The Estancia ride, 10 days

An opportunity for experienced riders, up for some fast and technical riding through the Patagonian mountains and pampas, to experience guacho life - ride with the gauchos and rest overnight at three different Patagonian Estancias.

10 Days

$5,999

The Estancia ride, 10 days - 10 - $5,999

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfers from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales and on, to Estancia Perales
  • Ride around land of Estancia Perales. Ride from Balmaceda to Rio Serrano
  • Ride to Grey Glacier and Lake, optional boat trip
  • Ride back to Rio Serrano Ride the up and over across the heart of the park to Estancia Tercera Barranca
  • Ride out to Salto Las Chinas and onto the pampa at Estancia Gemita 
  • Ride from the Estancia and into the surrounding mountains
  • Ride south across the pampas to Entro Lagos and Lake Sarmiento
  • Ride to the deserted Flower Estancia 'Las Flores', and into the Sierra Balguales mountains

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on The Estancia ride, 10 days

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Punta Arenas. Dinner and briefing

Arrive Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales (transfer leaves Punta Arenas airport at 15:00). Dinner with your guide and trip briefing.  

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hostel El Establo


Day 2: Transfer to Consuelo. Ride from Estancia Consuelo to Estancia Perales 

Your transfer to Estancia Consuelo will then be followed by a ride at the Estancia. Then you will transfer to Estancia Perales where you will have your first encounter with Criollo horses. This Estancia is still the home of the Eberhard family who have much history in Magallanes. From this lovely Estancia you will ride along the fjord, up mountains with fabulous views of Last Hope sound, cross rivers and ride through Magallanic forests. After the ride you will enjoy a welcoming meal and be able to relax next to the waters of Last Hope Sound.

Meals: All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Accommodation:  Estancia Perales.


Day 3: Boat to Balmaceda. Ride from Balmaceda to Rio Serrano 

After breakfast, say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take you for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. Enter the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Shared by the regions of Magallanes and Aysen, this is the largest National Park in Chile and one of five of the most expansive in the world (over three million hectares). With access only via the water, the mountains or the southern ice field itself, it remains a remote and pristine corner of our planet. It also contains the third largest mass of ice on earth after Antarctica and Greenland, so the climate is understandably extreme. 

We will disembark our boat here and enjoy the stunning views which combine old growth forests of evergreen and deciduous southern beech, fire bushes and cypresses - a stunning contrast to the snow capped peaks and glaciers in this region. We will take a short, 5 minute, zodiac boat ride to where we will meet our new horses and have some lunch before setting out on a beautiful trail through thick forests passing pristine rivers and streams in the shadow of the Chacabuco and Balmaceda range of mountains. 

A fairly slow ride today gives us the opportunity to find our riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery on our route into the Torres del Paine National Park. Towards the end of the trail, we will cross the Nutria river and come out onto the pampas which marks the end of today's ride, as we approach our hotel for the night. 

This hotel offers comfortable rooms and great views of the Paine Massif. A large living/dining area with a log fire and a comfortable bar and good restaurant. For early risers, it also offers some of the best sunrises in all of Patagonia!

Meals: All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Accommodation: Night Hotel del Paine


Day 4: Ride to Grey Glacier and Lake. Optional boat trip. Ride back to Rio Serrano

After breakfast we will be meeting our horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Lago Grey. Our view will be dominated by the jagged peaks of the Paine massif as we ride out along the Rio Grey to the largest glacier in the park, Glacier Grey. On reaching the trailhead we will tether our horses and walk out across the swinging footbridge through the forest to Grey beach. The view that greets us is memorable - the pebbly shores of the beach form an almost surreal contrast to the blue of the floating icebergs that have calved off the nearby glacier. Glacier Grey protrudes off the southern ice field and is quite simply a wonder of nature. Measuring 28km in length and covering a total area of 270 square km with its frozen walls of blue ice towering almost 35 metres high, it never ceased to impress. 

After some time walking along the beach and enjoying our picnic lunch, we will walk back to our waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano. 

*Note for those who would like to get up closer to the face of this marvel of ice, we can arrange a trip out onto the lake in the Grey II boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately US$140 per person.

Meals:  All meals included (excluding wine/drinks).

Accommodation: Hotel del Paine


Day 5: Ride the up and over across the heart of the park to Estancia Tercera Barranca 

After breakfast in the hotel we will pack up and start our ride eastwards towards the heart of the park. We will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. Our trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as we pass azure and turquoise lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind. After a picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys we will continue east onto the beautiful soft pampas of the Patagonian steppe. Here we will have a chance for some cantering as the light fades and the shadows lengthen until we arrive at Laguna Amarga where you will take a transfer the last few kilometers to the intimate and authentic Estancia Tercera Barranca. 

Typical of the estancias of the area, Estancia Tercera Barranca is a working sheep ranch situated in an enviable position on the park border offering fantastic views of the granite mountains and of the Paine Massif. With land extending to 6,454 hectares it offers quality accommodation close to Torres del Paine National Park in addition to its continuing work as a Patagonian ranch. Sleeping just 21 guests in 7 rooms, the ranch house has a lovely intimate feel. There is a comfortable living area warmed by the welcoming log fire where you can read and relax before dinner which is served in the nearby wooden quincho. A hot tub also awaits to soak away any aches! 

Meals: All meals Included (excluding wine/drinks).

Accommodation:  Estancia Tercera Barranca, All rooms have private bathrooms


Day 6: Ride out to Salto Las Chinas and onto the pampa at Estancia Gemita

Ride from the Estancia Tercera to the North-East, close to the border with Argentina. The area is full of guanacos and the hills ring with their alarm calls as you ride by. There will be chances for canters until reaching the uninhabited Estancia Gemitas for a short break. Afterwards follow Las Chinas Valley downhill to reach the dramatic Las Chinas waterfall where you stop for lunch. After lunch cross Las Chinas river and pass by the Estancia Laguna Azul and return to Tercera Baranca.

Meals: All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Accommodation: Estancia Tercera Barranca. All rooms have private bathrooms. 


Day 7: Drive Estancia Cerro Guido. Ride from the Estancia and into the surrounding mountains.

Today we will hop into the van and take a 20 minute transfer to Estancia Cerro Guido. A large working estancia with aproximately 110,000 hectares, 37,000 sheep, 2,500 cattle and 400 horses. After checking in to our rooms, we will meet our new horses. From the estancia stables we will make our way up the mountain side behind the estancia and into the surrounding hills. The Sierra Baguales mountians are a stark contrast beside the rolling landscape of the pampas below. After lunch we will continue to the Indian burial site, although no artifacts remain at the site, later, in the estancia you will be able to see photos of the site and also learn about the burial site. 

After our ride, we will return to the estancia for a welcome dinner and our comfortable beds.

Meals: All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido


Day 8: Ride south across the pampas to Entro Lagos and Lake Sarmiento. Return to Cerro Guido. 

Today after breakfast, riders will once again be saddling up for a full day's ride. This time, we will be heading south to Estancia Entro lagos. This is a beautiful open ride across grassy meadows and welcoming pampas. Riding south with the dramatic Paine mountains to our right enables us to fully appreciate the distances that the original pioneers encountered and which the estancieros still encounter to this day. There will also be opportunities for lots of canters on your responsive and comfortable horses. With the wind in your hair and a smile on your face you will experience the sheer joy that is riding in Patagonia! 

During the afternoon after a leisurely picnic lunch and an afternoon's riding we will see the blue waters of Lake Sarmiento and have some time to photograph the Torres del Paine mountains from the lake's edge. After, we will ride back, via Flemingo Lake, to Estancia Cerro Guido. The comfortable estancia is a place where you will feel warm and at home. The huge roaring fire and big soft sofas will invite you to relax and reflect on your holiday experiences so far.

Meals:  All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido


Day 9: Ride to the deserted Flower Estancia 'Las Flores', and into the Sierra Balguales mountains.

After breakfast we find our horses, check our saddles and begin our last, full day of riding, to the Sierra Baguales mountain range. Today will give you a view of the vast glacial valleys carved by the glaciers thousands of years ago. You will be mesmerised by the huge skies and long stretches of pampas. 

We will start by traversing the mountain behind Cerro Guido, along the track called 'Paso Guitarra'. Then we will pass the lovely, but deserted, Estancia Las Flores where you will see the only original adobe building left in the area. By lunch time we will let the horses rest and we will have a nice picnic in the middle of the valley where we may be able to see condors soaring above us. 

After these lovely views we are ready to continue on to Vega Nash where there will be opportunities to canter and enjoy this large flat 'vega', a typical pampa in this area. This will bring us back to Estancia Cerro Guido, where a delicious Patagonian asado dinner will be cooking and we can enjoy our last night together.

Meals: All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido


Day 10: Transfer to Puerto Natales. Tour ends. Onward journey.

NOTE: There will now be a private transfer from the airport in Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales included in the price. There will be one transfer only and clients will need to arrive before the departure time. Any clients arriving after this time will be required to take the bus at an additional cost of US$15 one-way, as in previous years.

The transfer will be at the airport for clients at 15:00 on the arrival date. It is up to clients to get to the airport for this date and time in order to use this additional service. The transfer will also operate from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas airport on the last day of the ride. The pick-up from Puerto Natales will be at 10:00.

Only applies to 18/19 season

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
December 2019
1-Dec-2019 $6,999 Guaranteed Date
January 2020
5-Jan-2020 $6,999 Guaranteed Date
19-Jan-2020 $6,999 Provisional Date
February 2020
2-Feb-2020 $6,999 Provisional Date
19-Feb-2020 $6,999 Guaranteed Date
March 2020
4-Mar-2020 $6,999 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $5,999

Additional Notes

The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

6-8 people $5,999 USD

4-5 people $6,499 USD

2-3 people $6,999 USD

*Single supplement: USD $990 for all clients wanting single accommodation, subject to availability


Please note: the 8–17 November 2019 trip has accommodation at Pampa Lodge on nights 3 and 4. Also, you will have an extra day in Cerro Guide instead of visiting Tercera Barranca.

Includes

  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Accommodation: 9 nights in hotels/estancias
  • Excursions: 8 full-day rides on Criollo-mix horses with Chilean tack
  • Boat trip up Last Hope Sound
  • Transfer to and from Punta Arenas

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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