Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Familiarise yourself with the horses
- Full day-ride on the Estancia with an asado (BBQ) for lunch
- Ride for 4 days up through the Steppes and into the Andes
- Cross the Argentine-Chilean border at the base of Lanin Volcano
- Descend the western slopes of the Andes
- Transfer back to Huechahue for a late lunch and choose where to ride and discover next on the Estancia
- A farewell ride before transferring to the airport
On arrival there will be a late lunch followed by an afternoon ride. A chance to familiarize yourself with the horses, the tack and the way we ride.
A full day's ride on Estancia Huechahue with an asado (BBQ) lunch. Follow the Huechahue stream through its basalt canyons, riding as fast as you want across the water-meadows sending the plovers and ibis screeching, before returning over the top of Chenque Hill, where the Andes rise up behind you and the vastness of Patagonia stretches out before you.
Day 3 to Day 6:
Set out from Huechahue for Chile. The next 8 days will be spent crossing from the wide open spaces of Argentine Patagonia over the Andes to the thickly forested steep slopes of Chilean Patagonia. From Huechahue you will ride for 4 days up into the Andes through the Andean Steppes, you will ford rivers, pass through Indian reservations, ride over ridges from where you think you can see the Atlantic and through magnificent rocky gorges, you will gallop across water meadows and race along sandy tracks. Nights will be spent camping by streams and rivers under the spectacular stars of the Southern hemisphere.
At lunchtime, at the base of Lanin Volcano in a forest of Monkey puzzle trees you will reach the Argentine / Chilean border, where our Chilean partners will be waiting for you. After immigration and customs formalities you will wave goodbye to Argentina and the horse that has carried you to here and you will start down the western slopes of the Andes on your Chilean mount.
Continue riding down through the magnificent Southern beech forests, with spectacular views of lakes and volcanoes. The western slopes of the Andes are much steeper, the terrain very different. Reaching the final campsite at picturesque Puente Barras, where Loth and Pamela's families have been farming for generations.
Transfer back to Huechahue by road (about 3 hours). After a late lunch there will be a ride on the estancia. By now you will have heard of many places and you will be able to choose what you would like to see most.
A farewell ride on Huechahue before transferring to the airport.
NOTE: There is one night when you will not be met by vehicle at the camp site. For this night all camping gear including sleeping bags, tents and food are carried on pack horses. There will be no thermorests this night but you will use your saddle and sheepskin as the gauchos do
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $4,160 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.
Prices start from USD $4,160 per person, based on a group of 12.
Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.
- Vehicle/Pack Horses
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses