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10 Days Horseback Riding Holiday from Traslasierra Valley to Los Gigantes, Argentina

Estancia Haras Ampascachi, Nono, San Alberto Department, Córdoba, Argentina

Mesmerizing Horse Riding Holiday in Argentina

This riding holiday connects different places where the Jesuits left their mark; Jesuits drove progress in Córdoba. Thanks to them, who founded schools and colleges, the Province is known as “La Docta.” The places you will go cross on horseback will allow you to enjoy a privileged environment and get to know sites and histories that have left an unforgettable mark on the people from the region and on visitors. You will also have a chance to go on a tour around the region to visit a winery that manufactures wines with special vines and an olive oil manufacturing plant whose production process has been awarded international prizes.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse breed: Peruvian Paso horses

Highlights

  • 7-day horseriding from Ampascachi
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 6 hours
  • Equestrian and non-equestrian activities
  • Knowledgeable gauchos and guides
  • Riding wear and body hygiene kits
  • Healthy breakfasts and dinners
  • Transfer during the holiday
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
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Accommodation

Program

Ampascachi takes safety seriously. In all rides, you will be accompanied by at least two people; an expert guide and a member of Ampascachi's team. During the first part of your trip, the guide will explain safety measures for you and your horse in extreme situations. The staff has satellite telephones, first aid knowledge and a first-aid kit for emergencies.

Itinerary

Day 1

Ampascachi will be waiting for you at Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR) to welcome and drive you to Estancia Haras Ampascachi, which is located in the city of Nono, Traslasierra. It is a two and a half hour drive. From the beginning of the trip, you may notice how the landscape, vegetation, and even the scent from the sierras change along the way.

Upon arrival at Estancia Haras Ampascachi, and depending on the time, you will be served traditional serrana meals. You will then have the chance of going around the estancia facilities, enjoy a rest, engage in outdoor activities, or share board games and ping pong or pool with other people. Dinner will be served at the estancia dining room in which you will try home-made dishes; Ampascachi has an international and national cuisine menu. After that, you can go to bed. The natural environment invites you to rest and to enjoy contact with nature!

Day 2

You will start your day by having breakfast at Estancia Haras Ampascachi and then meet the horses. It is important to get to know the horses well since they will be your route companions, you will be a team, and for that reason, you need to learn and trust each other. Communication and empathy are essential. Once you choose your horse, you will go on a two-hour ride in the vicinity of the estancia. This will allow you to adapt to your horse and to the saddle. Upon your return, you will have a magnificent criollo barbecue (grilled meat).

In the afternoon, you will share the “a 500-year lineage” documentary (subtitled in English) as well as appreciate how important horses are in man´s life, especially the Peruvian Paso horse. Later, you will have dinner at the estancia and then go to bed. You will have already noticed that your rooms bear your horses’ names! A tribute to their nobleness.

Day 3

You will have breakfast at the estancia and taste home-made pastry and the chefs’ specialties. You will then set out from the estancia, go across Nono town, continue your trip through the Río de Los Sauces until you arrive at a spot where a picnic lunch will be waiting for you.

After lunch, you will ride along a road that will take you to Villa Cura Brochero; the Brochero priest is known as the gaucho priest, beatified by the Catholic Church. From there, you will reach the Panaholma River, ride in its riverbanks for a few kilometers, head to the Panaholma town, a place where the cabins that you will have dinner and spend the night are located. You are discovering the beauty of wild landscapes!

Day 4

You will have breakfast in the cabins and leave with your horses from Panaholma until Ambul town. You will stop to have a light lunch and continue to “El Volcán” and there, follow a path that will take you to “El Taruca Pampa”, one of the most important livestock estancias.

You will have an Argentine barbecue (grilled meat) while enjoying a guitarreada (campfire jam) with your gauchos friends from the estancia. You will stay at the camp set up by Ampascachi’s logistics team. Sharing is a wonderful way of learning!

Day 5

You will have breakfast at Ampascachi’s camp and get ready for riding towards San Jerónimo town crossing mountains and plains. You will stop on your way to have a picnic type lunch while you can enjoy landscapes and the scent of the sierras. After lunch, you will take the equestrian route up again until San Jerónimo. You will have dinner and rest at San Jerónimo cabins. The trip invites you to be part of history!

Day 6

You will get up eager to continue the route with your horses, have a good breakfast at the cabin, and leave to Britos Swamplands. You will have lunch at Don Santos de Barros place, a homely and warm place where you will have a light lunch prepared by the logistics team. You will then resume activities and head to Cruz de Caña town. Ampascachi’s team will be waiting for you in the cabins for dinner and you will spend the night there. The curious spirit is always young!

Day 7

You will have breakfast in the cabins surrounded by a beautiful landscape and set out on your way to the La Candelaria Jesuit estancia. The Jesuits religious order built several estancias spread out throughout the Province of Córdoba. Such estancias had different purposes; some of them were cloisters or convents but also big agriculture and livestock establishments, which were used for evangelization purposes. The estancias, as well as the Jesuit Block in the City of Córdoba, were declared World Heritage site by the UNESCO.

After visiting La Candelaria, you will have lunch there and then continue going across the pampa in San Luis until arriving at a place called Majada de Santiago in the evening, a place belonging to a livestock estancia. You will be received by the gauchos who run cattle and you will share some mates with typical biscuits. Then, a bus from the logistics team will drive you back to Cruz de Caña cabins we will have dinner and spend the night. History and culture vibrate all around!

Day 8

You will have breakfast in the cabins and take the bus to Majada de Santiago where your horses will be waiting for you. Then, you will ride to San Jerónimo. Around midday, you will stop at San Guillermo riverbanks to have lunch and enjoy the landscape and crystal clear waters. You will continue to your destination, San Jerónimo. The bus that will take you to Estancia Haras Ampascachi will be waiting for you there. Upon arrival, you will have dinner and spend the night there. You will have a lot to share and treasure in your minds!

Day 9

Today, you will have breakfast at Estancia Haras Ampascachi and try some home-made bread and regional jams. You may choose to stay at the estancia, have a rest, engage in activities in the facilities, or go on a tour. The proposed tour is to go on a guided tour to the oleum oil manufacturing plant awarded international prizes for its olive oil production. You may also visit the noble winery located in San Javier town. These have a special vines and a distinctive wine manufacturing process. You will also visit tourist points and museums that are part of the region and world history. Then, you will return to the estancia where you will have a farewell dinner. It's wonderful to know places and share experiences!

Day 10

You will have breakfast at the estancia with home-made bread and regional marmalades. After that, you will head to Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR). Thank you for giving Ampascachi the chance to share these wonderful days with you! Ampascachi believes each experience is worth living. Ampascachi expects to have you back to enjoy new trips. Thank you very much friends!

The Peruvian Paso horses

The Peruvian Paso horses are worldwide famous for being the best saddle horses as well as for their fascinating gait. The Peruvian Paso Horse’s gait, like a subtle and wonderful play of horse legs which seem to recreate in the air, is its main characteristic. This characteristic has led this breed to be known as “the best saddle horse in the world” since the horseman rides comfortably and smoothly at a speed of nine or ten kilometers per hour allowing a longer travel in which neither the horse nor the rider gets tired. It should be pointed out that other breeds reach this speed in short gallops or fast trot which impact directly on the horseman. The Peruvian Paso horse has a smooth temperament, is dedicated and has a suitable disposition.

Ampascachi has bred the horses that you will be using for the travel; these horses have been selected, tamed and trained at Haras Ampascachi. The taming method used at Haras Ampascachi is based on equestrian ethology and on techniques derived from the learning theory applied to horse training. This results in dynamic and quiet horses who will respond vigorously to the rider’s command.

Saddles, reins, and bits

Saddles used have been specifically designed for horse riding equestrian routes, with anatomical and comfortable saddles for the rider and the purpose of caring for the horseback while keeping the Argentine saddle criollo style. Reins and headstalls are made of the leather sole, similar to those used for horse training practice. Bits are Pelan-type horse bits, with a small leverage for a gentle and agile riding of the horse.

Riders’ level of experience

The riding holiday has been designed according to the riders’ experience. At Ampascachi, they evaluate the riders’ skills according to the riding holidays chosen. You may choose the horse you wish to ride, but you should follow tour guide's advice as the horses are Peruvian Paso horses, bred, tamed, and selected in the equestrian centers.

As a rider, you should be physically fit and in good health for the riding holiday chosen to be able to fully enjoy your holiday. A further consideration is your experience in equestrian sports as well as your riding skills for these activities which turn more demanding as speed is increased when riding, as you ride over the rough and variable ground and as ridings get longer.

  • Beginner: Rider that is comfortable at a slow canter, but with a certain difficulty. Able to saddle up and unsaddle without help.
  • Intermediate: A rider at a steady canter, but that does not ride regularly. Confident and in control of the horse at any gait for long stretches.

Included excursions

  • A guided tour to the oleum oil manufacturing plant
  • Visiting the noble winery located in San Javier town

Location

Food

Food and drinks are included in the holiday. Meals are healthy, balanced, and natural and you will also be able to taste the typical regional Argentine food and seasonal vegetables and fruits. Ampascachi has a varied and nutritious menu in accordance with food requirements for the activity to be pursued. The cuisine says a lot about the place you visit and makes part of your experience where all your senses play around. When you engage in active tourism, such as equestrian tourism, nutritional requirements are an important issue to consider at the time that enjoying the typical cuisine of each region is also paramount. If you have any food requirements, please let Ampascachi know when booking.

Menu

  • Serrano breakfast at camp: milk, yogurt, cereals, butter, jams, coffee, and teas.
  • Breakfast at the estancia: typical breakfast of each place.
  • At noon: light picnic-type food, sodas, or mineral water (lunch is light for comfortable riding).
  • Night at the campsite: menu includes starter, main course, and dessert with wines and soft drinks.
  • Lunch and dinner at restaurants: menus have been selected according to the place’s category and its cuisine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • 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

What's included

  • 7-day horse riding on Peruvian Paso horses from Ampascachi for all programmed routes
  • Equestrian and non-equestrian activities
  • Gauchos baquianos (knowledgeable of the region) accompanying the group.
  • Ampascachi host guides
  • Satellite phones and cell phone for emergency calls
  • Riding wear, camping equipment, and body hygiene kits
  • Transfers during the holiday
  • Airport transfer from and to Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR)
  • Meals and drinks
  • 9 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Accommodation not scheduled for the riding holiday
  • Additional meals and drinks in guesthouses, restaurants, or any other road shop
  • Extra activities and packages (let Ampascachi know if you need recommendations for contracting any extra tour package)
  • International flight tickets (Ampascachi can help if you need assistance)
  • Laundry service
  • Transfer not scheduled for the riding holiday (for any reason, including transfers due to flight delays, additional transfer shall be paid by the traveler)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ampascachi will pick you up from the airport.

Please follow airlines recommendations regarding weight and items allowed to be carried in your baggage and carry-on baggage. You may not exceed 20 kilograms since this is the maximum weight allowed in most airlines and in domestic flights in Argentina. You can carry your baggage in two separate suitcases that do not exceed 15 kilograms each for ease of handling. The logistics staff will be in charge of carrying your baggage from the hotel and during the entire trip.

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 fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information 

There are 6 riders required for this tour. Price per person is 2520 EUR.

If the group finally consists of 4-5 people, you will need to pay a supplement to Ampascachi. For a group of 4 riders, the supplement will be 1260 EUR per person. For 5 riders the supplement will be 504 EUR per person. You will be notified by Ampascachi 31 days before the trip. If you don't want to pay the supplement, you can cancel 30 days before the trip and get all the money back.

Tuesday October 29, 2019
(10 days / 9 nights)

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