Reasons to go
- Cover larger distances to see more of what the park has to offer, by riding through pampas, forests, glaciers and mountains.
- Experience the park through the eyes of gauchos whose families have been living and working on this land for hundreds of years
- Get a taste of authentic Patagonian hospitality at one of the many working estancias, where the views stretch for miles and the decor hints at a more rustic past
Ways to ride
Get a taste of gaucho culture by spending a few days in the saddle, exploring Torres del Paine's ever-changing landscapes. Some shorter trips visit some of the more remote landmarks in the national park such as Glacier Dickson, others ride between some of the working estancias of the park, still owned by the families who have lived here for generations.
You can even leave the park on horseback and spend a few days travelling south along the Serrano River towards Puerto Natales, and on to your next adventure.
Riding into these remote areas doesn't have to mean roughing it at night, although some trips offer wild camping, with others you'll be based at luxury lodges and hotels between rides. Ask us about finding the right ride for you.
Longer trips for experienced riders
Horse riding enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Torres del Paine. Whether you're looking for fast-paced, technical riding, a chance to drove horses across the park with your gaucho guides, or just to spend days exploring the wilderness, Torres del Paine will not disappoint.
Consider whether you are happy to camp out under the stars or want the luxury of a bed and hot shower every day, and whether you would like to visit some of the many working estancias in the park. Either way, you're guaranteed some spectacular riding by day and tales of old around the fireplace by night.
Riding from a luxury lodge
Many of the lodges include a few horse riding excursions as part of their all-inclusive packages, so you can spend a day exploring Torres del Paine on horseback before returning to a luxurious private room in the evening. Not only can you choose your excursions the night before, taking into account the weather and how your legs are feeling, you can intersperse horse riding with day hikes, fly fishing or bird watching.
3 - 6 day shorter riding trips
8 - 14 day longer riding trips
Riding from a luxury lodge
Dotted around the national park are several working estancias, each of which act as a great base for a day or two of horse riding.
The experience here is rustic and authentic, far removed from the luxury camps and hotels in the centre of the park. It's one of your best opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Patagonia, and to meet some of the families that made this harsh landscape their home.
Some estancias are simple and comfortable, maintaining their old-style charm and offering bed and breakfast accommodation. Others are a little more upmarket, but all are situated in remote corners of the park, allowing you the freedom to explore off the beaten track.
Combine horse riding with hiking, kayaking or fishing to see the many different faces of the national park. Ask us about the best way to weave in some time on horseback with the rest of your Torres del Paine adventure.
FAQs on Horse Riding in Torres del Paine
Most multi-day rides and estancia/hotel based trips run through the main season (November - April), but there are some wonderful (although less diverse) opportunities for winter rides in Torres del Paine as well (May-Sept).
Anything from half a day to two weeks depending on what type of ride you prefer, where you want to stay, and how long you want in the saddle!
There are plenty of trips that are suited to novices, and hotel/estancia based rides are ideal if you want to learn and build up confidence without committing to a multi-day ride. Generally, the multi-day rides are aimed at intermediate to experienced riders who regularly horse ride at home. If you are planning to join a longer trip of three or more days then you should definitely be comfortable with 2-7 hours in the saddle. The pace of your ride will always be adjusted by your guide to suit you and the other riders.
You do not need to bring anything of your own - all tack and equipment will be provided for you. The tack usually comprises of metal or wood-framed saddles covered in layered felt, sheepskin and leather. Rope, raw hide and leather form the bridles, girths, straps etc. Most of the horses are ridden in simple snaffles. Halters are worn throughout the ride with rope tied around the horses neck to tie up at lunch stops and rest stops etc. You will be provided with chaps and a helmet for comfort and safety.