This is a fast paced two week long riding tour of central Patagonia combined with the Province of Buenos Aires. We start our ride deep in the dry pampa wilderness where we can view the abundant wildlife from horseback while riding around an enormous salt pan, part of a massive private estancia. The tour then moves to another private estancia located right on the Atlantic coast of Argentina with exciting dune and beach riding on polo ponies. The horses here are very responsive and in superb condition - great for zooming up and down large dunes along the beach!
Catching the trans-patagonian train overnight we traverse the vast Patagonian steppe for 700km, stopping at tiny rural stations before reaching the foothills (pre-cordillera) of the Andes mountains. Here we mount up straight out of one of these stations for three days of riding in spectacular country, riding across the vast steppe with the snow covered peaks in the distance. A visit to Bariloche town for some sight-seeing and souvenir shopping ends our visit to the South, and we fly back to Buenos Aires.
Finally the trip ends in a leisurely fashion on a big luxurious estancia in Buenos Aires Province located in a world biosphere reserve renowned for bird-life and axis deer. It is a place of natural forests, rivers, lakes, and lots of cattle and offers more riding variety together with an excellent chance to thoroughly relax.
The tour now moves to another estancia located right on the beach. We ride on endless sandy beaches and over the giant sand dunes that front it. There are also wild boar and the little belted armadillo to be seen on occasion. The sea is great for swimming and for fishing should anyone be so inclined. Here all is space, sea, wind and sand. Some of the horses here are Argentine polo ponies that the owners use to play against the local teams.
At daybreak we meet up with our hosts 900km to the South and drive with them to a remotely located estancia along dirt tracks. Breakfast at the estancia. Then we try out our horses with a quick introduction to cattle wrangling that gets you accustomed to how they ride in these parts! Overnight camp in the estancia grounds.
Ride along the salt pan and camp at a puesto of the estancia. There is a large windmill water tank suitable for cooling off at the end of the ride.
Ride across the salt pan all the way back to the main house. Overnight in the grounds of the main house.
Transfer drive to the local town for lunch. Continue to our next destination, another estancia located near the beach. Try out our new horses. Polo stick and ball practice. Camp in the grounds.
A full day's ride along the beach and in the dunes. Camp in the grounds.
Ride over enormous dunes and along the beach. Camp very near to the beach. This location can be windy.
Return ride along the beach to the estancia. Lunch. Late afternoon drive to the train station. Overnight on the trans-Patagonian train. Twin sleeper cabins.
Disembark mid-morning at a small station in the middle of the steppe. Meet our new guide and horses. Saddle up and ride out from the station into the vast Patagonian steppe. Camp.
Riding South in the foothills of the Andes. Overnight in camp.
Drive to Bariloche town. Stay in the lakefront Hotel Tirol. Evening out at a local restaurant.
Morning sight seeing and shopping in Bariloche town. Transfer to the airport and board an afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive late afternoon. Drive 165km out of town along the River Plate to an old historic estancia. Overnight at the luxurious main house.
Day ride into the nature reserve on the estancia property. Picnic lunch. Overnight in the main house.
Morning ride on the estancia. Picnic lunch. Late afternoon transfer to Buenos Aires International airport. Fly out.
New! Coast to Coast.
The Coast to Coast extension combines the Across Patagonia Expedition as far as San Carlos de Bariloche with the new Volcanoes Ride across the border in Chile - this is an exciting new option that I hope many of you will find interesting [...]
|Riding expedition||Argentina||14 Days||Jan - Apr||Level B||6-8|
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