10 day Estancia and Horse Moving Trip

Spend 10 days exploring Torres del Paine on horse back including three days on a cattle drive from an historic working farm that sits on the edge of the park.

10 Days

$5,999

10 day Estancia and Horse Moving Trip - 10 - $5,999

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Ride at historic Estancia Consuelo with Criollo horses
  • Ride in remote Bernard O'Higgins National Park
  • Visit Glacier Grey
  • Journey through soft pampas and Patagonian steppe
  • Take part in a three-day cattle drive on a working Patagonian estancia

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on 10 day Estancia and Horse Moving Trip

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Puerto Natales: 

You will arrive in Puerto Natales. and in the evening will be escorted to dinner by your guide for the trip briefing. 

Accommodation: Hostal El Establo or similar

Meals: Dinner


Day 2 – Ride at Estancia Consuelo:

After a 20 minute transfer, you will arrive at Estancia Consuelo for your first encounter with Criollo horses. This historical estancia is still the home of the Eberhard family, long residents of the Magallanes. From the estancia you will ride along the fjord with fabulous views of Last Hope Sound, and ride through Magallanic forests. After the ride you will transfer to Estancia Perales, enjoy a welcoming meal and relax next to the waters of Last Hope Sound. 

Accommodation: Estancia Perales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3 – Balmaceda to Rio Serrano:

After breakfast, you will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on a boat to ferry you along the Last Hope Sound and 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. Only accessibly by water, the mountains or the southern ice field itself, it remains remote and pristine. 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 ranges.

A fairly slow ride today gives us the opportunity to find our riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery en-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.

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

Accommodation: Pampa Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4 – Ride to Grey Glacier and Lake:

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, where 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. After some time on the beach and a picnic lunch, we will walk back to our waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano.

Optional boat trip: The glacier itself is 17km from Grey beach, so for those who would like to get up closer to the face, we can arrange a boat trip out onto the lake. 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.

Accommodation: Pampa Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 5 – Ride to Estancia Tercera Barranca. 

After breakfast, 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 turquiose 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 there is 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 for the last few kilometers to the intimate 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. Sleeping just 21 guests, 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. All rooms have private bathrooms. 

Accommodation: Estancia Tercera Barranca 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6 – Ride out to Salto Las Chinas 

The area is full of guanacos and the hills ring with their alarm calls as you ride by. There will be chances to canter until we reach the uninhabited Estancia Gemitas for a short break. Afterwards we will follow Las Chinas Valley downhill to reach the dramatic Las Chinas waterfall where we will stop for lunch. Then it is across Las Chinas river to return to Estancia Tercera Baranca for the night. 

Accommodation: Estancia Tercera Barranca 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7 – First day of cattle-drive: 

Today we will hop into the van and take a 20 minute transfer to Estancia Cerro Guido. A large working estancia of over 25,000 hectares and with approximately 10,000 sheep. After checking in, we will meet our new horses and the gauchos that will be accompanying us for the cattle-drive. Each year, around this date the cattle are moved from the higher pastures, which are likely to be snowy at this time, and are bought down to lower pastures. We will be going out to the higher pastures and rounding up the cattle to move them down to their winter feeding grounds. After our ride, we will return to the estancia for a welcome dinner and a comfortable bed. 

Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8 – Second day of cattle-drive:

Today after breakfast, we saddle up again for a full day’s ride. This time, we will be heading back out to check on the cattle, finish off any of yesterday’s jobs and start looking at the sheep. Please be aware that cattle-driving requires a degree of flexibility. Each day of the three-day drive may be changed and amended depending on the estancia, gauchos and climate. Each of the three days will be a minimum of 5 hours in the saddle. 

Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9 – Third day of cattle-drive:

After breakfast we find our horses, check our saddles and begin our last full day of riding. After our last day of rounding up cattle and sheep we will return to the estancia where a delicious traditional Patagonian barbeque (asado) will be served and we can enjoy our last night together. 

Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (including wine)


Day 10 – Return to Puerto Natales:

Today we will transfer you back to Puerto Natales where the tour ends and you can begin your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $5,999 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.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people, please enquire for details.

Includes

  • All meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Wine at dinner on day 9
  • Horses
  • Guide

Excludes

  • All drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Boat trip at Glacier Grey (USD$140 per person)
  • Tips and gratuities

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