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10 Day Horseback Riding Expedition from the Traslasierra Valley to the Los Gigantes Mountain Range

Estancia Haras Ampascachi, Nono, Traslasierra Valley, Cordoba, Argentina

Central Argentina Horse Riding Holiday

During this horse riding holiday, visit different places where the Jesuits left their traces and heritage, they used to be an important impulse for the progress in the Province of Cordoba. The Jesuits founded schools and universities in Cordoba, this is why the province is known as “the Academic”. Enjoy riding in fascinating landscapes and learn about the history of the places which had a great influence on the people and the regions.

Key information

  • Tack Type: Aesthetical and similar to the Argentine gaucho saddles
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso Horse

Highlights

  • 7 horse riding days
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 6 hours
  • Explore the region mounted on Ampascachi’s Peruvian Paso horses
  • Ride with Ampascachi’s guides and gauchos baquianos
  • All meals and drinks will be provided daily
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
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Accommodation

Estancia Haras Ampascachi

  • Type of accommodation: Estancia
  • Location: Nono, Traslasierra Valley, Province of Cordoba
  • Nights: 4

The architecture of the Estancia is a mixture of the colonial and the typical Jesuit style. There are eleven rooms and two apartments, a swimming pool for the summer months, and a tennis court. Ampascachi offers a variety of traditional meals. There is plenty of space for the horses in use on the 8 hectares of land around the building; just a few kilometers away is the open field where all the horses live and are trained throughout the year.

Ampascachi Camp

  • Type of accommodation: Camp
  • Location: During horse trail - Different locations
  • Nights: 5

Tents are set up by the Ampascachi team members. The camp consists of high-altitude igloo tents for three, four, or five people, equipped with sleeping bags and inflatable camping mattresses, diner tent with a camping table and seats, tableware, chemical WC, shower. Ampascachi provides you with a kit for your personal hygiene.

Program

During the riding expedition, travel like people used to hundreds of years ago and revive the same feelings and impressions as the first riders who came to Argentina during the Spanish Conquest. The entire logistics are carried by mules, cook on the wayside, camp in incredible landscapes, and prefer these unique experiences to great comfort. Ampascachi will take your safety as a priority during the expeditions, they always carry a modern satellite phone with them for any case of emergency.

Day 1

After a warm welcome at the airport in Cordoba, drive about 2.5 hours through the mountain range Altas Cumbres to the Estancia Haras Ampascachi, which lies close to the small town called Nono, nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the Traslasierra Valley. Along the way, notice how the landscapes, vegetation, and even the scent of the air changes.

Depending on the time of arrival at the Estancia, you will be served different traditional meals. Ampascachi will show you around the Estancia where you can have a rest or do some outdoor activities like tennis, ping pong, or the pool and then enjoy a fabulous dinner with home-made national dishes in the dining room.

Day 2

Start the day with a fabulous breakfast at the Estancia and then meet the horses. It is important to find the right horse for every rider since it will be your companion during your stay, so trust and empathy between rider and horse are essential. Your guides will introduce you to the Peruvian Pasos and their special gait, the Paso llano, and give you all the necessary details on the riding techniques.

Once you have chosen your horse, go on a two-hour ride in the vicinity of the Estancia which allows you to adapt to your horse and get used to the saddle. Upon return, have a magnificent Asado (grilled meat) for lunch. In the afternoon, you have the option to watch a documentary about the Peruvian Paso horses produced by Ampascachi, “A500 - year lineage” (subtitled in English). After a delicious dinner, go to bed to be fit for the following day. You might have noticed that the rooms have the names of the horses!

Day 3

Have breakfast at the Estancia with a variety of typical food and fresh fruit. Help the guides and baqueanos to saddle the horses and pack the mules that carry all the equipment for the expedition like tents, sleeping bags, food, etc. and your personal luggage, which should only be necessary. Mount the horses and start the expedition!

The ride starts at the Estancia, continue your way through the little town Nono, cross the Los Sauces river on your horses and finally, reach the place where you'll have your lunch, a picnic with different types of cheese, cold meat, and other specialties. Afterward, ride to the town Villa Cura Brochero, named after a priest who was known as the gaucho priest and beatified by the Catholic church some years ago.

From there, reach the Panaholma River, ride along its riverbanks for a few kilometers, and head to the village Panaholma. Help to feed the horses, prepare the camp at the camping site in Panaholma surrounded by nature. Have some snacks like fresh fruits, cereal or chocolate bars, fresh bread and tea, coffee or mate, and use the shower rooms before you prepare dinner and go to rest.

  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Shower: Yes

Day 4

After breakfast, start the trail from Panaholma to Ambul, a small village on the way. When you get there, have a light lunch and after a rest, keep riding to El Volcan from where you take a path that leads to the remote livestock, Estancia Taruca Pampa, through magnificent landscapes along adventurous trails, but the horses are sure-footed so you can trust them completely.

At the Estancia, prepare the camp and look after the horses. Later, the gauchos sing traditional songs and play the guitar for you while you enjoy the probably most delicious Asado after this amazing day.

  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Shower: Yes

Day 5

Have breakfast at the camp within this marvelous landscape and breath fresh, clean air. Start the ride to San Jerónimo across mountains and plains. Stop on the way to have a picnic lunch while you enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and the scent of the mountains. When you arrive in San Jerónimo, prepare the camp, and have dinner before you go to sleep. At a family house next to the campsite, you can have a shower.

  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Shower: Yes

Day 6

Get up eager to continue the riding tour with the horses, have breakfast in the cottages, and start the trail towards Ciénaga Britos. Stop for lunch at a rural school (Nicolás Rodriguez Peña School in Ciénaga Britos). After a rest, continue riding to the village Cruz de Caña. When you get there, look after the horses, set up the camp, have dinner, and go to rest.

  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Shower: Yes

Day 7

During breakfast in the camp, enjoy the beautiful landscape and then continue the trail ride to the Jesuit estancia, La Candelaria. The religious order built several estancias throughout Cordoba and other provinces. Each estancia had a different purpose; some of them were convents, others were used for evangelization, but there were also big farming and livestock establishments.

The estancias, as well as the Jesuit block in Cordoba City, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. After visiting La Candelaria, have a lunch break there and then continue to ride across the Pampa San Luis until you arrive at Majada de Santiago in the evening, a place that belongs to a livestock estancia.

The gauchos who work with the cattle will receive you with some traditional "mates" and typical pastry. Set up the camp and spend the night in the middle of these incredible landscapes.

  • Restrooms: Portable chemical toilet
  • Shower: Portable shower bag

Day 8

Enjoy a delicious breakfast surrounded by amazing nature. Today, the trail takes you again to San Jerónimo. The logistics team takes you back to the Estancia Haras Ampascachi where you'll arrive at around 6 p.m. After dinner, spend the night in comfortable rooms at the Estancia. The experience of the last days will be unforgettable!

Day 9

You can choose to either stay at the estancia and have a rest or take part in the guided tour at the Olium olive oil manufacturing and the winery in San Javier (extra cost). Visit different sites on the way and return to the Estancia for the last dinner together. Enjoy fabulous food and live guitar music.

Day 10

After the breakfast, the logistics team drives you to the airport in Cordoba. Thank you for sharing this adventure and wonderful days with Ampascachi, they hope you enjoyed your holidays and you are always welcome to come back!

Description of the saddle, bridle, and bit

The anatomic saddle that Ampascachi uses was specifically designed to give comfort to the rider and protect the horse’s back. Their look is aesthetical and similar to the Argentine gaucho saddles. The reins and bridle are made of sole leather which is also used when getting a horse under saddle as it is light and transmits the given helps easily to the horse’s mouth.

At Ampascachi, they use the same bridles and reins for the rides as they use during the training of the horses and obtain docile, well-educated, and versatile horses. They use Pelham bits with short shanks so the horse responds easily to soft aids.

Education and training of the horses at Ampascachi

Ampascachi themselves breed the horses that they use for their riding holidays, they were specifically selected for that purpose by Ampascachi. The education of the horses is based on the principles of ethology which studies the brain and learning processes of horses and emphasizes respectful and ethical treatment. It is a unique experience to meet their horses!

About the horses

All the horses are Peruvian Paso horses, they have been breeding them for over 20 years by selecting the best horses. The Peruvian Paso horse moves in a special gait, the "Paso llano", which is very comfortable for the rider, and at an average speed of 10 to 12 km/h, it allows to move quite quickly over a long period of time. The horse moves both legs of the same side, first, the hind leg steps down and then the front leg.

The Paso llano is a broken, harmonic four-beat gait, the center of gravity is almost immobile, which makes it a very smooth and comfortable gait to ride. The horses are also trained in the gallop, a gait that is natural in all horse breeds.

Riding ability

  • Intermediate

A rider who is confident in the gallop and has the horse under control in all gaits and also during long rides.

  • Expert

A secure rider also in a fast gallop.

Location

Traslasierra Valley

The Traslasierra Valley is one of the tourist areas which maintains its wild landscapes, natural sites, and authentic culture. It is situated in the mountain range of the Province of Cordoba, in the center of the country. It lays hidden on the west side of the Cumbre de Achala region. It offers marvelous fauna and flora, a wide range of diverse and singular landscapes with crystal clear rivers where tourists enjoy sunny days on the sandy beaches.

It once was the homeland of the native tribe Comechingones and still today some of their traditions and customs remain intact or can be observed in the places where they once lived. In the Traslasierra Valley, you'll find a unique cultural and historical heritage along with architectural sites like the Jesuit Estancias, or the churches built during the 18th century.

Food

All meals and drinks are included in the package.

  • Breakfast in the camp: Country-style breakfast (milk, yogurt, cereals, butter, home-made marmalades, coffee, tea)
  • Breakfast in estancias/hotels: Full breakfast depending on the place
  • Lunch during rides: Light meals served as a picnic with soft drinks or mineral water. Lunch is light as the rides continue afterward.
  • Dinner in camp: Food cooked on an open fire and grilled meat like lamb, beef, goat; stews or empanadas.
  • Lunch and dinner in restaurants and hotels: Depends on the menu of each place that was chosen for its good quality

If you have specific requirements for your diet (celiac, diabetes, food allergies, vegetarian, etc.) please let Ampascachi know when booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Extension program

You can extend your holiday with the extension program and travel to the province of Buenos Aires, where you'll stay in the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of the same name. Take a sightseeing tour and discover historical and modern architecture, the port, the longest avenue in the world, Boca, Caminito, and other emblematic places, the Río de la Plata, tango, etc.

Ampascachi will also take you to rural places where you'll learn about the life of the gauchos in the Pampa, stay at a beautiful Estancia where you'll see how diverse this Argentine province is where history and modernism coexist. Feel the passion of Buenos Aires!

  • IMPORTANT: You can only book this program as an extension to the main programs.

What's included

  • 7 horse riding days
  • All riding and non-riding activities
  • Services of Ampascachi’s guides and gauchos baquianos (they have profound knowledge of the region)
  • Use of Ampascachi’s Peruvian Paso horses for all the equestrian routes of this program
  • All meals and drinks
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Equipment to ride, camp, and kit for personal hygiene
  • All land and airport transfers
  • Transport of baggage
  • Satellite telephone and mobile phones for emergencies

What's not included

  • International flights (Ampascachi will be happy to help if required)
  • Additional meals and drinks in accommodations, restaurants, or shops
  • Accommodation and transfers not included in the itinerary (Additional transfers, also for delayed flights, will be paid by the guest)
  • Additional activities or tourist packages (Ampascachi will be happy to help with recommendations)
  • Laundry service

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You can book your holiday program at Ampascachi with or without international flights. The prices published do not include the cost of international and or domestic flights or transport, only the transfers that are required as specified in each program. Flights need to be booked apart; dates of arrival and departure depend on the dates of the beginning and ending of the chosen program.

You need to book your flights yourself and choose an airline that you think is best for you. Ampascachi is happy to help with information and recommendations if required. As Ampascachi has special agreements with travel agencies and airlines that fly from Europe to Argentina, they can offer flight prices that you can either accept or not. If you wish to receive recommendations, please send an inquiry.

Airport: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

If the final number of participants on your traveling date is between one and five people, a supplement will be charged depending on the number of participants. In this case, you are notified 31 days before the start of the program and you have the option to accept and pay the supplement or cancel your reservation and receive a full refund of the payment already made for the program. You agree to this price policy at the moment of booking.

The supplements for small groups are:

  • For 1 person: Please ask for availability
  • 890 EUR per person if the group is 2 riders
  • 605 EUR per person if the group is 3 riders
  • 310 EUR per person if the group is 4-5 riders
  • For groups of 6 or more, there are no supplements

These prices are valid with the knowledge of sharing rooms in the hotels. In case you do not want to share a room, a single supplement of 63 EUR will be charged, apart from the small group supplement.

Special discount

If at the time of booking your trip you do it for four or more people, including yourself, you can obtain the following benefits:

  • If you book for 4 or 5 people: The price of the program per person is: 1910 EUR without extra supplements
  • If you book for 6 or more people: The price of the program per person is: 1530 EUR without extra supplements

For more information, please send Ampascachi an inquiry.

Tuesday December 15, 2020
(10 days / 9 nights)

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