The Estancia Ride, 5 Day

This trip is perfect for experienced riders who don't want to camp! With estancias and hotels for accommodation you can relax after your long challenging days in the saddle. With some fast and technical rides, you can discover the lakes and glaciers of this national park on horseback and relax comfortably in the evening!

5 Days

$3,299

The Estancia Ride, 5 Day - 5 - $3,299

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Arrive Puerto Natales AM. Transfer to Estancia Perales. 2 hours riding in area. 
  • Boat to Balmaceda. 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 Laguna Amarga. Transfer to Laguna Sofia. Night in country house.
  • Morning ride in Laguna Sofia area. Transfer to Puerto Natales.

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on The Estancia Ride, 5 Day

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive into Puerto Natales. Arrive in the morning today and meet in the comfortable cafe Spacio Kau for the trip briefing. Afterwards take a transfer to Estancia Consuelo where they will be a 2 hour ride in the area before transferring to Estancia Perales for dinner

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Perales


Day 2: Ride from Balmaced to Rio Serrano

After breakfast, say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to go 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 from 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 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. Pampa Lodge.

This hotel offers comfortable rooms and great views of the Paine Massif. A large living/dining area with log fires 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. (Wine/drinks not included).

Accommodation: Pampa Lodge


Day 3: Glacier Grey

After breakfast we will be meeting our horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Laguna 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 The Glacier itself is 17 kilometers from the the Grey beach, so 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 III boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately US$140 per person. Those guests who take the excursion will return to the hotel by transfer not by horse. 

Meals: All meals included. (Wine/drinks not included).

Accommodation: Pampa Lodge

Day 4: Lake Amarga

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. Arriving at Laguna Amarga a private transfer will be waiting and will take us to Laguna Sofia. 

Meals: All meals included. (Wine/drinks not included).

Accommodation: Country House


Day 5: Laguna Sofia

After breakfast we meet our new horses, check our saddles and begin our last day of riding in the beautiful area of Laguna Sofia, here we will have great views of the mountains around us. By lunch time we will let the horses rest and we will have a nice lunch. 

After these lovely views we are ready to return to the guest house, where we will take a transfer to Puerto Natales.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $3,299 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

8-10 riders: USD $3,299 per person

6-7 riders: USD $3,599 per person

4-5 riders: USD $3,799 per person

2-3 riders USD $4,199 per person

*Single supplement: USD $490 for all clients wanting guaranteed single accommodation.

Includes

All meals mentioned in itinerary

Accommodation stated in itinerary

Transfers

Excludes

Personal Equipment

Tips

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