four generations of the Wood family have lived and worked at Estancia Huechahue, which is now run by Jane Wood Williams. It is still as self-sufficient today as it was 50 years ago when the first generation arrived to start farming cattle.

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Sustainability

A great respect for the environment permeates the operations at Estancia Huechahue. Water is gravity-fed from natural springs and electricity comes from a water driven turbine. Tree planting provides enough firewood for all heating and hot water, meaning all energy used is renewable. The prevention of erosion is also paramount; walking and riding routes are designated based on their soil stability and any tracks showing signs of deterioration are reinforced.

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Rooms and Pricing

Adventures at Huechahue cost around USD $400 per person, per day. This price includes full-board dining, all daily excursions (with the exception of fishing guides) and return transfers to / from Chapelco airport.

Rooms

Huechahue has just 10 guest rooms available: 4 double bedrooms in the main house, and 6 in two nearby cottages. All rooms are en-suite, and can be arranged as either double or twin rooms. Three rooms are on the first floor of the lodge, the other 5 are in 2 chalets across the lawn. Each chalet includes a communal sitting room area. All rooms have Wi-Fi.

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