OVERVIEW

Patagonia is a beautiful, wild and upredictable part of our planet. For lovers of the outdoors who are used to coping with the challenges of travelling in remote areas (and who have a keen sense of adventure and a flexible attitude) the rewards are plentiful and memorable.

Ride through woodland, over mountains, through rivers and around lakesiders and eXperience a first-hand view of Patagonia estancia life, which includes the joys, threats and difficulties posed by farming cattle and sheep in the area.

 

This eXperience offers plenty of diversity with rides across open pampas, rides to wild glaciers and iceberg filled lakes and peaceful rides through valleys and ancient beech forests.

Throughout these long days in the saddle, the snowcapped mountains are never far away.

eXperience breathtaking views of the Torres del Paine mountains and the everyday spectacular views e of the mountains, glacial rivers and lakes.

Ride to the Glacier Grey beach, with optional boat trip.

Pass your nights in rural, typical and beautiful estancias where you can often see horses, sheep and cattle mixing with the the most fantastic scenarios. Eat typical Patagonian food and wine and meet some of the people who live in this beautiful hidden paradise.

Visit the famous Last Hope Sound on a already included boat trip to start your adventure.

eXperience wilderness like never before!

This eXperience suits eXperienced riders giving the opportunity to ride in traditional Chilean tack.

 
 

PROGRAMMES​

Trail Ride

5 days | 4 nights

TBC Euro

10 days | 9 nights

6 to 8 Riders | 4990 Euro
4 to 5 Riders | 5350 Euro
2 to 3 Riders | 5750 Euro

Departure Dates

2019: January 02 to 11 and 19 to 28 | February 02 to 11 and 19 to 28 | March 19 to 28

PRICING

4990 Euro

All inclusive

 

ITINERARY

5 days | 4 nights

Day 1
Arrive into Puerto Natales. Clients will need to arrive in the morning today. Meet in the comfortable café Spacio Kau for the trip briefing. Afterwards they will take a transfer to Estancia Perales where they will have a 2 hour ride in the area. Dinner in the Estancia. Night in the Estancia.

Day 2
After breakfast, guests will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take them for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. Guests will 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, Hotel del Paine.

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!



Day 3
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 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.

Return to Hotel del Paine for the night


Day 4
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 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. Arriving at Laguna Amarga a private transfer will be waiting and will take us to Laguna Sofía. 

Day 5
After breakfast we meet our new horses, check our saddles and begin our last day of riding in the beautiful area of Laguna Sofía, 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.


 

10 days | 9 nights

Day 1
Arrive into Punta Arenas. Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport to Puerto Natales at 15:00. Arrival in Puerto Natales at approximately 17:30. In the evening clients will be escorted to dinner by their guide for the trip briefing. Night in Hostel El Establo.

Day 2

In the morning clients will leave and take a transfer of approximately 40 minutes to Estancia Consuelo where they will have their 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 clients will ride along the fjord, up mountains with fabulous views of Last Hope sound, cross rivers and ride through Magallanic forests. After the ride guests will enjoy a welcoming meal and be able to relax next to the waters of Last Hope Sound. Night in Estancia.

Day 3

After breakfast, guests will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take them for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. Guests will 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, Hotel del Paine.

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!

Day 4

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 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.

Return to Hotel del Paine for the night.

Day 5

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 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 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! All rooms have private bathrooms.

Day 6

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. Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

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.

Day 10

Transfer to Puerto Natales. Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport leaving Puerto Natales at 10:00. Approximate arrival at the airport is 12:30. Tour ends here. Individual onward journey.

Additional Information

 

Transfers included | Airport Gateway PUQ

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